D’ Dog House: “They are not pets, they are family”.
Last Sunday, February 24, 2013, dog owners showed that their dogs are not just pets; as they celebrate the “Bark 4 Love,” they made their pets feel they’re also part of the family.
The event started with a grand dog parade from the Mactan Newtown to the Mactan Liberty Shrine. Different dog breeds were present in the parade and in the event.
The ribbon cutting was done by organizer Aileen Radaza and Rudolfo Berame of the City Health office, symbolizing the official opening of the event. “We want to promote responsible pet ownership and at the same time provide entertainment,” Ms. Radaza said to describe the event.
The event was made more fun as lots of games were included, like dog stunts demonstrated by C.A.R.E., modified triathlon for the dogs and their owners, amazing race, zumbark, and dog fashion show.
Offered during the event were free vet services like Neutering/Castration (Kapon) of Dogs, rabies vaccination, vitamin supplementation, deworming, treatment, and pet blessing done by Fr. Benjie Balsamo, MSC of the Sto. Niño de Cebu Mactan Parish.
There is also an adoption booth for those who like to adopt a dog.
Speed dating with celebrity guests was held for those who are present at the event.
More owners registered their dogs this year, and most of the 1,015 dogs were AsPin or AsKal, 130 were castrated compared to last year’s 468 registered dogs and 73 castrated dogs.