Who let the dogs out?

Biting your fingernails as the canvassing continues for the country’s next president? Stress levels have certainly hit the roof in this intensely divisive election season, where there are those in the extreme who even have traded family and friends just to stand by their candidate.

But soon enough though, a new leader of this island nation will be proclaimed by the people’s mandate, which is why the time has come to let fate take its course and calm down, breathe and de-stress.

For those who have pets in their home, they needn’t look far for a way to feel better, whatever the outcome may be, given how repeated studies show that interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure. More and more studies likewise continue to find that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost a person’s mood.

Now that’s why The Manila Times Lifestyle let the dogs out today.


Dr. Saza Curaming together with her dog, Matchi.

The healthy benefits of wet food for dogs

All dogs require proper nutrition, and choosing the right diet can be a challenging task for pet parents. Traditionally, more dog owners opt for dry food. However, veterinarians also recommend feeding a mixture of wet food as a main meal diet. Here’s why.

Makes meal times interesting. Dogs easily become bored of eating the same thing every day and some dog owners must live with the reality that their dog is a finicky eater for the rest of their lives. When this happens, pet owners might want to consider experimenting with a new flavor.

According to Dr. Saza Curaming, Scientific Communications Manager, Mars Pet Nutrition for Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, “Wet food does not only contain 70 to 80 percent more vitamins and minerals that your pet requires, it is also high in protein, providing a complete and nutritionally balanced meal. More interestingly, its consistency is very appealing to most dogs.”

Including wet food in dogs’ meals gives them varied tastes and textures. For mixed feeding, dog owners might add wet food as a topper on top of the dry food.

Maintains hydration level. Wet food hydrates dogs that do not drink enough water on a daily basis. It can also help improve proper kidney function.

“Since wet food is high in moisture content, it helps dog maintain a healthy urinary system. To ensure a well hydrated dog, it is however still necessary to always provide clean and fresh water every day,” Daza advised.

Aids weight loss. Wet food’s main component is protein, which has fewer carbs. As a result, it has lower calorie density and even helps to promote satisfaction for dogs.

“Incorporating wet food to your dog’s meals will prevent excess calories from being absorbed while still providing sufficient nourishment,” explained Dr. Saza.

“Some pet parents feed their dogs with homemade food and that can lead pets to gain weight and have loose stools. But with feeding wet food or a mix of wet and dry to your dog, it can produce smaller and firmer stools,” she added.

Dental-disease friendly. Finally, since wet food is composed of chunks that are soft, it is a good choice for dogs with dental disorders, gum problems or reduced senses. Depending on the comfort levels, the amount of wet food to mix with dry food can be varied.

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A ‘pawssionate’ cause for Ayala Malls

Ayala Malls continues to prove that it’s a haven for every one of the four-legged variety as they strengthen their pet advocacies by hosting and supporting various initiatives, including pet care and adoption programs.

Pet Adoption project at Alabang Town Center

Pet Adoption project at Alabang Town Center

Adopt a Pound Dog Project at Ayala Malls Manila Bay

Adopt a Pound Dog Project at Ayala Malls Manila Bay

PAWSsion Project Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and neglected dogs, is one of Ayala Malls’ valued partners in realizing this mission. Ayala Corporation President Fernando Zobel de Ayala and sisters Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Monica Zobel de Ayala contributed cash donations that significantly supported the building of PAWSsion Project’s animal shelter within a newly-acquired 6,000 square meter land in Bacolod City.

Furthering the collaboration, Ayala Malls Capitol Central hosted PAWSsion Project’s ‘Paws for a Cause’ which mobilized a pet supply donation drive for stray dogs. Ayala Malls Vertis North also kept the passion going as the Quezon City location facilitated the PAWSsion Summer Camp. The program encouraged patrons to adopt stray cats and dogs, giving them the chance to find their forever home and experience the love and care they deserve from a fur-parent.

Ayala Malls is a second home for patrons and their beloved pets. Considered key members of the Ayala Malls community, cats and dogs can enjoy safe services and comfortable spaces, so they bond with beloved fur-parents and fellow fur-friends without a fuss.

Even amidst the pandemic, Ayala Malls continued its mission to offer amazing experiences by relaunching its official dog park called “Barkyard.” The facility has been hosting programs such as Central Bloc’s “It’s a Pawty,” Alabang Town Center’s “Adopt a Friend,” and Ayala Malls Manila Bay’s “Adopt a Pound Dog Project.”

Soon to come, Bonifacio High Street is also launching a new pet event with an adoption program called “Pet Huddle” from May 21 to 22.

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Golden Haven holds nationwide pet walkathon

It was a delightfully bright and sunny day when doggies of all shapes and sizes headed out to select branches of Golden Haven Memorial Parks to join its Nationwide Pet Walkathon — with their excited humans in tow, of course.

Both pets and people alike created bonds and community at the walkathon.

Both pets and people alike created bonds and community at the walkathon.


A cute furry friend enjoyed the day outside the greens.

Frisky pups made friends with each other.

Frisky pups made friends with each other.

Adorable pups and their families bonded, played, and strolled at the lush aenvirons of Golden Haven Memorial Parks in Las Piñas, Bauan, and Sariaya in Luzon; Cebu and Iloilo in Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, and General Santos City in Mindanao.

Golden Haven’s Nationwide Pet Walkathon featured activity stations for the furry babies; energy-burning obstacle courses; and even pet shop booths for a lively day outdoors. Freed from restrictions and set loose in the soothing green spaces of the memorial parks, pets and pet owners alike savored breathable fresh air, sunny blue skies, calming views, and natural vitamin D.

Heartwarming scenes showed the frisky pups making friends with each other. As they did so, their fur moms and dads followed suit.

To cap the unforgettable day, each furry participant received a certificate of completion, as well as a commemorative photo, for joining the walkathon.