Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
THE Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, has released new research in partnership with University of Glasgow that suggests dogs have different music tastes, but reggae seems to be a strong favorite.
The new paper focuses on the effect of particular kinds of music, showing that reggae music is a firm favorite in the canine world.
PhD student Amy Bowman said, “The research, which took place at the Scottish SPCA centre in Dumbarton, clearly shows that music has an effect on a dog’s behavior.
“We were keen to explore the effect playing different genres of music had, and it was clear that the physiological and behavioral changes observed were maintained during the trial when the dogs were exposed to a variety of music.”
Professor Neil Evans added, “Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences.
“That being said, reggae music and soft rock showed the highest positive changes in behavior.”
Scotland’s animal welfare charity previously released research in 2015 that showed the impact classical music had on a dog’s behaviour. Having shown that variety is key to avoid habituation, the Scottish SPCA will be investing in sound systems for all their kennels.
At present both their Glasgow and Edinburgh centres are able to pipe music into their kennels, and in the future every centre will be able to offer our four footed friends a canine approved playlist with the view to extending this research to other species in the charity’s care. -- Scottish SPCA
HERE are some of the important annual pet-related dates and events to remember this year that give honor and significance to dogs and cats around the world. These observances and celebrations are mostly being carried out in the United States, but the Philippine pet community has likewise learned to follow most, if not all, of these occasions in recent years.
The list will be updated as soon as we find an international event or pet holiday for July, November and December that's been adapted or applicable here. Meanwhile, please do not “pawget” to mark the following in your calendar:
February 20 Love Your Pet Day
February 28 World Spay Day
March 9-12 Crufts (world's largest dog show in Birmingham, England)
March 13 K-9 Veterans Day
March 23 National Puppy Day
April 11 National Pet Day
April 26 International Guide Dog Day
April 29 World Veterinary Day
May 21, 27 National Dog Bite Prevention Week
May 30 International Hug Your Cat Day
June 9 World Pet Memorial Day
August 6-12 International Assistance Dog Week
August 8 International Cat Day
August 17 National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 19 International Homeless Animals Day
Sept. 28 World Rabies Day
October 1 National Black Dog Day
October 4 World Animals' Day
October 16 National Feral Cat Day
October 27 National Pit Bull Awareness Day
HAVE you thought of raising a rooster as a pet? As it turns out, roosters can be good pets if you start their domestication very early.
Most online sources advise getting a baby chick that would be easy to train as house pet. The younger the better so there's less chance they've already learned the natural order of things from other fowls.
But first, one must have a yard where a rooster can stay for the most part of the day. The next consideration is the neighborhood as some disallow the presence of poultry animals due to sanitation concerns. In addition, roosters will crow during an ungodly hour so make sure you can take care of this situation if someone complains. Finally, see first how your other pets – dogs and cats – will take on another pet with talons.
If you have all the things above under control, the next thing to do is tame your rooster. Regular handling or petting of a young rooster apparently makes this animal affectionate and devoted to its human. As anyone who has been roosters and hens before, they love to follow people around, just like dogs.
After you have made a pet out of a rooster, experts say it must be dewormed and be potty trained as much as possible. They don't advise teaching a rooster how to fight as it will only make them aggressive. When they reach puberty, roosters will naturally prefer to have hens around so it could be a good idea to keep one around. However, others believe they are best kept away from hens so they don't become hormonally “bothered”.
Like dogs, roosters can also take on the role of a security guard. They will crow when they see strangers or even try to peck them to defend yours and their turf.
A rooster pet will also force you to spend time outdoors and even get some sunlight and exercise.
So, with all these in mind, why not have a cock pet this Year of the Rooster?
By ALMA J. BUELVA
PEOPLE who are big on pets naturally gravitate towards places where furball sightings are commonplace. For those who take great delight in the company of pets but can't keep one, or for those who want to see pets other than their own, there are places that can satisfy one's animal attraction by merely being a spectator.
PARKS & MALLS
Many public parks and malls now welcome pets. Go pet watching in community or tourist parks where pets are allowed as long as their owners keep them under control. Opt to go on weekends and when the sun is forgiving as more people take their pets out for a stroll around this time. If you ask nicely, many of them would allow a perfect stranger to pet their dogs or cats or have their photos taken. Pets are regular fixtures at the Quezon Memorial Circle, the Ayala Triangle Gardens and in many neighborhood recreational parks.
If the weather is not good, a pet-friendly air conditioned mall is the next best place for pet watching. Although pets' movements are more restricted when they're inside the mall, you can still feast your eyes in a steady stream of pets that may stroll in at any time. Most, if not all, retail meccas owned by SM, MegaWorld and Robinsons already allow four-legged mall crawlers in and around their sprawling properties.
A well-maintained pet cafe is every pet lover's paradise. It is an elating experience to find yourself surrounded by different breeds of cats or dogs (even bunnies) that are ready to play or snuggle with you for an hour's visit.
The recently revamped The Pet Cafe by Velvet Friends (formerly Velvet Friends Cat Cafe) offers pet lovers a homey place to cozy up with their resident dogs and cats. It's easy to forget about the time here as gorgeous dogs and cats come to you from all directions! There are Corgis, Irish Setters, French Bulldogs, Papillons and other breeds at the dog's area (a.k.a. the dog garden).
At the cats' side of the fence, there are Maine Coons, Siberian Forest Cats, Kurilian Bobtails, Exotic Shorthairs and British Shorthairs and more. Most of these dog and cat breeds are expensive and quite rare here so bringing them all in one place for more people to see and experience petting them has been the goal of The Pet Cafe by Velvet Friends' proprietor.
If you like home-grown beauties, Cat Cafe Manila features native cats that you can watch for hours and even “screen” to be your next pet. The cats here are available for adoption, so if you feel attached to a particular one, know that there's a way for you two to be permanently together.
For people who like big dogs, visit the Wolf & Bear Dog Cafe in Cubao to see Newfoundlands, Akitas, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. You can stare at these big dogs for hours and they will likely stare back at you with their arresting blue eyes. You can also pay the big dogs a supervised visit in their individual dens for a more awesome experience. Next door is Bengal Brew Cat Cafe, home to beautiful Bengal and African Servals.
To state the obvious, pet shows naturally attract a host of pets. If you want cuteness overload, attend any pet event or gathering and delight in the free encounters you will have with different breeds.
The biggest pet shows usually cover all kinds—canine, feline, avian and reptilian, bunnies and even pigs. But if you want to see a particular breed only, try to catch one of those exclusive gatherings of specific dog or cat groups when they hold their eyeball meetings or packwalks with their pets.
DAYCARES AND GROOMERS
Pet grooming salons intentionally use glass walls to easily advertise their services by allowing the public to watch how they bathe and groom dogs. The sight of furbabies being washed, trimmed and brushed get people glued on the spot as they stand outside. If you don't have a dog of your own, this type of “mini show” lets you peek into a slice of a pet's life for free.
Dog daycare centers also open possibilities for more pet sightings even if you're not a customer. If you happen to be near one, you can at least see the comings and goings of adorable pets during their short stay at the daycare or a pet hotel.
Veterinarians see different kinds of pets everyday and if you happen to be there at a busy time, chances are you will meet the variety of furry patients, too. Although most of the pets that come to veterinary clinics have health issues, it doesn't make them less endearing. Just make sure not to bother them and be helpful, if necessary.
ANIMAL SHELTERS, POUNDS
If you want to see pets that also love to see you, an animal shelter is the place to be. Shelter animals crave for human visitors. They are like diamonds in the rough undergoing awesome transformation after surviving abandonment and even abuse. All they need is a loving person to take them home.
If you want to be a really good Samaritan, come see the animals at the pound and try to save one or two (or more) from death row. There are good dogs and cats there that simply ran out of luck and they desperately need a savior.
The virtual world is bursting with pets albeit in digitized forms. In fact, some poke fun at the Internet as being 99 percent made up of cat photos. If you have no time to go to any of the pet destinations mentioned above, the cyberspace could be your last frontier to look up fantastic pets.
HOME SWEET HOME
Want to see the most adorable pet on earth? Look no further than your own home. For a die-hard pet owner, the dog that greets him with a wagging tail and the cat that affectionately rubs its body on his legs are the best pets in the world, bar none.
Pets are everywhere if you know where to look. If your present circumstances prevent you from owning one, these places will at least let you enjoy brief pet encounters to temporarily fill your heart with joy. Your one job is to be there.