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Have you heard the woofest mews?
Have you heard the woofest mews?
By ALMA J. BUELVA
BARON, a 2.5 years old Jack Russell Terrier, and his owner Delon D. Tongga, a 35 year-old endurance runner want to set a Guinness World Record by running together the entire 200km distance from Manila to Lopez Quezon in a single journey. The challenge was set on Sept. 10-13, 2016 during which man and dog must finish in two days or within 48 hours, stopping only to eat, rest and sleep.
Delon believes Baron is one of the toughest dogs around.
“I'm sure we can do this because Baron and I are both endurance runners and we already survived a 160km run in mountainous roads. We want to exceed that distance and make it 200km. I know we can do it because of our constant training runs,” Delon told MetroPets.
“Baron will be alright throughout our run because I let him rest and I feed and give him drink constantly,” he added.
Although the application for the Guinness World Record is still pending as of press time, Delon said it would be a great honor to be recognized as the first human and dog to do a 200km run single journey.
“Baron and I love running. It is our hobby and our way of bonding at the same time.
The challenge that Delon and Baron set for themselves is only a part of the 2nd 342km Manila to Bicol Ultramarathon Endurance Run. Delon only applied for 200km distance for the Guinness World Record because after that Baron will take his rest.
“When we reach Kilometer 216 in Quezon, we will enter our hometown and then Baron will rest there while I continue to run an additional 142km to finish the event,” said Delon.
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BUDDHIST temples are visited not only by people but also animals, and the most frequent visitor tends to be cats. With an air of entitlement, cats have often been photographed even resting on the statues of deities like it's the most normal thing for them to do.
Just look at some of these photos:
Cats, of course, love to chill and the serenity that envelopes the temple must be something that appeal to them. It is said that Buddhist monks also love to have cats around when they are on zen mode because the cat's purr help them meditate.
Four years ago, famous novelist Paulo Coelho wrote in his blog about the story of a great Zen Buddhist master from the Mayu Kagi monastery who had a companion cat that joined him during meditation classes. When the master died, his disciple honored his memory by allowing the cat to continue attending the Zen Buddhist classes. Coelho narrated that this unique situation at the Mayu Kagi monastery became the talk of the town and, soon, other temples also welcomed cats in their meditation classes. As the story goes, when the original zen cat died, monks replaced it with another cat because by then, everyone believes that cats bring positive energy and promote increase human concentration.
This Japanese story provides a colorful narrative to back up cats' predilection for Buddhas and temples. It may or may not be true, but one thing is sure: cats can never pass up a chance for a good lap to sleep on, even if it's a 60-foot concrete sitting Buddha. – AJB
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