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Google Translate for Animals!

This post was filed under Games and Apps.

A new app for android phones! According to its website, this app “is an application for Android phones that recognises and transcribes words and phrases that are common to a species, like cats for example.”

Translate for Animals is another one of Google’s project hoping to bridge language barriers in order to better understand our animal friends 😀 Continue Reading

Pet owners: Consult a vet, not the internet!

This post was filed under Dog Ownership.

When I first started this blog, I expected to receive comments and messages from readers asking advise regarding their pet’s health. I’ve made the necessary disclaimer on my site that I am not veterinarian, and that this blog is purely a chronicle of my life with my dogs. But still, I still keep on getting messages from people seeking answers regarding their pet’s condition. I don’t mind, honestly, as I’m ok with recommending vets I know anyway. But lately, I seem to be getting one two many questions on what to do about their pet’s condition that I find it quite disturbing already.

I understand that times are hard, and whatever you can save, you keep it. Consulting a vet or any of those pet health services don’t come cheap, and I know sometimes it’s tempting to simply search the net and try to discern for ourselves what our dog’s symptoms mean. But don’t forget that when you decided to keep a pet, you understand the responsibilities that go with it — and that includes vet expenses. Continue Reading

Get your paws ready for the first-ever TailRunners: The Metro Dog Run 2010!

This post was filed under Doggie Fun Runs, Fundraisers and Drives.

Is it obvious I’m so excited for this upcoming event? Well, I am! 😀 You see, my husband and I have been joining fun runs lately — for health and bonding purposes. We’ve been wishing we could bring our little Shih Tzus along, but the shortest distance event there is in a human run race is usually 3km — a distance too far for my short-legged sweethearts. Besides, it’s really not advisable to bring dogs to a human race event. The sheer number of people in one place could be hazardous for the humans and the dogs themselves. And that’s why I can’t wait for TailRunners: The Metro Dog Run 2010!!! 😀

For the first time, a race event tailor-made to accommodate dogs! The race kits include not only singlets for human racers, but “race bandanas” and poop scooper for their canine partners as well 😀 But that’s not all… The race event categories and race maps were also made for dogs in mind — 1.5km, 3km and 5km. The 1.5km event is a realistic distance for short-legged fur-babies like mine — Shantee can do 2km walkies, did you know? 😀 Winners will receive prizes. Though Shantee and I don’t have illusions of winning the race, we’re still banking on finishing it!

Can’t run? Well, you and your dog can still join in the fun! At around 6:15am, fun games will begin for non-runners. A lot of activities are planned from 4:00am to 10:00am on race day, dog-lovers like you just shouldn’t miss it!

TailRunners: The Metro Dog Run 2010 will be held on Saturday, 17 April 2010 at the SM Mall of Asia and is co-presented by Royal Canin, Pet Express, and For more details, visit the official TailRunners microsite. See you there!!! 😀

Suryia and Roscoe: BFFs!!!

This post was filed under Social Dogs.

Suryia is an Orangutan and Roscoe is a dog, and they’re BFFs! (Best Friends Forever). Two years ago, Roscoe wandered into The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS)’s compound and met Suryia, TIGERS’ animal ambassador. Since then, the two became friends — best of friends! No one came forward to claim Roscoe, so he’s there ever since. Here’s a video of Suryia and Roscoe… It’s just adorable! 🙂

They also have a website, be make sure to take a look!

Happy Holidays from Pinoy Dog-Lover! :)

This post was filed under Surviving Holidays.

So, it’s a new year again! 🙂

I was supposed to add a photo of the doggies in this post, but they don’t seem to be in the mood for pictorials today. Firecrackers are scaring them! (As early as now, we can already hear some firecrackers and fireworks in the distance).

It’s been a long human tradition to celebrate the coming of New Year with a bang (or rather, loud bangs) — doing so is believed to ward of evil spirits and bad luck. Well, that’s for us humans, but for dogs, it’s an entirely different story. A dog’s hearing is much more sensitive than ours — imagine how loud the firecrackers can get for them.

It might be a good idea to keep the dogs inside the house once the celebrations start, making them feel “safer.” If that’s not possible, cover their house with a cloth or anything that can muffle the noise. Our bigger dogs usually roam the yard, but on New Year’s Eve, my dad always makes it a point to let them in the covered laundry area. We can’t really let them in the other parts of the house, as we already have other dogs in there and doing so might result to a doggy war for territory. Our “inside dogs” don’t really go to the laundry area, so that’s where our bigger dogs go before the loud bangs of New Year’s Eve begin.

It also won’t hurt to give your canine friend a comforting hug to make them feel safer 🙂 I certainly plan to do that later… All of our doggies will receive a comforting hug tonight! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone! And stay safe!!! 🙂

Photo Day Sunday: Gossips!

This post was filed under Photo Day Sunday.

Here’s a little something to end your week: Gossips!


That’s Kubrick and Choknat “gossiping” on the wooden swing in our garden.

Kubrick gets along pretty well with all our other dogs (being the friendly pup that he is), but sometimes he doesn’t like them getting too close (he’s so small, the others scare him sometimes). Our aspin mix Harry and Choknat are the only ones he allow to get that close to him 😀

Freebies await you at the Annual Douglas Uytengsu Memorial Cup!

This post was filed under Pet Events in the City.

I’m still a bit busy with my day job lately, but here’s something from the Boxer Club of the Philippines as presented by Alaska Milk Corporation. The “Annual Douglas Uytengsu Memorial Cup” will be held at Bonifacio High Street this coming weekend, 29 November 2009. Everyone is welcome to attend with their dogs. There will be free (yep, you read it right, FREE!) vet checkups and freebies that your doggies will love. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the event, as my husband and I will be out of town this weekend (I’m also hoping to catch up on my blogging backlog while on break). But if you do have time, do check it out. Entrance fee is free of charge!

See below for the official press release:

Boxer Champions Compete for the Annual Douglas Uytengsu Memorial Cup

Boxer Club of the Philippines

Around 70 champions are set to compete for the annual Douglas Uytengsu Memorial Cup Boxer National Championship Dog Show slated on November 29, 2009 at the Bonifacio High Street in Global City, Taguig.

Now running on its 25th year, this event is presented by Alaska Milk Corporation. Organizer Boxer Club of the Philippines is bringing in Specialty Show Judge and Champion Breeder from Canada Shirley Bell to examine boxer champions for the following categories: Best Baby Puppy in Show; Winners Dog and Best of Winners; Winners Bitch; Best Opposite Sex and Best Philippine Born in Show; Runner-Up in Best in Show, and; Best in Show and 2009 Douglas Uytengsu Memorial Cup Winner.

Dog lovers are invited to bring their canine pets to witness the display of the most premium breeders and kennels in the country. There will also be veterinarians available to provide free check-ups for any dogs that attend the event. Limited vaccine drops for dogs are also available.

The 25th Douglas Uytengsu Memorial Cup is made possible by Alaska Milk Corporation with sponsors Pfizer Animal Health, Samsung, and Royal Canin and in cooperation with Bonifacio High Street. This show is under the rules and regulations of the Philippine Canine Club, Inc. No entrance fee will be charged. Venue opens at 1:00 PM and the actual dog show starts at 4:00 PM.

World Animal Day 2009

This post was filed under Pet Holidays.

We’re still pretty busy catching up with work backlog and fixing up the damages to our home by the flood, but all is well and thank goodness no one in the family (human and dog) got hurt. Anyway, I’ll be posting an Ondoy-related (Ketsana-related) entry as soon as I get some free time. For now, here’s a press release for the World Animal Day 2009 celebrations this coming Saturday:

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), in cooperation with SM Mall of Asia and Alpo Chop House, celebrates World Animal Day with an exciting event for all animal lovers on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Start the morning with a special mass and pet blessing at 11am featuring the 92AD choir.

Browse through the booths of different organizations championing animal rights in the Philippines.

Aside from PAWS, participating groups include Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF), Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA), Earth Island Institute Philippines (EII-Phils), Feathered Friends Foundation (FFF), Network for Animals (NFA), Palawan Animal Welfare Association (PAWA), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines).

There will also be a display of YOCard’s “Visuals with Vision” entries with amateur graphic designers doing their own interpretation of the themes “Saving the Seas” for the Haribon Foundation and “Adoption of Stray Animals” for PAWS.

Then, starting at 2pm, you and your fur babies can strike a pose in the pet photo area, have our face painter turn you into a dalmatian or a pug, explore the newest pet portal on the net, and work on animal-themed projects in the arts & crafts booth.

And at 3pm, animal-loving celebrities and bands come together to raise funds for the PAWS Shelter which has been turned into an evacuation center for the animals displaced by typhoon “Ondoy.”

Jam with international star Sam Bradley together with True Faith, Rachel Alejandro, Gian Magdangal, Joey Ayala, Jan Nieto, Aliya Parcs, Harry Santos, Camerawalls, Reklamo and more as they sing for the animals.

Donations in cash or in kind (canned pet food, roofed cages, dog shampoo, old blankets and medicine) will be accepted at the PAWS Booth from 11am – 8pm.

So come and spend a meaningful weekend with your four-legged love ones only at the WORLD ANIMAL DAY Celebration at SM Mall of Asia.

This event is made possible through the generous help of Alpo Chop House, McDonald’s, Frontline Plus, Magnolia Healthtea, Magnolia Fruitdrink, Magnolia Purewater, By Nature Handmade Soaps, Human Nature, Yes Movement, The Picture Company, Krispy Kreme, and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.

Marc and I might be going with Shantee and Kubrick. See you there!!!! 🙂

Enter your doggy blog at the Philippine Blog Awards 2009!

This post was filed under Pet Blogs and Bloggers.

Hello fellow Pinoy dog-lovers! Got great news… The submission of entries for the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards has been extended until August 21 at 11:59PM Manila time!

Philippine Blog Awards 2009

If you’re a Filipino and own a blog, you can join! If you have a pet-related blog, do make sure you enter it under the Hobby and Recreation main category. If it’s a commentary about pets, Commentary category is better for you. If your blog focuses on advocacy (ie. Animal Welfare!), the Advocacy category is the best category for it. Just make sure you enter it under the correct category so you’ll have a chance of winning! 🙂

As one of the co-founders and organizers of the Philippine Blog Awards, Shantee, Kubrick and I can’t join. So it’s up to you guys to make known to the Philippine blogosphere about the animal-related blogs out there! Good luck to all! 🙂

For more info, visit this page.

Chillin’ at Sonya’s Garden with the doggies!

This post was filed under Dog Ownership, My Dogs, Pet Travel.

I’ve been wanting to post this entry for the past week, but I just didn’t have the time to because of work. I don’t normally like being bugged down by work, but we had quite a relaxing weekend last week so I was pretty much rejuvenated. You see, my husband Marc and I spent the previous weekend at Sonya’s Garden Bed and Breakfast with the two Shih Tzus, Shantee and Kubrick!

Shantee and Kubrick!
Shantee and Kubrick! by kutitots, on Flickr

Our other dogs, especially my two boys Harry and Choknat, hate traveling. They get dizzy even for just a very short ride. Shantee doesn’t get dizzy at all—she’s so used to traveling. Kubrick threw up at least once going and leaving Tagaytay—it’s his first long trip and he got all excited, and you know as well as I do that anybody can get dizzy moving around so much inside the car. Anyway, I’ll talk more about traveling with pets on different post, because this one is not about that.

Marc, Shantee, Kubrick and I would like to extend our warmest and deepest thank you’s to Sonya Garcia and her staff at Sonya’s Garden for their hospitality and kindness. Never before had my dogs felt like VIPs—Very Important Pooches—and we cannot help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the VIP treatment they’ve given us. Continue Reading

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