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Monday, April 6, 2015

Animal Neglect is a Form of Animal Cruelty.

Being an animal lover is not about wanting to have animals in your home. Being a true animal lover is being capable of taking good care of them, being responsible for their welfare FOREVER, keeping them safe and not neglecting them when they are old and sick. It does not end by giving them food and water but it is about spending time with them, making them feel secured and loved. We should always keep in mind that we are the only ones they have.

I started being a "REAL" pet parent almost 10 years ago. I was given a puppy and named him Crumpy. 

This little furbaby had totally changed my view about animal welfare. I was able to see that they are not simply "animals." They are living creatures with feelings, needs and "mind." He can understand what is happening.  Being together made me realized these things.

Whenever we say we'll be going out to the mall, I can see and feel his excitement. He knows what "mall" "SM" and "alis." is all about. 

He is sociable and wants to make new friends. So, it is never a good thing to just keep them inside a cage. 

I have also read somewhere that dogs have self esteem so, it is very important for them to be clean and pampered because they will feel bad about themselves if they are dirty and smelly. 

Just like us, Crumpy also gets excited with special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays. (By the way, Crumpy will be celebrating his birthday this Wednesday, April 8) 

Lastly, He also gets tired thus, it is very important that we provide them a good and comfortable place to sleep and rest. 

I just realized that somehow they are just like humans only with four legs and cannot talk. Deep inside, there is a little creature that deserves to be loved and respected. 

In time of the Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, I am inviting and encouraging everybody to take a stand against animal abuse. Let us start in our own backyards. Do you have a family, relative or friend who had been very busy and started neglecting their pets? Remind them about their pets. We should keep in mind that animal neglect is a form of animal cruelty. You may not be kicking your dog or cat but if you don't feed them right and not taking good care of them, what's the difference between the two? 

I am pleading for everyone to become responsible pet owners. This responsibility is FOREVER. If you are not ready for the next 10-15 years to be with your pet. Please don't get one. They may be very cute and irresistible as a puppy but be prepared that they will not stay that way forever. Keep in mind that both young and old dogs give us the same love and joy.  

If you have a big heart and can do this, there are a lot of dogs in the pound who are waiting for you. There are a lot of animal welfare groups that you can support through by adopting, fostering, volunteering and donating. 

Here are some organizations in the Philippines or you may check local organizations in your area. 

Let us become the voice for the voiceless. If you see something wrong in your local communities, please do something about. Please do not just keep quiet and ignore. Urge your local government to help in protecting them. 
Remember: We are the only ones they got! 

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Reflections About The Earth Hour

Earth Hour celebrations took place last March 28 in twenty-four different timezones across the world. This is done with the ultimate purpose of creating a sustainable world.  A simple hour of turning off the non-essential lights can help the environment especially now that we are confronted with climate change. 


A few days before the celebration, I was in search of a perfect picture related to the said event. During the search, we decided to visit a sky park in Quezon City. I came to realize that 80% of people nowadays equate leisure time with the use of their mobile phones and gadgets. 


Both young and old are busy with their phones. Some are busy texting or calling. Others are playing games while some are busy taking selfies or groupfies. Looking at them, made me feel that we had more fun growing up because there were more personal interactions. I enjoyed so much going out of the house to run, bike, walk, feel the wind and play with my friends and cousins. Issues of low battery or no WIFI connection were not part of my concerns. 

I believe that we can have a more sustainable world if we can change our lifestyle. By being able to let go of our gadgets, save on energy and manage to have fun with a decrease use of technology. I have observed that there was more laughter and happiness with certain groups and individuals without the use of technology. 





We should always remember that Earth Hour is a symbol of our commitment to our dearest planet. I hope that our efforts will be beyond that 60 minutes. After all, it is not yet to late to save our environment. This would be the best gift we can give to the next generation. 

For more information about the Earth Hour, click here
The next Earth Hour celebration will be on March 19, 2016.