From eating out to modelling agencies, furry friends get a guiding hand

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 November, 2010, 12:00am

Us Hongkongers sure take our pets seriously. We've got all sorts of luxuries for our furry friends, from cafes serving gourmet dishes for dogs to cat-only clinics, spas and funeral services.

To map out the array of services, husband-and-wife team Caroline and Ali Bullock produced The Woof and Meow Guide, a 112-page pocket-sized book. The new edition, published this month, has added information for cat fanciers. The idea started when the two Londoners moved to Hong Kong in 2007 and adopted a pug called Padstow (pictured with Caroline). The couple were at a loss over where to take their pet.

'We got a dog and didn't know where we could go with it. We later find out about some cool places from friends, Facebook and through research on the internet. We realised that there must be other people out there just like us,' Caroline said.

So they wrote the guide, featuring information on pet-friendly restaurants, shops, grooming salons, walks, kennels, even animal communicators and dog modelling agencies. To keep the list up-to-date, they set up the website

'The guidebook will be helpful to dog and cat owners in Hong Kong, especially the ones who've recently arrived. They will find many fun places to take their pets.'

For each copy sold, at least HK$10 will be donated to animal welfare organisations such as Animals Asia and the SPCA. It is available in stores and on