Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
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.
Click here to WAZE users can now download the traffic app's new feature that will remind them to take their children or pets from the backseat before leaving their cars.
To get this opt-in feature, simply download the latest free Waze update and activate it by tapping on Menu > Settings > General > Child Reminder > Turn On “Allow Reminders”.
The reminder can also be customized with a personal message like “Remember to take Sabbie and Teddy with you before you lock the car.”
The Waze reminder activates at the end of a Waze-assisted ride. Waze said this is their way of giving voice to the “little ones who cannot speak up when it's time to get out of the car.”
There have been many cases of children and pets accidentally being left alone inside a car when the driver becomes preoccupied with what they have to do once reaching their destination. The way temperature could immediately rise inside a parked vehicle has been proven dangerous to any human or pet trapped inside. Waze hopes the new feature will prevent more child or pet being left helpless in the backseat of the car.re to edit.
FROM the land of the Pokémon comes the Japanese Spitz, one of Japan's most popular breeds of dogs. There should be a Pokémon fashioned after its image, but even without one this white dog definitely has the looks to charm anyone.
“Japanese Spitz dogs look very attractive with their beautiful white coat. We really love their appearance, their long and bright coat, pointed ears and black eyes,” said Levis Aranas-Carza, owner of three Japanese Spitzes named Cassie, Chloe and Snowie Jr.
Levis is one of the pioneers of the Japanese Spitz Club Philippines and she is also among the 15 administrators of the group's Facebook page. Formed in May 2010, the group currently has close to 8,000 members in Facebook who are Japanese Spitz lovers and breed enthusiasts.
In the near future, it is the Japanese Spitz Club Philippines' goal to have a registration of this wonderful breed with the Philippine Canine Club, Inc. so they could have an official way of tracking the number of Japanese Spitz dogs in the country.
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CATS love to stare. Whatever the reason, it's not because they see vivid colors because cats, based on scientific studies, don't see the full range of colors that most humans do.
Artist Nickolay Lamm, in consultation with renowned veterinary doctors from the All Animal Eye Clinic, The Animal Eye Institute, and the Ophthalmology group at Penn Vet, has established several ways by which cats see the world around them.
Lamm believes that the following is how a cat see things:
* Cats' peripheral vision is better than humans. Cats’ visual fields at roughly 200 degrees instead of 180 degrees are broader than humans.
* Cats are nearsighted which affect their visual acuity. Humans with good eyesight can see sharply up to distances of 100-200 feet, but that would already look blurry to cats which need to be not farther than 20 feet from something to see it clearly.
* Cats see better in dim light and at night because they have six to eight times more rod cells in their retinas than humans which help them see in poor lighting conditions.
* Cats unlike humans can see rapid movements better than humans, again thanks to their rod cells that refresh more quickly. This explains why they are quick at catching their prey, including the elusive laser dot.
* Cats see less colors than people and the version of the colors they see is quite dull. Cats see things in limited hues so they can't distinguish between red, yellow, green and orange objects. What cats' photoreceptors can pick up well are wavelengths in the blue-violet and greenish-yellow ranges so that experts believe they can see mostly blues and grays. Lately, however, experts think cats also see some green.
Thanks to the Humane Society of the United States, this cute video clearly shows what pet owners must put in their pet's disaster kit. Yes, a disaster kit for pets like this kitten will help in times of disasters and emergencies. It is best to be prepared for an actual emergency, so sit back and watch and later recreate what you see in this pet life-saving video tutorial.
ANIMAL welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urges the public to help animals, especially dogs, beat the summer heat by keeping them away from hot places and watching their overall condition in relation to soaring temperatures.
If there's a dog showing any symptoms of heatstroke—including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy, lack of appetite, or loss of coordination—get it into the shade immediately. PETA said a symptomatic dog's body temperature can be lowered by offering water, applying a cold towel to the animal's head and chest, or immersing the dog in tepid (not ice-cold) water. As the dog cools off, bringing it to a veterinarian for further medical attention should be next.
Keep dogs indoors, especially while the sun is up. Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting.
If dogs must be left outside, PETA urges dog owners to supply them with water and to make sure dogs stay in shady areas even as the sunshine's direction shifts as the day goes by. Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun can have life-threatening consequences, PETA said.
Avoid putting on clothes on dogs as it makes them more vulnerable to heat stroke. Even in the coolest of temperatures in the Philippines, dogs are able to stay warm and do not need to wear clothing, said PETA.
Avoid hot cars. PETA strongly appeals to pet owners not to leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open. Dogs trapped inside parked cars can succumb to heat stroke within minutes, even if a car isn't parked in direct sunlight, the group said. On a 25-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to between 37 and 50 degrees in just minutes, and on a 32-degree day, interior temperatures can reach as high as 71 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
PETA also warned against running or exercising dogs when the weather is hot. In very hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep up or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point, it may be too late to save them, said the group.
PETA also encourages the public to keep an eye on other animals living outdoors, even if they are not their pets. Leaving water for strays and giving them temporary shelter from the heat or calling humane can save the lives of affected animals.
"Many animals suffer during Manila's long summers", says PETA Asia's Vice President Jason Baker. "You can help them weather the high temperatures by following our tips and volunteering with your local shelter or municipal pound."
For help in rescuing animals in distress, call PETA on (0) 999-888-7382.
For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com or PETA Asia's Facebook page.
RESEARCHERS claim that the breed of dog you choose can reflect your personality.
Researcher Lance Workman from the United Kingdom said people often go for dogs that are a bit like them. Although sometimes opposite attracts, the research believes that in many cases, certain people are attracted to certain breeds that somewhat reflect their inner selves.
Workman's study grouped certain types of dogs and the people who are likely to own them.
A. Gun Dogs (Labrador, Golden Retriever, Spaniels, Pointers)
* Likely to be owned by the most agreeable and conscientious type of people.
B. Hound Dogs (Greyhound, Beagles and Afghans)
* Usually owned by emotionally stable people
C. Utility Dogs (Bulldogs, Akita)
* Suitable for and preferred by people with extroverted personalities.
D. Toy Dogs (Chihuahuas and Yorkies, Pugs and Pomeranians)
* Owned by those who tend to be most open to try new things, imaginative, agreeable and conscientious
E. Pastoral Dogs (German Shepherds, Collies, Bulldogs, Poodles and Schnauzers)
* Usually preferred by those considered extroverts
Although the study is no way conclusive as there are people who could just get along with any types of dogs, it however gives practical guide to people looking for a suitable dog – one that fits their personalities and lifestyles.
In addition, the research helps break down stereotypes such as owners of big breeds being the bold and aggressive kind or that those who own toy dogs tend to be simpletons.
Knowing that there's a dog that prefers to do certain things like humans do could mean a happier and successful partnership between dog and owner. When that happens, there'll be less dogs that to be surrendered to a shelter due to unreconcilable differences with their humans.
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