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
PET LOVERS will be happy to know that Catriona Gray, the newly-crowned Miss Universe 2018, is also a pet lover.
Already so beloved since winning the glorious Miss Universe title, Catriona's love for animals is another reason to like her.
Catriona is mom to two female dogs: a four-year-old Rottweiler named Marlie and a one-year-old beagle named Maple.
Meanwhile, Catriona still calls her rottie “BabyMarlie” although it is no longer “a little ball of fluff but more like a big ball of terror,” she said. More importantly, the new Miss Universe still considers Marlie as her “main girl” even after having lots of new girl friends from around the world.
Fame and fortune are now hers, but for Catriona Gray part of her universe still revolves around two dogs at home who have no idea their momma is now very famous. -- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
SOME love stories begin on a slightly sad note, with two unlikely characters meeting at the strangest place, like a cemetery. Such is the love story of Rex and Mimi, a guy and a dog who met sometime in Sept. 2017 when the former visited his father's grave.
Rex said a scraggly and mangy dog who looked like she recently gave birth approached his parked car, and because he is a dog lover he patted her head.
"Nagsimula po ang lahat nang bumisita ako sa kakamatay ko lang na ama sa sementeryo (last year 2017). Biglang may lumapit sa akin na aso. Medyo payat po siya at puno ng galis ang katawan. At sa tingin ko bagong panganak lamang siya. At dahil mahilig nga tayo sa aso hinimas himas ko ang ulo niya. Malambing po siya na aso. (Caption/photo by Rex Rodriguez.)
Rex, whose full name is Rex Aris Tan Rodriguez, said he was already at his father's plot when he realized that the dog had followed him and seemed to be waiting for him. Rex felt bad for her.
Afterwards, Rex said the dog followed him again in his car and even leaned inside as if pleading to take her with him.
Sensing that she wanted more than just food, Rex regrettably had to turn her down and proceeded to close his car door. Only at that point did the brown dog sadly move away.
But not after making a last-ditch effort to try to kiss Rex to hopefully change his mind.
As he drove away, Rex saw in his rear-view mirror the dog running after him. He said that when he drove faster, the dog also ran faster but stopped when his car was near the exit. At that point, Rex also stopped his car to think and pray.
Rex learned from those around the cemetery that the dog was indeed a stray and that some people already took away her puppies. As promised, Rex decided to take the dog with him and made it ride in the front seat. However, the cheeky dog who just scored a major victory and would soon be named “Mimi” preferred to stay at the back seat and be driven around like a prima donna. 😅
On their way home, Rex first brought Mimi to an animal clinic for some vaccines. The veterinarian on duty was the first to hear about Rex and Mimi's “love story” and was so moved that they were given a free bag of dog food.
After more than a year, here is Mimi now!
Looking good, Mimi! 😅
Although Rex doens't know how old Mimi might be, her new lifestyle can be summed up best in four words: eat, sleep, play and bark.
"She barks at night for no reason, Rex told MetroPets.
Who knows, it could be something Mimi used to do at the cemetery at night when it's all dark and quiet?
Overall, Rex said Mimi is doing fine and enjoying life in their house in Davao with seven other pet dogs.
“Aspins like Mimi are very loyal and loving dogs. Mimi is friendly, playful and has no problem getting along with other dogs. Only, she doesn't like taking a bath, but she has no choice,” said Rex.
Mimi is Rex's first rescued dog and he is open to the idea of helping other homeless dogs in the future.
“I hope our story becomes an inspiration. Siguro kung bawat isa sa atin makasagip kahit isa o dalawang napabayaan or abandonadong aso, siguro kahit papaano mababawasan sila,” he said, adding that his late father was a dog lover, too, and probably had a role in the Rex and Mimi love story.
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A professional embalmer from Orani, Bataan gave their family dog Pepper a befitting burial last month to show how much they loved her.
Being in the funeral business, it was easy for Dhanielyn Canlas Punzalan and her family to pull out all the stops so Pepper, a Shih Tzu, could be laid to rest in a manner that follows human standards.
After embalming the eight-year-old dog, the Punzalans had a small white casket made for her festooned with flowers and other decorations. Her wake lasted for two days and viewed by friends and family. Pictures of Pepper's wake were also shared online for other pet lovers to see.
Pepper left behind a “hubby” named Oreo, also a Shih Tzu, who Dhanielyn said stayed with Pepper until she died. Poor Oreo is grieving.
“Oreo would stay close to Pepper's cage all the time and he followed her when he was taken to the morgue. Now, whenever Oreo is being groomed and he realizes that Pepper is not around anymore, he would cry,” said Dhanielyn.
Pepper's interment took place three days after her death and it was definitely a sight to see.
A hearse took Pepper to a private memorial lot of the Punzalans but not until it went through a solemn procession led by a car ridden by Oreo.
Pepper's casket was carried by staff members to the spot where she would be buried and where family and friends would later let go of white balloons as an act of farewell.
An aerial shot of the whole event was captured by a drone and made into this short video:
Pepper's departure rites, while seen by some as impractical, generally got favorable response from pet owners.
“We didn't expect the outpour of love from animal lovers who saw Pepper’s funeral,” said Dhanielyn who explained to those who didn't agree that there were times when they provided free funeral services to the less fortunate, so “what more to pets who are part of the family.”
Pepper's final resting place would not be disturbed anymore, said Dhanielyn. She's the third family dog to be honored in this manner. “First time was with our English Bulldog who died 12 years ago, followed by our Mastiff three years later,” Dhanielyn added.
When Pepper's funeral video went viral, Dhanielyn said she received inquiries from those who want the same kind of service when their pets die. She said they can accommodate them although their service is really designed for humans.
* All photos and video are courtesy of Dhan Punzalan.
BIG dogs give fuller hugs and a lot of people fall head over heels over giant breeds like the Alaskan Malamute. But to own even just one of these big dogs comes with enormous responsibilities that require total commitment and dedication.
If you are not being capricious about it and you won't shirk from the responsibilities of caring for an Alaskan Malamute (or any kind of dog, big and small), check if you are really suitable to have this dog by following the five pointers given by Gino Abaya, owner of Goliath Kennels, breeder of Alaskan Malamutes and Caucasian Ovcharkas.
FIVE THINGS TO DO BEFORE GETTING AN ALASKAN MALAMUTE (or any dog, for that matter)
1. Find the right dog that will suit your lifestyle, financial state and commitment issues.
2. Do a thorough research on any dog breed you desire.
3. Make sure that everyone you are living with is ready to take in a new dog as family member.
4. Request for a kennel visit to see the well-being of the dogs you wish to buy, (check for skin disease and other possible health issues).
5. Only deal with responsible breeders. Don't support puppy millers, importers and pet shops that only care about profiting from the dogs.
If you honestly find yourself unable to properly take care of a large breed dog, mainly due to financial reasons, Abaya's advice is look for a dog to adopt.
“Adopted dogs will love you just the same, maybe even more. They have the same eyes filled with happiness and excitement and they possess the same forgiving heart. They will love you unconditionally as well until their last breath,” he said.
THE president of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco, is turning 90 in August and she decided to share her wisdom and secret to long life to those who attended PAWS' benefit luncheon, Bon ApPETit!
Speaking in front of animal lovers and their pets, Nita mildly coaxed her audience to go vegetarian or try to eat more vegetables. “Go easy on meat,” she said, but quickly acknowledged that it might not suit everyone.
What all people in the event could relate to, however, is her second secret to longevity which is to “love much”.
“Try to love everyone no matter what background, race or species. Love as much as a DOG would,” said Nita, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Nita was among the small group of people that started PAWS in 1954. She said she was overwhelmed by the huge turnout of animal lovers at PAWS' event, adding that “it is a testament to what PAWS has grown into.”
“Thank you for loving animals and for helping PAWS,” she said.
LOS ANGELES -- CatCon® - the convention with cattitude - announced that April 19th will be officially recognized as the first annual "National Cat Lady Day," a celebration of cat ladies everywhere.
"The notion of the cat lady as a dowdy spinster has shifted dramatically over the past few years," said CatCon creator Susan Michals. "Now it's chic to be a cat lady! Designers like Stella McCartney and Kate Spade are using cats in their designs, and celebrities like Dita Von Teese, Ke$ha, and Kate McKinnon are embracing their love of the feline with enthusiasm!" As further proof, CatCon released this video to showcase just how much cat ladies have changed.
In regard to CatCon, Michals further added: "Just a look around the convention floor shows you the inimitable style, sass, and character that CatConners bring to their cat-loving lifestyle. They celebrate their cat lady-dom!" Joining CatCon to celebrate the day are influencers and companies like Catladyland, Cat Lady Box, Moshow the Cat Rapper and Cat Nouveau.
Details for CatCon 2017:
August 12th and August 13th, 2017
Location: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Hours: Saturday, 9AM- 5PM; Sunday, 10AM - 5PM
Created in 2015, CatCon is the biggest cat-centric convention in the world. In the past two years, the company has donated over $70,000 to organizations including FixNation, Lil BUB's BIG Fund and Kitten Rescue and helped to facilitate over 170 adoptions. Tickets for this year's show go on sale May 2, 2017.
#nationalcatladyday #catladycool #catcon
RABBITS had their field day recently at the amphitheater inside the Quezon Memorial Circle for the first ever Bunny Camp organized by leading local groups of rabbit enthusiasts.
The Philippine Association of Rabbit Enthusiasts and Farmers (PAREF) and the Philippine Rabbit Enthusiasts and Sales Club (PRESC) gathered existing members and new recruits in an afternoon of talks and games that highlight the fascinating world of rabbits.
On display at Rabbit Camp 2016 were rare rabbit breeds of different shades and sizes. The show was done in part with the support of The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) and the Association of Rabbit Meat Producers. Also present were representatives of the Philippine Rabbit Hobbyists Association.
Bill Gonzales, an officer for both PAREF and PRESC, told MetroPets that they are working to be a charter of ARBA to elevate the development of rabbits and rabbit shows in the country.
The Rabbit Camp 2016 was attended by a mix group of rabbit sellers and rabbit pet owners who all enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games which include a rabbit race, grass eating contest and a rabbit fashion show. -- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
AT any given Sunday morning, the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City becomes a silent witness to a unique gathering of cats and people that call themselves the Sunday Parkday Gang.
Cats walking around on leashes, climbing trees and frolicking on the grass is a wonderful sight to behold. It certainly is not common for household cats to spend happy time in a park like dogs do.
It takes dedication and unfettered love for their cats that get people out of their bed, begrudgingly or not, on an early Sunday morning to do it. They only have Jonna Baquillas to blame.
Jonna was the first to take her cat Shawn on this kind of adventure. She vividly remembers the day: September 27, 2014.
“On her first parkday, she readily walked around and climbed trees in Ayala Triangle Park. We posted her parkday photos on the PAWsome Cats and Cat Care Philippines' Facebook and Instagram accounts. It was still a novelty at that time to see cats being walked on a leash but other cat owners expressed their interest in bringing their cats to the park as well,” recalls Jonna.
Soon, Shawn, a rescued puspin, has to share the park with at least a dozen other cats and their owners. When the number of weekly “members” started growing, Jonna says that's when they adopted the name and the hashtag Sunday Parkday Gang.
The Sunday Parkday Gang, mostly members of the social media groups mentioned, welcomes anyone who wants to join and bring their healthy and fully vaccinated cats at the Ayala Triange Park from 8 a.m. till 12 noon. The group has a soft spot for puspins and rescued cats, but they are fine with people bringing their purebred cats.
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THE house has two huge dog statues on both sides of its gate. Above these imposing figures is a metal arc with a sign: “Villa Paraiso”.
It was outside this gate guarded by two concrete dogs, where an emaciated black dog that looked hours away from expiring made a last ditch effort to find help. Luckily for this dog, the house belongs to a family of kind-hearted animal lovers.
Avery Paraiso, a showbiz personality popularized by the GMA television show Starstruck, lives in that house and he rushed out with her mother Holly to help the despairing dog. Without second thoughts, they let the dog in.
It took six months before Avery shared in his Facebook page the story of how he and his family did a life-saving intervention to give the dog a new leash on life. Now called Raven, the once scraggy dog not only found her wings, so to speak, she also lives permanently at Villa Paraiso which for her is as close as it gets to paradise.
A visit at Villa Paraiso gives a better picture of how Avery and his family love their dogs. New arrivals are greeted by a cacophony of barks and wagging tails from dogs that have a free run of the house.
“I have always been a dog lover. So is my family,” said Filipino-Irish Avery while letting Raven sit on his lap.
Raven's malnutrition is all in the past now. From 9 kilos when rescued, Raven ballooned to 17.4 kilos in no time.
“She is now quite chubby,” said Avery with a smile. “But she is our sweetest dog.”
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By ALMA J. BUELVA
IN the concrete jungle of Rockwell in Makati lives a Panther. It is a charming animal with large, beautiful eyes and dark fur. It inhabits and prowls a unit at the 39th floor of a condominium building where, away from the public eye, it lets its guard down to be the pampered Persian kitty that it is.
Panther is the cat of Carmen Goetz-Blaylock, a freelance fashion and beauty photographer who never owned a cat before. But as fate would have it, she saw one day an online advertisement of a gorgeous blue Persian kitten that captured her heart.
That Panther was for sale over at Sulit.ph, a popular buy-and-sell website but not where pedantic cat aficionados would look for purebreds, didn't matter to Carmen. She went out to get him and called him Panther after her favorite childhood toy.
Panther is now 2.5 years old and though he is the only pet in the house, he is definitely not alone. He has Carmen and her husband Jon, plus a legion of followers on Instagram that swell to over 22,000 and counting.
When Carmen created the Instagram account @panther.cat in July 2015, it didn't take off dramatically. But a new world opened up for Panther a month after when one of his photos was picked up by the Cats of Instagram, the crème de la crème of all cat-related accounts on Instagram.
With millions of cute cat photos in Instagram, it's quite amazing that Panther quickly amassed lots of followers in such a short time. His pictures and videos are delightful, but what fascinates people most about Panther is his expressive, handsome face.
“Bottom line he is cute,” said Carmen.
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* Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray is a pet lover