Waggin’ Tails 2015: A Pet Fes­ti­val

Animal Scene - - ANIMALS ON THE SCENE - Photos By JEFFREY C. LIM

Dogs frol­icked and cats gam­boled at the re­cent Waggin’ Tails 2015 held at Boni­fa­cio High Street in Taguig City. Fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly their furry mem­bers, joined in the many fun ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered by var­i­ous booths at the event.

There were the lov­able, adopt­able res­cued pit bulls at the Pup Play Pen of CARA Wel­fare Philip­pines and Save the La­guna Pit Bulls. Those look­ing to adopt smaller crea­tures played with the frisky kit­tens at the Kitty Play Pen of Cats of Manila. Even passersby joined in the fes­tiv­i­ties upon notic­ing the joy­ful at­mos­phere that char­ac­ter­ized Waggin’ Tails 2015. Dogs―and even some cats― en­joyed the Agility Play Area set up by Philip­pine Ca­nine Sports Al­liance. Ex­u­ber­ant dogs hap­pily took dips in the pool set up un­der the pretty wa­ter­fall at the cen­ter of the venue. Pam­pered pets en­joyed the Pet Mas­sage by Wish­bone Pet Care And Well­ness Cen­ter. The 643 pets who reg­is­tered for the event en­joyed gift packs from the event’s ma­jor spon­sor, Hill’s Science Diet.

Hu­mans flocked to the pho­to­booth and the “Spin a Wheel,” “Pet Pong,” and Sphero games by Hobbes and Lan­des, and got free ad­vice on their furkids’ di­ets at Ask A Vet Philip­pines’ booth. The Pet­cen­tric Vet­eri­nary Clinic also gave free Fe­line Con­sul­ta­tions, while the Fil-chi­nese Group of An­i­mal Clin­ics gave Ca­nine Con­sul­ta­tions. Dog Coach Fran­cis en­light­ened the crowd on how to solve dog be­hav­ior is­sues, while Hill’s Science Diet’s brand am­bas­sador Mat­teo Guidi­celli―the proud par­ent of sev­eral dogs and a res­cued cat― de­lighted the au­di­ence with a sur­prise ap­pear­ance.

The prizes for the fam­ily games and Pet Pass Raf­fle made ev­ery­one howl with de­light―these in­cluded a one-year sup­ply of Hill’s Science Diet, 2 Pet Party pack­ages by event or­ga­nizer Al­l4petsparty.com, a dig­i­tal car­i­ca­ture by award-win­ning car­toon­ist Dane Romely by Third Cul­ture Wife, and more from Petex­press, Doo­dles Paw Cou­ture, Baby Moon for Pets, and Re­cov­ery Food. Event sup­port­ers were the Philip­pine Pet Groups Philip­pine Golden Re­triev­ers, PRO Dog-a-holic, D.O.G. Philip­pines (Dog Own­ers Group Ph.), and Philip­pine Alaskan Mala­mute Club (PAMC). Those who missed Waggin’ Tails 2015 can gear up in­stead for Waggin’ Tails 2016 and get de­tails by vis­it­ing https://www.face­book.com/an­i­malscien­ceinc. With ad­di­tional photos by CJ Raquion)

Smiles all around, and lovely pets ev­ery­where; a par­tic­u­lar source of de­light for dog­gie par­tic­i­pants was the wad­ing pool (right) where they got to cool off.

(Clock­wise from top left) A dog ex­plores the Agility Play Area. Hill’s Science Diet’s brand am­bas­sador Mat­teo Guidi­celli says hello. Speak­ers en­livened the event and shared their pet wis­dom. This mama cat and her kit­tens were up for adop­tion.

This adopt­able La­guna pit bull keeps it cool.

(Right) Cats and kit­tens cap­tured hearts at the Cats of Manila kitty play pen; they were all look­ing for fur-ever homes.

There was much ca­ma­raderie as pets and own­ers so­cial­ized.

Dog coach Fran­cis’ Se­lena walked her­self!

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