Likes: Going on car rides, sleeping in an air-conditioned room, taking a bath or just playing in the water, and chasing after cats
Pet-Peeves: The heat, thunder, firecrackers and plastic bags (weird, huh? but we all just like to think he is just being eco-friendly!! hahaha)
Favorite Toy: His rope toys, Nylabones and Kongs (he now has Classic Kong, Bounzer, Goodie Bone, Biscuit Ball, Air Kong Jack and Air Kong tennis balls)!! He is one spoiled pup!!
Favorite Food: Go! Natural Salmon and Oatmeal. As for treats, loves peanut butter and bananas, Zukes peanut butter and blueberryz...
Favorite Walk: At the Baguio Botanical Gardens but, otherwise, here in Manila, UP Diliman or QC Circle
Best Tricks: Verbal and non-verbal commands for: sit, stay, wait, down, left and right handshake, left and right hi-5, come, fetch, go-get, catch, kiss, balance treat on nose, "guess which hand holds the treat", spin, turn, play dead, around, flip
Arrival Story: It took me a long time before I had the desire to get another dog after my beloved Shih Tzu Tanya died. But when my breeder friend's golden retriever had a litter of pups, I decided to give it a go. One look into one particular pup's eyes and I knew he was a keeper.
Bio: Hunter's PCCI registered name is Cornwood Chives Regal -- no, that is not a misspelling -- it is not Chivas Regal. His breeder has a weird sense of humor. Sorry, ladies...Hunter is already neutered and not available for stud service.
To say that we had strayed far from the beaten path is an understatement. Last saturday, we found ourselved in Sta. Rosa, Laguna instead of our usual meeting spot at Boni High Street in Fort Bonifacio Global City. We braved traffic and heavy construction along the SLEX but it was all worth it once we arrived at Belle Reve Clubhouse. We were invited by our friend Rina who also is "owned" by golden retrievers -- count 'em 7 of them! The Belle Reve Clubhouse was really nice -- with a lot of wide open fields for our golden babies to run around off-leash.
We had a mini-photo shoot in one of the landscaped gardens. The golden babies took turns posing among the rock formations. If I may say so myself, the photos were worthy of any magazine cover. LOL!
We just realized that it's been a long time since we've written anything in our blog. So sorry but mom and I have been busy helping her friends involved in animal welfare with all the activities scheduled these past couple of months. First there was the World Homeless Animals Day, then a series of activities on Responsible Pet Ownership, then the launch of the Hobbes and Landes Pet Club. Whew, a whirlwind of activities.
Just last Sunday, September 28, the Animal Welfare Coalition of the Philippines held a dogwalk activity at Boni High Street in celebration of the 2008 World Rabies Day. Mom and I joined them in their crusade to eradicate rabies not just in the Philippines but worldwide as well. We had a long dogwalk around the Boni High Street complex then ended with some refreshments at Krispy Kreme and Seattle's Best. There were the usual talks on responsible pet ownership, free rabies vaccinations and pre-exposure vaccinations for the human companions, and lots of freebies (both Go! Natural and Royal Canin were sponsors so we got dog food samples, as well as Science Diet dog treats and some grooming products as well). There was also a magic show for the kiddies and the kids-at-heart.
After the dogwalk, we had fun posing under the sticker signs posted on Seattle's Best store window. There was this sign "Best Pet" that I just had to pose under...and mom decided to get in on the action as well by posing under the "Best Mom" sign...LOL!!!!
I'm back from my first vacation to Baguio City and boy did I have a great time there. For one thing, Baguio was about 10*C cooler than Manila and that, by and of itself, made the whole trip worth the 5-hour drive to get there. I loved walking up and down Session Road without breaking into a sweat. It really felt as if an a/c was on everywhere we went -- even out on the street!! We don't get that here in Manila. *Sigh*
We stayed at this really great place called Medrano's Apartelle in Brentwood Village near Leonard Wood Road. They did not, as a rule, allow dogs but the owners made an exception for mom since she assured them that I was really well-behaved. So as not to embarrass mom, I proudly showed-off all my obedience skills at the drop of a hat! The owners and staff were so impressed (ahem-ahem) that they said I would be most welcome to come back. Yay!!!
We did all the touristy things there at Baguio -- we walked up and down Session Road (Baguio's commercial district), then we visited Burnham Park (designed by the same Daniel Burnham who designed Union Station in Washington, D.C.), the Baguio Botanical Gardens, Mines View Park, the Mansion House (the summer residence of the President of the Philippines) the Good Shepherd Convent (where we bought yummy strawberry jam and ube jam), Camp John Hay and the garden trail at SM Baguio. We opted not to go to Wright Park because the horses give me the willies. All of the places we went to were gracious enough to allow me in albeit on the condition that I was kept on leash the entire time -- well, you can't win them all. On the other hand, you can't say the same thing about establishments here in Manila which, almost all, are decidedly not dog-friendly.
My favorite among all the places we visited was the Baguio Botanical Gardens. All the flowers were in full bloom (credit goes to the mild Baguio weather) and, I must say, the park looked spectacular. I had fun getting my paws all muddy (it rained the night before) walking along the garden's numerous cobbled paths. My only regret is that I could not run free throughout the gardens -- that would have been bliss!!! Oh, I did get chased by a goat mom and her kids (hee-hee, that was fun) while walking back to the apartelle.
What amused mom the most from our trip was the little bit of celebrity that followed us everywhere we went. You see, there is this golden retriever called Fulgoso who is a regular on a local tv series called "Marimar" (a Philippine adaptation of the Mexican telenovela of the same title). Everywhere we went people just kept calling me Fulgoso. People just approach us and I get so much attention -- they pat me on the head, rub my ears, stroke my fur, compliment me on my handsomeness (ahem-ahem) and some even asked to take pictures of me and mom!!! But, on the flipside, there are some people who are so ignorant of the golden retriever breed (i.e., how nice and friendly we all are) that they give mom and me a wide berth when we are out walking. A silly lady even screamed in panic when my tail brushed her leg (I stepped on her foot for good measure -- haha).
I really enjoyed myself the whole trip so I was really sad when it was time to leave. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Mom promised me though that we will be back soon. I hope she keeps her promise...