Thankful for the good vets, groomers, and staff at our neighbourhood pet shop and clinic – Pet-a-Holic!

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They have been taking care of our babies since 2015 and we are happy customers. They send out SMS reminders when shots or follow ups are due for any of our critters, and that’s been really helpful for us to stay on top of these things.

Pet-a-Holic is a one-stop-shop. They sell pet supplies, accessories, food, medicine, and supplements. They also have a clinic that can provide ultrasound, X-ray, and other such services. If your pet needs to be confined for 24-hour care, they also have that. Grooming services can also be availed, as well as room and board in case you’re going away on a trip.

We are there almost weekly for dog food, and now every 2 weeks for the required shots for the puppies.

Sa totoo lang, our fur-babies are more up-to-date with visits to the doctor than their hooman parents. Hahahaha. 🙂


There are days when a faint smell of pee permeates around the house. And there are definitely a LOT of days when the white tiled floor looks so dirty, and even sticky in some parts. We’ve got a few chewed up slippers, and every now and then a piece of clothing or other (mostly socks) would be dragged into a crate.

Any papers they can reach will surely be torn to shreds in minutes. And floor rugs better be sturdy because they can ruin those real fast!

The cost of vaccines and other fees add up. Then you’ve got to clean up after them – between 4 critters, no matter how big or small, that’s a lot poop in one day.

Making travel plans means figuring out who gets to look after these cuties. They also motivate us to not stay out too late, because they need to be let out.

Caring for dogs is big responsibility. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thankful for this Pawrenthood gig.

At the start of this year we only had two dogs: Chiclet Onyx and Sirius Black. In March, they had three little pups, and two stayed with us – Pandora and Roku. A month ago, these three came along: Jango Night Fury, River Rega, and Satchmi. The plan is to re-home them with friends and family.

**Check out my previous 30 Days of Thankful 2018 posts.

9 Real-World Problems Only Dog Parents Fully Understand

Being a parent to a dog is pretty rewarding for most parts. However, there are certain challenges almost all veteran pet parents can relate to. Without offering any solutions whatsoever, here’re 9 real-world challenges only dog parents can fully understand.

Social Media Feeds Bombarded with Advertisements of Pet Products:

Ordering pets medical supplies and other doggie products on the internet directs a swarm of targeted ads. Your social media pages and Amazon suggestion lists are nothing but an endless gallery of pet products.

Dog Fur on Clothes Is an Inevitable Truth of Life:

What used to annoy you before now has become a truth that you have learned to live with. You have grown used to plucking out pieces of your pet from your clothes while at the office.

Planning an All-Nighter with Friends Is as Plausible as Going Unicorn Shopping:

Even if there is someone at home to take care of your dog, you imagine your pet waiting patiently at the door for you to arrive. This very thought keeps you from participating in stayovers and all-night parties.

Constantly Trying to Avoid Saying Certain Trigger Words:

“Okay, Max I know I said car, but we are not going out right now, alright!” Sounds familiar? As a seasoned pet mommy or daddy, you know what words you should never say when your dog is listening. When you say “outside” you better mean it.

Waking up at Night Realizing You Are Cramped for Space:

Did you ever wake up hugging the edge of the bed while your dog is all stretched out bang in the middle? It happens, it’s just something you have to live with.

Realizing Your Dog Is the King/Queen of Facial Manipulation:

“Give Me the Biscuit!” That’s exactly what your dog is thinking when it makes those cute faces and tilts its head ever so slightly. What’s worse is that you fall for it every single time.

Apologizing to People Because for Your Dog’s Obnoxiously Warm Welcomes:

Your dog knows how to stage a welcome. As long as you have a dog in your house you would never have to worry about your guests feeling unwelcome. The only problem, they sometimes may feel awkward when your dog jump-kisses them in their mouths. You have no choice other than sincerely apologizing and handing out towels.

The Realization After Giving Your Dog a Bath That You Forgot the Towel:

This happens more than you would like to admit. The worst thing is you only realize it after you and your dog is completely wet inside a towel-less bathroom. If somehow your dog manages a wet escape, you have no choice but to bring out the mop.

Your Pant Pockets Have Become Permanent Storage Units for Poop Bags:

Occasionally, when you put your hand inside your jeans pocket, out comes old receipts and a bouquet of unused poop bags. Your pant pockets have become a buffer storage unit for these bags.

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