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.
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.
Love me for life By Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star) Updated September 12, 2009 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - Any pet owner will tell you that owning a cat, dog, snake, turtle or any pet is both a rewarding and learning experience.
The choice of pet we make depends on us and the way we raise our pets also depends on us. That is why it has often been said that people should tread slowly and choose carefully when getting a pet.
Yet, how often have we seen strays (dogs and cats) wandering the streets sick and filled with mange? Strays have become such a common sight in this country — that there are times when I feel it’s hopeless to even try to help them.
Of course, through the years I have come to realize that it is never a wrong decision to help a stray find a home — or even to speak up against the injustices committed against animals.
Finally, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has decided to create a bigger stir in its campaign against homelessness of dogs and cats. Its campaign hopes to end the proliferation of strays in the streets.