Friday, February 16, 2024

Munchausen by Doggy: The Perils of Overindulgence in Pet Care

 Unintentional repercussions that injure our beloved animals can occur when the boundary between affection and overindulgence becomes blurred in the complicated realm of pet parenthood. Part two of "Munchausen by Doggy" explores one aspect of pet care that, although initially motivated by love, can lead to unhealthy habits: providing dogs with too much food and attention.

Naturally, as pet owners, we want what's best for our beloved animals. Our journeys to the best veterinarians, hunting for the healthiest treats, and sourcing the best food are all motivated by love. Unfortunately, there are instances when our best intentions can lead us astray, turning our pets into objects of excessive care and even injury.

Not only can our pets suffer physically from overindulgence, but pet parents often experience emotional and financial stress as a result. The hasty search for social media assistance when pets are sick from diet-related causes (such as obesity, diabetes, or other conditions) is both helpful and harmful. The public uproar and individual suffering can take place on platforms that promote empathy, give guidance, and even financial aid. Under what circumstances do we become personally liable for our dogs' medical problems?

I know firsthand how to strike a balance between overindulgence and moderation as a pet owner. You have to fight off the urge to give in to their begging eyes every time they ask for a reward. A lesson learned the hard way is that love is not quantifiable by the amount of material possessions or the abundance of food. Even when we intend well, our dogs' health might suffer as a result of our actions. This can put us in a vicious loop of feeling guilty, reaching out to others online, and eventually finding comfort in a community of pet lovers who understand our struggle.

Many online discussions concerning pets focus on overindulging in their care and the resulting health problems. These platforms reflect the outcomes of our care decisions while also providing a place for shared experiences and support. While seeking community online is admirable, the story of turning to the internet for help or empathy also raises important questions regarding the causes of pet obesity and avoidable diseases caused by overfeeding. The question of how to differentiate between healthy excess and unhealthy caregiving becomes paramount when considering this trend. The solution is to educate ourselves, be more self-aware, and resolve to put our dogs' long-term health and happiness ahead of their short-term pleasure. A good first step is to learn about our dogs' dietary requirements, identify the warning indications of overfeeding, and consult an expert if necessary.

Being a pet parent is a journey filled with love and learning at the end. It's important to strike a balance that allows our dogs to enjoy healthy and happy lives without causing more damage than good. As we go forward, may we keep in mind that taking care of our pets in a way that ensures their health and happiness, in the long run, is the greatest way to show them how much we love them.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

When Pet Fashion Turns Perilous

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 A darker storyline emerges, one that examines the boundary between love and addiction, in the glitzy realm of pet couture, where diamond-encrusted collars gleam as brightly as the runway lights. I have personally observed the industry's rise to global prominence as a pioneer in Philippine pet fashion. A troubling tendency has developed—or even degenerated—into a display of excess and, perhaps, exploitation, yet, under the surface of this dazzling enterprise. This phenomena, which I call "Munchausen by Doggy," highlights the fact that some pet owners would go to tremendous measures, frequently endangering their pets' health, just to enjoy looking at their decorated pets.

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To guarantee the comfort and safety of dogs, pet groups have long pushed for a weight guideline of 20-30% of the pet's body weight for clothes and accessories. However, the extravagant accessories for pets also increased in price as the pet fashion business grew. These days, even little dog breeds like Chihuahuas can have accessories like diamond-encrusted collars that weigh the same as the dogs themselves. Aside from redefining what it means to dress a pet in style, this trend toward excess has sparked serious worries about the strain on the bodies of the animals shown in these shows of wealth.

As a result of the pressure to wow onlookers and judges, many pets undergo extensive training to ensure they look their best on the runway. More and more people are reporting that their trained dogs can walk on command, even when they're hot and heavy from wearing their clothes. The boundary between exhibiting brutality and the ceaseless goal of theatrical perfection is called into doubt by these ethical considerations.

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Some pet owners use social media as a way to get help when their pets are sick, hurt, or distressed as a result of their excesses, and they also use it to get attention and compassion from others. Like the mental illness Munchausen by Proxy, but applied to dogs, this online uproar frequently makes it hard to tell if people are really worried about their pets' health or are just trying to get social approval.

The dogs are the show stoppers, but they have no say in the matter as they were never asked to participate in the pageant. These creatures don't worry about awards or recognition like humans in the fashion and beauty industries; they simply want to make their caretakers happy. This brings up an important point: at what point does the need for public adulation and aesthetic perfection become exploitative?

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Behind the Seams: Pioneering Pet Fashion in the Philippine Archipelago

Among the lively shops of Bonifacio High Street, this ambition began to take shape in 2014. With the help of Vitality Pet Food, Hobbes & Landes, and my first pet fashion show, I debuted it there. In that brief but electrifying moment, I saw a glimpse of the future I had always dreamed of, a place where style and companionship flourished in perfect harmony. The event's success hinted at a future revolution and showcased the unrealized potential of the Philippine fashion industry.

Alabang Town Center contacted Alpo just a few months later to announce that they would be sponsoring a show, which would further solidify the growing interest in pet fashion. The path we were on was clearly a growing movement, not just a passing fad. Pet fashion may have been commonplace in other parts of the world, but it was a somewhat uncharted territory for us. Others' hopes and dreams of a pet fashion industry revival have already been dashed. Still, I wouldn't back down. My goal was to revolutionize and take pet fashion to new heights in the Philippines, not only introduce it.

In the Philippines, there existed an industry that had yet to realize its full potential, and I was determined to spark a revolution by doing more than just building a brand. I wasn't only sewing pet clothes; with each design I drew, I was laying the groundwork for a future where Philippine pet couture would be a global phenomenon.

Pre-Baby Moon Pawprints fashion shows for pets were, to put it mildly, charming. All dressed up and led by their attendants, these pets lacked the vitality and personality I wanted to bring forth. I was hell-bent on changing this landscape. I dreamed of a party that reflected the special relationship between pets and their owners, a display that communicated feelings of warmth and belonging, rather than just looking pretty. It was an audacious and daring plan that would shake things up on a global scale while also captivating locals. They had no idea that this unseen force was quietly but firmly coordinating a pet fashion revolution in the Philippines, all while avoiding the limelight herself.

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This is a blog on pet fashion, lifestyle and the changing pet trends in the Philippines.