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List of Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Manila, Philippines

Posted on 25 March 2015 by Flisha

I am creating this list because I love my Snowy, my white-haired toy poodle, and I cannot bear to part with him, therefore I try to bring him wherever I go. You should see his puppy dog face when he knows I am leaving without him, he has perfected it, and it breaks my heart everytime! He is very manipulative. But then he is so cute that I can’t help but love him all the more!

So here are the dog-friendly restaurants I have been to, so far. If you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to comment! :)

  1. The Original Hawaiian BBQ, Tagaytay City
    Location: The Boutique Bed & Breakfast, 45 Aguinaldo Highway
    Contact Number: +63 46 413 1798

    They have this really nice open space where they allow dogs. It’s got a great view too. Best to come late afternoon when the sun is setting or at night to experience the cool breeze of Tagaytay. If you’re coming here around December-February, be prepared for it to get really chilly! So bring some warm jackets! For your pooch, too!

    Recommended dish: Garlic Mussels (Php 250) – From their menu, fresh mussels marinated in our special sauce then grilled in a wooden bamboo trunk. Served sizzling. This dish has great flavor but I may be biased because I love anything with garlic AND mussels. Combine the two and I am hooked! :)

    Stay away from: Original Crispy Baby Back Ribs (Php 520 / 700) – the breading kind of took away all the flavor from the ribs. Did not enjoy this at all. If you’re hankering for ribs, best to stick with their original hawaiian baby back ribs which cost the same but taste so much better!

    The Original Hawaiian BBQ in Tagaytay City

  2. Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City
    Location: 115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West
    Contact Number: +63 922 881 8265

    They have a cool courtyard feel with a mishmash of chairs, tables and dining areas. The vibe is very laidback and cozy. They are so dog friendly that, when the server saw I had a dog with me (on my lap), she pulled up a chair beside me, placed a chair pillow and said, “Why don’t you place him here?” I was very grateful but Snowy only wanted to sit on me (sigh).

    Recommended dish: Salad Astoria (Php 235) – From their menu, Mixed lettuce topped with orange fillet, chopped walnuts and light french dressing. Generous servings, this dish is good for two. The lettuce was so fresh and stiff. Then again, doesn’t Tagaytay often serve great salads? :) To be honest, we only went there once for merienda so I haven’t tried their main courses. When I go there again, I’ll make sure it’s for lunch or dinner.

    Stay away from: Chocolate mousse (Php 110). This mousse was not a mousse at all. More like they emptied a jar of chocolate spread and put it in a cup. Ugh. I could only take a couple of teaspoons before I had enough.

    Bag of Beans

  3. The Lake District, Tagaytay City
    Location: 5915 Aguinaldo Highway (beside Gerry’s Grill)
    Contact Number: +63 46 413 4186

    I did not plan to go here. I wanted to eat at Gerry’s but they had a large sign saying pets not allowed. :-( But then off to the left there was this new restaurant and we asked if they allow pets. Lo and behold they let me bring my poodle in, which was terrific! The server was very sweet to my dog and even picked him up and brought Snowy in himself! The other server was very kind and even told us about his own Chowchow. :-)

    Recommended dish: Fried Squid (Php 200 something). Since it’s a very new restaurant, I could not find their menu online. But I really liked their fried squid. My only gripe is that the serving was too small. Next time I will have to order two! :-)

    Stay away from: None, really. We enjoyed all our dishes here. :-)

    The Lake District

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OK, so all the places I have listed here are in Tagaytay. Hahaha! Now you know where I mostly go during the weekends. :-P I will try to add more places in as I go along.

Thanks for visiting! :-)

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Scaredy Snowy

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Flisha

I was walking my poodle Snowy earlier today and a couple of dogs barked aggressively at him. He immediately got scared, which I think did not help at all.

So many aggressive dogs lately. Little ones at that. Especially chihuahuas, oh my, I hate those little critters. They bark so loud.

There was a shih tzu we passed on the way back home, Snowy tried to smell her (at least I think it was her) from behind. She turned and tried to attack him! He was so surprised and got so scared, he froze!! And I mean, froze. He was literally frozen in fear. I had to pick him up and comfort him and lead him away from the barking dog. I carried him in my arms for a minute while he was just wide-eyed and frozen, and I kept kissing him and saying, It’s OK, It’s OK, until he relaxed and then I placed him back on the ground and we walked home.

I think he hasn’t completely gotten over his slipped disc. Maybe it still hurts him from time to time, especially when he makes sudden movements like when he’s surprised or scared. Maybe his anxiety makes him an easy target for other dogs.

Hay. I wish I could live somewhere more spacious so I could give Snow a friend so he can learn to be social.

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Snowy Cute

Posted on 28 December 2013 by Flisha

That is my little Snow trying to get my attention. He puts his chin on my arm so gently and cutely that I cannot help but kiss him. And if I don’t pay him attention he whimpers like a baby. Omg! So adorable!!!

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Sleepy Snow

Posted on 24 November 2013 by Flisha

So cute!!

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Snowy the belligerent poodle

Posted on 16 November 2013 by Flisha

Just look at him.

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Lately he has taken to pulling clothes off the shelves when we’re not looking. Sneaky sneaky dog.

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Snowy Day In The Park

Posted on 31 August 2013 by Flisha

This was a holiday, my boyfriend had a day off, so we went to Ayala Triangle park on a slightly rainy morning. It was Snowy’s first day out to a park since he had erlichiosis, so he was very excited. :) Gim and I got Jollibee take out and we ate breakfast right in the park while we let Snowy frolic off leash since the place was uncharacteristically crowd-less, likely because of the rain. :) He had a blast running and jumping around. And since the ground was slightly moist, he kept begging to sit on our laps too! What a spoiled cutie! Our pants got all muddy.

It was a fun day, the pictures say it all. :)

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Snowy Playing With Gim

Posted on 23 August 2013 by Flisha

Today I have two videos of Snowy playing with Gim!

Snowy loves it when Gim comes home, especially right after a night where his daddy didn’t come home. (He’s a resident physician, so every few nights he has to stay at the hospital.)

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Snowy Playing With My Stuff

Posted on 23 August 2013 by Flisha

Just a short video of Snowy playing with my things. Well. He was playing before I started shooting a video of him. When I began, he stopped and became more interested in my phone instead. :)

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Homemade Dog Food for Snowy

Posted on 10 August 2013 by Flisha

As you know, Snowy has been pretty sick the past two weeks. His appetite has been affected, and he won’t touch any of his commercial dog food (Acana) even though he used to love it. I’ve taken to feeding him homemade food just to lure him to eat.

Here is one dish I made for Snow. :)

I put about 1/4 kilo of ground chicken…

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…chopped broccoli and cauliflower, 1/2 cup total…

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…added corn, peas and carrots, 1/2 cup too…

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…and placed in the fire until vegetables soft and chicken cooked. That’s it! :)

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I did not use any oil, no seasoning either. Just the ingredients I mentioned. :)

Afterwards I fed some to Snowy, who loved it! I kept the rest in the freezer, ready to microwave as needed. With this, I was able to feed Snowy for around 3 days, 2-3 times a day.

One time I added some canned tuna (in water) to the mix, just for a change. Another time, I added some chopped chicken liver before microwaving, and he really loved that combination. Snowy loves his liver. :)

I am planning to make another batch, maybe more this time so it will last Snowy at least a week. :)

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Sick Snowy

Posted on 02 August 2013 by Flisha

My poodle is currently anemic, he is so pale that the insides of his ears are white, his gums are white and even his tongue has almost lost all its pinkness. He is losing red blood cells. I am trying my best to save him and I hope to God he makes it.

I am writing this timeline of what happened so I will not forget. I am getting to middle age (ew) and I so easily forget. This post is for me.

Sunday – Gim and I stayed at home with Snowy, who was very happy. In the morning Gim went to the weekend market, brought Snowy and let him play with other dogs. For lunch, we had some pad thai, none for Snowy who wouldn’t touch his food because he smelled ours. We had an early dinner of spaghetti and chicken. Snowy begged for some. We gave him just a few slivers of meat. For dessert, Gim and I munched on cashews, cheese and apple slices. Snowy begged for some. We looked up if cashews is toxic for dogs, and found out it was not. So Gim gave Snowy cashews. No cheese because I knew dairy was bad for dogs. And no apples because the seeds are toxic to dogs. We ordered tuscani pizza from Pizza Hut and again Snowy begged for some. I gave him the upper crust parts (the part that holds no meat or cheese or toppings) of my pizza slices. In total, Snowy ate A LOT that day. (So did Gim and I but this post is about Snowy. :P) Snowy slept on a full tummy and looked very contented.

Monday – Gim on duty this day. Only me and Snowy at home. Snowy didn’t eat any of the meals I prepared for him (his Acana). Not sure if he was sick of his Acana or just too full from Sunday. I decided to wait him out. I knew he would eat his Acana if was really hungry. In the afternoon, I gave him 2 or 3 cashew slices because he begged while I was snacking. In the evening, I decided to cut his hair because it was so thick and long already and I knew he felt hot most of the time. He doesn’t like to get his hair cut and tried to stop me as much as he could (turning away from my touch, sitting down, at times trying to bite the clipper). As a result his haircut was uneven and patchy. :( When I put him down I noticed he was just slightly wobbly. However he was still very active and playful. Though I was concerned that he hadn’t eaten all day. In the wee hours of the morning, I decided to handfeed him the Acana and he did eat. (He’s such a baby.)

Tuesday – I woke up at 1 pm. I remember that I heard a few whines from Snowy while I was sleeping but I hadn’t minded, because sometimes he whines in his sleep. I found him in his little dog house, where he likes to go to feel safe. And dried vomit all over the pillow floor. :( Vomit with bits and pieces of cashew. He pooed when I let him out, and it too was full of cashew. I felt very, very ashamed of myself for giving him cashew. Gim came home that day and commented that his gums were a bit pale. And he was acting tired. He hadn’t touched his food all day. Gim and I decided to wait it out. Because it had happened once that he stopped eating his dog food because we had given him some human food, and we had brought him to the vet who told us he was fine, just threw up bile because he was hungry and advised us to make sure he eats his dog food again and to stop giving him human treats. (I know, I know, so stupid of us to repeat the same mistake. But sometimes we can’t help but give in to Snowy’s begging.) I tried to get him to eat his Acana all night long but to no avail. Even mashed it up for him, but no. Even put pork and beans sauce, but no. In the wee hours of the morning, I heated up some spaghetti sauce (for the beef) and it got him interested. He ate up a plateful of beef. But no Acana. Still, at least I could finally go to sleep knowing he had something in his belly. He pooped too, and it was a bit orangey. Pretty sure it wasn’t blood but undigested (fatty) food.

Wednesday – Snowy very lethargic, and wobbly if he tried to stand, which he couldn’t do much. Normally Snowy follows me around everywhere I go. He has to be like within 5 inches of me at all times. This day, he seemed to not have any energy to even stand. I would go to the other room and he would just wait for me to come back. I felt very bothered that he seemed very weak. Very pale, too. The inside of his ears very light pink when normally they are reddish. His gums light pink too. The one time he slowly followed me outside, he started to heave and out came all the beef I had fed him, undigested. This was very unnerving. It was a lot of vomit. He wouldn’t drink any water, either. I decided to bring him to the vet at once because at this point I was scared of dehydration. I got to Animal House Jupiter at around 2:30pm, and the vet saw Snowy around 30 minutes later. Got history and all. I asked him to try to feed Snowy because at the moment I thought that was the biggest problem. Vet gave Snowy some A/D Prescription Diet and Snowy showed interest. But we had to handfeed him to get him to finish the food. Vet did a CBC test and found his platelets very low. 11,000 when it should be around 250,000 at least. :( Did another critical test. Came back and said Snowy had ehrlichiosis, a blood parasite. He asked if Snowy had been exposed to ticks. I said well, once, but I got the ticks out before they could multiply, and a max of 3 that I took off of him. I found no more after that (I combed him very carefully for ticks everyday and was very paranoid for weeks, trust me). And this was months ago. Vet said that it takes only one tick to get him exposed to the blood parasite. :( (I wanted to say, we got the tick from our first visit to this clinic to get him vaccinated! Grrr!!! It’s your fault then!!! But I thought the better of it and kept silent.) Vet prescribed Snowy four medicines to give once a day for 21 days. Said he should get his normal appetite back in 3-5 days. Told me not to bathe Snowy for a while and not to stress him out. Bought everything the vet prescribed and total bill came to over 4000 pesos. (Php 2680 just for the consult, CBC and critical blood test! Php 1600+ for the medicines.) Brought Snowy home. Gim came home very concerned about Snowy. Taught me how to use a syringe to administer the meds to Snowy. We used it to give Snowy some water. In the wee hours of the morning, Snowy vomited up all the prescription food he ate at Animal House. :( :(

Day 1 of Meds (Thursday) – At 6am, Gim and I gave him the Doxycycline (antibiotics), Liverolin (supplement to protect his liver) and Cimetidine (for his hyperacidity). Tried to give him the prescription diet but he wouldn’t have any of it. I think maybe he associates it with vomiting. Just like he wouldn’t eat the beef after he thought it made him vomit. I just hope he doesn’t think like that of his Acana. Snowy and I slept after Gim left for work. I woke up at 1pm and Snowy wasn’t doing any better. If anything, Snowy seemed paler than ever. His ears totally white. Gums white. His tongue very pale. I lifted him off his pillow on the floor and found that he had wet himself. :( Was he too weak to stand? Why would he pee where he was sleeping??? So scared for him. :( Cleaned up the mess and wiped his leg dry (the pee was mostly under the pillow and only the edge part of the top was wet). Then at 2pm, I gave him Sangobion (to increase platelets), Liverolin and Cimetidine. Tried to force feed him the A/D Prescription Diet but he spit out most of it, though he reluctantly swallowed some. Gave his some water through syringe too. Cleaned his face. Cut his facial hair because his meds were staining his face (mouth area). Around 4pm, I ordered myself some fried chicken and what do you know he wanted some! I gave him some chicken meat and he ate the pieces. Yay! Didn’t want the fries though. Hey, I know I said I was ashamed for repeating my mistakes but at this point I was just about willing to give him anything as long as he would eat. He looked deathly, ok? He didn’t eat a lot, just maybe five tiny morsels, but at least he ate. :) And he peed on the newspaper. Then I placed him on the bed to rest. Around 9pm, I talked to Gim on the phone about my concerns that he was very pale and I didn’t know what to do short of blood transfusion. Gim asked me to call Animal House about how much that would cost. But I said I wish I were super rich I could afford to pay for all that Snowy needs. But I’m not, and though I love Snowy with all my heart, I just can’t afford another humongous bill. I asked what I could do, by myself, to get him pink again. I asked, what foods should I give him to get his platelets up. I said, he liked the chicken, should I buy more chicken to feed him? Gim said, ok then give him the innards like the kidneys and the liver. And I said, we still have liver at home, can I cook it and give to him? Gim said yes. And so off I went to microwave the frozen liver. :) While it was defrosting, I gave Snowy his third dose of Cimetidine (10pm). When the liver was done, I cut it up in small tiny pieces and found Snowy sniffing the air interestedly. Good sign! I offed him up a morsel and after sniffing a bit, Snowy gobbled it up! I set the plate down on the bed and Snowy went at it by himself! Yay!! The little one was hungry! He just didn’t want the stuff I was offering previously. Oh my goodness, how am I supposed to know what he will eat or what he won’t, he is not very consistent! After finishing his plate, Snowy wanted to get off the bed. Then he went to his newspapers and pooed! Yay! I was very happy, because he had not pooed in 2 days and I was getting very nervous. His poo was hard and black. I sent a pic to Gim and said is that blood? He said it’s not, if it were it would not be that well-formed. He said the color was due to the Sangobion and the liver (the prescription diet was full of liver). Anyway, after pooping, Snowy became a little more active, followed me around (albeit slowly). Wanted to play. Picked up a toy but then he realized he was still tired and lay on the floor. :) Now he is soundly sleeping on his pillow. :)

Day 2 (Friday) – I fell asleep around 3am, but had to wake up at 6am for Snowy’s meds. Gave him liver and he ate it all. Then we went back to the bedroom and slept. Woke up 2pm, gave Snowy meds. I tried to feed him the A/D dog food but he still wouldn’t touch it. Decided to mix A/D with the liver. He ate the liver and spit out the A/D. Can’t trick this little pooch. After eating his liver I filled the syringe with water to force him to drink but before I could give him, I noticed him sniffing around his water spot! I had earlier moved his water to the bedroom in hopes he would take a sip but no. So happy he was actively looking to drink! Got him a fresh cup of water and he lapped up until he was good. Yay! :) He seemed to have more color in his tummy too! But ears and gums still pale. I did notice what looked like a thick bruise on the inside of his arm (joint). He might have lain on it and got himself bruised. I was afraid of this. With anemia, bruising and/or internal hemorrhage is very likely. :( Poor Snow. However he seemed more lively. Followed me around, though slowly. He rested while I watched a bit of TV and did some work. Around 5pm, I ordered lunch from Mang Inasal. Chicken and pork barbecue (I had to meet the Php 200 minimum order fee). Snowy begged for some. And I gladly gave him the chicken innards (for the iron) and a few morsels of white meat. He also liked some of the pork barbecue morsels I fed him. Gim came home around 7pm. I was surprised when Snowy up and trotted to the front door with no apparent reason. Turns out he could smell Gim from outside. I could hear the keys turning after half a minute (Gim had trouble finding them). Snowy was very excited to see Gim, wagging his tail and standing with his paws against Gim. :) Gim was very glad to see him looking better than Wednesday. Gim picked him up and kissed him all over. I told Gim to take it easy with Snow. :) I made Gim dinner (omelette and corned beef). We just talked and talked, about his day, Snowy’s day, the political scandals (Napoles)… He told me his doctor friend Carlito (also a dog breeder) told him he was surprised Snowy made it. Carlito said he had had some dogs with ehrlichiosis but none had made it. Carlito said he would take his dog Pom for a check-up just in case. He got Pom from the same breeder we got Snow, just a month ahead, and had found some ticks on him too. Actually it was because of him and his gf, Gim’s co-resident Dra Alex, that we were able to get Snowy. Anyway. Around 9pm, Gim offered to treat me at Seattle’s Best (my weakness) in exchange for a walk with him. Cute huh. I was reluctant to leave Snow. Actually I hadn’t left my apartment in 2 days for Snow. Since Snow was looking better I decided why not. So we walked for an hour. Got back by 10pm, just in time to give Snowy his last meds for the day. Then we just relaxed and talked some more. Put Snow on the bed with us too. I dropped my scrunchie on the bed and Snow started to chew on it. He likes to do that. Gim tried to take it away from him and Snowy growled at him. Gim got upset with Snow and tried to forcibly pull it from Snowy’s mouth which just made Snow angrier. I told Gim not to push it, it’s fine if he chews it. Gim said he didn’t want Snowy to growl at him, he wants Snow to know that he can take anything away from Snow. I said, another time, not now, Snowy is sick and hurting and anemic. The vet said not to stress him, so don’t. We got into a heated argument. I think Snow got stressed because of that. :( We stopped eventually and to appease Gim I put Snowy down, changed the bedsheets for him, cleaned up his clothes for him. He took a shower and we talked about Snow and I explained how Snow is already stressed by his sickness to begin with, so it’s understandable that he is irritable. Plus we shouldn’t use force to deal with his guarding behavior, instead just use positive reinforcement, like give him something better in exchange for what he has. We can’t punish Snow for growling since he uses it as a warning to us. If we force him not to growl, next time he feels distressed he might go straight to biting. I said not to feel like Snow sees him as a rival, that is not his intention at all. Snow loves him so much, I said, Snow follows him around more than he does me. And Snow gets so excited when he comes come. When Gim is home, Snow hardly pays me any attention. Gim understood and then felt guilty for being mad at Snow when he was sick. Gim picked him up and babied him and kissed him sorry. Heheh. I said it was about time Snow rested. We went in the bedroom and closed the lights, and Snow was fast asleep almost immediately. He must have been so tuckered out from all the activity. I think it’s good Gim is out for most of the day, Snow is much too excited when he is around. Not good for him when he needs all the rest he can get. Snowy didn’t poop all day but he peed a few times. I, meanwhile, had a tummy ache due to the amount of coffee and cake I ingested. :(

Day 5 (Monday) – Snowy doing better but his walk is still sluggish. Gave him liver in the morning after his meds. No more cimetidine since he isn’t vomiting anymore. I trimmed some of the hair around his eyes. He keeps rubbing his eyes lately, maybe the hair is poking him. I cleaned his face too, the area around his eyes gets very dirty due to the tearing. He doesn’t like it though. In the afternoon when I tried to clean him again, he snapped at me. He slept for most of the day. In the evening Gim came home and Snowy was very excited. Wanted to play with Gim, brought him his toys. He could only do 1 or 2 fetches though. We was pretty active (considering), following us around while we prepared dinner, did this and that. His tongue and gums are slightly pink, yay! I hope to see more color in him soon. He didn’t poo today. Last time he pooed was yesterday morning. Gim says iron causes constipation, so maybe that’s why. I gave his some lettuce but he just ripped it to shreds. Hope some made it to his tummy.

Day 10 (Saturday) – Snowy is still very lethargic. He spends most of his days sleeping. He does get up for his medicines (6am and 2pm), which are also his mealtimes. I read that the Doxy especially affects the digestive tract so it’s best given together with food. His last meal is around 7-8pm, though he isn’t that hungry in the evenings. He doesn’t poop very regularly, maybe once every 2 days. I think it’s because he doesn’t move much so he gets constipated. I’ve tried to give him more fiber in his food to help with that. I am hoping he starts moving more by next week.

Day 11 (Sunday) – Snowy surprisingly active! Well, considering his behavior of late. :) He did not sleep much, walked around, quite playful. Ate a lot, drank and peed normal, pooped a little. But he was very alert and seemed a bit bored. Why do I say that? Well, he tried to play fetch with us, but after a few runs he realized it was tiring, heheh. (Lolo Baby!!) So what did he do instead? He tried to masturbate with his pillow. Hahahaha! Oh Snowy you cutie! We missed you so! :)

Day 21 (Wednesday) – Took the last of his meds. Yay!

Day 22 (Thursday) – Snowy is back to his old self. All is good. :)

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