Help My Cat’s Been Cat-Napped!!!!

29 04 2011
Help! My Cat Has Been Stolen!

"Meow... I want to go home!"

It seems as if pet-napping has become more rampant in Vietnam. The economic motive behind the theft is great. Usually the reward for returning the pet to the the grief stricken family is high, a few month’s salary high. The incentive is there so pet-napping has become an easy way to “earn” money. If your pet ever gets “napped” in Hanoi, here are some of the things you should know and do.

HOW TO INCREASE THE ODDS OF GETTING YOUR PET BACK

1. Don’t bother going to the police. They will be unable to assist you.

2. Quickly post up reward posters around your neighborhood. Include a photo of your pet and in big bold letters, the reward amount.

3. No matter if your pet is spayed/neutered or NOT, state that your pet is “de-sexed”. Many times people steal pets in hopes of breeding them.

4. Show NO tears!!! When you visit the following places, pack your tears away and go with a poker face. The more emotion you show, the more expensive it will be to get your pet back.

5. Post the reward posters in both English and Vietnamese.

PLACES  TO LOOK FOR YOUR STOLEN PET

1. Go in the morning to the pet market at the Buoi Market**

2.  Take a look inside the pet shops along Hoang Hoa Tham

3. Dong Xuan Market and Hang Da Market often sell pets/ animals

4. There is a market that sells stolen pets on Duong Kim Nguu. You go down the street a ways until you get to the market and then go inside.

**One more thing about the Buoi market, it takes place on days in “4” and “9” according to the soli-lunar calendar (this means on the “4”, “9”, “14”, “19”, “24” and “29”).
The next market will then be on tuesday 26th of April (24 in the lunar calendar).

5. There is a street called Phung Hung near Hoan Kiem Lake, there are also some pet shops there selling kittens and cats.





Pet-Friendly Hotel in Vietnam?

17 03 2011
Where to go with pets
“We’re goin’ for a ride!”

ANY PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN VIETNAM????

I’ll give you a quick answer, NO! As of now, there are no official pet-friendly hotels in Vietnam. But off the record, there are a number that will allow pets to stay if you can get someone to negotiate for you in Vietnamese. But before you start imagining yourself poolside at the Nam Hai or the Sofitels with Fifi, I have to let you know, all the 5-star hotels have a seriously strict NO DOGS, NO PETS allowed policy. Instead, look for the 2-star motels or any kind of backpacker establishment as a possible option. However, there IS one resort I know of in Vietnam who has a discreet pet-sort-of-friendly policy. It is a well-kept secret by many pet-owners in Hanoi. It is called the Van Chai Resort and it is about 170km (2.5-3 hours) outside of Hanoi. Pet Friendly Van Chai Click Here. The Resort is located on Sam Son beach, a private beachside sanctuary complete with indoor and outdoor pools, spa, and acres of well-maintained tropical gardens. Our three dogs got their first taste of freedom after a year of being on a leash in Hanoi. Van Chai is the PERFECT place to stay with your pets and a great escape from the pollution and mayhem of Hanoi.

Chillin poolside

We'd like 3 Liver-Daiquiris please!

WHERE’S THE S(PAW)??

Our dogs were over the moon at being able to run around the premise freely. At first they didn’t know what to do or where to go, they were so used to being leashed during their walks. I must stress that we went during the off-season, mid January, so it seemed like we were the only guests at the resort. Consequently, we were able to let our dogs run amok and explore to their heart’s content. Not sure, the management would be too thrilled to see dogs poolside during the peak season, with other guests lying around.

Van Chai Pet Friendly

"How's this pose? Did you get the boat in the background?"

PET-PARADISE!

With so much private beachfront, there was so much space for the dogs to explore and sniff around.  The hotel staff was also very friendly. However, it’s not the nicest beach, I’ve ever seen. Don’t expect a stunning seascape! The ocean is quite wild and the water is a chocolate brown color. The beach was dotted with broken shells and washed up “junk” yet it was a peaceful retreat after living in Hanoi. I am sure as the country continues to develop and pets become more popular, more hotels will consider changing their no pet policy to a pet-friendly one. As of now, the best place to go is Van Chai Resort, but please remember to pick up after your dogs so everyone can enjoy a clean, poop-free environment!

Van Chai beach and Nhopa

"I thought you said we're going to Miami Beach!"

"I'm going to pretend I don't notice you trying to do the peace sign behind my head!"

"I really dig this place because.... SQUIRREL!!!!!"

Van Chai and the Dogs

"Tam Biet Van Chai Resort! It was fun, although you should stock the mini-bar with bones instead of chocolate!!"