MANILA -- The phrase "raining cats and dogs" took on a literal meaning at the annual Dog and Cat Expo, which pushed through at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay over the weekend despite threats of a storm.
The 2018 edition of the Pet Express-spearheaded event, which is now on its seventh year, had a "university" theme as owners dressed up their furry pets in school uniforms.
One of the most-awaited activity was the costume contest with the theme "campus cuties." Among the crowd favorites was a chihuahua named Tanner who was dressed as a school boy by owner Greg Asuncion. The pair also danced to the viral hit “Bboom Bboom” by Korean girl group Momoland.
Asuncion and another dog lover Gino Magbanua have adopted over 30 puppies and frequently join pet contests like this one.
Magbanua entered his dog Princess Sophie against Tanner.
Magbanua shared that they have been joining such contests since they enjoy making costumes for their dogs.
“Kapag may free time kami, gumagawa kami ng costumes nila parang ‘yun na ang bonding namin,” he said.
Magbanua admitted that he initially didn't like pets. “At first, ayaw ko talaga ng aso kasi mabalahibo at saka dahil sa dumi. Pero noong lagi ko na sila nakakasama, nagustuhan ko na rin sila kasi minsan kami naiiwan sa bahay,” he said.
“Nakakatanggal sila ng stress pagkagaling sa trabaho. Talagang sasalubungin nila ako pagkauwi ko,” Asuncion added.
Apart from the costume contest, there were also eating contests, resistance challenges and other tasks that showcased the talents of the animals as well as their coordination with their owners.
There were also informative talks on proper grooming, feeding, and caring for pets in general.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) also reminded participants on the importance of adopting pets instead of buying them. According to PAWS, adopting will help reduce the number of stray cats and dogs on the streets.
Meanwhile, the Pet Express Dog and Cat Expo, in partnership with the Compassion and Responsibility for Animals, also encouraged pet owners to send selfies of their pets in their best scholarly look and help raise funds for various animal shelters in the country.
Here are some of the photos:
Cara, a Cocker Spaniel. From from Mojo and Clara’s Facebook and Instagram @mojoandcara
Kidlat, a rescued 'puspin' or pusang Pinoy. Jean Prudente
Mason, a Golden Retriever. Facebook page Mason the Golden Retriever
Maru, a 'puspin.' From @the_maru_and_dany_show
Summer, a Lhasa Apso. Nudy Gicana