Feb 14, 2019

Pets, even the most standoffish ones, need to be constantly showered with affection.

A study in 2017 showed that cats, despite its deliberately impassive facade, actually prefer spending time with their humans more than playing or eating their food. Felines may not be sociable or trainable but results show that they clearly prefer social interaction with humans. Dogs feel the same; and they can also sense neglect and jealousy if you don’t give them enough attention. Although repeated petting and cuddling can pay for it, but that’s almost close to nothing when you compare the love and loyalty they give to you. It won’t cause you much if you go out of your usual routine and go on a date with your pet somewhere other than your house, garage, or neighborhood park.

So Valentine’s Day or not, you should take some time off and allot a special day (even just once a month) to treat your furry best friend/s to pet-friendly places in the metro where they will surely have the time of their (nine, if you own a cat) lives. Here are some you can check out:

Whole Pet Kitchen: Pet Deli & Bark-ery

175 M. Paterno, Brgy. Pasadena, San Juan City

This café and bakery serves fresh dog and cat food made with purely natural and locally sourced ingredients. Their offerings are mostly sold in small batches but you can order custom celebratory cakes or chews from them like the sardinella and salmon cake for felines or some grain- or gluten-free cupcakes for dogs with sensitive skin.

The Paw Club

Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Central Business Park 1-A, Pasay City

The Paw Club, which just opened late last year, is a restaurant that doubles as a one-stop shop of everything you need for your pet. There’s an outdoor area, a mini obstacle course, a groomer, and even a pet hotel. While they run around the off-leash area on your date, you can check out the array of pet accessories on sale.

Bark Central

4F Eastwood Mall, Bagumbayan, Quezon City

Photo by Samantha Ong from our feature on the café

If you’re opting to have an action-packed date with your dog, you can bring and run around with them in the indoor park of Bark Central. In a large playground with faux grass, you and your dog can outrun each other in obstacle courses. In case you want to take a breather, Bark Central also offers grooming services for your dog.

Doggieland Pet Hotel, Nursery, and Resort

29 Sta. Lucia Subd. Santolan, Pasig

Photo courtesy of Doggieland Pet Hotel, Nursery, and Resort

But if you’re looking for a non-sweaty kind of date with your pups, you can bring them to the Doggieland Pet Hotel, Nursery, and Resort where they are given a VIP (very important pet) treatment the way Elle Woods treats Bruiser. Their specialty is giving special care for newborn puppies and kittens, which is why you’re assured that your dog will be in great, gentle hands. They even have a swimming pool you and your dog can dip in (complete with life vest and cottages).

Hachi Park

Circulo Verde, 70 Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City

Named after the legendary dog Hachiko of Japan, this sprawling fenced green space up north allows your dog to run around off-leash. A number of garbage bins and water basins are available in the area, too. FYI, it’s also connected to Cirque Serviced Residences, a serviced apartment that lets you check in your pets with you. (Psst, that means you could go on a staycation with your dog!)


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