Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.
-- Robert Wagner
Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.
-- Robert Wagner
Pet lovers share their Christmas wishes for pets
THERE'S just one thing pets want for Christmas more than anything else, and that is to (always) have a proper, loving home. All pets deserve one and if animal lovers can have their way, it's exactly their wish for pets this season, especially for strays.
“I have a simple wish: for all pets to be healthy and have the basic necessities (food and shelter). And for those who are less fortunate, to at least be safe during the festivities,” said Charlene Dy from HappiDoggy Philippines which distributes quality dental chews for dogs.
Her wish is echoed by other animal lovers who want to see an end to pet abandonment and cruelty.
MetroPets asked personalities in the pet industry what Christmas wish they have on behalf of animals and here's what they said:
Meanwhile, MetroPets also reached out to a hero dog and its very own "model" cat to know what they want for Christmas. With the help of their "spokespersons" , here's what they said:
By ALMA J. BUELVA
HOW far would you take your love for your cats?
For Geneva David, the answer entails dipping paintbrushes into watercolors to painstakingly create elaborate art pieces that she hopes to sell to raise money to spend on her cats.
The 21-year-old graduate of Communication Arts from the University of Sto. Tomas has kept her talent in painting a little dormant all these years, until she became an instant parent to a stray tortoiseshell kitten last May. She called the kitten Arya, based on a popular character from the hit book and TV series Game of Thrones (GoT).
June came and Geneva adopted two more homeless cats from Cat Care Philippines, an online community with over 6,000 members dedicated to cat care. This expanded Geneva's “GoT cat cast” with the addition of Jon Snow and Ygritte.
Then reality sank in.
“I didn't have a job, so I painted. I have to buy them food, pay vet bills and soon they need to be vaccinated so I need the money,” Geneva told MetroPets.
The importance of having cash on hand for emergencies also dawned on her when Arya recently got sick and had to get a P200 injectable medicine once a day for four days.
“I spent P2,000 for her medicines plus the daily injections because she won't take medicines orally. But I have invested a lot of feelings on Arya already even in the short time that I got her so I cannot let something bad happen to her,” said Geneva.
(SELFIE AND A GROUP SHOT. Little Arya [left] and Geneva's cats [right]).
PAINTING CATS BY THE DOTS
To prepare for rainy days, Geneva picked up the brush and started painting cats. The pieces she finished so far feature dots of different sizes and hues to form the images on 13”x17” paper.
The dots, she explained, are inspired by the color blind tests that make use of small dots to form an image, usually a hidden number.
“I'm fascinated by the dots… and since cats are said to be color blind, I adopted the dots as my style,” Geneva said.
Painting her “dotty” art takes her about 1.5 hours to 2 hours each. “That's why I call them patience painting as it takes me hours to finish one,” she added.
Although her father introduced her to art when she was young, she felt the inclination to paint only after finishing college last year.
“My dad makes beautiful drawings and he used to bring me complete art materials when I was young. But I only realized that I want to paint after graduation. I was so into do-it-yourself stuff and Pinterest. I also watched YouTube videos to learn how to paint in watercolors.
She sells her paintings for P400 to P500 (plus shipping cost). Her immediate goal is to raise at least P3,000 by August to cover the three cats' vaccinations.
Judging from the positive feedback and show of support she has received online, she's on the right track. Geneva has sold some of her art already and she's inspired to paint more. She hopes more people would want to buy her cat art so she can give Arya, Jon Snow and Ygritte the best nine lives worthy of a GoT star.
If you want to buy one of Geneva's paintings, send her a private message in Facebook or call her at 09179348473.
FOURTEEN CATS, at least 11 breeds. These are what visitors to Velvet Friends Cat Cafe can expect to see and meet when they enter the "cat haven". From the common to the exotic, the cats at Velvet Friends Cat Cafe will make every ailurophile swooning in delight. They are the new cats on the block along with one fine, looking Puspin named Manila whose black and white tuxedo marking makes him looking always dressed to the nines!
Here's a brief description of the cats you'll find at Velvet Friends Cat Cafe:
SIBERIAN. From Russia with love, the Siberian Forest Cat is an ancient breed. Yaroslav has a very handsome face and a beautiful color and coat (Flame Point). He loves to hide, but when he shows himself up, his presence is one to behold.
KURILIAN BOBTAIL. Those who like bobtail cats would fall for a Kurilian Bobtail no doubt. This old breed of cat popular in Russia and other parts of Europe has a bushy bobtail. Basil and Kyryllo are good examples of this breed that originated from the Kuril Islands, claimed by both Russia and Japan. They are a bit shy but they are smart and agile.
MAINE COON. The largest domesticated breed of cat and one of the oldest natural breeds in North America. Bryley is a “gentle giant” who is calm and composed and who takes pride of his size and the length of his tail!
EXOTIC SHORTHAIR. The shorthaired version of the Persian, the Exotic Shorthair is adorable at all angles and Minushi is a fine example of one. This big boy is easy to please and warms up pretty quickly even to a complete stranger.
BRITISH SHORTHAIR. If you want a chunky cat, a British Shorthair is a good choice. Giorgio and Curtis are examples of a “Blue” and “Bi-color” British Shorthair. They have dense coat and broad face. They also have attractive copper eyes.
RAGDOLL. Here's one beautiful cat that has every reason to be confident. Quintin and Carter live up to their breed's standard description of having blue eyes and distinct colorpoint coat that is semi-longhair, soft and silky. The ragdoll has a wonderful bushy tail and it shamelessly flaunts it!
CORNISH REX. For a breed of cat that only wears an undercoat, the Cornish Rex has the softest coat of any cat breed. They don't look much from afar, but when you get to touch its coat, you will see that it's curly and velvety! The Cornish Rex like Nijinsky is very affectionate, sociable and quite athletic. Niijinsky moves so elegantly like a ballerina and he likes the attention he gets all the time.
AMERICAN CURL. You'll love this cat breed from ears to paws! Liam is a good example of an American Curl who is quite laid-back. Perched high up the catwalk, Liam could hear everything being said about his wonderful ears which curl up naturally. This adorable feature is a result of spontaneous mutation.
PUSPIN. The Puspin or Pusang Pinoy is a domestic short-haired cat that does not belong to any particular recognized cat breed. Nevertheless, the domestic shorthair is all over the world. In the United Kingdom, they are called moggies. They are resilient, smart and lovable. Manila puts his kind on the map by thriving among purebred at Velvet Friends Cat Cafe.
HIGHLAND FOLD AND HIGHLAND STRAIGH. Radcliffe is a Highland Fold (Red Marble) cat with an intriguing character: a little standoffish but tolerant enough to let you pet him gently. He becomes affectionate in his own terms so the little effort to win his trust becomes worth it.
Blake, on the other hand, is a Highland Straight with a rust black coat. He looks kinda like a red panda and he is not friends with the camera, but he is a cool cat to hang around with when he is not hiding.
* Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is a pet lover