If it moves, it dies.
RAZEL Ann Pabalan, a 23-year-old interior decorator and 3D artist “breeds” cats. But not the meowing, purring kind. Hers are little figurine kitty cats which she creates lovingly using a good dose of patience, creativity and lots of polymer clay.
Razel is now three years into her clay arts and crafts. She started by watching online air drying clay tutorials until she could already formulate her own mix of materials to create her personal accessories. When she felt that she's finally good and ready, she named her clay venture, Spring Marionette.
To differentiate her work from other clay creators, Razel said hers lean more on the shabby chic, whimsical looks.
“When I craft a whimsical clay creation, I guarantee that only you would have it because I cannot repeat it again! One of a kind they say,” she said with a wink and a laugh.
To make good clay creations, she said it is important to be constantly inspired and driven. As a cat lover, there's no prize in guessing that Razel gets inspiration from cats, particularly from her two cats Chiyo and Cipling.
“I also get my inspiration from nature, cute things, and the fact that if I make more, some cats and dogs will benefit from it,” said Razel who donates part of her crafts' earnings to help rescue and find permanent homes to stray cats.
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IN the evening, a touch of magic happens in the kitchen of Jaclyn Umali, a home baker who recently found a sweet spot in the cake market made up of pet lovers.
In an hour of so, cute creatures made from sugar can take form and inhabit her kitchen. She will use them to decorate cakes for pet lovers who are tickled pink to have personalized cakes adorned with figures in the likeness of their cats or dogs.
“Right now, I specialize in customized cakes but my family and friends still consider my cookies my specialty. I've done a few animal inspired cakes since I started making customized cakes, but I only began making cat sugar figures when I participated in Cat Care Philippines' fund raising bazaar last June,” said Jaclyn who named her little sweet business as Cakesmith.
The cakes are six inches in diameter while the decorative cats are at least two inches tall. A cake comes with one cat, but cat owners usually order more so all their cats are represented. Additional cats cost P50 each. -- MetroPets
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LEADING Italian pet food manufacturer, Monge, has developed several varieties of dog food enriched with fruits. Now, dogs can enjoy their version of the classic French dish duck a l'orange or the traditional delicious combo of pork and pineapple.
The careful pairing of fruits and meat clearly show the company's effort to please its true customers: the dogs. Aside from duck and orange or pork and pineapple, Monge also offers flavors such as lamb and apple, chicken and raspberry, turkey and blueberry and salmon and pear. These are all available in pate and chunkies form.
Monge's fruity line of dog food elevates dogs' dining experience, so much so that the label even shows a white dog in black bow tie. Yup, it's like a black tie event when dogs are served this high-end dog feed made from 80 percent fresh meat and four percent fruit.
To make the fruity meal even more appetizing to dogs, it is suggested at the back label to warm the pate and chunkies before serving.
The prices, however, tend to be different from every store so dog owners should first shop around to find the physical or online shop that offers the best price for these products.
Monge Fruits also have 12 varieties for cats. Packed in 80g cans, Monge Fruits for cats come in six recipes with Pacific Tuna and six with chicken, all enriched with fruits and aloe.
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