Cheers @ 2!

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I can still remember how our baby Tika went through a long labor when she is about to give birth to her first kittens. It was 2 years ago. :)

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New born kittens with Tika

Tika’s first kitten is Baby Chi-Chi. We named him after Patty’s cat Chi-chi (Chichiriko). We had Chi-chi for about 9 years until he finally said goodbye to his mama Patty in March of 2010. He was confined at PAWS’ clinic and he must have died in his sleep. My sister and I really cried because of its death. Baby Chi-chi though is sweet unlike their uncle Chi-Chi. On the other hand, my cat Chaka had been with us for 8 years, until he breathed his last in February 2011.  Chaka was the nicest and politest cat we ever had. I really had a heartbreak when he died. Maybe that’s the reason why Tika’s first born got Chi-Chi’s looks and Chaka’s behavior. :) Baby Chi-chi was born on July 2, 2010.

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Tiki is Tika’s second kitten. She came a day after Baby Chi-Chi was born. We needed to massage Tika’s tummy and did a little push to help her give birth. I often call Tiki as “ate” since she is the eldest female kitten born. :) We thought that Tika will only have 2 kittens so we named Tiki after her mom. :)

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Baby Chi-Chi

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Tiki and Mama Cat Tika

Then few minutes later, the third kitten was born. :) We couldn’t think of any names when we remembered, Barbie’s cat’s name in her movie, The Three Musketeers. We named the third kitten as Miyette. :) Her nickname is Mimi. :)

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Miyette

Happy 2nd birthday to you babies. In cat years they are already 25 years old. :)

Our neighbors may not understand our love for you but we will be here to fight for you. :)

We love you!

Ciao! :)

A Kitten behind the Wall

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I was very anxious when I heard the cries of a kitten inside our house. The cries seems to come from the roof but not quite. Its cries made me so worried for if we will not be able to find it, it may die of starvation. I went to my cousins’ apartment which is on a second floor. They have a window facing our roof. From there, I would be able to see if the said kitten is trapped somewhere. To may dismay, it isn’t there. :(

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I went back home and I told my aunt about it. We can still hear the loud cries from the kitten which slowly fading. I couldn’t do any chores because I worry about it. I know, one way or another it needs to be rescued. But how? Where could it be? In one corner of our house, we store Nonet’s stroller, our stuff toys, my collections of angels and other stuff. The cries came from there. I listened to the wall near it and I know that the kitten is behind it.

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So I prayed to God and asked St. Anthony de Padua and St. Francis of Assisi’s help; for us to find a way or ways on how to rescue the kitten. But, I knew then that we might need to bore a whole or cut a piece of wood from the wall to rescue it. But, God has helped me to find a way to rescue the poor kitten. I was checking the said wall and trying to trace which part we are going to cut. We need to be careful because the saw might harm the kitten. To my surprise, I found a piece of wood that has not been nailed properly. I know that I can pull it out and would be able to get the kitten. :) And so I did. :) Thank God! Thank you St. Anthony and St. Francis. :)

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The kitten was finally rescued. :) Her mother was patiently waiting on the roof above that wall. When I placed the kitten on her side, she recognized her kitten and brought it to their place. :)

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I was very happy and grateful.

Ciao! :)

Ylea’s House of Dogs and Cats

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Hopefully someday (very soon) we will have one.. :) I usually checked PAWS website for new updates regarding rescued animals and fur friends which finally found their family and forever home. I checked on paws’ web gallery through Picasso and was really inspired with Lola Mely.

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PAWS staff and vets went to Balaoan, La Union where the Lola Mely’s House of Dogs is located for spaying and neutering. I was really amazed with the love, patience and care Lola Mely give her dogs. You bet, her dogs are aspins. :) I did a little research about Lola Mely and found out that she was a retired nurse. I was getting goosebumps while I was reading an article about her from http://www.mb.com.ph/node/338565/lola-mely-canine-caregiver. In spite of the many animal abuses we learn on the news,  I am happy to know people like her whose love for animals cannot be weathered. :)

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I pray to God that Lola Mely will have good health and will have long life. There are still a lot of people who should meet her and be inspired by her. (Pictures from PAWS)

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God bless you Lola Mely. God bless your dogs. God bless PAWS.

Ciao! :)

Our new baby!

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Well, adopted baby I guess. :) Honey got a female black Chow-chow puppy about three weeks ago. He loves dogs and wanted to be a breeder. Their family got number of dogs which include aspins, poodle, shitzu and a pug which they named Bonita. :) He wanted to get a dog which he can call his own, so we went first to Aranque market in Manila. There are different breeds of dogs and cats and rabbits, pigeons and hens. He was interested in getting a Labrador puppy but he was not quite sure if the said puppy is pure breed. The vendor does not have any paper for the said dog. We forgot to go to Cartimar market in Pasay so we found our way to Tiendesitas’ Pet Village. :)

Of course, there are different breeds available and since they are beautiful puppies, honey had a hard time choosing which breed to get. We went from one store to another. I really cannot help but to admire the beauty of these dogs. :) I also checked the cute cats in store. :)

Finally, honey fell in love with a black female chow-chow. She is very charming and very beautiful. Truly, black is beautiful. :) She is a pure breed Chow-Chow with paper from AKCUPI (Asian Kennel Club Union of the Philippines Inc.). :)

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The vendor gave us a traveling cage for her and put on her diapers. We made sure that she would have enough water to drink since it’s going to be a 6-hour drive to Quezon. Yes, honey will take her to Quezon. As much as I wanted her with us, Nonet has allergies with dogs. Our house is too small to have her. Ney’s house in Quezon is big and it has a big yard, too. Aside from that, ney’s mother will be able to look after her and take good care of her when honey leaves again to work abroad.

Though Nonet has allergies to dog, our daughter still loves dogs. She is not afraid of them but she is cautious because of her allergies. We know that Nonet will be happy if she can say hello to chow-chow (which Nonet calls Din-Din) before it goes to her new and forever home. :)

I brought our little chow-chow home and showed it to Nonet, my mother and my sisters. My sisters and I are animal lovers. So they are so happy to her as well. Then, I brought her back to honey’s car ready for her trip to Quezon.

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Honey said that our little baby is doing fine. She knows that honey is her “dad”. He sleeps on a cage in ney’s room. :) He said that Din-din cries when she does not see honey around during the first few days of her stay in their house. But now, she is very comfortable and happy in her home. :)

When we got her paper, we learned that her mother is a red chow-chow and her father is a cream chow-chow. How come she is black? Well, her great great great maternal grand father is an American black chow-chow. :)

Ney and I were talking about two days ago, and we both wanted to have a house of our own with a big lawn. We both wanted to get a Labrador puppy someday. Of course, I do not forget the many dogs and cats who needs forever home from PAWS. :)

I hope and pray that God will bless us and would turn our dreams into reality. :)

Ciao! :)

God holds us Responsible for His creations

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This week is Nonet’s first periodical test. I made mock exams on bond papers for Reading and Mathematics. She was able to perfect the mock test and hopefully she did good in her real exams, too. Her other subjects include Science, Language and Christian Living. I decided to review her following the lessons in the books. My daughter loves and very interested in Christian Living. She appreciates God’s wonderful creation so much. Well, she herself is God’s wonderful creation. :)

Each lesson in her book has a passage taken from the Bible. One of the passages in the book says, “I put you in charge of all that I make (Genesis 1:28)”. This passage reminds us about our responsibility in all of God’s creations. When God created animals, plants, fish, mountains, seas, oceans, etc., He holds us responsible for taking good care of His creations. He made those wonderful things out of His love for us. In return, I believe, that it is our duty to value and take good care of those creations.

I live in an old apartment with my family in a compound. Most of my neighbors are the sons and daughters of our land lord. In a typical urban setting, even if the compound is owned privately, there are still tenants like my family, who are fond of having cats and dogs as pets. There are also stray cats that hang out in the “looban”. One of my neighbors who happened to be an active church servant gets very mad at those animals, especially the stray cats. She said that the cats just poop everywhere, and that they make the looban dirty. I heard her say one day that they have called Sanitation department of Pasig City to get rid of those poor animals. I learned from a friend that Pasig City doesn’t have any animal pound. If the Sanitation team will get the cats and dogs, what would they do to them then?

Honestly, I don’t even want to entertain the thought that comes to my mind. :(

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Out of respect, I did not bother to confront her. I believe that as an active church servant, she may have the responsibility in honing the spiritual wellness of young people. Yet, she should know most of all, that we people are responsible for taking care of God’s creations.

I was talking to Ate Ness about this and she told me that there is nothing I can do to people like that. But, there is something I can do for those animals that I really care for.

We have five cats at home and as much as I want them free, I need to put them in a cage. Well, as long as my “goody good” neighbors will learn that these animals are God’s creation, too and we have the responsibility of taking care of them, our cats would remain in the cage as long as we’re in the said looban. :(

I know that the poor cats and dogs in our looban are just few of the many creations God has made, that we people should be responsible of.  My article wouldn’t be enough to cover all those wonderful things that God made for us. Beautiful creations that we tend to abuse and take for granted.

God loves us so much, and hopefully sooner or later, we should learn to value these creations before it’s too late.

On the lighter side, I am just glad, that at five years old, my daughter has a heart already for God’s little creatures such as abandoned kittens. My mother told me that the other day, that on their way to school, they saw a kitten which looked very weak. My daughter told my mother that she pity the poor kitten and she wanted to adopt it.

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I talked to my daughter and told her that at this time, we can only pray for the safety of those animals. But in God’s grace, someday, we’ll have our own house with enough space for those poor animals.

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony de Padua pray for us and for God’s beloved animals.

Ciao! :)

A Memoire

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The angel of death visited our home two Saturdays ago. My faithful and dear cat, Chaka took the place of whoever is to be taken. :(

I noticed that night that he stopped eating and drinking water. I looked at him in his eyes and I knew that something’s going to happen. I didn’t mind if it was late at night already. I got an old cloth and cleaned my the old cat. I tried to feed him but he refused. The following day, I had him drunk some water through a syringe. I knew in my heart that Chaka is going to leave. He may not speak my language but as we stare at each other’s eyes, I knew that he was saying goodbye to mommy. :(

Chaka died on Sunday evening; it was the same evening evening that my daughter was admitted to the hospital due to pneumonia with bronchial asthma. :(

It was March 2003 when I found a kitten who had been beaten up and played around with children in our looban. I got so pity on him that I decided to adopt him inspite of its physical look. Since, it still needed to be fed with milk, I had him drink milk using the tip of a cotton bud. I didn’t know then that there is a special bottle with small nipple designed for kittens available in the market.

Chaka had experienced other illness that we thought would destroy him. But he was one tough cat. He may be tough but he was the sweetest cat we ever had. :)

Chaka will always be remembered and loved. I didn’t cry an ocean then, because I had a chance to make him feel that he is loved even the last moments of his life. In return, he really waited for me, before he breathe his last.

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I know that Chaka is in a better place now. For he may not be with me today, but I believe that he is on God’s lap now. I still cannot help but cry when I remember him. And, I love that feeling. I may be hurt but crying when I remember him, means that I am missing him. And I guess, I will always be.

Thank you Chaka for the many years you have given me love. People may say that you were lucky to be adopted in our family. But, little did they know that we are luckier to have you. I also knew that you have attempted to take papa’s place when the angel of death took him.

Mommy will always love and will always miss you..

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Newly Spayed

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I went to PAWS this afternoon to pick up our two girls who have been spayed last Friday. I have not take pictures of them yet because I want them to have a good rest to recover fully from recent operation. Spaying means to remove the ovaries and uterus of a female animal. We decided to have our girls, Miyette (far left) and Tiki (far right) go through the operation because of their growing family. Our family lives in an apartment and it doesn’t provide enough space for the cats. Aside from that, our neighbors are not that animal friendly. :( We do not want to cause any troubles because of our cats in our neighborhood.

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Although, mating and giving birth are common to animals, we decided not to let our girls go through that nature because of the reasons mentioned above. Our newly spayed cats are seven months old already. Every year, I believe every February, PAWS or Philippine Animal Welfare Society holds a free neuter and spay day. Thanks to Ate Ness and Ate Heidi for bringing the cats to the shelter for me. :)

One of the many things I learned from PAWS’s seminar for volunteers, that I wanted to share with you is that PAWS do not adopt animals but they rescue animals who have experienced cruelly. The shelter rehabilitates the animals until they will be ready to be part of a loving family.  They are like orphanage for animals, where deserving pet owners can adopt and give those animals, a loving and caring family that they have been longing for.

Most of the cats and dogs in PAWS are of ”common” breed. Nevertheless, animals at the shelter may not be one of those commercially breed animals, yet they may be able to return the love you will give them, well, even more. :)

There are many cats and dogs in the shelter who are waiting for a new mom and dad. You can call the shelter at (02) 475-1688, or visit their website http://www.paws.org.ph/ to know more about the details.

Ciao! :)

Cuddling a Cub

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Our next stop was at the Malabon Zoo. The lot area of Malabon Zoo is not as big as of Manila Zoo. There are only few animals to see as well. We started our tour looking at the birds and fishes they have. Then we turned to a small passage to see the reindeers. There are a bunch of reindeer in the cage. I felt bad about their status. Their cage is too small for them. Since the cage is too small, their poops spread everywhere. :(   Opposite the deer’s cage are the crocodiles haven. The zoo does have big crocodiles! I forgot to ask our guide about the crocodiles age though. If I can remember it right, there are around 4 big crocodiles I have seen in there!  Adjacent to deer’s cage is the Wild boar cage.

Our next turn was to the tiger’s den. I believe that this is one of the zoo’s main attraction. The zoo has a urangutans and greezly bears as well. The bears were sleeping when we arrived. Even if the children made a very loud noise, the bears were not awaken. I lost track of how many tigers they have in the zoo. The tigers ang bengal tigers. I guess the zoo owner breeds the those tigers in the zoo. 

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We had an oppurtunity to take pictures with a tiger cub. My daughter is an animal lover like us, and she wasn’t afraid of the cub. I had fun taking pictures with the cub, but the happiness wasn’t complete. :( The tiger cub may not say it but it get so stressed with the number of people who wanted to take pictures with it. Even the baby urangutan and the phytons were stressed as well.

When I attended the PAWS seminar way back then, I remember that different animal welfare societies are against zoo. I remember Ms. Anna Cabrera said that a study was conducted and children get familiarized with different animals and their habitats by means of media such as watching TVs (such as Animal Channel and National Geographic Specials) and DVDs. I find the cub the cutest, but I really felt that these wild animals would be more happy and contented in their natural habitats.

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On the second thought though, since these animals are not that safe in the wild as they were before, I guess it would be for their own good, that they are kept in different zoo. I can only hope that those animals are being taken cared of and loved very well. :)

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Ciao! :)

A new baby to welcome!

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Well, not for me but for my cousin Cathy. We just learned that she is 2 months pregnant. :) She already got 2 sons and hopefully its a baby girl this time. :) I also found out that her younger brother is a father to be again. Well, there would be additional names in my Christmas list this year. :)

We’re not only expecting new human babies this year, but new kittens as well. :) Our cat Tika is pregnant. I am not sure when she is due but it could be days or about a week from now. We have problems regarding Tika’s new kittens to come. We were advised to have Tika undergo abort and spay. That is because, we do not have space in our house to raise the new kittens. Hopefully Tika is just carrying a kitten only. But what if not..

My youngest sister and I have been discussing about it since Sunday. We have Tika’s first kittens and it would be so hard to give them up. I am having second thoughts of having her undergo abortion, too. If only we have enough space to raise the kittens. I am just praying that everything will turn out fine.

Well, if ever Tika gets to give birth, I hope I could find a bob revolution duallie stroller for kittens. :) It would be fun to have little cats around the house. :)

Ciao! :)

A World Out of Reach

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If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn’t come up with anything worse than “solitary confinement.” Dogs are pack animals, so it’s important for them to be with others. Most people who chain dogs don’t realize how much scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, and time spent inside with their families mean to dogs. If you have an “outside dog,” here are 10 ways that you can improve your dog’s life.

1. Let your dog inside! Don’t kid yourself that dogs “get used tp” living outside. Unless you or other dogs are out there to share it with them, the back yard quickly loses its charm. Constant barking is really a cry for attention. If it has stopped, it’s not because your dog is content but because he or she has given up of hope of rescue. :(

2. Build a Fence. A 6-foot privacy fence is safest – it’s harder for dogs to escape and harder for hooligans to do bad things to your pup. if a fence is out of your budget, set up a running line so your dog can exercise without being tangled. use a harness instead of a collar so dogs can’t strangle or hang themselves.

3. Provide lots of Exercise. Dogs need to run and sniff and explore. Go for long walks daily (it’s good for you too!). A “nopull” harness will painlessly save your dog’s neck — and your arm sockets! Bonus: Tired dogs are less likely to “misbehave”!

4. Bring joy with Toys.  Imagine being stuck outside, alone, with nothing to do but watch the mud dry. Even a knotted towel or a tennis ball can provide hours of entertainment. Dogs love to chew, so be sure they have plenty of safe things to gnaw on.

5. Take your dog “school”. If your dog has been put outside because of behaviour problems, confinement and isolation can only make them worse. A good dog-training class will teach you how to communicate with your dog, who just doesn’t understand what you expect. Plus, “teenage” dogs often settle down as they get older.

6. Protect your dog from “Old Man Winter”. In nature, dogs dig deep, cozy dens. Their fur, like your own winter coat, offers some protection, but they can still feel miserable in the cold. Puppies, elderly dogs, and small and short-haired breeds like pointers and Dobermans should never be left outside during cold snaps.

7. Help your dog beat the “dog days” of summer. Dogs are more susceptible to heat than humans. They can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws. Short-nosed breeds like pugs and bulldogs are especially prone to heat stress. The same goes for Norhtern breeds like huskies, whose thick fur is designed for Alaskan winters, not Alabama summers. Let dogs inside during heat waves. At all other times, make sure they have access to shade. Plant trees: They can lower the ambient temperature by as much as 10 degrees!

In summer, when chained and penned dogs have no choice but to urinate and defecate right where they live (something they never do in the wild), the waste draws flies, which drive dogs crazy — flies will actually eat off the tips of dog’s ears! So clean up the area often — at least once a day.

8. Provide plenty of food and water. In winter, dogs need to eat almost double their summer rations to keep a layer of body fat for warmth. Water must be available at all times, especially during the summer when panting causes dehydration. Put bowls in the pen or at the end of the chain and inside a rubber tire to prevent tipping.

9. Visit the vet for regular checkups. Parvovirus, distemper, and other diseases can be prevented through vaccinations. Dogs must be wormed regularly — a dog with worms can lose vital body fat during winter. Heartworms are deadly — all dogs should be put on preventive medication, especially during mosquito season.

10. Spay or neuter your dog. An unneutered dog is like a frustrated lover and is more likely to be aggressive to your children. Neutering and spaying also prevent cancer of the reproductive organs, common in older dogs.

(Source: PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Ciao! :)

Exercise Bars for the Kittens

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Tika’s kitten are getting bigger each day. They now eat solid food. Oh they love sardines and ginanga. I love to feed them! They seem to be always hungry. Hehehe! Before I sleep in the morning when I arrived from work, I free them from their cage and let them play on the grounds.

How I love looking at them. :) Their mother Tika even plays with them as if she’s a kitten, too! :) I noticed that when they play they love climbing on a little chair then jumping from it. They also love pulling strings when they found one. That gave an idean of making a miniature pull up bars. They love hanging on the little bars and swinging from one left to right. :)

These kittens may not be the prettiest kittens in town, but they sure do give us a lot of joy! :)

Ciao! :)

Where Do Animals Go When They Die?

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While preparing the food for our pet cats this morning, my cousin Joy asked me a very interesting question that I really gave time to research and find an answer to it. As I ponder about that question, I tend to ask more questions revolving that matter. Do animals have souls? Do they have spirits? If they do have spirits, do all animals go to heaven when they die? What about snakes? Do snakes get to enter the gates of heaven, too?

When I did my research, different websites offers different answers. One website says that Theologians say that animals do not have any souls. They point out that man was created superior to animals and that animals can’t be equal with him.

Another site suggested that animals do have spirits.

There are millions of websites that offer answer to that question.  Many would say that since man has been created in the likeness of God and is superior above all creations, therefore animals cannot be on the same level as man is. Since man has spirit and soul, animals do not possess it.

I put faith and love above this. There can be a lot of biblical arguments as to whether or not an animal has a spirit or a soul. What I believe in is that when our dear pets die, they cross a rainbow bridge where they meet their other friend animals. And at that side of the rainbow bridge, our dear pets will no longer be hungry and sad. That they will stay there happy and gay and playing with other animals. I believe that it is the place that God made for them. I believe that our beloved departed pets are now enjoying and playing with God as well. :)

It is quite painful to remember a death of a dear pet but knowing and believing that God has created a special place for them makes me feel okay. I believe that somewhere in that place our little Ro and Tom, Chi-Chi, my dear cat Sheng-Sheng; our beloved dogs Haiti, Tico and Chin-Chin are enjoying each other’s company and playfully licking God’s hand as He tickle them. :)

Such lucky animals!

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Ciao! :)

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