Valentine’s Day usually is about your significant other, as well as the flowers, chocolates, and champagne. The case may be the same for the Diazes, an adorable elderly couple who celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary just this Feb. 14th, and also, in a way, gained their own “child.”
Alice, a government employee, and Kenneth, a retiree, adopted their own dog on Valentine’s Day, an ‘aspin’ (Asong Pinoy, the politically-correct name for ‘askal’) named Egbert—named such, because he was found on a street with one of his testicles tied up in a crude attempt to neuter him.
DOG DAZE By Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star)
If you just lost someone special in your life, get a dog,” said Heart Evangelista, spokesperson of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) “See Beauty Beyond Breed” campaign. “Better yet, adopt a dog from a PAWS animal shelter. Dogs give us unconditional love.”
Heart speaks from the heart.
She relates how she grew up with dogs. There was never a time in her life that her family did not have a dog. As a matter of fact, her father, who is a true pet-lover, allowed Heart and her sister to adopt dogs off the street if they felt that these dogs were being treated badly.
Today, Heart is human to 15 Aspins (Asong Pinoy) who live on a farm with her dad.
PAWS Program Director, Anna Cabrera, was one of the invited speakers to the Humane Society International Track of the HSUS Animal Care Expo on May 12-15, 2010.
Over 1400 attendees representing 44 countries from around the world gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to learn, rejuvenate, and network in the said expo organized by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Cabrera was part of the "International" Track. She was asked to present PAWS’ very successful “aspin” campaign – a campaign aimed at uplifting the image of the native dog by showing people that these mongrels can be just as sweet, just as loving and just as intelligent as their purebreed counterparts.
Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star) Updated May 01, 2010 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - We had a combination of Aspins (Asong Pinoys) and mixed-breed dogs that registered with the Aspin Club,“ barked a happy Anna Cabrera, Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) director. “There were a total of 50 dogs — these dogs are now the founding members of the Aspin Club.”
The launch was held last Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Eastwood City in cooperation with Alpo.
Finally, a dream come true for the growing number of owners of Aspins and also for the many humans of mixed-breed dogs.