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There’s a new place in town where you can relax by bonding with dogs of different breeds and sizes, while having a nice meal to catch up with your friends. It’s called Furry Fiesta. Come and say hi to the doggies around, have a picture or two taken with them, pat them or even give them a cuddle, share the love!
p.s. please read until the end of this post for some special offers that Furry Fiesta has for you.
The idea of dog cafes is not new in this world, however, most dog cafes are focused on serving good lattes and finger-food, whereas Furry Fiesta offers the full-range of meals for both people and even dishes for their four-legged friends.
The place has a beautiful corner for a photobooth complete with a trishaw with floral backdrop for anyone who would like to take a picture with their furkids, or other furkids that are around. Your furkids can also relax and fall asleep with the air-conditioned surrounding while getting their furs gently caressed by the breeze from the fans. The warm lighting and various cute posters provides a warm and cosy atmosphere for the dog lovers alike.
Sit your furkid on your lap and enjoy the candle light dinner together.
Furry Fiesta’s range of dishes are quite a lot, ranging from asian-styled dishes to the western-styled and even dishes for your fur kids. More importantly, they are all delicious.
Celebrities which I met that day! Romeo (the white pomeranian in red gray stripes) wins my heart.
When it is time to go home, you would probably need to carry your furkid away as they take one last glance of their other friends one last time to say goodbye.
Furry Fiesta strongly encourages you to bring your furkids! Bring your furkids and get a 10% discount on all the Asian & Western food that you order!
Other than that, Furry Fiesta can also organize a special birthday party for your furkid with a free special birthday gift!
Furry Fiesta is located in Miri’s new Marina Bay Commercial area: Lot 2028, Ground Floor Marina Square, Phase 1, Miri. Their opening hours are 10.30 am – 12.00 midnight daily. Please contact Connie should you have any enquiries or bookings at +60 12 7273272.
The phrase “Man’s Best Friend’” has been in used for centuries, referring to the unselfish lifetime companion which is his dog. Through evolution from species of wolves, the dogs has been around for ages and are known to be the first domesticated animal.
Since their domestication, they have served mankind in many different ways: protecting the house, assisting the handicapped, jobs with the police and military and most common of all, companionship. Dogs have become one of the most widely accepted animal as a pet.
Let’s take a step back and let’s really pondered deeper into the term “Man’s Best Friend”? We easily accept that they are our most loyal companions, but is the feeling mutual?
Recently, I had the honour of shooting for PAWS (Piasau Animal Welfare Support) during their Dogathon and Doggie Show. We see a lot of dog shows all the time, but that’s mostly just dogs in their cages being displayed. This was different. It was my first ever dogathon and an actual dog show where the dogs display their skills in many categories including agility and obedience.
Before long, many other people started arriving with their best friends, ready to join in for the dogathon. The response from the public was extremely good, where there was close to 30 participating dogs for the dogathon itself.
And while the kids (human and dogs alike) were busy interacting among themselves, the adults had more serious business to tend to…
It was almost time to start the dogathon. The heat from the rising sun can be felt as the day came closer to noon.
Ming Cafe was gracious and kind enough to host as the halfway and resting point of the dogathon. When everyone had arrived, the four-legged friends were treated with water which they gulped on rather quickly, showing how thirsty they were.
After having their drinks and nourishing themselves, it was time for them to rest for a moment before the last half of the dogathon. Picture (left): Frosty leaving herself into the arms of his best friend. Picture (right): Leaning on the flower pot is also a good way to rest.
Finally there! The sight of the Civic Centre was a big relieve, even to the four-legged friends who immediately recognized the structure and knew they have reached their destination.
As best friends, they do everything together. The times spent together, the moments they went through together. It is not surprising that trust is built, so the point that our four-legged friends who put their full trust in you, no matter where, no matter the challenges ahead.
Picture (left): Frosty takes a moment to checks the surrounding before coming out from the tunnel. Picture (right): Lady (the one with the four leg) slowly but surely completes the obstacles.
It was clearly a memorable time not only for the spectators, but also for the participants. The activities and challenges presented in the competitions of the Doggie Show are not everyday routines that they would normally go through. This was once in a lifetime experience for most. Above all else, it was a chance for the two best friends to bond. It brings their friendship to new heights.
How many of us remembers our most loved best friend? We all do I bet. All the years together, all the companionship with each other. We have to remember, we are the ones that will outlive our best friends. In most cases, we are the only best friends they will ever have in their life. Not two, not one… just YOU. In your dog’s whole lifetime, you are THE best friend. From the moment of birth, to the moment of the first walk, the first bark … till the very last breath. Your dog knows no other companion.
Do you remember …
… the moments that you took him and gave him all the hugs he could ever want so that he knows that he is loved, he has a home and thanking him for giving you such happiness, such unwavering companionship and love.
They are man’s best friend because we are their only friend. We are their longest relationship and their constant companion. We are their only experience of true love. We are…
… their best friend.
PAWS is dedicated in decreasing the number of stray animals (not just dogs) by making sure each stray finds a home and experience what true love and friendship is … then he can finally have a best friend too.
Have a look at PAWS’ Homes Needed section and you might just find the companion that you have always longed for, your best friend.
PAWS’ also organizes many other activities for people with best friends, such as the PAWS Dog-A-Walk which is held regularly in which it also allows best friends to spend quality time bonding with each other.
Until then, here’s me looking forward to have the chance to be among these new found friends, both two legs and four legs again next year. But for now, the next up and coming PAWS’ Roadshow that will be held from October 4 – 6, 2013. See you there!!!
Hornbills are quite a common sight in Brunei, especially in the district of Belait where they have learnt to blend themselves with the cities and its surrounding; flying across the road, jumping from tree to tree looking for food.
Many of us have the misconception that hornbills, as beautiful and elegant looking as they are, with their black and white coats, are herbivore. Or at most, occasionally have some small insects such as grasshoppers or cicadas in its diet. Read about my friend’s interesting account of that here: When Birds Get Territorial.
But did you know they are actually omnivores? Behind that classy looking James Bond themed outfit, is a bird who can eat other birds! I’ve seen it happen a few times before from the window of my room on the 1st-floor; and this time, I was lucky enough to capture the mighty hornbill show its true colours.
Please be advised that your perception of hornbills will never be the same ever again if you choose to read on.
Hornbills usually travels in pairs; the male and female. The male is the one with the horn attached to its beak while the female is usually without the horn.
WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT READ ON IF SEEING CUTE LITTLE BIRDIES GET EATEN.
Still think the hornbill is beautiful and majestic?