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January 29, 2009

We've been Tagged!

... and boy, does it bring back good memories!


Hellow there puppies!

The Four Musketeers tagged us to do the 5th file meme and we found this...


This was taken when I was still 3 months old during my first beach outing. We were invited by manong's officemate- Ms. Qitty, to join in their family picnic at Corona del Mar. What's cool about the place is that their subdivision has a direct access to the beach.


I never got to swim when we went there since the tide was rather low and the sand is not really white. I did, though, get to enjoy frolicking in the sand and practicing my new tricks.



Practicing ‘stay down’ with manong


Posing with manang R’, manang tin and manang (micchi). (from L-R)

Hmmm… does this picture look familiar to you?


Having a light snack of sand-rolled hermit crabs…


Finally, after a day’s work and play…

Begging for more treats


This meme was sure loads of fun! I have a certain sense of nostalgia now...

It's now time to pass on this tag to five more bloggers so here are the rules:

Open a document or file folder, click on the fifth folder and then the fifth photo. Post the photo and describe it. Then tag 5 other bloggers.

I think I saw a lot of my friends do this already, so I'm passing it to my puppy friends whom I think haven't done it yet...

I'd like to pass this tag to:

1. Trudis, Moymoy, Jappy and Scarlet
2. Huskee Boy and Hershey
3. Cocoa and Barley
4. Chow Chow
5. Dr. Dino

Hope you all enjoy my nostalgic trip to the past as much as I did.

January 24, 2009

The Frustrating Case of the Nottie Postlady


Remember our earlier post that it snowed pressies?

We’ll it didn’t wane yet… actually, it turned into a blizzard… hehe..

This Wednesday, manang receieved 2 more claim cards from their security guard… and here is where The Frustrating Case of the Nottie Postlady begins…


Normally, my hooman does not travel around the city because she is quite busy with her work and has poor sense of direction. Now, in order to claim my pressies, she authorizes their company driver to pick up the parcels from the mail instead. This week though, Mr. Driver came back with only one pressie -from Ms. Kylie and returned the other claim card.


He said the postlady would not release my pressie because manang is not authorized to claim it. I was perplexed. Why would the nottie postlady refuse to release my pressie? I squealed. Mr. Driver said it was because of this…


She said she cannot release the pressie to manang because only Mr. Aki Wong can claim it. And that means, I, Achilles Wong, need to produce a valid ID in order to do it. I blinked. I cried. Just how am I going to do that? I howled in exasperation. I don’t want any of my friends’ parcels to be returned by any nottie postlady. That would mean throwing my friends’ hard-earned postage money to the trash bin. No way! Not this dog!

And so, clueless as we were, manang and I braved the uncertain roads, not knowing exactly where we were going. I forced her out of the office- all dressed up in her corporate clothes, bringing her bag and high heels and we set out to claim my ultimate prize. Getting there wasn’t easy. We almost cried because the road leading to the post office was closed and we had to walk about 2 blocks. We never passed by that place before and was struck by paranoia and feared for our safety.


When we got to the post office, she explained to the postlady that there was no way for me to claim the pressie by myself and under normal acceptable conditions (per the Postal Corp.’s standards, that is). That in fact, being my guardian, she was licensed to claim the pressie in my behalf.

When she explained that the addressee was a handsome dog (see picture above), everyone in the room laughed at her. For some strange reason they thought it was absurd for someone to send packages to a dog or have a dog’s name placed as addressee for a package. *rolls eyes*

In my defense, she said that in other parts of the world, it is not unusual to send and/or receive packages in the name of dogs. The postlady just sneered and laughed saying that in any part of the world, dogs being addressees of parcels and packages is just unacceptable and absurd. She added that it was even more absurd that a dog would have a last name.

I was mad and barked furiously at the clueless self-absorbed humans! I was on the verge of sinking my huge teefies into their behinds when manang began negotiating with the postlady as to how the package can be released.

Finally, the postlady gave up, after much jeering, and asked us if we knew who sent the package…

Ummm… my doggie senses tell me that they were from my friends- The Four Musketeers… but I do not know the full name of their sissy! Feigning confidence, I wrote the names of my buddies- Cody, Lady, Zena and Joyce/ The Four Musketeers/ Amanda and slapped the paper silly in the face of the nottie postlady.


Realizing that indeed the package was for me, she released it to us and scurried of joyously. Never mind the self-absorbed human! I bet they were just envious because I had been receiving lots of pressies.

Hey Cody! Are you in there, buddy?

Our gifts from our good friends- Cody, Lady, Zena and Joyce… they even sent me a birthday card.


Say ‘M-U-S-K-E-T-E-E-R’!!!


Playing with my candy roll thingamajig ...


This is one weird orange elastic doggie… and it squeaks, too!


We are officially loving this Loofa Dog!

So, puppies, who do you think makes a better Loofa Dog Model?



A woofy thank you to Ms. Kylie and The Four Muskeeters for your pressies and your friendship. We are so grateful for all your love and friendship!!! We love all of you so much!!!

January 22, 2009

It Snowed!!!

... presents, that is!

Hellow there puppies! I had such a treat during the last two weeks. Maybe the nottie post lady knew it was my birthday. I am still receiving Christmas cards from my DWB friends week in and week out and am getting quite used to see the security guard hand-over my mails.

I would like to believe the nottie postman had stopped being so nottie and decided to just deliver my cards every week without much of a fuss.

When manang arrived from Bacolod last Christmas, she brought me gifts from my mommy Lilli…

Handsome, eh?


A rope toy from my sweet friend, Trudis O’ Wudis!


…These were the cards delivered to me last week from Jaffe and Kaylie, 4Bs, Verdi and Gaucho, Deefor and Arrow and our lovely friends- Huskee and Hershey!


…My pa(w)y-it-forward pressie from Chowchow (sorry buddy, we are still searching for that bubble wrapped envelope to send your pressie in :( )


These were really delicious and they smell really good too… I am actually reminded of corned beef... MMMMMMM....


Guess what? The postman didn’t stop there. Days after, he came back and gave manang two claim cards for pressies to be claimed at the central post office (parcels were subject to customs check and had to be claimed pawsonally by the recipient).

Hmmmm… these pressies smell familiar…

Oh my dog! Pressies from my very good friends- Addie, (Lucie) and Zoe and Huskee and Hershey (again- yay!)!
Huskee and Hershey gave Poopie and me separate gifts. Their mum, Ms. Shane, was even nice enough to give manang her own gift… yay! Thank you so much friends!
Is my love for rope toys and balls too obvious *grin*?

I know this was supposed to be Poopie’s but…
Manang was in the habit of giving me the parcel and allowing me to rip the package open, myself. However, in some weird turn of events, she decided not to let me “open” this package from Addie and Zoe.

At first, I reckoned it was only because she was giving in to her “pack-rat” attitude and wanted to keep the parcel (with their picture on a sticker) as a souvenir… Somehow, this seemingly spontaneous decision proved to be worth more when a few days after our dear friend Zoe passed away. Now, I don’t think we will ever throw away that parcel. It is now worth millions or even zillions, in my book!
Yummy christmas treats from Addie, Zoe and Lucie

… and eating them.

Oh joy! I’m so happy I feel like flying!
… too many pressies, too little time… too bad Poopie can't reach the table!! bwahaha..

thank you so much dear friends!!!
like I always say, more than the gifts and the cards,
what matters most to us is the thoughtfulness,
the love and the friendship that you unselfishly and genuinely
share with us each and every day of our lives.
having friends like you is always a blessing and we are forever grateful
to have such wonderful angels on God's green Earth.
We LOVE you all so much!!

January 21, 2009

The Value of a Human in the Eyes of A Dog


We would like to share a beautiful story that we read in a forum that we are joining...

A Touching Dog Story
by Anonymous

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.


Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease....in fact , she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.

Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lu cky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.

Remember.... live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards They are the ones that care for us.

If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God






source: whatsuppaws forum

One Beat, One Dance, One Vision

This is the Sinulog catch phrase, and that, my dear puppy friends, had been the reason for our absence.

Just what is “Sinulog”, most of you would probably ask.

Well, truth be told, I don’t really know seeing as I am a dog, and this is the time of year that I’d rather not be outside the confines of my comfortable home in the hopes of not being squished by the sea of people basking in the hot dreary sun or withstanding the chilling cold winds and rain just so they can catch a glimpse of queer individuals dressing up as giants, cartoon characters, mystical creatures or personages from the past.

Nope, puppies and gentledogs, that is not our cup of tea. That is why I brought my plea before the good judge and ask the Sinulog fairy to spare my hoomans. Alas, my motion for hooman exclusivity for the last week was denied, and as a result thereof- no bloggie posts. Drat
And so, I have come to the realization, that just maybe, this is one event not meant for dogs, but our humans, to enjoy. I rest my case.

The word sinulog comes from a Cebuano word meaning, “like the movement of water currents.” The name is a reference to the forward-backward steps in the Sinulog dance; the rhythmic motion is reminiscent of the movement of the eddies of Cebu’s old Pahina River. The dancers basically take two steps forward and one step backward to the beat of a drum. The dance is traditionally performed mostly by elderly women. (source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org)

Sinulog is arguably the biggest, grandest and most anticipated celebration in the country- a celebration of oneness of a nation in hope, love and adulation (for the patron of Cebu- Señor Sto. Niño or the child Jesus). The festival is a week long celebration filled with dances, street parties, concerts, prayer rallies and parades, fireworks competitions and on Sunday- a mardi gras which will run from around 9 AM until 6 PM and a fireworks display at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Here are snippets of some Sinulog events attended by humans.


Sinulog 2009
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view of parade from manang's office
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'giants' parade




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Everyone gushed during the mardi gras. They ‘oohhhed’ and ‘aahhed’, I blinked. Really now, they say it was filled with colors.


But aren’t dogs supposed to have limited color recognition?


They said the floats were intricately designed, more like eye candy. Really now, I’d rather have something I can eat...

I'm a sourpuss. I know. What's a dog to do to have human exclusivity, these days?

January 16, 2009

A Tribute to Zoe

It was all too fast. Then again, maybe it was her time to go. Last night, Our dear friend, Zoe passed away just as quickly as she had claimed our hearts. This morning we were thinking of her. We were mulling over their Christmas card, thinking this year Santa Zoe will now have 2 reindogs. I guess that thought can wait...

We miss you already dear girl... Please watch over us from the Rainbow Bridge.

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Stay strong Addie, Luci and Mommy Staci and family.


All of you will be in our prayers

January 14, 2009

Our Social Life Begins...

Aki's Birthday Bonanza
by The Pooper Scooper

Sunday, January 10, 2009
6:00 PM

Manang roused me early in the morning last Saturday. We were supposed to go to the grocery to work on our special project for Manong Aki’s birthday. This being his first birthday, manang said it would be but proper for us to share our blessings with our less fortunate (human) brothers.
Manang and I went to the grocery late in the afternoon after bumming around over old The Simpsons reruns and got busy for the next day’s event….

We got us the following ingredients and broke our backs making sandwiches and party hats out of recycled card boards …



These are ham and corned beef sandwiches and fruit juice drinks for the little kids selling candles/ sampaguita beside the church near manang’s office.


On Sunday evening, manang and I went out to distribute the sandwiches. We found a little girl selling candles near the traffic lights and we decided to give her our little bag of food, which she in turn gaily handed to her mother (and brothers and sisters), who was sitting in one corner of the pavement. It was such a wonderful feeling that we decided to continue on with this tradition every birthday.



Upon getting home, I changed into my comfy clothes because the night was getting cold. I was mildly surprised to meet two very familiar faces.



It was Ms. Giselle (and her niece) with Belo!


Do you still remember Belo?


Some months ago, we posted about his visit. Back then, he had a nasty skin problem which made him look like a sheared sheep. Thankfully with a huge dose of loving care he quickly bounced back to health!
Okay, so now it’s time for me to work on the tables… but before that, where is that Birthday boy?
“Oh there you are manong Aki!”


Just look at him and his silly grin. The boy knows something special is coming up.

“Manong Aki, I was told that you need to change into your party clothes…”

What party clothes? He said as a blank expression crossed his eager face. You mean mommy Lilli’s ultracool bandana is not appropriate?”


“Ummm… I know you look good in them, but manang said you had to put these on…”

“Now, smile!... I said smile… what is that gritted mouth supposed to be? ”

“I hate you, Poopie, this is not cool at all...”
There. That’s as handsome as you can get. Now can we PLEASE eat!?!”
We had a yummy feast of chicken burgers, fried chicken and chicken pops, spaghetti, a lovely custard cake and double dutch icecream.
Presenting to manong Aki his cake. As you can see there is only one candle representing his age.


The birthday boy posing with the guests and manang tin and R’ (manang was behind the camera lens and I was busy directing the flow of activities)


Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday manong Aki,
Happy Birthday to you!!!
Now make a wish…

I never got to learn what he wished for that night, but I have a good feeling he had a little wish somewhere for me.

Birthdays sure are special and we are so glad to be sharing it with friends and family. The best part was we got to eat a piece of everything! Yay! I can't wait for my Birthday to come!!

Here are some videos during manong Aki’s actual birthdate- January 12, 2009 (Monday). As you may have notice, we celebrated the pawty earlier because manong was supposed to go to Bacolod for a business trip on Monday (which never happened—haha! I wonder if that was part of Aki’s wish.)
Gone in 5 seconds...
(did you even see what's inside? hehe.. those were peanut butter popsicles)

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Testing the Teefie...
(Manang: We undermined the sharpness of his teefie when we left him to toy around with the treats. Somehow Aki mananged to pry the biscuit bag open and so we had to transfer the contents into another container)

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And of course, we got a lot of greetings from a lot of our friends. We also received pressies from some dear DWB friends yesterday. Here is the e-card that our good buddy, Dr. Dino sent Aki on Monday.... Thank you Dino and everyone who greeted Aki!