What fun indoor or online games have you been enjoying since the pandemic started? Do you have a gamer husband or partner? Or, do you have gamer kids? Do you prefer board or card games instead? How about Rubik’s cube or Sudoku? I actually do. I can say that it was my husband who influenced our kids. They even talk and discuss strategies, updates, and characters of the online games they play together.
Wellness check-ups and vaccinations are highly important for our pets to stay healthy and happy. With Kiro, every vet visit is physically tiring but fun and memorable. Even if we got to be a little seriously cautious when going out, funny Kiro makes everything lighter. His first vet visit was crazy hilarious when he couldn’t help drop a little round poo inside the tricycle and peed as soon as we got off.
During this pandemic, every trip outside our homes needs to be scheduled and well-planned. I had to bring Kiro back to the vet after 2 weeks from his first 5-in-1 shot. We were done and back home in less than 30 minutes. It wouldn’t be possible if we did not follow our schedule. I made sure to exchange text messages with our vet before our visit.
Our third vet visit for Kiro has been moved to a week later because of the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) implemented that same week we were supposedly scheduled. That visit was also a quick one but the most challenging of all. It was just me and Kiro, and as soon as we got out of the clinic, the rain poured. It was quite hard to carry our heavy pet dog while holding an umbrella. I am glad that the clinic is just near, or we might have soaked in the rain.
Kiro has finally completed his vaccines for this year (as a puppy), all 5-in-1 doses, and anti-rabies. Next year’s vaccines will be just boosters. Booster vaccinations for our pet dogs are necessary for their continued protection. It could at least help them be protected from catching diseases. And they need it even if they aren’t really going outside (during this pandemic). We got to remember, they stay at home but we are the ones who frequent the outside world for all our errands. We are likely to bring infections and viruses into the house with our clothes and slippers or shoes. That is just one reason for us to be cautious.
That’s our pet Kiro at the vet clinic, waiting for the last jab. We can now at least be less worried about illnesses that might affect him. Kiro has truly brought a different sense of happiness to our family. We’re glad to have adopted him. So, if you are a pet owner or are still planning to get one, make sure you have them protected too, by completing the necessary vaccines.
Kea was an incoming college freshman when the pandemic started. A part of our savings was really for her first year tuition fee, if she did enroll. Because of the school uncertainty, Kea talked to us and she decided not to enroll yet. She graduated Senior High School with Honors, and we know she would do good in college. But, she was uncertain and doesn’t want to stress and force herself into remote learning. She feels like it could be a lot more stressful to new college students like her, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dog’s anti-rabies vaccine should be administered at their 3rd month. They also needed to be dewormed every 2 weeks on their first two months and then once on their third month. Although a little late, we took care of Kiro’s deworming. For the anti-rabies and the canine 5-in-1 vaccines, since we have been on a strict quarantine measure, we couldn’t bring Kiro to the vet. We decided to look for the nearest vet instead, until the lockdown ease up.
When we finally can go out, we brought him to the nearest vet. He is the same vet that took care of Amber, my sister in law’s dog. And, just so you’d know, Amber passed away just recently, she was almost 10 years old, if I am not mistaken. I usually take pictures of Amber when she was still alive. She’s really a beautiful big dog.
Our Kiro is a mongrel dog, or what Filipinos call, Aspin (Asong Pinoy). Though an Aspin, we truly have loved him… a lot! He is family. And you take care of your family, right? So, this month, being the Philippines’ Rabies Awareness Month, reminded us of our obligation to our dog, for everyone’s protection. We got to get him vaccinated, now!
We had him scheduled and prepared ourselves with many possibilities of how Kiro would react once outside and in the vet clinic. When the day of our vet visit came, we decided to bath him early morning. I just thought that he may not be allowed to take baths once vaccinated. You know, just like with babies. Kea decided to come with me and Kiro. We had Kiro wore a small tee (Roey’s toddler t-shirt), just because. We think he liked it, too.
Kiro went all giddy happy when we got outside our gate. He was barking and dancing and tried to run excitedly. We decided to ride a tricycle off to the vet and walked on our way back home. Kiro made a scene, but we know he was so happy.
He was given the anti-rabies vaccine and 5-in-1. According to the vet, the combination vaccine are five core vaccines given in one single shot. It should be administered 4 times, every 2 weeks, and then booster shots annually. These vaccines protect our dogs from viruses that are contagious and highly fatal to them. So, it is indeed best to have Kiro get them for his protection, even if he isn’t really going outside and interacts with other dogs.
The above image shows his face while I carried him home from the vet. It was his first time outside after 3 months of staying with us. Understandably, I guess, he will definitely go crazy-happy to have seen the outside world in a bigger picture… and experience it, too! Kea kept laughing at us, because Kiro couldn’t contain his excitement and cannot manage to properly just walk calmly. He barks at everything, and everyone. Because he weighs about 10 kilos already, it was definitely hard to carry him.
We were given a pet immunization card by the vet and was given instructions too, to take note of Kiro’s deworming schedule. His 5-in1 vaccines costs Php400 and the anti-rabies was Php300. There might be a free anti-rabies vaccines for cats and dogs in your Barangay Vet Clinics this month, so you may want to check that out. I did, but was informed that there isn’t one scheduled here.
We will be back to the vet after two weeks for his second 5-in-1 vaccine. Hopefully, that trip will be easier than this one. Though quite challenging, our vet visit was fun.
My cousin’s family were able to visit a zoo before February of this year. It was unique in such a way that we are still in a pandemic and health protocols are in place, yet they totally enjoyed the experience. It was also something memorable to them as a family since their little daughter has not been out for almost a year now. I mean, we all are, but being able to find a fun place to visit and given the opportunity despite this pandemic is something parents would definitely grab or do, for the kids.
Through word of mouth and research, my cousin Mabel, found out that a zoo near their place has opened its doors for visitors. After just a few clicks, she was able to secure their family visit to Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal.
With the world still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic as we enter 2021, we are still forced to isolate as much as possible and avoid going out. As a result, our traditional methods of going out and enjoying family nights still aren’t available for the time being. That being said, there still are a plethora of indoor activities that you and your family can enjoy. These activities can be done regardless of whether you just closed on one of the Omaha houses for sale recently or have lived in the same family home for years. You don’t need much to pull these activities off, which is a huge part of their appeal.
So what exactly are these great indoor family activities? Let’s take a look.
Both girls have been wanting a pet dog for a long time, and right on the same day we celebrated their daddy’s birthday, they met Peanut. The 2 months old puppy was brought by my cousin, Jean. She decided to make us adopt Kiro from her, since she lives alone and works full time. Because of her full time job, she had to leave the Peanut alone in her apartment while she is at work.
It was a little bit of a surprise when Jean messaged me that she is willing to give her pet to us. Our house may not be pet ready, but our hearts and our home is. So, we gladly welcomed our new pet and we replaced his name from Peanut, to Kiro. One reason is, we think Peanut sounds more of a female name and the other is we wanted something we can relate to anime and a more familiar sounding name. My daughters’ nicknames are Kea and Roey, thus, we all agreed with Kiro.
Temporarily, we had to use Amber’s old pet carrier, so Kiro would be able to sleep comfortably. It will serve as his “cage” too, as we would like to avoid him roaming around the house and bite or eat anything he isn’t suppose to. We also gave him an old Dora The Explorer stuffed toy and small pillow to play with. My girls were really excited welcoming Kiro to our home. They even prepared a welcome message using their new letter board we got on sale from an online marketplace.
Vaccines For Pet Dogs
We were advised by a vet that we have to wait until our pet dog is already 3 months old before he administer his anti-rabies vaccine. What Kiro needs first is the 5-in-1 vaccine and deworming. We have searched the internet and the DOH website for information about safety in having pet dogs. Safety measures are necessary for the dog and for us, pet owners.
My elder daughter, Kea, ordered training pads, a chew toy, waste poop bags, a leash and a collar for Kiro. Hubby and I on the other hand, visited our go-to pet shop and bought dog food for our new puppy and pellets for our fishes.
Honestly, my girls have been eyeing pug and corgi breeds, but they can never say no to a pet dog. They are dog lovers and both adore cats too. We are all looking forward to many happy memories with Kiro, our new pet dog. We will definitely share pet care tips we learn along the way and photos of Kiro, here or in our Facebook and Instagram pages.