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Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog."

"I like dogs better [than people]. They give you unconditional love. They either lick your face or bite you, but you always know where they're coming from. With people, you never know which ones will bite.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Top 3 reasons why The Dog Spa & Hotel is simply the best.


I know a lot of people who are having troubles with their dog groomers, some do not know how to follow instructions, while some will pretend that they can groom the dog even if they really can't.

I have been a loyal customer of The Dog Spa & Hotel ever since I brought one of my dogs to them 2 years ago. I've also wrote an article about that experience and you can read it here.

They currently have 7 branches and I always bring my dogs on their Congressional and Fisher Mall branch.

Now let me give you the reasons why I believe that The Dog Spa & Hotel is simply the best.

1. They have Expert Groomers. 

When I say Expert. I mean EXPERT. They are real, and not just a bunch of posers. I brought Armani to them because his coat is already matted, it was actually my fault because I wanted him to look like Halo the Standard Poodle of Taiwan, I didn't realized that it's actually hard to maintain. I actually thought that the groomer will just shave his coat.

But because they are experts, the groomer decided to give him a make over. And I was really happy with the result.



Halo, the Standard Poodle of Taiwan. Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/standardpoodleHaLo
2. The owners and staffs of The Dog Spa & Hotel are Dog People. 

They even have a display of Pepito's picture in every branch. I was lucky to meet him in person during the opening of their Fisher Mall branch, I can say that he is one handsome Pomeranian.

Dog people will always prioritize the welfare of each and every canine, that's the main reason why I only trust The Dog Spa & Hotel in terms of my dogs grooming needs.

Pepito

My Doggies. They are all The Dog Spa & Hotel babies

This is my beloved Pomeranian named Margaux
This is Chase, and he loves The Dog Spa & Hotel
3. The Dog Spa & Hotel offers this homey and comfy environment for both humans and canines. 

Yes, they have a Chandelier.

My dog Armani at the grooming area


Congressional Branch




Here are some of their celebrity clients.
Anne Curtis-Smith
Ms. Lea Salonga

Christine Reyes
   
John Lloyd Cruz


For more information, kindly check the following.



You can contact them thru:

Telephone Number: 709 4970, 09178512287
 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Calling all Doggie Fashionistas!! It's your time to shine once more!!



Urdaneta City Dog Lovers Club is inviting all Doggie Fashionistas to join their upcoming amateur dog fashion show called "Pet Mo, Irampa Mo". It will be held at Urdaneta City Cultural Center on December 14, 2014.



If you would like to register before the event, please call any of the following numbers:

09279571027
09227454685
09369432505

Same day registration starts at 7am-9am.











There is a registration fee of 150 pesos per dog. Make sure that your dogs vaccination is complete.
The show does not discriminate dog breeds so all kinds of dogs can join the contest.


This is also your chance to bond with your dog and other dog lovers. If you are creative, you still have time to create a fabulous dress/costume for your dog, and if you are looking for someone who can make a doggie gown you can email me here and I will refer you to the best pet couture designer that I know.

Monday, 3 November 2014

A Belle for Christmas. This Christmas, It's All About Puppy Love!



Starring Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Jet Jurgensmeyer and Haylie Duff
 This Heartwarming Holiday Film Debuts on DVD November 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 4, 2014 - Just in time for the holidays, Anchor Bay Entertainment brings home A Belle for Christmas, an uplifting comedy about family, friendship and a four-legged holiday miracle. The film, starring Dean Cain (The Dog Who Saved the Holidays, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), Kristy Swanson (Big Daddy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jet Jurgensmeyer (The Little Rascals Save the Day), and Haylie Duff (Material Girls,), will be making it's national retail debut on November 4, 2014. A Belle for Christmas is priced to own at $19.98 SRP.



Dean Cain stars as Glenn Barrows, a recent widower doing his best to raise his young kids Elliot (Jet Jurgensmeyer) and Phoebe (Meyrick Murphy) who really miss their mom. When the Barrows adopt an adorable puppy named Belle during the holiday season, it seems that their healing may have begun. But will Glen’s dog-hating, gold-digging new girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) spoil their newfound happiness, or can Elliott and Phoebe pull off a daring Christmas Eve rescue of their beloved new pet? Haylie Duff co-stars in this fun-filled furry family comedy that will warm hearts just in time for the holidays.


 And as a treat to my readers, I have included 2 recipes from Hailey Duff's cookbook, and I am sure that your dogs will enjoy munching on this tasty treats. 

 



About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company.  Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming, including STARZ Original series, children's entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.




A Belle for Christmas
Street Date:                 November 4, 2014     
Pre-Book:                    October 1, 2014         
DVD Catalog #:          DV62417
DVD UPC #:              0 1313 26241-7 4                               
Audio:                         Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio:              Anamorphic Widescreen
Subtitles:                     English SDH, Spanish
Retail Price:                 $19.98
Genre:                          Children, Family
Rating:                         PG
Run Time:                   91 minutes
Year:                           2014   
 


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Disaster Preparedness for Pets by ASPCA.

September is Disaster Preparedness Month and ASPCA is bringing together various disaster experts for a Google+ Hangout to talk about how to prepare for disasters with pets. The virtual event will take place on Thursday, September 18th at 7pm ET and it will be moderated by GMA’s weather anchor Ginger Zee, featuring  experts from ASPCA, FEMA and USDA, as well as special animal guests who were disaster survivors.

http://www.aspca.org

To find out the latest tips and get a free rescue alert sticker for your home, kindly visit:  www.aspca.org/BePrepared. I am also encouraging you guys to download their free ASPCA App which includes a check-list of actions to take before, during and after a major storm.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Hector and the Search for Happiness Star Luna Struts her Stuff at Strut Your Mutt

http://www.impawards.com/intl/germany/2014/hector_and_the_search_for_happiness_ver4.html

When it comes to finding happiness it doesn’t get much easier than a day full of wagging tails and furry paws. To help promote the upcoming release of, “Hector and the Search for Happiness, “ Relativity Media along with DOG for DOG took part in the Best Friends Animal Society’s, Los Angeles Strut Your Mutt fundraising walk, and brought Luna, the Boston Terrier, dog star, of the film along to lead the team. 

Lassie and Luna
Luna met the public like any true star would, posing for pictures with the press, taking selfies with fans and even taking time to meet up for a quick photo shoot with the other canine star in attendance, Lassie.

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” comes to theaters on September 19, 2014, and along with Luna, the film stars, Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.  The film follows, Pegg’s character as he travels the globe in the search of the secret to happiness. 



Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Celebrate with Make and Bake!

Special thoughts for special occasions; we usually show special thoughts by highlighting each celebrations with a special cake – may it be birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, achievements, or just a mere special commemoration. It is either we look for the best tasting cakes among the famous local bakeries or we buy budget cakes just to show our purest thoughts. This is how we, humans celebrate, and we, humans are sharing these thoughts with our pets nowadays. That is why special bakeries for pets started to come out of the market like mushrooms. They offer special celebration cakes and goodies that have ingredients just right for our pets. But do pets appreciate when we share with them the standards of human celebration?

Of course, pets do appreciate, the same way they appreciate when we pet them, when we cuddle them, when we give them their favorite belly rubs, when we give them treats, or when we play with them. Dogs, to be specific, are pets that appreciate and remember positive deeds. It is the same logic that applies when teaching our furkids good behaviors and doggy manners, they purposely repeat actions that give them positive responses from their masters. They might not be knowledgeable about their birth dates but they do remember that they were able to eat a good treat once in a while.

So, why not share with your pets a special cake made and baked just for them on their special days? Make the celebration extra special with Make and Bake’s dedicated cakes and goodies for your furkids! Make and Bake, a bakery for pets only uses vet approved, natural and homemade ingredients in their exceptional pet cakes. Every healthy treat they serve are the result of extensive research, development and testing. What’s good with this specialty store is that they bake customized pup at catcakes for your pets with specific tummy and allergy requirements; Pawty Cakes, Pupcakes and Catcakes, customized Pupcakes, Frosty Paws, Pawfect Biscuits, name it they have it.  Oh, and take note, they also deliver pup and catcakes within Metro Manila (charges apply)!

For more information about Make and bake and their contact details:



 For Make and Bake menu, kindly refer to the picture below:




A One Week Love Affair

It was love at first sight.

During an official visit to one of our offices, we unintentionally set eyes with her. It was the first time we saw her, and she really captured our hearts. The black and white little furball wags her tail as I carried her out from her cage. As much as we want to have her, it is not possible. As of what I heard, the furball is already reserved for someone else.

Trying to have a female Siberian Husky for our Stewie, a male Siberian Husky, we tried to ask again if any is available for release or for sale. And yes, the cute little furball that once we set eyes with was then available! She was the only one left from her batch, her other littermates didn't make through the critical stage of its early lives, while the other one was already released to its new owner. The furball was then available, but for a price that we could not afford.  But God made a way, and we got a good offer to have her, and we definitely grabbed the chance. The then named Chamber, and then Heidi is now named Lois as we already had her by then.

Lois, a black and white female Siberian Husky, almost 3 months of age happily wagged her tail as she officially started her first day in her new home with us. The sweet little furball really knew how to make us smile. She followed us whenever we walk around, ran around her place, played her squeaky toy, and teased Stewie most of the time. But one thing we noticed, she was coughing and had runny nose.

Before her first step on her new home, we brought her to a veterinarian to have her cough and colds checked, the doctor wants her injected with antibiotic, vitamin B complex, and a medicine to lower her temperature since based on her initial check-up, she had a fever. But the vet and us decided to return the next day instead when we already have her medical records to have a more accurate medication based on her vaccinations.

During her stay in her new home, and while waiting for her next schedule of vet visit, she did her usual stuff. She was not a bark-y type of dog, we only heard her a few times, and howled during her first few nights. She howled inside her cage as if she wanted to sleep with us. We planned to let her sleep in the room once her cough and colds subside, but not that time, not yet.

Lois’ appetite was really good, knowing that Siberian Huskies are natural picky eaters; we wished that she would remain as is until the rest of her time. She couldn't wait whenever she heard us preparing her food; she walked around excitedly until her food was in front of her. She was as excited as ever, and as if she was not fed the whole day - but not until her 5th day with us. Since her 4th day and 2nd visit with the vet (the time that we already had her medical records), she started to slowed down from her usual routine. After her medication by injection, she ate a little and slept most of the time. She was suspected to have been infected by Canine Distemper Virus, but with no screening done. On her 6th day with us, she stopped eating and drinking, though she still wagged her tail and walked around her place, her energy declined so much, and started vomiting – which made us worry even more. As a registered nurse, I know for a fact that I should not show much worry or let her hear that I am worrying so much about her situation, because I still believe that the care’s recipient will be affected by anything she/he hears from the care provider. I should say encouraging words and release positive signals for her. But naturally, it is acceptable that one would show much worry for such situation just like what we sometimes did. And honestly, there will be no person who will not show much worry and depression for such situation, even I had a hard time hiding such emotions.

She was accompanied the whole day on her 6th day, missing Saturday work of her guardian just to keep an eye on her. By that time, she must already be dehydrated, that’s why we were just forcing her to eat, drink, and take her medicines. We called her veterinarian and other knowledgeable friends as well to consult about her situation, we were then decided to have her confined, but was advised by some vets to further observe her. She slept in our room that night. I had her on my chest, and she seemed to be comfortable and relaxed in that situation. The little furball remained sweet until this hard moment, she placed her head near mine, and seemed to like when my arms were around her.

Together with our boss, we decided to have her confined the next day. We have her confined with IV dextrose line to replenish fluids and prevent further dehydration, had her tested for distemper virus, and had her undergo complete blood test. During the mid-afternoon of her 8th day with us, the vet informed us that our dear baby Lois was negative of distemper virus, and this gave us new hope that she might be just sick because of something, something that we assumed that was treatable. But her vet recommended us to have Lois undergo Parvo Virus test, another fatal canine disease together with the previously suspected distemper virus. We had our hopes and faith; we were looking forward to a negative result and wished to pull her out of confinement as soon as possible.

But the mood changed after a few hours. Baby Lois was positive of Canine Parvo Virus. Trying to convince myself that she would get better sooner or later, even though we knew that the virus that infested her body was fatal, I even shared internet researches to her vet that Parvo cases have better chances of survival when hospitalized rather than staying at home, and opposing the vet’s initial report that chances of survival is 5-20% only. Still in the stage of denial, I was trying to convince the vet and myself as well that the rate of survival is 70%. But being in line in the medical field, I know for a fact that doctors often do not lie of the real situation, they do not give false reassurance just to keep sake of the client or patient’s relatives to hope for nothing. Instead, they tell the truth to prepare ourselves for whatever may happen.

That’s life. That’s reality. And we must accept it. We bid goodbye to baby Lois, promised to return the next day to visit her. We left her with encouraging words. We tried to boost her energy by telling her that Stewie and the gang was already waiting for her to come home. But just like what I did to one of our beloved furkid Light who already passed away few years ago due to distemper, even though we were encouraging her to stay alive, to fight for her life, I whispered to her almost the same words I whispered to Light several years ago – ‘Fight for your life, but if you are already suffering too much, if you are already hurting too much, let go and surrender and take a good sleep.’ Unlike what I asked Light before, to wait for my graduation before he surrender, I just told Lois to take a good sleep if she can’t bare the pain anymore. I do not want to feel guilty again by asking her to stay longer; that I know will also prolong her suffering. I do not want to feel selfish. I want her to just have good memories of us and nothing more.

By 10 in the evening, the vet texted us that our baby Lois was crying, probably because of too much pain - pain that she endured for quite a time already. The night passed, and by morning, we received painful news from the vet, that after Lois’ mourning for agony, she slept well already, a very good night sleep.

Parvo virus seemed to be stronger than our faith and hopes, Parvo virus seemed to be stronger than our baby Lois and us. But Lois’ faith to her masters is stronger than the death caused by Parvo virus itself. Lois’ faith and loyalty to us, to her masters’ words to take a good night sleep after a fight well fought to overcome the pain and suffering defeated the infestation of the virus and concluded her short journey on earth.

A week of love affair has been concluded in a tragic way. A tragic ending that will make us remember her loyalty and faith forever. By now, baby Lois, the black and white furball rests in her grave in her own home.


This time, we never felt any guilt because we fought with her in her battle and we tried all possible ways to treat her, all possible ways to save her from the ultimate defeat. We know that she is not regretful for having us as her new masters as well. Wherever happy place Lois might be right now, she’ll surely meet Kuya Light and Sushi. To Lois, kindly tell your story to them and send our love for them.


We love Lois, and she’ll always be our baby girl.