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A Look at the Country’s Top CEOs and Their Pets

A Look at the Country’s Top CEOs and Their Pets

Business & Career | November 11, 2021
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There are many reasons why having a pet is so wonderful and these 4 CEOs share what it’s like to take care of one.

Having a pet is an important part of life—at least for me, that is. In fact, there are many benefits to having a pet, for both you and your family. First off, pets can teach you how to be more responsible, especially since having a pet means that you have to manage your time better. That way, you can juggle work, responsibilities, and make time for your pet.

My dog Taw Ke

Secondly, pet owners have to be smart with their money. From food to medicine, monthly visits to the groomers, and more, taking care of a pet can be costly. And thirdly, having a pet also encourages you to have a healthier lifestyle. After all, people who have dogs need to regularly take them on walks and play with them. And this is a good way to stay healthy.

But most importantly, pets are very compassionate and lovable companions. A person with a pet is less likely to feel lonely or have terrible anxiety because pets give you unconditional love. Overall there are just so many good reasons to have a pet and these CEOs—myself included—think so, too!

4. Steven Tan, President of SM Supermalls

What’s the name of your pet?

Khloe, a toy poodle.

How does your pet bring you joy?

After a long day, Khloe welcomes me home with happy doggie kisses and licks. She’s always waiting by the door, with that signature wagging tail and high jumps. Her calming, joyous presence and unconditional love [are] a blessing. I would even daresay that pets are a boon to one’s mental health.

What’s your most memorable moment with your pet?

When we first met, it was love at first sight. I saw this beautiful silver grey poodle who looked me straight in the eye and straightaway leaped into my arms. Seriously, Khloe must’ve been a gymnast in her previous life. When I cuddled her in my arms, I knew [that] she was the one.

3. Roxanne Farillas, Creative Head of Plains and Prints and Co-Owner of Tili Dahli, Recess, and I’Milky

What are the names of your pets?

2 dogs: Mojjo is a French Bulldog and Nobu is a Mame Shiba.

How do your pets bring you joy?

Being a mompreneur, I honestly do not personally take care of our pets. But I am sure that they get the love and the attention they need. Since I have been working from home for the last year, our dogs [have become] my companion in my office space at home. They are with me—from the minute I start my day, until the time I finish and have dinner with my family. I would consider them as my stress relievers at home.

What’s your most memorable moment with your pet?

We used to have a dog named Barney, who was with us for almost 16 years. He was the strongest and bravest dog that I’ve known, despite being so small. Barney was a Chihuahua. He would wait for us until we get homewaiting by the door. He would sense if we are sad or happy. And the most memorable experience with Barney is that he saved my family’s life from a burglar. If it wasn’t for our Barney the Chihuahua, we could have been hurt.

2. Michelle Takijima, CEO and Founder of Tokyo GLAM

What are the names of your pet?

Truffle, a Scottish Fold cat, and Pana Cotta, a Pekingese dog

How do your pets bring you joy?

Truffle’s calmness and constant affection make him a perfect companion, while Pana Cotta is very adorable and sweet. She always wants to be near me.

What’s your most memorable moment with your pet?

When I was stressed and sad, spending time with Truffle and Pana Cotta keeps me calm, especially during the pandemic where I spend a lot of time at home.

1. Pinky Tobiano, CEO of Progressive Laboratories

What’s the name of your pet?

Taw Ke (which means boss in Chinese), a Bichon Frise

How does your pet bring you joy?

Taw Ke is my bundle of joy. He is the epitome of life and gratefulness. Every day when I arrive home, he is waiting for me and [even] hugs me. A true joy!

What’s your most memorable moment with your pet?

Every moment with Taw Ke is sheer love and joy. But the most memorable moment I have had with Taw Ke was [when] I came home one day, so tired [from] work. He came to me, bringing my slippers [with him]! I was so touched by his love language…

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Pinky is the President and CEO of Progressive Laboratories, Qualibet Testing Services Corp. and KPP Powers Commodities. A chemist by profession, she is also the President of the Association of the Bureau of Animal Industry Registered Companies and Recognized Testing Laboratories (ABAIL). A humanitarian at heart, Pinky hosts a weekly online show called Grateful Tuesdays. On top of all this, she is also a wife and a mother of two.
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