Palestinian blogger shatters pet breeder stereotype on TikTok – Xinhua

Munzer al-Jaabari plays with his German shepherd ‘Lucy’, in the West Bank city of Hebron on August 29, 2022. Munzer al-Jaabari, a Palestinian based in Hebron, kept posting short videos on TikTok about the formation of her German Shepherd “Lucy,” which has garnered more than 30,000 followers and garnered more than 3.2 million likes over the past two years. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Xinhua)

by Sanaa Kamal

RAMALLAH, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Munzer al-Jaabari, a Palestinian based in Hebron, continued to post short videos on TikTok about training his German Shepherd “Lucy”, which attracted more than 30,000 followers and garnered over 3.2 million likes over the past two years.

“I feel like I’m on the right track to achieve my main goal of changing my society’s negative view of dogs and pet owners,” the 32-year-old blogger told Xinhua.

Al Jaabari came up with the idea in late 2020 when he noticed that some locals thought dog breeders were “violating customs and traditions” and considered the dogs “dirty and should not be approached”. Some people have even mistreated stray animals.

“Animals, especially dogs, are intelligent and humans can develop their skills to take advantage of that,” he said. Thinking so, al-Jaabari filmed dozens of short videos of Lucy’s play and training in an effort to win over more home fans.

He also shared videos explaining how to raise pets, especially stray dogs.

“Being patient and giving positive reinforcement are the best ways to train dogs. Offer them a reward as soon as they do your command, while if they don’t do well the punishment shouldn’t be harsh,” he added.

After two years of continuous training, Lucy can deliver water to him and even buy a few things from the grocery store, Al Jaabari explained.

The blogger’s video encouraged Maha Ahmed, a young woman based in Ramallah, who is raising a stray dog ​​who was beaten by a group of children.

She initially disliked dogs, seeing them as a source of risk, but later her thoughts changed when she realized the benefits of adopting strays to the local community.

“Al-Jaabari encouraged me to take care of animals, mainly stray dogs,” the 36-year-old doctor told Xinhua.

There are no precise statistics on the number of pets in Palestine, nor a law for the protection of animals in the Palestinian territories, only a proposal raised years ago by the “Palestinian Society for Animal Welfare “, an animal rights group in the West Bank that demands comprehensive animal welfare legislation.

For Al-Jaabari, he aspires to establish a refuge in the West Bank to protect and save animals from violence, torture and murder.

Munzer al-Jaabari plays with his German shepherd ‘Lucy’, in the West Bank city of Hebron on August 29, 2022. Munzer al-Jaabari, a Palestinian based in Hebron, kept posting short videos on TikTok about the formation of her German Shepherd “Lucy,” which has garnered more than 30,000 followers and garnered more than 3.2 million likes over the past two years. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Xinhua)

Munzer al-Jaabari plays with his German shepherd ‘Lucy’, in the West Bank city of Hebron on August 29, 2022. Munzer al-Jaabari, a Palestinian based in Hebron, kept posting short videos on TikTok about the formation of her German Shepherd “Lucy,” which has garnered more than 30,000 followers and garnered more than 3.2 million likes over the past two years. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Xinhua)

Munzer al-Jaabari plays with his German shepherd ‘Lucy’, in the West Bank city of Hebron on August 29, 2022. Munzer al-Jaabari, a Palestinian based in Hebron, kept posting short videos on TikTok about the formation of her German Shepherd “Lucy,” which has garnered more than 30,000 followers and garnered more than 3.2 million likes over the past two years. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Xinhua)