Pet frenzy sweeps through Mexico's thriving middle class

Apr 16, 2014

Pet frenzy sweeps through Mexico's thriving middle class

Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters. When the cake arrived she barked at the single flickering candle, provoking a similar reaction ...

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

Mar 26, 2014

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

by Mie Sakamoto

Good news for cat lovers without cats: You can now find your new pet and an apartment to share it with at the same time. Keiko Morishita, an embassy employee and Tokyo resident, is one of those whose apartments have become “temporary shelters” for ...

Dogs feel no shame despite the act

Mar 2, 2014

Dogs feel no shame despite the act

The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting “Shame on you!” because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it does not know what your rant is about. Behaviorists insist that ...

What we can learn from cats and dogs

| Feb 27, 2014

What we can learn from cats and dogs

by Judit Kawaguchi

Chikao Muratani is a veterinarian and owner of Anima Animal Hospital in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. Having worked in the United States for years, Dr. Muratani is fully bilingual and his spotless and beautifully designed clinic is known as a neighborhood hangout. People with pets ...

Vets reopen clinic, care for displaced people's pets

Feb 18, 2014

Vets reopen clinic, care for displaced people's pets

by Aiko Kaneshi

Despite having to evacuate their hometown because of the nuclear crisis there, a husband-and-wife veterinarian couple are continuing to provide a vital service to pet owners from near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Michiko Watanabe, 55, and her husband, Seido, 54, reopened ...

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

Feb 13, 2014

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled a new service for dogs Thursday that enables owners to monitor their pets’ health and location by smartphone. “We’d like pet owners to have more communication with their dogs through mobile technologies,” Koichi Takahara, Docomo’s director of M2M (machine-to-machine) business, ...

New breed of designer dog always a 'puppy'

Nov 22, 2013

New breed of designer dog always a 'puppy'

Imagine the ideal designer dog. It would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have the yap bred out and longevity bred in. And, most important, it would never lose its puppy face. Enter the “cava-poo-chon.” The breed is the newest and latest in ...

Attacks rampant at sanctuaries for abandoned wild cat 'pets'

Nov 22, 2013

Attacks rampant at sanctuaries for abandoned wild cat 'pets'

As an exotic pet trade boomed over the past few decades and Americans bought cute tiger cubs and baby monkeys, sanctuaries sprang up across the nation to take care of the animals that were abandoned when they reached adult-size or were no longer wanted. ...

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

Nov 8, 2013

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

by Kazuki Sawada

Many municipalities are struggling to curb the number of cats they dispose of every year. Latest figures show that the number exceeds 130,000 nationwide. Many officials at animal care centers are concerned that the number is unlikely to fall unless owners change their attitudes ...