Hongkongers now including pets in their family portraits

Cara and Matilda de Kantzow have pictures of their pets taken by portrait photographer Gail Turner. Photo: Edward Wong

Award-winning photographer Gail Turner believes pets are an extension of their families. They share many years with them, offer companionship and at times a friendly ear.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 8:26am

The Barking Lot Café is a haven for pet lovers

Left to right: Takeo and Emi Blakely, SPCA director of community development Michael Wong and Grace. Photo: Annemarie Evans

Hebe, a black ball of fluff, looks up shyly through his Perspex enclosure. The puppy is a "prosecution case", meaning he was rescued from his former owner, who was later charged with animal abuse.

21 May 2013 - 11:47am

Ombudsman chides Lands Department for lax attitude to pet columbarium

The Ombudsman has chastised the Lands Department for being lax in cracking down on an illegal pet funeral business. Photo: Reuters

The department did not consider the case "high priority" because there were no fire safety breaches, so it issued only warnings to the company over the years, Alan Lai Nin said.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Hong Kong's pets spread diseases

Picture of Hong Kong Pet Show 2012 at Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

Pet lovers in Hong Kong are a vocal lot. It is becoming difficult to find a decent walk on Hong Kong Island without encountering furry pets.

Keeping a pet is a personal lifestyle choice. It should not affect and infringe the rights of neighbours and the general public.

9 May 2013 - 4:45am 5 comments

Cutting the cost of pet ownership

Don't get blue over a pricy pet.

Keeping a pet in Hong Kong's cramped, overpriced apartments is tough enough, but the costs of food, medicine and the occasional vet visit can make it even harder to justify owning a four-legged friend. How do you keep your pet happy, while cutting costs?

6 May 2013 - 3:26am

Animals need care, not bureaucracy

SPCA maintains a no-kill policy. Photo: Jonathan Wong

It should come as no surprise that those paid by taxpayers to capture and take care of stray or abandoned animals are not usually those who care most about their welfare. Still, it was a bit of a shock to witness the cavalier or even callous attitude of workers from the SPCA and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 5 comments

Top cat Brother Creamy meets fans in Mikiki mall, San Po Kong

Brother Creamy meets his fans at the mall. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hundreds of fans turned out yesterday to catch a glimpse of Hong Kong's most famous cat. And a sleepy-looking Brother Creamy, who was wheeled out in an emerald blue and polka dot trimmed pram, had just one word for the adoring crowd: "Meow."

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Pet lovers brave rain for Paw Paw walk

Dogs and their owners attend the Penfold Paw Paw Hoof Hoof Carnival at Penfold Park in Sha Tin. Photo: David Wong

Hundreds of dog lovers and their owners braved atrocious weather to attend the Penfold Paw Paw Hoof Hoof Carnival in Sha Tin.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2013

It is time to stop keeping birds as pets in cages. Photo: Xinhua

The superb award-winning film Amour now showing here made me think of two things. First, that life for too many of Hong Kong's elderly is no bed of roses because, despite being one of the richest places in Asia, the government here is not doing enough to care properly for its aged and ageing population.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 13 comments

Boat cruises for pampered Singapore dogs

Pet Cruise boss Joe Howe tends to dogs on his boat. Photo: AFP

The guests lean over the side of the boat to catch the morning breeze as their catamaran eases off from a jetty in Singapore. A typical cruise - except for the fact the passengers are dogs.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:30am

Big spender's guide to Hong Kong

Pamela Ho Sau-ying, her husband Felix Kwok and their daughter Vanessa. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Everyone knows Hong Kong is an expensive town. But you might be surprised by the total costs for even generic expenditure, such as owning a dog. The cost of owning a car or raising a child takes things to another, stratospheric, level altogether. The following is not for the timid. Money is earned and it must be spent.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:14am

Dog breeding licences 'won't protect animals'

Animal welfare groups claim the government's plans to introduce dog breeding licences won't protect animals. Photo: SPCA

Animal welfare groups have cast doubt on government plans to introduce three types of licences to control dog breeding, claiming the move won't protect animals.

18 Feb 2013 - 8:42am 1 comment

Pets now provided for in estate planning, says veteran Elsa Pau

Elsa Pau Yuen-ling

Elsa Pau Yuen-ling said she saw a couple of cases a year in which her clients decide to include pet care in their wills.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:41am

Dogs help 'hidden youths' regain their confidence in Hong Kong

William Tang (left) and Tsz Wai at the Chinese Evangelical Zion Church's youth employment and training centre. Photo: Edward Wong

Known as social anxiety disorder, the hidden youth phenomenon was first identified in Japan about a decade ago. In recent years, the problem has surfaced across the globe. In Hong Kong, cheap, fast internet makes it easier to stay isolated for a longer period of time.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Distorted picture of Hong Kong vets' fees

Dr Tom Mangan, president of the Hong Kong Veterinary Association, says high rents and a nursing shortage mean high fees. Photo: Dickson Lee

I refer to the report ("Top doctor questions sky-high HK vet fees", January 7).

I found it bafflingly selective and lacking in objectivity in its price comparisons, particularly as the main protagonist might be expected to have an understanding better than most, having been a medico who has spent some time working in veterinary practice regulation and oversight.

10 Jan 2013 - 3:52am 2 comments