Royal Canin has a five-day virtual event for new and soon-to-be pet owners

There are a few things that come close to the fun and fulfilling feeling of being able to welcome a new pet into the home. But it also comes with a lot of questions. What diet is best for them? What are the vaccinations I have to take note of? When is the best time to start taking them out for walks?

These worries swirl the minds of every pet parent, especially first-time owners – and this is what Royal Canin aims to address through the engaging and learning-filled virtual world of Royal Beginnings: Puppy and Kitten Central.

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Vets, Experts, and Furparents Share Tips on How to Train Puppies

I’ve been a furmom for over a decade and to this day, there are things I still learn about my senior dog. This is especially true when my family moved to the US and I was left to care for Oreo on my own (the dog on the left is Georgia, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2017). So when I heard that Royal Canin organized Start of Life, A Facebook webinar series about the different stages and milestones of furbabies, I knew I had to go.

The first leg of the series, Royal Beginnings: Kickstart your Puppy’s Best Life, was specifically for puppy owners. Oreo may be a senior dog but I’m sure every furparent agrees that their dogs will forever be babies to them. When I took my role more seriously, I finally understood why my mom kept saying I’m her baby, even if I’m already in my early thirties.

Below are some of the tips I learned from the veterinarians, experts, and furparents who spoke. I’m sure you’ll find them useful:

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Open Your Hearts and Homes to Shelter Pets This Valentine’s Day with MARS Petcare

Every dog or cat deserves a safe place to call home. Unfortunately, a lot of animals in the Philippines lack the loving comforts and care that a family can provide. Driven by its desire to create a better world for pets, MARS Petcare, a global leader in the pet care industry, is spearheading a Valentine’s adoption drive to help homeless pets find their forever home with families who will accept them with open arms.

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This micro piggie went into my pocket

All I want for Christmas is a little micro pig I’ll name Harry.
Micro pigs, which are all the rage in US and the UK have attracted big showbiz names such as Paris Hilton, the Beckhams, and Rupert Grint. And for good reason. These little piggies, which are no bigger than a teacup when they are born, can weigh up to 65 lbs. and stand 14 in. tall.
Reportedly, these animals are very clean (pigs actually are very clean animals, they have few sweat glands), very adorable, and very intelligent. According to Jane Croft, a leading micro pig breeder, they are the fourth most intelligent species after man, monkey, and dolphin.
These pigs, which have been crossbred from choice lines, are very expensive in spite of their size. They can go for $400 to $4,000.
So to all of my rich friends, you know what to get me for Christmas.
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You and me plus eight

Our new puppies! Clockwise: Meiji, Mocha, MJ, and Mojo (who I have mentioned in this post). The four are puppies of Maggie, our chihuahua in Quezon City.

Aren’t they cute? Meiji, like the chocolate, is very sweet and likes to be cuddled. Of the four, she’s the most outgoing. She kind of looks like Misty, our mini pinscher. Mocha’s really shy and likes to stay under the sun. She needs to, she’s so pale! I think MJ’s the cutest (she’s mine). Mojo is the only boy.

We now have six chihuahuas here in Las Pinas! Two more and I’m pulling off a Kate Gosselin!