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.