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
They say real men love cats and we agree. At the recent Dog & Cat Expo 2016, we spotted several men carrying their little sweethearts around. They even let their cats literally walk all over them.
The cats were obviously very much attached to their dads. They held on to their respective dad's protective clutch and would sometimes walk up freely on their dad's shoulders which offered height and safety, away from all the strangers and dogs around.
By the looks of it, cat gentlemen are as crazy about cats as the cat ladies. Good thing there's always plenty of cats to go around. -- MetroPets
INVITE them and they will come. At this year's Dog & Cat Expo 2016, pets came out in droves and owned the show.
Wearing their Sunday best, dogs and cats gobbled up free food, joined contests, posed for the cameras, strolled up and down the aisles and shopped for great deals!
As MetroPets scoured the expo for wonderful new pet products, dogs and cats were there to grab our attention. The meowers and barkers were all delightful in our eyes and some were kind enough to give us a nanosecond of stillness to snap the following photos.
There was no shortage of cuteness during the two-day show, but which species do you like more? Click LIKE for dogs and LOVE for cats. Dog and cat owners, represent!
THE Philippine Association of Rabbit Enthusiasts and Farmers Inc. (PAREF) has launched the country's first ever search for The Cutest Bunny in the Philippines 2016.
The online search is open to all owners of pet rabbits who believe their bunnies can give everyone a “hop” for their money by being cute as a button. Contestants have to post and share photos of their pet rabbits at PAREF's official Facebook page where the contest is being held.
The month long online search started last June 1 and will run until July 2, 2016. Here are some of the contestants vying for the Cutest Bunny 2016 title for senior and junior divisions, respectively.
Open to all kinds of rabbit breeds, the search accepts separate photo entries for the Senior Division and Junior Division. Rabbits that are more than six months old are considered senior. Junior rabbits are those below six months old.
Like most social media-based contests, the search for The Cutest Bunny in the Philippines 2016 gives weight on the number of Facebook Likes (40%) and the number of Facebook Shares (30%) that a photo entry gets. Judges are also awarding 30% for photo quality, uniqueness and cuteness of rabbit's pose.
Medals and special prizes await two winners. For more details on how to join, please visit www.facebook.com/parefinc
PAREF was formed last year by like-minded individuals who want to properly control rabbit breeds in the country. The group also wants to register pure and show quality rabbits and promote rabbit standards in the Philippines, said Bill Gonzales, one of the group founders. -- ©MetroPets
NEW YORK CITY recently named the “working dog” as its official state dog.
Working dogs include those that provide services to humans such as seeing dogs for the blind, therapy dogs for the sick, companion dogs for kids with autism, K-9s used in the force, as well as doctor dogs trained to detect or prevent illnesses in humans.
New York already has quite a number of animals to represent its diverse city. The beaver, Eastern bluebird, brook trout, snapping turtle, striped bass and 9-spotted ladybug have official status as New Yorkers. Adding working dogs to the list is lauded by many, especially those who are witness to the everyday service that these special canine provide.
Trained working dogs assist in sniffing out drugs or bombs, searching for missing people and assisting the disabled. They are loyal, highly disciplined and compassionate.
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:
THE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has named Pope Francis as its 2015 Person of the Year for good reasons.
First, he is the first pope to take the name of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of all animals, wrote Michelle Kretzer who works with the PETA Foundation. The current Pope is also the first religious leader to be picked as PETA’s Person of the Year. The group highly appreciates the way the pontiff asked the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and all citizens of the world to reject human domination over God’s creation, treat animals with kindness, and respect the environment which is “something PETA views as a call to turn toward a simple, plant-based diet, given the now well-established role of animal agriculture in climate change,” said Kretzer.
In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, His Holiness talked of the importance of treating animals with kindness, writing, “Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity'” and “We are not God. … [W]e must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures.”
Pope Francis' environmental stewardship is also lauded by PETA as it could help sway people toward vegan eating and help more animal species' survival in the long run.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
GREAT things come in small packages. This is true of Chihuahuas, the tiny dogs that pack great qualities even though they are much smaller than the average house cat.
The Chihuahua's big personality – smart, courageous, playful and affectionate – has won the hearts of many Filipinos as proven by the high number of chihuahuas registered with the Philippine Canine Club Inc.
In 2013, local Chihuahua enthusiasts took to Facebook to form the Philippine Chihuahua Club. A guy named Yen Whistler started the community page, which has grown to nearly 2,700 members today.
PCC now has eight Facebook page administrators, among them are Kevin James Martinez and Daryl Andrew Supan. The latter actively participates in the group's many public engagements as well. In an interview with MetroPets, Supan said the prime purpose of the PCC is to educate the market about Chihuahuas particularly about proper breeding, health requirements and other important matters for those who sell puppies and offer stud service.
“The objectives we set are meant to improve the Chihuahua breed by discouraging bad breeding and selling practices,” said Supan. “This is why as admins we immediately delete posts that don't conform to ideal standards.”
Today, a Chihuahua puppy from a line of champion show dogs from a reputable breeder can fetch from P40,000 or more. On the other hand, a good pet quality Chihuahua pup can be had from P10,000 (male or female) or more, Supan said.
Supan who owns 16 dogs, 9 of them Chihuahuas, said many prefer to have a Chihuahua for a pet dog because it is a very low maintenance dog. Everything about this breed is small: from their food and water intake down to the size of their poop.
Chihuahuas are also very easy to bring around and don't require a big space to keep them happy and active indoors. Despite being petite, Chihuahuas don't shortchange in terms of companionship as they are loyal and sweet, just like their bigger kins. They can also be very funny.
True to being an online community established to share knowledge about their beloved Chihuahua, the PCC has chosen not to be locked into any formal pet product endorsement contracts, said Supan. However, they do welcome the support of occasional sponsors who voluntarily donate to PCC's events and programs.
At present, active PCC members try to hold monthly meet-ups, depending on where their next public events take them. Next year, the group plans to hold a charity grand eyeball for the benefit of lesser known dog shelter. After all, the little Chihuahuas' big personalities are complemented by their huge hearts.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
JONALYN VIRAY, the petite songstress with a powerful voice, has a big heart for animals. She has opened her home to dozens of unwanted animals and has done some pretty daring rescues that deserve an applause.
At 25, Jonalyn is already “mother” to over 20 cats and four dogs, most of them she rescued from the streets. It was 2009 when she first rescued a kitten and there's no stopping her since then.
On one occasion, Jonalyn was on her way to a provincial gig when she saw a kitten in the middle of a busy highway. She stopped and carried the kitten to the grassy side of the road, away from the vehicles. But when the kitten ambled back to the road, Jonalyn thought it best to bring it with her rather than leave it and be another roadkill.
But her most daring attempt to save an animal's life happened last July in Capones Island in Zambales.
She told MetroPets that they were doing an ocular of the beach for her music video production when she saw a dog in the middle of the sea.
“I first thought the dog was swimming until I realized it was drowning,” Jonalyn said.
She narrated how the dog was trying to get near a man, supposedly its owner who was ignoring it. They later learned that the owner apparently poisoned his dog and intended for it to drown.
Jonalyn's manager said she was shocked to see the singer walking towards the shore with the dying dog in her arms.
“I saw her coming out of the water and she was carrying the convulsing dog like she's Jesus Christ!,” the manager exclaimed.
Jonalyn and her team took the unfortunate dog to the nearest veterinary clinic, but the dog sadly died. Jonalyn named the dog Capones.
Another mark of a true pet lover is the number of pet scratches they endure and try to conceal. Jonalyn narrated how she got scratched in the arms by one of her cats which she patted down after it fought with another cat outside. The cat was still edgy and took Jonalyn's gesture the wrong way. That same day, she performed in a noontime show with a partly swollen arm, but acted like nothing was wrong.
Today, her pets' photos are a big part of what Jonalyn shares on social media. Her photos often show her playing, cuddling or carrying one or more pets. She said she also sleeps with some of them and, most likely than not, also sings to them.
IT'S been said that dogs have owners and cats have staff. This is very true at cat cafes where it is the official job of some to take care of fussy cats.
At Velvet Friends Cat Cafe in Pasay City, a team of cat attendants and baristas make sure that the ambassador cats and the customers who adore them, get the right care and attention they deserve.
Juan Paolo Fopalan and Mark Evan Cervania work as cat attendant and senior barista, respectively. Although they work in the background while the cats and visitors mingle, their professional and personal touches help elevate the overall experience Velvet Friends Cat Cafe offers.
Twenty-two-year old Fopalan or “Pao” to his co-workers and guests, was a former aerial instructor (anti-gravity yoga) before he joined Velvet Friends. He finds being a cat attendant as a wonderful job considering that he is a cat lover himself and that many people seem interested to be in his shoes.
“I really love taking care and looking after 19 adorable cats. Most of the time, guests would ask me if we have a job opening for cat attendants and if they could apply. They would often tell me 'nakakainggit naman ung trabaho mo' (you have an enviable job) and, in that way, I feel that I am one lucky person to have this job,” Fopalan said.
When customers are not playing with Velvet Friends' cats, they are likely sipping coffee specially made by Cervania.
The young barista is an old hand when it comes to coffee concoctions. He used to work at a known chain of coffee shop and also worked overseas for a bar and a cafe in Macau.
At 26, Cervania believes he has found his passion in coffee.
“I learned how to be a barista from my first job at Seattle's Best Coffee in Baguio. That time, I kind of fell in love with making coffee and eventually, I excelled in this specialization and achieved some employee awards,” Cervania said.
At Velvet Friends, Cervania skillfully creates artful cups of coffee topped with different images of cats. Soon, the customers took notice and expected Cervania's “stamp” on their coffees.
Cervania said there are customers who specifically request that I make their coffees with a cat each,” which, in a way, is a form of compliment that they appreciate his work. To make one cup of coffee with a standard cat art on it, takes at least two to three minutes.
“In doing this coffee art, timing is actually very crucial because I have to maintain the temperature of the drink before it is served to the customer,” Cervania said. “But I love my job as I get to do here what I am passionate about, which is coffee. Also, it's very interesting to have the cats with us for us to play and have fun with,” he added.
Here's a short video of Cervania at work:
Fopalan and Cervania both dream of becoming businessmen themselves.
“I want to own my own cafe someday,” said Cervania. “I want to learn management and leadership skills to help me in my goal of running my own cafe. As a barista, I know I still have a lot to learn, so for now, I'll be taking this opportunity to hone my skills and see what more could be developed and improved.”
Fopalan didn't specify what kind of business he wishes to get into as he is obviously preoccupied right now with 19 cats.
“The cats all have different personalities, but I love them all even though some can be grumpy at times. I have no favorites, I treat them all like my own,” he said. ---- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
LIKE it or not, some dogs today own an extensive wardrobe simply because it gives their owners pleasure to dress them up. It's a growing trend that gives fashion designers a new creative outlet and a good source of livelihood at the same time.
Odra Pooch Couture has been producing hundreds of doggie clothes ranging from casual shirts and simple dresses to elaborate costumes and fancy gowns since 2013. Owner Myrna Andres and designer John Glenn Cagampang are both dog lovers who saw a market niche for quality yet affordable clothes for dogs.
Myrna said her dogs used to join fashion shows but their clothes cost too much. To save money, she attempted to sew her dogs' clothes and when she succeeded, she turned it into a business.
For her designer, Myrna tapped John who studied dressmaking. The two would later frequent Divisoria in Manila to source their fabrics and other materials, and work with tailors in Taytay, Rizal to produce different dog outfits. With hard work and perseverance, Odra's creations soon found their way inside the largest pet supply retail superstore in the country, Pet Express.
At Pet Express, Odra's line of dog clothes are flying off the racks after being brilliantly offered under the “Any2 for P199” promo.
“Pet owners can choose two dog clothes – any size and any type – under the Any2 promo. We also have items for only P100. We really try to give the market affordable but quality dog clothes,” said John.
Myrna said the average price of dog clothes in the market starts at P300, but because she wants more dog owners to to experience dressing up their dogs, she makes an effort to create something that can be priced low.
“We never had to pull out a piece of garment at Pet Express. The Any2 promo sells really well,” Myrna told MetroPets.
Asked what are their most saleable dog clothes, John said people tend to buy fuchsia pink dresses for female dogs and camouflage shirts for male dogs. More importantly, he said people buy their dog clothes because their animals are comfortable wearing them.
“When I design dog clothes, I get inspiration from my own dogs. I want them to look good and feel good. When people see dogs that are well dressed, the more they want to take care of them and treat them as members of their family,” said John.
Odra also accepts custom-made pooch couture and they also do clothes for cats. John's most celebrated creation was a reproduction of the Filipiniana gown worn by Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa during the beauty pageant.
“It took me three days to recreate a similar-looking gown for a Mini Pinscher named Chloe. Her owner, Monching Austria, also entered Chloe wearing the same gown to win the Best Dress title during the Cat & Dog Expo 2015,” said John.
Odra's dog clothes are primarily available in Metro Manila, Baguio, Bacolod, Misamis. They said they have no plans of exporting, but added that some clients bring their products to sell abroad. Odra's dog clothes also retail at Cartimar pet stores in Pasay City and at Dog in the City outlets. Sales are strongest during Halloween and the Christmas season.
* Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is a pet lover