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B’s day out at the dog café

I’ve been following the lady chef behind Whole Pet Kitchen way back her Food Styling Manila blog, I was a fan and a regular reader, and what really got me hooked was that post about feeding dogs at the animal shelter in Mandaluyong one morning. I admired the lady more for that. 🙂 It’s one of my reveries up until now to do the same because my heart cries everytime I see stray dogs rummaging garbage for food. And tho at present we have two semi-adopted Aspins whom we supply sawdust from the supermarket, I learned it’s a healthier option rather than the regular pellets, I still look for the day I can do the same kindness Giannina did.

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Giannina Gonzales now the lioness of Whole Pet Kitchen had come so far after the opening of the first dog café in the Philippines and Wishbone a.k.a Jack had been headlining newspapers and TV shows, the duo had been the prominent sight of my IG feeds and facebook and I can’t wait to meet them both. If you’ve been reading the blog (this nameless & shiftless blog) you’d know by now that my baby B turned 7th last July but because we’ve been into a busier schedule we skipped giving her a grand party, we just brought the big B to Army Navy Tagaytay few weeks after her birthday. We thought she loved the burgers there better than anything else, and just because they had al fresco seating it can’t get any way fur-pect to spend a leisurely sunny afternoon with my loves. ♥

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I’ve known to be someone who makes plans and trips and promises, and everytime I’m home to my big B I’d always give her something to look forward to. It’s like promising your kid a new gadget when she makes it good in school, for my big B it’s more like getting a McDonald’s trip or a new collar or a new toy as a reward for not peeing on the second floor. 😀 But because any 7th birthday is important and significant I want hers to be memorable, something she’d recount over because she was with Momi and Dadi and with the kids and Lola.

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The trip to Whole Pet Kitchen happened almost three weeks ago by now, so pardon me if there would be lapses here because my memory isn’t sharp as before anymore. I remember us arriving at past 2pm, and that Sunday afternoon we were the first to arrive. We got the best seat by far and for a while we had the entire store by ourselves. I was looking for Jack when one of the store assistant told that he would be arriving later that day. I scanned the menu and asked my party to choose their pick, not too heavy I reminded them because we’re eating decently after at BHS. I asked recommendations from the store assistant while ordering B’s food, finally I settled for an order of Jack’s Lasagna and Banana Oat Muffins for her to munch later on. I got her Yogurt Cooler too, which she didn’t enjoy really. I forgot my baby B doesn’t loves much the cold drinks and prefers to drink water only.

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And what do you know, even before our orders were served Jack and Giannina made an entrance already. B was fuming like a mad dog after seeing Jack behind the glass doors, and for a while the duo stepped back from entering their own store. I had to calm down B and told Dadi to let her, she’d eventually love Jack and I was right. I don’t want to it label it aggression but B at times had this mood to dislike other dogs maybe because of the dominance she always had back at home. But she is now way dangerous okay; she’s never been into fight and never attacked any dogs to date. She was the one being attacked in the past, by a black lab, and we assumed it’s one of the reasons why she hated the black ones.

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Anyhow, back at the café, this was how B and Jack greeted each other, Jack was so handsome, a real furball!

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Mr. Jack, can I take you home na? 🙂

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Not long, a German shepherd arrived with her humans, B made loud woofs once again but was intimidated by the size of the new guest. To pacify her I went on spooning her lasagna, she loves restaurant meals by all means and she’d  ate it with gusto if you’d feed her like a kid. Ambisyosang frog!

By mid-afternoon more visitors began to arrive until the place was packed, the rest were even advised to wait at the dog park near Café Ysabel. Since the dog café is limited at the moment because of the little space, I suggest you come earlier with your pack or schedule your visit on weekdays. I’m doing the latter on our next visit or rather block the whole café so my baby B can freely strut and wiggle. Tita Elaine is sponsoring anyway. Hahaha.

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And if you’d care to know what we had from the Pet Love’s Menu, take a peek.

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Triple Chocolate Milkshake for the kiddos P148. This is quite big and I was telling the kids that they should have shared the drink because Kuya P finished only 1/3 of his.

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The kids got Woofles each, the Double Choclit ala Mode P208. Chocolate and warm waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, a bit expensive for its size.

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We also had two orders of Lalalasagna P258. Layers of Bolognese meat sauce, spinach, cheese and pawsta.

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I only wished it wasn’t swimming on that meat sauce, thank you.

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And an order of Sammie, Piggy in the garden Sammie P228. A unique BLT with sautéed onions on a waffled baguette, amongst our orders this was the one I enjoyed, big portion as well.

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And this was the princess’ Doggie Meal,

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Jack’s Lasagna P88. Semolina lasagna sheets, organic VCO, pork liver, beef, carrots, homemade yogurt, swamp cabbage, tomatoes, basil, cheese. Now, that sounds too healthy and organic! There’s no doubt that my own furball loved this to bits, next time will have to double the order. Beside was the Yogurt Cooler P48. I forgot to capture the muffins but it looked good and B loved its flavors as well.

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A closer shot.

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Our bill almost hit 2k with just that, quite steep I know, but it’s not happening everyday or like every weekend, birthdays are always special and anything for B is endless. ♥ Oh, we totally forgot to buy her a small Paw Cake because the crowd was already overwhelming then and the mini-dogs beside us were making noises by now. It was a bit uncomfortable already that I missed to even have a decent photo with Giannina and Jack, or even a small chat. We’ll be back but not sooner than I can only hope for, because the big B lives south with the parental as you all know.

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Whole Pet Kitchen: Pet Deli & Bark-ery
349-D C.M. Recto St., corner P. Guevarra Street
San Juan, Metro Manila
www.facebook.com/wholepetkitchen
www.wholepetkichen.com
 

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It’s always pretty extraordinary when we’re home because I get to spend quality time with the B’s especially the clingy B who’d always wanted Momi’s attention. There were times I tried to go hiding when she’s busy poking around the kitchen and yet she would easily sense my absence and would go her way to look for me right away, I can’t be anywhere without her that’s it. So, even if I just needed to pee I have to leave a little opening so she’ll see me in a way. Bunso, ligo tayo!

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It’s one of the many reasons why I love going home, it’s one of the things I dearly look forward to, I love her smell (even if she’s stinky already), I love her sight in the morning and I love to watch her snooze in deep. I’m forever grateful because of her, B taught us freely what unconditional love is.

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Anyhow, aside from the big B’s presence, I always have the other B’s banging woofs. The other B had this tendency to wield all his energy barking even at the gust of wind. And beneath he’s impassive looks his spirit remained to be of a small pup that loves belly rub and hugs. Oh boy! Momi still prays that may you soon outgrow the naughty days. Sorry that we need to put you on leash Boi. 😦

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And there’s Tonyo, remember him? Yes, the fluffy white pup my friend Atoy gave three years ago. He used to stay at my sister’s compound but when the latter’s family moved back at the parental house he was relocated too. I’m guilty that I don’t play with him much as I played with the other two but every now and then I’d give him a nice rub especially when the backdoor is open and he peeks in.

That Saturday, I really had plenty of rest and sleep (?) and if it didn’t rained that night we could’ve lounged and had coffee at the ridge. I remember the husband even texted, asking me about plans that night but I was too lazy to go anywhere around. Besides, we’re leaving early the next day so we’d rather retire early on. The action-packed Sunday went on, read the first part here.

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Arriving home from Tagaytay, we rushed a surprise birthday dinner for Saira, she is my second cousin’s pretty daughter. We found it late that’s why we didn’t had plans in advance. Sai and her sister Shane were a common sight at our household, they’re not just P’s playmate, they’re my Nanay’s orphans when the father is drunk and away. Yes they’re like orphans ever since the mother ran off from home and abandon them. Tsk. I could never understand how Lisa could simply abandon the kids and choose to create new memories somewhere else. Sigh! Anyhow, Sai was celebrating her 10th and we hope the little surprise made her happy despite the family issues and life crisis she’d been at her young age. I hope she’ll grow up to be strong and positive and happy. For now we wish her to enjoy every bits of her childhood.

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Sai, you are loved, remember that always. ♥

Now, I can only look forward to my forthcoming long weekend next week. I’m vacationing starting on the 21st and will be back to work on the 26th. It’s like Christmas in August except that money is a little scarce now. Hehehe

 

B’s birthday day out

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We haven’t yet really celebrated my big B’s 7th birthday tho during our visit 3 weeks ago we gave her a day out bonus. It’s the usual fare with the kids minus the whole fambam because I want it to be minimal, and I want B to have all the attention this time. Before we drove to Yellow Cab I told husband to drop me off first at Savemore supermarket so I can buy B a simple birthday cake. No birthday is complete without a birthday cake, right? So when I spotted a caramel flavored one at Iko’s which B could also eat (chocolates are no-no for dogs) I paid for it right away. I thought it’s nicely done considering its cheap.

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At Yellow Cab we picked the outdoor sitting so B can sit freely tho it had its disadvantages because B gets distracted from people passing by. We could have dined at the semi-outdoor area but the climate was quite humid that afternoon, not so good for our birthday girl. And like the usual, the kids ordered to their heart’s content, we had pizza and pasta, and quesadillas from the neighboring Army Navy. We skipped ice cream despite their pleading, I told them that we’ll grab one at the supermarket later that day –the salted caramel  flavored one.

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My B of course enjoyed her Classic Burger from Army Navy, she ate only half of it and took home the other half for Boi. Yes, we’ve thought her well the value of sharing. Dadi forked her some bites of pizza as well. While B radiates a happy aura that day she was feeling sick inside and we had to give her antibiotics soon as we got home. And for the past three years, it may just be coincidence or just my being paranoid at times, B gets sick and gloomy whenever the birthday month is nearing and Momi isn’t happy about it any more. 😦

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We dropped by at Summit Ridge so B can make the most of this day out, on her normal grind she loved to wander around the open space other than this time she really felt weak and tired and preferred to lie down on his Dadi’s lap while they watched the performers that night. She even ignored our ice cream fight and doesn’t even asked a single scoop. My Poor baby! We decided to drive home before 9pm so she can fully rest.

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Back at home, the kids were excited of her cake and they blew the candles on B’s behalf. B was already in deep sleep this time and we don’t want to interrupt her dreaming as she made quivers and leg twitches. I wonder what her dream was. Well, I hope it’s not a fight with a dream burglar bunso. 🙂 And yes, we’re still celebrating her birthday this August. We’ll bring her soon at this dog café so she could sample a real restaurant meal cooked rightly for her. I hope we could bring Boi as well only that I fear he might broke everything around. Sigh!

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Still, we wish you a happy birthday Bunso, i wish you more healthy years and fun days to wiggle about. ♥

 

happy 2nd bark-day Boi!

And to my handsome boy, Momi is sorry for the times I discounted you, for the times I yelled at you (because of your naughtiness and whatnots), for the times I left you without a word. I feel so guilty now. 😦 My lucky one, I hope your puppy ways may diminished soon tho I love it still when you behave like a 2 month old pup despite your built now, I love it when you woof for attention and hugs and I love it most when you can’t help yourself to give everyone your drooly kiss. Your puppy ways rule!

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As you marked the second of your many birthdays to come, may you recognize that there’s other doggie outside our fence and that you’re far luckier than anyone of them. May you learn how to play (not hard play) with squeaky balls without tearing them off, oh boy! May you grow to love dog parks and restaurants like the big B, and behave as if you’re like a K-9 trained? May you find ease in going for a ride or the beach or the mall because we miss you on travels. Boi, my Lucky Boi, you were never just a second fur-baby to us, you have a special place in our hearts and whether it would take another two or three more years for you to become domesticated and all we would love you still. Now, shake you paws and say I’m TWO!

Happy Birthday my Luckydoo! ♥

 

happy 7th Bunso!

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Bea, I know you long for Dadi more than you long for me and I can’t blame you enough because Dadi had sacrificed so much for you when you were just a little puppy. He cleans your poo and pee, he sneaks out of his office to check on you and feed you. He shares his pillows with you. He bathes you and brushes your teeth. He brings you to the Vet, he walks you and he runs with you. He shares with you his cone of ice cream, his burger sandwich, he actually thought you to eat almost everything that is edible and palatable because he treats you as his own, his very own fur-baby. Sometimes I feel jealous that you love him more

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…but as I see the two of you connect I’m happy the way it is, the happiest paw-Momi you know because two of my loves dearly love each other and that the two of you would stick forever no matter what. As you turned a year older again today Bunso, may you overcome the natural signs of aging like Momi does. May you stay hale & hearty, giddy and bouncy and all. And may your feisty spirit lives on beyond infinity. You would fur-ever be my fur-baby, the one that taught us not to take ourselves so seriously; the one who made our lives more interesting and the one who loves us unconditionally.

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Momi is sending virtual hugs and kisses to you, and I hope the weather would be good this weekend so we could go off somewhere and celebrate a little.

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Happy Bark-day Bei Bei! ♥