Later, critters! Pet boarding takes off in China


Compiled by MARTIN CARVALHO, TAN SIN CHOW and R.ARAVINTHAN

WITH the festive season approaching, almost all the pet boarding houses in major cities in China are full, with some even seeing an increase in service charges by almost 50%, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The report stated that the daily rent for a 9 sq m room with sunlight was 252 yuan (RM166) while a VIP room with courtyard costs 357 yuan (RM235) per day.

Many dog and cat lovers had to find temporary pet care services for their furry friends just to feel at ease while travelling during the Chinese New Year period. This has resulted in a high demand for such services.

A pet lover, who wished to be known as Wang from Anhui province, said she and her family will be out of town to celebrate Chinese New Year this year.

She said while she was not around, the pet shop would be responsible for the pet’s food, drinks, hygiene and health.

“This pet shop also provides bathing and grooming services. One can take videos of the kitten at any time to know about its status,” she said.

> China Press reported that Taiwanese “King of Rock” Wu Bai recently revealed the origin of his stage name.

He said he used to sell betel nuts at home during his childhood and that the stall was adorned with certificates of his outstanding academic achievement.

Customers would praise him when they saw it.

“Your son is so awesome; Wu Bai (Five Hundred), five subjects and all full marks. From then on, I was often called ‘Wu Bai’”, he said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a, it denotes a separate news item.

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