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This cute couple are site-seeing, again from inside a stroller, around Asakusa's Sensouji Temple. Picture: Anna Watanabe

Just how important are pets in Japan?

By Fri, May 04, 2012 10:20PM UTC Comments Off This cute couple are site-seeing, again from inside a stroller, around Asakusa's Sensouji Temple. Picture: Anna Watanabe

In Western countries, the image of the cat lady is as infamous as it is feared by unmarried, childless women. But in Japan, a country with a birth rate of 1.3 children per woman, pets are becoming a popular addition to many families – perhaps even more popular than the children themselves. In 2009, the...

Thai Floods: Relief for our furry friends – A photo essay

By Wed, Nov 02, 2011 11:00AM UTC Comments Off Thai Floods: Relief for our furry friends – A photo essay

By Lillian Suwanrumpha In the midst of Thailand’s worst flooding in over 50 years, last week the cabinet announced an official holiday from Octobe 27-31  for those in 21 flood-hit provinces. Many took the opportunity to escape to unscathed areas in the country or abroad to cope with the crisis, leaving the centre of Bangkok...

Japan’s disaster puts pets in dire need

By Fri, Mar 25, 2011 4:53PM UTC 3 Comments A man talks to an evacuated dog at an evacuee center, Thursday in Fukushima, Japan. Pic: AP.

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Their fur caked with mud, pet dogs trot forlornly in rubble-filled streets along Japan’s devastated coastline, foraging for scraps and searching for owners. Luna, a six-year-old Beagle mix, is tied to a tree, barking for attention or sleeping in a cardboard box on a dirty cushion, two bowls of frozen water...