Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
DOGS won't come out of their way to bite a person. When they do, they are usually scared, provoked or threatened. To avoid cases of dogs biting people, especially children, the World Animal Protection has identified four simple tips to remember when dealing with dogs, particularly those who are strangers to us.
The tips, which are actually part of a resource developed for primary school teachers teaching kids aged four to 12, focus on how to read a dog's body language.
STAY AWAY FROM A DOG THAT LOOKS SCARED OR ANGRY.
When a dog is angry it shows its teeth, and when scared it tucks its tail between its legs.
DON'T BOTHER A DOG THAT IS EATING, NOT ON A LEASH OR BEHIND A GATE.
Adult dogs like to be left alone, too, when playing with its puppies and toys. They want peace and quiet not only when they are sleeping, but also when they are sick or inside a car.
BE MOMENTARILY STILL IF AN UNKNOWN DOG COMES NEAR YOU.
A dog might come close to check you out but will soon leave you alone if you don't make unnecessary movements.
BEFORE PETTING A DOG, ASK ITS OWNER FIRST IF IT'S OKAY.
As a matter of courtesy (to the dog), let it smell your hand first and, if the signs are good, stroke its back first to establish how far you can go with petting it.
If a dog bites, wash the wound for 15 minutes with soap and water then see a doctor immediately. Do not hit the dog that bit; not only is it unkind but it might bite you again.
The World Animal Protection places the number of people that die from rabies each year at 59,000 globally. More than 99 percent of these cases are transmitted through dog bites. Vaccinating dogs against rabies once a year and learning to read their body language correctly can significantly help bring down if not end the spread of rabies. -- MetroPets
ULTRA VIOLET is the 2018 Color of the Year, so the fashion forecast is it will rain and flood the market with blue-based purple products, including those for pets.
Pet fashion designers and product manufacturers are all about embracing Ultra Violet, which the Pantone Color Institute chose as the 2018 Color of the Year as it supposedly inspires inventiveness and imagination. A quick search online showed exactly that: pet wardrobe, toys, accessories and whatnots inspired by the Color of the Year and treated with new artistic expressions.
Here are some of the things we found that could make your dogs and cats color-coordinated for 2018.
This bowtie with adjustable neckband is good for cats or small dogs. It is available in colors other than violet, but it is 2018, so why bother?
From PetLoversCloset in Shopee.ph
This personalized dog pet collar with crystals and rhinestones will give your dog the recommended ultra violet glow in 2018. Available in sizes from Extra Small to Large. The collar can fit up to seven letters and two crystal paw print charms.
HouseofFurbaby in Etsy.com
This 3/8” wide cat and dog collar features crystal glass rhinestones from Czech Republic. The buckle has diamond clear crystals. Making it more stunning is its violet ruffle with a centerpiece amethyst heart. Available in different sizes. Made and designed in the USA by Sugarlicious Pets.
GlamourbyKim in Etsy.com
This simple pet wedding party halter dress for small dog comes with a violet tutu skirt. It is cute enough to turn heads and quite affordable, too.
If you want to support local pet couturiers, Just One Of A Kind Handcrafted Products (JOOAK) can customize a pet gown or suit for your dog or cat like the one in the above photo. JOOAK also makes crocheted hats and costumes for pets in the style and color that owners want.
* Contact the artisans for pricing and other details.
Ultra Violet is said to be about originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. One famous dog – Chloe – embodies all these and she has been sashaying in ultra violet colored gowns even before 2018! Here is Chloe in two gowns made by Aiza Cervo of Sketch and Stitch AC Pet Couture.
* Contact the couturier for pricing and other details.
Pet Jelly Shoes
These pet jelly rain boots for small to large dogs are available in different colors and from many different suppliers online, so you can choose the one that offers the lowest price. You should get the violet set for your dogs, of course, if you wish to make your pets color-relevant this year.
From P150 to P200 a set depending on the vendor
If you express yourself through art, a violet cat watercolor art print is one way to see your pet in the Color of the Year. This contemporary pop art makes for a good gift, too, for yourself or other pet lovers.
WildlifeGardenerArt in Etsy.com
If you don't wish your pet to wear violet, you can probably just let them sleep on it, literally. Here's the cat Shawn, resting on a fluffy bed with trimmings in lavender, a color "cousin" of violet and purple. If you wish to buy a pet bed in the 2018 Color of the Year, order it from Pillows and More Ph. They have beds in different sizes, fabrics, colors and patterns.
This is just a sneak-peak of the many pet products one would find in the market today that showcase the 2018 Color of the Year or at least close to it. To wrap up, here's a pet toy in the shape of the quintessential vegetable that is violet like no other -- an eggplant.
Hope you enjoyed this list!
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RESULTS of a Danish study that looked into ownership of four distinct pedigree dogs with high levels of inherited health issues revealed personal motivations outweighing concerns for the dogs' poor health prospects.
In the study, owners of Chihuahuas, French Bulldogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Cairn Terriers were asked why they chose their dog and about the level of research that they carried out before buying the dog.
Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs have extreme body conformation, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels has inherited health problems not linked to body shape, and Cairn Terriers were chosen to represent a breed in the same size range but without extreme conformation, but with the same level of disease load. Out of the four breeds, French Bulldogs had the most health and behavioral problems, with Cairn Terriers having the least.
Those who acquired French Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are more concerned with personality and appearance, the study showed. Those who own Chihuahuas appeared drawn to the world's smallest dog breed not because of how it looks but because of the ease of obtaining one. This also means they are the owners that made the least planning and research before buying their pets, the study showed.
Owners of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel indicated they considered the health of their preferred dog, but the owners of Cairn Terriers were found to be the most concerned with the health of their pets.
So why do people continue to have dogs with big health issues?
The study showed that some people choose these breeds because they are unaware of the health problems prior to purchase or due to more selfish reasons such as convenience, cuteness or fashion. Others regard the worrisome health conditions as “normal” for that breed. Meanwhile, others like the fact that the dogs share some of their own personal traits such as size, appearance and personality.
The study also underscored an owner's strength of attachment to its dog to be linked to appearance, “with those who favored physical characteristics and 'cuteness' having stronger bonds with their dogs.” In this regard, Chihuahua owners were found to be most attached, with Cairn Terrier owners (who were less interested in appearance) being the least.
It has also become “cool” to own extra small varieties of dogs such as Chihuahuas, with celebrities leading the fad that celebrates the fashionability of the dog rather than its functional attributes.
Finally, a dog’s physical appearance may influence social acknowledgment from other people, the study noted.
The study also noted that except in the case of French Bulldogs, experience of health and behavior problems did not reduce the owners’ desire to get the same breed again.
With these findings, research authors raise the need to find better ways to motivate people to get dogs that do not suffer from health issues related to extreme conformation and inbreeding.
Conducted between 2009 and 2014 in Denmark, the study randomly drew the names of owners of each of the four breeds (750/breed) from a nationwide Danish dog registry and invited them to participate. Of these, 911 responded, giving a final sample of 846.
Source: Sandøe, P., Kondrup, S. V., Bennett, P. C., Forkman, B., Meyer, I., Proschowsky, H. F.,& Lund, T. B. (2017). Why do people buy dogs with potential welfare problems related to extreme conformation and inherited disease? A representative study of Danish owners of four small dog breeds. PloS one, 12(2), e0172091.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
THE diet of a pet dog from an average Filipino household now consists of less rice, latest data from the Philippine Statistics Office show.
The steady decline in the amount of rice each Filipino household feeds to their pets annually was recorded as far back as 2010 when the annual average rice consumption of pets per household was at 18.42 kilograms. In 2016, it became 16.63 kilograms of rice, either leftover or purposely cooked for pets.
For 2017, the statistics agency estimates consumption of cooked rice that would be fed to pets at only 11.26 kilograms per household.
The trend favors commercial dog food (kibble) which pet owners, especially the younger ones, prefer because of the convenience it brings. A kilo of kibble is also seen cheaper in the long run than a kilo of rice with meat added.
LATEST trends in pet ownership in the Philippines find Fido and Kitty in a good place for the most part. Humanization of pets is one of the biggest trends out here and those who can afford it are definitely pulling out all the stops in the hope of raising their pets' quality of life.
MetroPets recently conducted a mini-survey of 130 pet owners to find out if they have embraced new concepts in pet rearing. A pets' lifestyle check, the survey aimed to gain a snapshot of current developments that are shaping the Philippine pet industry.
Responsible Filipino pet owners know that good pet parenting requires more than just providing food, shelter and necessary medical care. They also now appreciate their pets' need for extra comfort and recreation to be more happy.
As a result, it's now common for many people to travel near or far with their pets, to throw pet parties to mark birthdays or adoption/rescue dates, and to visit unique places that cater to four-legged clients.
REST & RECREATION
Based on the survey, 65% of pet owners have organized or attended birthday parties for cats or dogs. Majority (87%) have also taken their pets to out-of-town trips and vacations.
Pet cafes and pet hotels have also laid out their welcome mats.
Dog and cat cafes that mushroomed around Metro Manila can expect to be visited at least once or twice a year by almost half (43%) of the respondents. A good 10% expressed their desire to visit pet cafes at least six times or more in one year. But it's obvious that pet cafe operators still got their work cut out for them judging by the number of respondents (28%) who are yet to step into their establishments.
Pet hotels also seem to be enjoying the patronage of a steady clientele, even though a big number of respondents (84%) said they have not tried booking their pets for an overnight or longer period of stay yet. Because a lot of pets probably come from big households, their owners can afford to leave them with other family members at home instead of a pet hotel. However, highly mobile singles and couples living in condominiums are likely to send their pets at a boarding facility when they have to be away.
Dedicated pet owners are always looking for new time-saving services that result in better pet care. Shopping for pet food and pet items online is a growing trend with 44% of respondents already doing it. This number is expected to increase as more online pet stores open and try to win pet lovers with better shopping experience.
Pet salons and grooming stations are by now well-entrenched businesses. Although there are occasional disturbing reports of pet neglect and abuse in the hands of groomers, many continue to bring their pets to these specialized spas for some “pampering” which usually involves a good washing and a hair trim. Majority (61%) of the respondents said they feel safe to leave their pets alone for grooming at these places.
Lately, a lot of pet owners are also researching about health insurance for pets. Based on the survey, 68% said they are interested to buy an insurance plan for their pets. However, there remains no solid local insurance firm ready to deliver this most sought-after investment in pet care.
Cats have long dominated the Internet so it's not surprising to see them and the whole caboodle of pets having their own accounts in Facebook, Instagram and other social media platform. Thanks to their No. 1 followers, their owners, pets are now active in the social media circles, too.
Although the survey showed there are a lot of pets still without social media presence (62%), this could change rapidly as social media penetration worldwide increases by the day.
Meanwhile, what is important is that dogs and cats are being given something they need more: a bed. The survey showed that 82% of respondents have provided beds for their beloved pets. Let's hope the rest of the animals get their own personal beds, too.
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.