Saturday, August 17, 2013

Updates...

Hi everyone!

I'm very sorry I have not posted anything for a long time. I'm having some personal difficulties and can't seem to get a break. 

First, Sonnig is having some skin problems again. I can't find a right job and it's just making me really depressed cause I can't make the money I need to provide Sonnig the best care I am suppose to give as a responsible dog owner. Worst of all, the trip to the vet and medication didn't do much good.

Secondly, my depression is repressing my creativity and giving me a writers block. Everything I write is just stinks of sadness... 

Thirdly, my lack of experience in rescuing stray dogs in Malaysia might have caused a life of an innocent dog. I'm still in a state of limbo... I don't know if the dog was put down or not. There will be a post about her... I'll explain it and hope no one makes the same mistake as I. I pray I see her photo up in the shelter adoption gallery. A beautiful soul like that should be given a chance at life.

Oh sweet, sweet, sweet DeeDee... Maybe you were right about not trusting humans. I trusted them and what have I done?
Lastly, I can't post anything more in the next 3 months. My country enlisted me in the National Service training program(you can read about it here:Malaysian National Service-Wikipedia). It is compulsory to go and I have been delaying it for almost 4-5 years now. The letter came and since I'm not working or doing anything useful, I might as well go. It's going to be the longest period of time I am separated from Sonnig. What will be of my sanity? However, he will be in good hands. I trust my family will take good care of him. I hope... Thank God I trained him well, but I don't know if my family could maintain Sonnig's good behavior... GOD! I can't think of leaving him... IT HURTS!!! To think that in a few more hours I'll have to hug him goodbye and for him to think I'll be back in a few days or soon. He barks for me, and I won't come out and great him... Oh, the tears...

I did plan to finish up Sonnig's story and post my late bunny Steffan's 1 year death anniversary memorial in September, but I guess I have to do that in November. 

Beloved Friend, Family and Pet. The memories we shared together will be cherished forever, for my love for you will never die. You are forever free now... (Steffan, 8th August 2010-5th September 2012)

I wish you all,
Happy Days...

P.S: Sorry for all the sadness...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MY PET STORY-SONNIG AND I (PART 2-BRINGING HOME SONNIG)

Previously, I wrote about how I found myself in an animal shelter for the very first time and why I chose to adopt a dog named Pongo which I have now renamed Sonnig.
If you've missed out on the first part and would like to read about it, feel free to read it here: Part 1-Adopting Pongo

Due to the fact I've already quit my job in Penang, I moved back home to live with my parents and be reunited with my pets in a little peaceful town I grew up in called Taiping, situated in a state called Perak. It's only an hour and a half drive to get from Taiping to the island.

Island of Penang, Malaysia. Where Sonnig is waiting for me...
On the day I am to to bring Sonnig home, which was on the 15th of February 2012, I asked my mum to go along with me on the trip.

The process of adopting a shelter dog was really simple and I enjoyed every step of it. First was to pick out the dog of course, and second is to see if you have a connection with it by spending time getting to know and interacting with it. I've already explained that in my previous post, but I did leave out something important about Sonnig.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MY PET STORY-SONNIG AND I (PART 1-ADOPTING PONGO)

It has been a year plus now since I adopted Sonnig from SPCA and I can't imagine life without him today. I believe things happen for a reason, and the day I found Sonnig was truly by design. Why is it by design? By who's design? We might never know, but this is how it all began...

On my 20th birthday in the year 2011, I got on a plane in Cologne, Germany and started my journey home back to Malaysia. After 6 months of industrial training in a Michelin Star restaurant in a little village called Trittenheim, I failed to get a job offer to go back to Germany and work for them. Maybe it was meant to be this way, but there is never a day I wish I wasn't back there.

Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MY ESSAY - I KNOW I WILL NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN (SAD VERSION OF 101 DALMATIONS?)

I present to you, yet another one of my essay from my schooling days. Same year as the last one. If you have not read the previous essay, click here: Ambition

To think about it, I think I got the inspiration from 101 Dalmatians when I was coming up with the story line. Original plot was about the children disappearing, but as I started writing the first few lines, 101 Dalmatians just popped into my head.

Write a composition of not less than 350 words on one of the following topics:-
  1. Describe a birthday party that you had attended.
  2. Write a story ending with:- "I know that I will never see them again."
  3. What is called a good tuition center?
  4. Is it better to further your education locally or overseas?
  5. Magazines

Monday, June 17, 2013

MY ESSAY - AMBITION (I WANTED TO BE A ZOOLOGIST)

This is something I did in all of my blogs, and that is posting essays I did in school just for some random fun. 

I was looking through some exercise books I had, and happen to come across this essay I wrote way back in 2007 when I was in form 4(16 years old). Please forgive the childishness in my writing, for I have just started to get serious about it. Other than that, my essay might sound irrelevant to the topic. My explanation is, I love writing STORIES more than facts. I'm stubborn that way. I hereby present to you, my homework...

Write a composition of about 350 words on one of the following topics.
  1. Joys of childhood
  2. Discuss some of the fears that students face when they leave school
  3. Schools should do away with extra-curricular activities. What are your feelings on the subject?
  4. Write a story beginning with: "I was to be blamed and now history is going..."
  5. Ambition

Thursday, June 6, 2013

PET OWNERSHIP-RESPONSIBILITY TEST

From reading my previous post, you now know about the responsibilities that comes with pet ownership. Hence, it is time to test yourself  and see if you deserve to continue your journey to getting a pet by participating in this little test I designed.
'The Responsibility Test', is the second of many tests as well as checklists to come for you to participate in this series of 'Pet Ownership' segment of mine. Here is the starting line on your journey into the world of pet ownership guided by me.

All you need for this test are:
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator (if you prefer)

In this test, there will be a total of 15 questions. Each question comes with 3 selection of answers accompanied by it's value that you have to choose. When you have chosen your answer for your first question, write down it's value on your piece of paper or add it into your calculator. Move on to the second question and add the value of your chosen answer to the first value. Finish the test and you would have the grand total which will refer you to your result.

There are 3 outcomes to this test. One is good, the other one is not so good and the last one is just bad. I wish you all the best of luck.

Please answer honestly for the most accurate result. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

PET RESPONSIBILITIES-PART 3 (GROOMING, TRAINING & IDENTIFICATION)

Here is the last part on 'Pet Responsibilities'. If you have not read the first two parts, please click on the links below:
Your last responsibilities on pet ownership are to provide your pets the grooming it needs, sufficient training, and most importantly identification.

Grooming
Believe it or not, I believe that every living creature has the need to be clean. All animals are able to groom themselves and keep their home or living space clean. However, that doesn't mean they have to smell good at it. Their definition of smelling good is a complete opposite of our good. It's definitely very good for them to be smelly in the wild, because they need that to survive, but pets with bad odor issues in our living space is a huge no no.

My late dog, Brownie grooming herself under the car. Gosh I miss her so much.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

FAKE VACCINATION CARDS FROM IRRESPONSIBLE BREEDERS

In my post on Pet Responsibilities Part 2 which was about providing your pets with sufficient exercise and health, I showed pictures of Sonnig's vaccination certificate. 

It has come to my attention, that there are cases of puppies or dogs being sold with fake vaccination cards happening in Singapore. Reportedly, already 5 new pet owners bought their puppies with vaccination certs from the same breeder, and found out days later that the vaccination certificates were fake when their expensive puppies started getting sick. 

The fake vaccination certificate.

PET CELEBRITIES-RAY CHARLES THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER

A few weeks ago, I saw a really cute picture of a golden retriever puppy in pajamas on Facebook that really brightened my day. I shared it around, but little did I know about the story behind that puppy, till today when I was watching E-News celebrity on Astro's channel 712, E!

A picture from it's official Facebook page at Ray Charles The Golden Retriever
Meet Ray Charles. A golden retriever puppy that was born blind and has become viral on the internet today. To know more about his story, just click on the link below it's picture. It's owner probably named it that because Ray Charles was a great musician, artist and celebrity that made history by becoming the pioneer of soul music during his time, and he achieved all that even though he was blind.

I hope by sharing this puppy's story, people would be more kind and willing to give dogs or pets with disabilities a chance at life too. Being disabled doesn't make them less than a dog/cat/pet, it just makes them ever more special and could change your life completely with the knowledge and experience they give to you in return.

Besides that, it's name Ray Charles, after the blind pioneer of soul music could also inspire humans with disabilities to not loose hope or give up in pursuing their dreams. Living with disabilities doesn't make you less than a man, but actually stronger in all aspects of life.

I wish you all, happy days...

Friday, May 31, 2013

PET RESPONSIBILITIES-PART TWO (EXERCISE & HEALTH)

Providing your pets with their basic needs is part one of your responsibility as pet owners. If you were willing to do so, you are ready to move on to your next responsibility of pet ownership. Remember, if you are not willing to provide them with what they need, you are not ready to have a pet.

If you didn't read the basic needs of pets, the link is here:

Your next responsibility will be keeping your pets exercised and healthy.

I and my family are responsible for keeping our pets healthy and exercised.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

PET RESPONSIBILITIES-PART ONE (BASIC NEEDS)

So you have made the right choices on why you want to have pets by choosing all the right reasons to having a pet as well as supporting the right causes. However, does this mean you are ready to adopt one?

If you have not read about pets and making the right choices on having pets, here is the link: PETS 

Before you go off getting yourself a pet, you have to understand what goes into caring for one. Pets have needs that we owners have to provide for. Their basic needs are really simple and similar to ours which consist of:
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Water

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MY THOUGHTS ON VEGETARIANISM

In my previous post, I wrote about why I choose to have pets. For my second reason of having pets, I stated that my religion thought me to nurture animals and how killing, inflicting pain and slaughtering animals could be bad for your karma. I'm sure some of you must be wondering if I chose to be vegan or not. Well, I'm sorry to disappoint some of you, but I'm not vegan.

I am a big fan of Buddha's teachings. I think he might have been among the first animal rights activist in history. Proof of his work today can be seen in India where majority of it's population are vegetarians. It's more of a choice than a requirement really.

From my research on Buddhist vegetarianism, Buddha only prohibited his followers against the consumption of exotic meat which includes humans. Only monks and nuns are required to be full time vegans in order for them to reach a higher level of spirituality. From this, my opinion on vegetarianism is a practice to make one appreciate the life of every living creature as well as training oneself not to overindulge in food.
 
I chose not to be a vegan because I studied a lot about animals and the concept of ecosystem. Human kind had to hunt to survive. If eating grass kept us strong, nourished and full, the people of Africa wouldn't be suffering today with malnutrition and hunger. However, overindulgence on meat would lead to obesity and unnecessary culling of animals. Hence, I support free range, humane slaughter and a balance diet. Furthermore, I know what I'm talking about when it comes to food and nutrition. I am a Cook after all. I quit my job because I was suffering too much. There was just too much waste and I can't do anything about it.

Monday, May 27, 2013

MY STORY- WHY I HAVE PETS

In the BIO section of my blog, I did specify that I would share stories on my life experiences, so here is my opportunity to share with all of you my first story. Since my first post was about, choosing the right reasons to have a pet? Here are the 3 main reasons to why I choose to have pets.

Reason 1
~I was nurtured to love animals~
Honestly, I can't remember when or how I developed my love for animals. Maybe it's the way my parents brought me up. I've always heard stories of my mother having chickens, cats and dogs before because she grew up in a 'kampung', which means village in Bahasa Malaysia. I even found a few picture of the dogs she used to own. My dad in the other hand, loved rearing fish and I enjoyed watching the goldfishes we had swim around in their aquarium during my childhood. Feeding them was the best part and I loved helping my dad pump water out of the aquarium during cleaning time. In other words, I grew up around pets.

I was born in Penang, but my family moved to a town called Taiping in the state of Perak when I was just a year old. Talk about new beginnings...

Guess what Taiping is famous for other than the peacefulness, the beautiful lake garden, and Maxwell Hill? It is obviously the Taiping Zoo. My first visit there was like a fairytale. I was with my mum and sister when we found a hidden passage. We investigated and behind a metal fence was a huge beautiful Longhorn Ankole bull that was white with patches of brown. It was the most magical and magnificent creature I've ever seen. Till today I can't seem to make out if that encounter was real or just a dream. I tried searching for the passage every time I visited the zoo, but I never found it again.

Logo of Zoo Taiping today.
Could this be that elusive bull?
Being exposed to the natural beauty of animals and growing up around pets, I think that was what cultivated my love for them. I have pets because I chose to LOVE ANIMALS.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

PET OWNERSHIP-THE CHOICE TEST

From reading my previous post, you are now aware of the right reasons and also the wrong reasons to having pets. Hence, it is time to test yourself  and see if you deserve to continue your journey to getting a pet by participating in this little test I designed.

To read my previous post, click here: PETS

'The Choice Test', is the first of many test as well as checklists to come for you to participate in this series of 'Pet Ownership' segment of mine. Here is the starting line on your journey into the world of pet ownership guided by me.

All you need for this test are:
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator (if you prefer)

In this test, there will be a total of 15 questions. Each question comes with 3 selection of answers accompanied by it's value that you have to choose. When you have chosen your answer for your first question, write down it's value on your piece of paper or add it into your calculator. Move on to the second question and add the value of your chosen answer to the first value. Finish the test and you would have the grand total which will refer you to your result.

There are 3 outcomes to this test. One is good, the other one is not so good and the last one is just bad. I wish you all the best of luck.

Please answer honestly for the most accurate result. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

PETS

What are they? 
My explanation for this question will be, Pets are animals that were domesticated through centuries of selective breeding, extraction from the wild to be broken in, tamed through constant human interaction, and filial imprinting on humans so that we can keep them for companionship and some other reasons.

There are many reasons to why people keep animals as pets. There are, for the right reasons and sometimes - don't be surprised, for the wrong reasons as well. 

Here is what I know...

Getting pets for the right reasons, just to name a few are:

  • For a better understanding of animal behavior
    (Observing and getting to know their habits are both entertaining as well as educational)
My friend's hamster Blue sleeping.

  • To be closer to nature
    (Take a walk in the park with a furry friend, or just play around in your back yard. It feels good to be with nature)

My former boss (I no longer work there) at the Taiping Equine Park enjoying a swim with the late Miss Condessa in a nearby stream.
  • For companionship
    (Either begging for treats, snuggling under or near your feet, doing tricks for your attention, running away from you, staring at you with full blast curiosity, or just being there with you. They are there for you)
It takes a pet and it's owner to embark on this journey.

  • Animal therapy
    (Offering you their cuteness, calmness, funny antics, and interaction, f
    urry friends give comfort to all of us and some even go beyond that by providing special services to those who need it)
The crew at Taiping Equine Park carrying out a therapy session. 

  • Cultivate and grow a sense of responsibility
    (An assurance of a bright and happy future)


  • Appreciate life which includes everything and everyone in your life
    (Though they might have annoyed you in the past, but once they are no longer there, you would wish you could have done more)


  • Gain experience on animal care
    (A once in a lifetime experience)
My first shelter adopted dog. Something I'll never forget.
  • Provide security
    (Your personal bodyguard or home security system. Many pets have helped us survive through caveman times and they still provide security for us today)
Sonnig the guard dog in your face! This picture doesn't look quite right...
That's much better. Beware of Sonnig!
Awareness on animal misuse plays a major role in making sure we don't fall into supporting the wrong causes. It's not fair to the animals and it never benefits us in anyway.