Sorry for the long silence. Have been on a short holiday to Dubai with my mother and my sister. Had to leave my darling Cleo behind though... ;o(
Anyway Dubai is a nice place, very good for shopping if you have the money. Unfortunately I got ill on the 2nd day due to the heat and dust there. And am still trying to recover from a massive sinus infection from my trip.
If anyone is interested to know what Dubai is like, I have posted some pictures on my Photo Album. We stayed one night at The Burj Al Arab, and it was an out of this world experience. Will be posting pictures of the Burj soon... thank goodness we didn't have to pay for the suite as it was complimentary! No way we could afford something like that!
Right need to get to bed now... have a big meeting in the morning and Cleo is sleepy already too...
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I fed both Lucky and Cleo at the usual time this morning, and then left Lucky in his room while I went to eat my breakfast in my living room. Lucky is always kept in his room for about 30 minutes to an hour after his meals to prevent him from prancing about with Cleo and throwing up everything that he has eaten. Cleo was playing outside in the garden by herself.
My breakfast usually consists of cereal or a yoghurt drink. But today, my mother who was at my house, decided to cook me some breakfast. After she had deposited my breakfast plate with me, she left for an appointment. I ate my food, but was incredibly annoyed with Lucky who was barking his head off. I kept telling him to be quiet from where I was sitting - in the living room his room is at the back in the kitchen). But he refused to keep quiet. He just kept barking and barking (and really loudly too). After 20 minutes I just could not take it anymore, and got up to give him a bit of scolding. As soon as I entered the kitchen I realised that my mother had accidentally left the fire on, and the frying pan was smouldering! It was burning!
I quickly turned the fire off, and opened the windows to let the smoke out. Lucky stopped barking as soon as the smoke cleared. If it weren't for Lucky, my house would have caught fire and I could have lost my life.
There was no way that I would have known that there was something burning in the kitchen till it was too late, as my house is quite large and well ventilated. The smoke from the kitchen could not be smelt from the living room. Both Cleo (who was in the garden) and I had no idea that the pan was on smouldering from where we were!
Who would have thought that the little mogrel mutt that I rescued 4 months ago would be the one to alert me of danger? And he's only a puppy! Many have said that Lucky was really lucky to have found a rescuer like me who has given him a safe environment to live in, lots of love and affection. But today, I would like to tell everyone, that I am really lucky to have found Lucky, as I may not be here typing this if it weren't for him!
On another note, this incident has once again further reinforced my argument that dogs should be kept indoors. Because Lucky was indoors, he could alert me that the frying pan was burning. If he was outdoors, he would not have realised this till it was too late!
Howls: Keep Your Dogs Indoors
Saturday, March 10, 2007
10 REASONS WHY DOGS ARE BETTER THEN MEN
1. Dogs do not have problems expressing affection in public.
2. Dogs miss you when you're gone.
3. Dogs feel guilty when they've done something wrong.
4. Dogs admit when they're jealous.
5. Dogs are very direct about wanting to go out.
6. Dogs do not play games with you-except fetch (and they never laugh at how you throw.)
7. You can train a dog.
8. The worst social disease you can get from dogs is fleas.
9. Dogs understand what "no" means.
10. Dogs mean it when they kiss you.
10 REASONS WHY DOGS ARE BETTER THEN KIDS
1. It doesn't take 45 minutes to get a dog ready to go outside in the winter.
2. Dogs cannot lie.
3. Dogs never resist nap time.
4. You don't need to go get extra phone lines for a dog.
5. Dogs don't pester you about getting another kid.
6.Dogs don't care if the peas have been touched by the mashed potatoes.
7. Average cost of sending a dog to school: £50. Average cost of sending your kid: £100.000.
8. Dogs are housebroken by the time they are 12 weeks old.
9. Your dog is not embarrassed if you sing in public.
10. Dogs don't talk back when you scold them.
Howls: Cleopatra the Labrador
Secondly, we started leaving her lots of yummy treats in Kongs plus a small new toy each time we left. This also helped because then she started associating yummy treats and toys with our going out, so she actually looked forward to the treats and of course with the Kong, it meant that she could spend hours trying to get the snacks out of them. So this gave her something to do and alleviated her boredom when we were out.
Howls: Keep Your Dogs Indoors
Monday, March 05, 2007
The Founder of Dogs Deserve Better was attacked a few days ago by a dog she was fostering. This dog was formerly chained and turned aggressive, read what happened...
To prevent incidents like this, unchain your dogs. Socialise your dogs and ensure that they receive adequate care and attention. Dogs are pack animals and are not meant to be confined, chained or left alone for extended periods...
Am currently on my lunch break in Jakarta, and came across this article from Dogs Deserve Better. It's a pretty good article, and while the emphasis is on rehabilitation for chained dogs, I think the points in the article are applicable for rehabilitation of abused dogs too.
I know that I have been told that I am nuts for spending so much time with Lucky, but the feeling that you get when you see an abused dog (who used to be afraid of everything, and anything and everyone) starting to trust you, or look forward to seeing you and playing with you is simply amazing. I still have a long way to go with Lucky the Mongrel, but I really believe that all the time spent with him is beginning to pay off.
He has come out of his shell and is an alert little fella who is also pretty quick to learn. Lucky is very eager to please me, now that he realises that I will not hurt him and all that I have to offer him are long walks, cuddles and play time (with boundaries of course). Believe it or not, Lucky learnt "Sit" and "Down" on his first day of "training" within 15 minutes! And to think that to many, he's just a mutt, a mongrel puppy that I picked up from off the street...
I am now trying to teach him "Heel" which is a bit harder as he is still afraid of the cars and motorbikes that whizz past on our walks. But I am sure we'll get there.
So to those of you out there who have rescued dogs with behavioural issues, take comfort in knowing that your dog will respond to you eventually - but it takes time, patience and consistency.
I believe that dogs have the same range and depth of emotions as humans and that those who have been neglected seem to display heightened or exaggerated feelings to various stimuli. For example, while a loud noise will certainly startle a “normal” dog (one who has been raised with the comings and goings of people), that same loud noise will often terrify a dog who is not used to hearing a cacophony of sounds. The overly frightened dog will display a variety of reactions in the form of body language such as cowering, growling, snapping, hiding, putting their ears back or their tail between their legs.
Another important point when rehabilitating a dog who is afraid of the world is to be consistent. I have found that it helps, especially in the beginning, to have regularly scheduled events a dog can count on and look forward to. If you walk your dog in the afternoon, make sure that you give him or her a favorite treat when you return.
While you are offering regular doses of affection, you must also be consistent in your corrections. For example, although it may be tempting to ignore unacceptable behavior in a dog who tugs at your heart because of the horrific life they’ve led, this won’t help in the long run. It’s similar to training a puppy and teaching them good manners – the goal is to ultimately be able to bring your dog into any situation and know that he or she will be well behaved. Far better to say “NO!” every now and again than to have a dog who doesn't understand acceptable boundaries and behavior.
I have mixed feelings about having dogs on leash when they meet. The obvious benefit is that if there is a problem, the dogs can be separated. However, to a confined dog meeting another dog for the first time, the leash may signal confinement and may then trigger aggression. I would suggest that if your previously confined dog has had a number of positive experiences meeting other dogs on leash over a period of months and has not exhibited aggressive behavior, you can probably safely let your dog off leash to play with another dog. Observe him or her closely, however, for any signs of fear or aggression.
The process of socializing and rehabilitating a dog who has been confined requires a tremendous commitment – it may take a year or more to see real progress*. It is a process that at times may seem futile, but don’t give up! It is often a fine line between giving enormous amounts of love and setting boundaries if your dog displays aggression or other unacceptable behavior. Because their emotional growth was “stunted”, these dogs vacillate between fear/aggression and a huge outpouring of affection which can sometimes border on neediness.
The goal is twofold: to help them overcome their fears and to simultaneously boost their confidence, which means putting them in initially stressful situations. It sometimes seems like a Catch 22 – the only way to help them is to subject them to stress. Yet, if done gradually and in small steps, this type of systematic desensitization can be very effective.
—Debby Dobson has been working with dogs for over 20 years and she is the owner of "Good Dog!" Animal Behavior. She can be reached in Arizona at 928/ 282-2550 for behavioral phone consultations at $25 per hour.
Disclaimer: The author of this article cannot be held responsible for the actions of any dog or dogs and wishes to make it clear that the advice of a professional trainer or animal behaviorist should be sought in cases where a dog or dogs may be exhibiting aggessive behavior.
*Tammy's note: Although this is sometimes true, please realize that most often a dog can be housetrained within one-two weeks. Here Debby is talking about other behaviors, fear and aggression issues that will still be in place. Most dogs we rescue live with the pack easily right away.
Friday, March 02, 2007
I have been trying to write in to the papers on a regular basis on animal welfare and animal rights etc. Angeline has just pointed out that my article on Hoppy has been published in the Malay Mail today, just after Angeline's article was published yesterday.
There was also a very good article by Mr Veera of The Star itself yesterday.
And Shoba of the Remember Sheena Campaign also has an article out in The Star today.
Hopefully we can help make a difference for all our furry friends - regardless of their breed, for
Thursday, March 01, 2007
As I have mentioned before, everyone can help make a difference for our furry friends either by actively participating in rescue & adoption work or just writing from your desk.
Angeline Chin in an animal activist and today one of her letters has been highlighted in the Malay Mail.
I have also extracted her letter and posted it here for all of you...