So if I go to do the yoga today

I will have gone 9 times in the last 2 weeks.  A few times I have thought twice about going, but I’ve gotten to convincing myself I will be happy I forced myself to go once I am in the studio.  And I am.

You see its too hard to do anything more than try to breathe, do the poses, and not drink water.  So all the annoyances and worries are ignored for an hour and a half.

Oh wow

I am not even a citizen, but I do pay taxes. So it was a nervous thing to not be able to vote and have a say. But when Barack Obama  won I felt like it was the Edsa revolution, when people were in the streets and there was all that pride and possibility.

(Well, you know what came after…but) this now is really breathtaking.

Hot yoga

I attended a Bikram yoga class after about 2 years of not going and I have forgotten how hot it could be!  Actually I think they got the room hotter than the 110degrees it should have been.   I felt like I would vaporize.

Then after that I walked out into 55degree weather and the sweat on my head cooled and gave me a headache.

So much for healing hee.  But I did enjoy it and I didn’t die so I’ll try to be back soon.

[whatsuppaws] Reno-Miracle Dog

Dear friends,
Bear with us as we share this photo of Reno with you. This was taken last October 3. He was rescued in Cubao by PAWS volunteers Daisy Medel and Joe Claret. Reno was found huddled by the side of the street with a bloodied face. He had tumors on his face and his body also bore marks of neglect and abuse.
Under the caring hands of Dr David Arceo, the dog whom we did not think would survive, had shown dramatic improvement. (see photos dated October 20 below)

We call Reno our “Miracle Dog” because, unlike Romeo/Juliet, we did not send out an alert since the prognosis was not very good. Rescuers were advised to pray and hope for the best.

Last week, Dr Arceo texted us with this message: “This dog continues to surprise. The other eye which I thought was completely blind and hopeless, is now a feasible, seeing eye! He is now on his second round of chemotherapy..”

Dogs with special medical needs like Reno are not included in the PAWS Shelter’s monthly budget /overhead cost of P80,000 (about $1,800).
Please help us continue Reno’s treatment by sending financial support to:
Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Bank: PNB
Account Number: 072-830174-0
Donors may fax a copy of their validated deposit slips to 724-1986 and indicate their mailing address on the slips so that we can send official receipts.
Donors may also call Dr. David Arceo at Companion Animal Clinic, Antipolo, Rizal tel 6682050 to ask about what other medicines they can sponsor.
Thank you.
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

[whatsuppaws] Top Six Needs of the Shelter

Dear animal advocate,
Submitted a volunteer application form to PAWS but have not yet been Oriented?  Anyone can drop by the shelter and help!
The only difference between “oriented” and “non-oriented” volunteers is that the latter may not be allowed to do direct animal care and must be supervised at all times by a senior volunteer. New volunteer hours are from 4pm to 6pm.
Our policy is not “A job for every volunteer but a volunteer for every job.” so we require that volunteers take a look at the list of tasks posted outside our office starting tomorrow and take on a task that they feel they are good or most effective at.
Anyone (not just volunteers) can also launch a  “cat food drive”, “towel drive” or any collection drive for any of the following  urgent needs of the PAWS animal shelter:
Here are the top six needs of the shelter at the moment —
1. Dry cat food
Consumption: One 30kg bag lasts the shelter kitties – 5 days
2. Vibravet
Consumption: Currently, five (5) pieces a month. For kittens under treatment
3. Bleach
Consumption: Biggest bottle of ZONROX lasts 1 week.
4. Canex or any all-wormer
Consumption: Good for forty (40)  average (native) sized  dogs once every three months.
5. Detergent Powder – I kilo
Consumption: Ten (10) kilos a month
6. Old towels and newspapers
For inquiries, you may email us at philpawsATyahooDOTcom. Other pieces of information on HOW TO DONATE are available at or at the HOME PAGE of
Thank you and God bless!
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Eee I know.

Pataugas sneakers

Another pair of sneakers…

But aren’t they pretty?

Pretty flatsoled too.  But insoles should do it for me.

I never thought

that going to Goldilocks and having some fastfood sisig, a vegetable lumpia with over sweet sauce, and saba con yelo would make me feel so satisfied!

Stop dog gassing and drowning in the future for Cagayan de Oro City

Dear advocates,
Cross-posting from the pinoyanimallovers e-group – below.
Please write letters to the Mayor and to the City Veterinarian. Please use the letter below as a guide and try to compose your own letter.
Thank you.
-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Stop dog gassing and drowning in the future for Cagayan de Oro City

News reports confirm the cruel dog gassing and drowning conducted by
the Cagayan de Oro City Veterinary Office to get rid of dogs in

The dogs impounded in the streets and remained unclaimed in pounds
are subjected to a slow and painful death. The drowning was done in a
landfill in full view of the public; it took about five long minutes
before one dog dies. The remains of the dogs are dumped in the same

This is an outright violation of Republic 8485 or Philippine Animal
Welfare Act of 1998 which clearly states that killing of dogs must be
done humanely at all times.

The veterinary office of Cagayan de Oro City has been experimenting
on carbon monoxide poisoning using vehicle exhaust and improvised gas
chambers, drowning, and intracranial injection to rid of strays since
1996. The law was passed and took effect in 1998.

We have to let the officials know that we will not let this pass and
this barbaric act should never happen again. I have written a letter
to guide you write your own letter or you can use the one I wrote.
Unfortunately, CDO officials don’t have email addresses so we have to
make extra effort to send a snail mail. I hope that you will find
time to do this so there will be no more dogs who will suffer such
cruelty in the future.

Dr. Perla D. Asis, City Veterinary Office
BSP Building, Archbishop Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Tel. No. (632) 088-857-2185

Mayor Constantino Jaraula
3rd Floor, Cagayan City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Tel. No. (632) 088-8572257 / 857-5040

Dear Dr. Asis/Mayor Constantino,

I am writing to express my concern about the method used in
controlling the population of strays and preventing the spread of
rabies in your city.

The dogs didn’t have to experience a slow, painful, and disturbing
death through gassing, drowning or intracranial injection. They were
separated from their guardians, impounded, and kept in dog pounds.
And they don’t deserve to be dumped in a landfill after they die.

These animals have feelings like all of us. They feel fear and
anxiety. They don’t deserve to be subjected to seeing their fellow
dogs die in front of their eyes. This is not only inhumane but

I understand that there are other more humane ways in controlling the
population of strays as mandated by the Philippine law. Death by
lethal injection is the most humane way of animal population control
as proved by other cities in the Philippines like Marikina in Metro

I hope that you will follow the examples of other cities in your
country and work with animal welfare groups to help you and save the
image of your city which has been tainted by this piece of horrifying

Sincerely yours,_,_.___

Almost 30 years ago(!)

SSA Bacolod 1979, if you click on the photo you’ll see where I am

Give Romeo a hand

Over the past few weeks, several dogs taken in or rescued by PAWS were found to be in need of special medical care: there’s Iris and Lady who are both being treated for heartworm, John Lloyd for liver problems, Malcolm for severe demodectic mange.

Fortunately, all these dogs have gotten sponsors somehow for their treatment.

Yesterday morning, after a week of waiting to be rescued, “Romeo”- a thin dog with an injured leg roaming in the Greenhills area – was finally taken into the PAWS shelter.

Rescuers had to shuttle him from the PAWS clinic to a clinic with an x-ray. Romeo – sweet dog though he was- was in such pain, his snout had to be tied to keep him from biting the gentle hands which held his injured leg against the x-ray machine.

When the x-ray came out, it was obvious now why Romeo was in great pain: his hind leg was broken clear into two (see attached x-ray). Romeo needs to have a bone-pin operation that PAWS would be unable to afford.

Our choices:
1. leave him to heal on his own while giving him pain-killers. His bones will eventually fuse but he will be walking with one short hind leg for the rest of his life.
2. get him that bone-pin surgery he needs by asking help from supporters

We decided, of course, to try course of action #2 first by posting this message. Approximate cost of the operation is P15,000 (or perhaps less if we get some kindhearted veterinary surgeon to just charge us the cost of the meds and surgical materials)

Please, if any of you who are subscribed here would want to pitch in to help with Romeo’s surgery, send us a email indicating the amount that you pledge to deposit to our PNB account on or before September 30, 2008.

Account details:
Account Name: The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
PNB Current Account No. 072-830174-0
PNB Branch: PNB Financial Center (Main Branch)
*important: please send email first indicating the amount and when the deposit will be made or send us validated deposit slip via fax 475-1688 with the note- “For Romeo” plus your name and mailing address- where we can send the official receipt.

Thank you.

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

You may also email us at philpawsATyahooDOTcom
or call up PARC (the PAWS Shelter) at 475-1688.


Our heartfelt thanks to those who responded immediately to Romeo’s case.

We were able to gather the quoted amount of P15,000 within only three (3) days from posting the alert. We had to inform the others who wanted to donate that the full amount has already been gathered by yesterday,Sept 29,2008:

Thank you to these angels who were the first to give their pledges:
1. Peachy S – P2,000
2. Popi L – P2,000
3. Adele F – P4,000
4. Elizabeth F – P8,000

Thank you to those who got in touch with us later wanting to send more but we would like to advise them to please hold on to their donations first until we get further updates from Dr. Nielsen Donato of Vets in Practice next week.

Dr. Donato says Romeo is not yet fit for surgery and they would have to see if he will improve in 5 days. What they did for the meantime is realign the broken bone (while dog was sedated) and bandaged it. They will see if the bone will fuse or heal correctly on its own.

We will update all donors and provide an accounting of the vet bills and payments.

PAWS would also like to thank Ms. Sue H who pledged to shoulder the hospitalization bill for Romeo’s first few days at Vets in Practice ( from Sept 26 up to Sept 29).

Thank you very much, in behalf of Romeo.

God bless all of you!

-The Philippine Animal Welfare Society