Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
2016 is Year of the Monkey. The Fire Monkey to be exact. But have you ever wondered why there's never a Year of the Cat?
Every year, the Chinese celebrates one animal among a dozen creatures said to be present when the Jade Emperor was to designate Zodiac signs for the Chinese calendar.
Based on Chinese folklore, the rat who was then friends with cat went ahead to register on the appointed day, but forgot to awaken the late-sleeper cat. In the end, cat showed up too late to get a Zodiac sign and became forever angry with the rat.
But in real life, fate favors cats much more than rats. There are millions of cat lovers in the world and for them every year is like the Year of the Cat. -- MetroPets
THE tendency to name pets after people will continue in 2016 as well as the habit of calling pets based on their strongest personal attributes. Pet lovers will also be swayed to name their pets after the latest trends and hottest pop icons.
The blurring of pets names and people names will see more four-legged sweeties being named Lucy, Molly, and Maggie. Other highly suggested names for female pets are Bella, Ella, Stella, Daisy, Lola, Sophie and Chloe.
We expect new pets being named “Pia” inspired by the victory of Miss Philippines and now Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. We also dare say that fans of Maine Mendoza of the “AlDub” love team will probably name their pets after her.
As for male dogs, names with gravitas is the way to go so we expect more dogs answering to the name of Max, Jack, Duke and possibly Gordon or Baron this year.
Naming dogs using only letters or initials will also remain in vogue in our opinion. Possibly high on the list will be names like TJ, LJ, RV, JR and OD (short for Odie).
Pet names that end in “y” is a classic favorite. There's just something more endearing about “Jacky” compared to simply “Jack” or “Teddy” instead of Ted.
Filipinos love humor so there's always a chance a pet will be given some funny, wacky name that sometimes don't even make sense like Ponggay or Puchukoy.
The pet naming game has no rules and happens only briefly so every pet owner must enjoy the process. A new pet is just as excited as you are to get a name that you will both use, hopefully, for many years.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
AS pet lovers we always try to do the best we can for our pets, but there's always room for improvement. A fresh year gives everyone a 12-month clean slate to do better in the pet parenting department, and keeping a list of pet-oriented New Year's resolutions might help.
Below is a list of recommended New Year's resolutions, some of which, if not all, should make sense to every responsible pet parent out there. See which of these applies to you.
PET-CENTRIC NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
* I will not leave my pet alone for grooming. If possible, grooming will be done at home.
* I'll have someone trustworthy to care for my pet, preferably at home, if I'll be away for long.
* My house will be pet-proofed to avoid accidents and damages.
* Before leaving for work or some errands, I'll ensure my pet has enough safe distractions till I return home.
* I will not leave my pet with other people or take it to places where it will become anxious and scared.
* I will look for new walking or jogging routes for me and my dog to explore.
* I will try to teach my pet a useful command, routine or trick this year.
* I will make oral hygiene part of my pet's regular upkeep.
* I will set aside some money as insurance for my pet's sudden medical needs.
* I will respect the personal choices of others who are not into pets.
* I will not spoil my pet rotten so it doesn't become clingy, obese or lazy.
* I will regularly give my pet a massage to feel its body for any potential health issue.
* I will play and bond with my pet more.
* I will consider having my pet microchipped for safety reasons.
* I will read up more about my pet's breed to understand and provide for its needs better.
* I will monitor my pet's health closely and follow its vaccination schedules.
* I will keep photos, videos and diary of my pet to remember everything when my pet is gone.
* I will not abandon my pet at all costs.
* I will shelter my pet from the heat and the rain.
* I will come to the aid of an animal in need, even if it's not my pet.
* I will only cage my pet when absolutely necessary or for medical reason, and only for a short time.
* I will keep my dog on leash when in public places, but at home they should be free.
* I will keep handy the number of at least two good veterinarians or clinics.
* I will not force my pet to reproduce for personal gains.
* I will have my pet fixed if I don't want it to breed.
Finally, remember that pets will be pets. They don't have enough capacity to always understand and do what would please us, so be more patient and reciprocate their unconditional love with more affection. Happy New Year!!