Inside a Shanghai Pet Show, a Space for Memory and Connection


SHANGHAI — While walking through a busy pet show, Chen Xiaorong found solace and stillness in one particular stall: It was called “Memory.” The pavilion at The One Pet Show (TOPS), held over the weekend in Shanghai, was a homage to some beloved pets that had died. Inside a glass cabinet were toys, combs, and... Continue Reading →

China Goes Barking Mad for Therapy Dogs


SHANGHAI — At a rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Shanghai, a mini talent show is about to begin. Eight dogs and their owners are lined up outside a small function room, waiting for their names to be called.One by one, the pooches scamper into the room and perform a series of tricks: shaking hands,... Continue Reading →

Celebrity Streamer Throws Shanghai ‘Therapy Dog’ Course a Bone


SHANGHAI — Dozens of dogs were on their best behavior Sunday afternoon as they lined up before a judge to find out if they would qualify for the designation of “therapy dog,” a relatively new concept in China. Most of the gaggle of onlookers were pet parents who had enrolled their fur babies in a... Continue Reading →

Pets, Abandoned and Blamed, Struggle to Survive Virus Outbreak


Du Fan had made plans to travel north and spend the Spring Festival holiday with friends amid wintery scenes of ice and snow. Instead, during a viral epidemic that began in his hometown Wuhan, Du is roaming a deserted city to break into strangers’ homes and rescue their pets. As the city — the capital... Continue Reading →

Dogs’ Lives: Rescuing China’s Growing Pack of Strays


SHANGHAI — The dogs running around Qin Kong’s downtown office couldn’t appear more at home. Clean, curious, and obedient, the two pooches behave as if they’ve lived with the 33-year-old for years. Yet just three weeks ago, the animals were in a rescue center. “They were trembling on the way here,” says Qin. “When we... Continue Reading →

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