Although the "Voices for the Voiceless" concert had to be cancelled due to the strong winds brought about by typhoon Quiel which threatened to topple some of the stage equipment, “The Great Dog Dash” still pushed through that afternoon.
Pets & pet owners had blast while playing the different games at the Alpo & Friskies booth while kids were excitedly transformed into their favorite animals at the Koko Krunch face painting area. Pet Express joined the fun by offering free grooming srevice to all the four-legged attendees.
BetterDog canine students wowed the audience with their impressive skills as they easily navigated their way through the agility course.
Dog owners listened intently as Filipino dog whisperer Jojo Isorena gave some tips on how to train their own dogs for agility exercises.
There was certainly no dampening the enthusiasm of the excited pet owners who brought their fur babies to run through the miniature racetrack
set up by PAWS. It was hard to figure out what the crowd enjoyed more – cheering for the dogs or watching the pet owners frantically shouting and waving all kinds of treats and toys just to encourage their dogs to be the first to cross the finish line
Celebrity dog-lovers Reema Chanco and Patricia Hizon had a grand time hosting the unique sporting event. "It's one of my favorite PAWS fund raiser," Patricia said. She laughingly makes special mention of Sugar the chihuahua who had a serious expression on his face all throughout the competition. "He had his game face on and he seemed well aware of what was at stake!"
All the champions and runner’s up went home with a trophy or medal, a canine agility scholarship from BetterDog Canine Behavior Center and gift packs from the sponsors.
The 2011 World Animal Day celebration was indeed an event that showed the resiliency of animal lovers and their solidarity to gather for a cause, rain or shine.
Animal welfare groups requested for donations for the relief operation being mounted for the animals and people affected by the floods in Bulacan – a fitting and relevant tribute for our animal companions on their very special day.
The WAD event was made possible through the generous support of Alpo, Friskies, Koko Krunch and SM Mall of Asia. Special thanks as well to Frontline Plus, McDonald’s, Pet Express, Belo Essentials, Red Ribbon Ensaimada and the Philippine Star Pet Life Section.
1st place - Rufus (chihuahua) owned by Ann Gutierrez
2nd place- Fifi (chihuahua) owned by Rachel See
3rd place- Chloe (shihtzu) owned by Maricris V. Palacio
1st place - Sugar (chihuahua) owned by Candice Salud
2nd place - Toffy (lhasa apso) owned by Angie Dumagsang
3rd place - Nicoy (toy poodle) owned by Doods Jimenez
1st place - Chippy (shihtzu) by May Talaga
2nd place- Charlie (beagle) by Marian and karen Jacob
3rd place - Troy (mini-pinscher) by Dina Lee