The Pet Ex­press Dog & Cat Expo 2016

Animal Scene - - ANIMALS ON THE SCENE - Text and pho­tos by CLARIZZA JAN C. RAQUION

Five years and count­ing! The re­cently con­cluded Pet Ex­press Dog & Cat Expo held at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter at SM Mall of Asia con­tin­ued to give ca­nine and fe­line fur par­ents a venue to share their pet-rais­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, so­cial­ize, dis­cover new fa­vorite prod­ucts, and meet peo­ple who share their pas­sion for pets and any­thing pet-re­lated.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions for both cats and dogs par­tic­i­pated with the aim of show­cas­ing their par­tic­u­lar breed to the gen­eral pub­lic, and to help ed­u­cate peo­ple about the par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics of those dogs and cats.

Cat and dog own­ers, with and without their pets, en­joyed a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and large dis­counts plus spe­cial pro­mo­tions on pet care prod­ucts. Pet own­ers saw the lat­est prod­ucts and food­stuff for pets. Open­ing the event was a pet bless­ing. Guests got to en­joy dog food eat­ing con­tests spon­sored by Value Meal, and a dog and cat fash­ion show.

Ed­u­ca­tion and fun came to­gether in a show­case of pets from around the world fea­tur­ing dog breeds like the Alaskan Mala­mute, Jack Rus­sell Ter­rier, and the Chi­huahua; the au­di­ence learned the im­por­tance of learn­ing about a cho­sen breed and how it fits into their life­styles be­fore ac­quir­ing a puppy. There was also much ex­cite­ment over a dog and cat fash­ion show and the trea­sure hunt by Sergeant’s and Vi­takraft, and a ca­nine search and res­cue demon­stra­tion by the Ger­ald An­der­son Foun­da­tion got many dog lovers in­ter­ested in op­tions for their pets.

Fur par­ents also got to learn more about car­ing for their pets, with talks on a wide range of top­ics:

• Pet health nu­tri­tion, (fo­cus­ing on diet choice) by Royal Canin;

• “Why the Aspin is In” by the Philip­pine An­i­mal Wel­fare So­ci­ety’s Aspin (Asong Pi­noy) Club, dis­cussing the plight of aban­doned and ne­glected dogs;

• “Car­ing for Res­cued Cats” by Cat Care Philip­pines and the Philip­pine An­i­mal Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Team (PART), which helped pet lovers deal with the com­mon dilemma of what to do when one takes pity on an aban­doned cat and de­cides to care for it;

• “Univer­sal Lan­guage of Dogs” by Ezy­dog, which cor­rected mis­im­pres­sions about how to train and com­mand dogs, in­clud­ing our in­sis­tence on them un­der­stand­ing us in­stead of the re­verse;

• “Pet Pho­tog­ra­phy: The Art of Cap­tur­ing Cute­ness on the Go” by Gia Lara, who ex­plained that we should be pa­tient when wait­ing to cap­ture the per­fect pic­ture of our pets—it’s go­ing to be worth it! Fo­cus on their eyes, and stop tak­ing pho­tos once they get stressed out were her two top tips;

• “Re­spon­si­ble Pet Own­er­ship” by CARA, which stressed how all pets are a com­mit­ment for their life­times, and that this com­mit­ment is not to be made lightly be­cause we owe it to our pets never to ne­glect or aban­don them; and

• “Pet Eti­quette in Pet-friendly Res­i­dences” by Golf Hill Gar­dens. New prod­ucts such as Purr Pur­ree Liq­uid Snack for Cats and Scrubby Deep Clean by Scrubby Dog Soap were also launched, along­side the Care Paw-kage for CARA (Com­pas­sion and Re­spon­si­bil­ity for An­i­mals) Cam­paign by Pet Ex­press and Metro­, which of­fers the con­ve­nience of hav­ing pet gro­ceries de­liv­ered straight to pet own­ers’ homes while giv­ing the op­tion to do­nate to CARA while shop­ping.

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