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Pet Adoption Tails: Kylina Turner and Caro

Just three months ago, Kylina Turner came across an emaciated stray pup that got itself stuck in a wire bed frame. Thanks to the tireless care and attention provided by the local vet clinic and generous donations from GoFundMe, the sickly pooch transformed into a healthy and gentle 50-pound German Shepherd named Caro. This is… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Kylina Turner and Caro

Pet Adoption Tails: Clare Shiu and Frankie

In October 2017, Clare and her partner Elan adopted Frankie—Waldo’s brother! The high school English teacher recounts how the cuddly rescue pup ended up in their Sydney home all the way from Mt Isa, Queensland. Waldo’s Friends (WF): Could you give us a backgrounder on your adopted pet? Clare Shiu (CS): Frankie is my first… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Clare Shiu and Frankie

Pet Adoption Tails: Ivy Pangilinan and Lily

Twenty-eight-year-old freelance graphic designer, painter, and artist Ivy Pangilinan has always wanted to adopt a dog with her boyfriend Enter Lily, an adorable white aspin (Philippine street dog) that came into their lives through a Facebook post. Ivy recounts how they took in the adopted pup over a year ago, and how Lily has brought so much… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Ivy Pangilinan and Lily

Pet Adoption Tails: Tin Gocheco and J. Walker

Two years ago, home-based business owner Tin Gocheco rescued a young Siberian Husky from being stuck inside a cage. From being a skittish and uncoordinated puppy, J. Walker has transformed into a beautiful, veggie-loving dog who was named after Scotch whisky (can you guess what it is?). Tin shares their delightful pet adoption story with… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Tin Gocheco and J. Walker

Pet Adoption Tails: Bebeth Timbol and Astrid, Simba, and Zazu

Bebeth Timbol currently has her hands full caring for three adopted cats: two-year-old Astrid, and one-year-old twins, Zazu and Simba. The Manila-based PR and marketing manager shares how living with these three furballs changed her life completely. Waldo’s Friends (WF): Prior to adopting your cats, did you have any previous experience with animals? Bebeth Timbol (BT): I’ve… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Bebeth Timbol and Astrid, Simba, and Zazu

Pet Adoption Tails: Vicki Smart and Aroha

Sydney-based yoga teacher Vicki Smart met her purr-fect match in the form of Aroha, a five-year-old female calico tortie she adopted in March 2018. With Aroha meaning love in Maori, Vicki shares her love story with her perennially shook cat with Waldo’s Friends. Waldo’s Friends (WF): What made you decide to adopt a cat? Vicki Smart… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Vicki Smart and Aroha

Pet Adoption Tails: Ashton Pereira and Augie

Early this year, Ashton—a 30-year-old Sydneysider—and his partner, decided to adopt a gorgeous little rescue Staffie. They didn’t know that taking in eight-year-old Augie would change their lives completely (and may we add—forever!). Ashton shared his wonderful journey into becoming a first-time paw parent with Waldo’s Friends. Waldo’s Friends (WF): Can you tell us how you… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Ashton Pereira and Augie

Pet Adoption Tails: Stefanie Gibbons and Kimba

Dog trainer and part-time administrator Stefanie Gibbons didn’t think she’d end up with a pack of Siberian Huskies, but after adopting seven-year-old Kimba from a shelter, she eventually welcomed three other dogs—Ollie, Gamble, and Lyra (ages 5, 7, and 4 respectively)—into her home. This is her amazing pet adoption tail. Waldo’s Friends (WF): How did you… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Stefanie Gibbons and Kimba

Pet Adoption Tails: Kris Katalbas-Hagamann and Luna Bubbles

Beautiful tabby Luna Bubbles came into Kris Katalbas-Hagamann’s life at the purr-fect time. The 34-year-old market research professional who moved to Sydney, Australia from Manila, Philippines fell in love with the kitten instantly after she and her husband came across Luna’s photo online. Together for over 14 months, Kris shares how adopting the 18-month-old domestic… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Kris Katalbas-Hagamann and Luna Bubbles

Pet Adoption Tails: Cybele Manlapaz and Kelly

Cybele Manlapaz has a soft spot for senior dogs. When the animal lover and co-owner of Canine Chow PH heard about a full-grown female Golden Retriever needing a new place to call home, she stepped in to help… not knowing her family would be the one to take in this easily excitable creature. Waldo’s Friends… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Cybele Manlapaz and Kelly

Pet Adoption Tails: Cheryl Carpio and Saturdae

Housewife Cheryl Carpio first came across Saturdae when he still belonged to her neighbours. She felt compelled to foster the Shih Tzu after seeing him living in the garage, contained in a small cage day in and day out. Three years later, the temporary arrangement has become a paw-manent one with seven-year-old Saturdae finding a… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Cheryl Carpio and Saturdae

Pet Adoption Tails: Luna Valkyrie and Aurora

Twenty-year-old Luna Valkyrie grew up in a home surrounded by cats. Three years ago, the costume design student and nanny babysat Aurora for a friend, fell in love with the kitten, and eventually adopted her for good. This is their story. Waldo’s Friends (WF): Do you remember the first cat you ever owned? Luna Valkyrie (LV): My… Continue reading Pet Adoption Tails: Luna Valkyrie and Aurora