Jun 10, 2014

Aeon to launch premium care center for older dogs

The Aeon retail group plans to open a nursing facility for dogs this month at a shopping mall in the city of Chiba that will operate in conjunction with a 24-hour surgery clinic, gym and swimming pool for pets in the mall, the company ...

Pro photographers let dogs have their day

May 26, 2014

Pro photographers let dogs have their day

by Sue Manning

It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits. Professional pet photographers in the increasingly competitive business quiz owners about their dogs’ personalities, find the ideal setting and use favorite toys to bring out the best in the ...

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, ...