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Friday, February 29, 2008


It's so good to be back home... Was in Jakarta for the past week and I missed the kids terribly as usual.

And when I got back late last night, it suddenly occurred to me that Cleo has been with me for over 3 years now... She has grown quite a bit from when we first got her...

So I decided to dig out the first pictures I had of Cleo - when she was only a 3 month old labrador pup...

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Lucky, Cleo and Douglas Lim

Friday, February 22, 2008


Hi all,

Am absolutely swamped with work, so am just posting some pics of the kids...


Lucky : his wounds have healed 100%

Lucky and Cleo playing in our room


Mishka - seriously mad at me for caging him. He's had to be confined for a week cause he has just been given his booster shot...

The Poor dear... But he'll be out and about again by the weekend.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Cleo has been quite the grouchy labrador of late... My fault really... I haven't been taking her on her daily walks as I have been working killer hours, and I have been travelling for a bit more than usual too....

Sigh... hopefully after my next trip to Jakarta, things will slow down a little...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008



Our Animal Inspector received a call today (Monday, 18th Feb) from a concerned woman who found a mother dog who had given birth to 10 puppies in a small depression in a field.

3 puppies had already died after being hit by passing cars. The 7 remaining pups were hot and panting, and were brought back and placed under SPCA Selangor's guardianship.

The 1-month-old pups will not survive long in the shelter system where they will be exposed to bacteria and fatal viruses, but they may survive with gentle care and nurturing in your home. If you have experience fostering young puppies, and have a suitable space in your home to foster them for 4-6 weeks, please give us a call within the next 24 hours.

As they are young and need to be monitored around the clock and fed every 4-5 hours, we encourage only those with enough time on their hands to take them in. The puppies can be separated into different foster homes, preferably 2 per home.

Please be aware that while there are many success stories for fostered homeless animals, many young kittens and puppies do not survive even with the best care and attention - however they still do deserve a second chance at life.

If you are willing to take the chance, please contact us immediately! For more information, please call 42565312/ 42535179/ 42535312 from 9am-4pm tomorrow (Monday, 19th February) or send an e-mail to

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA Selangor)
Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, 68000 Ampang Jaya
T : 03-42565312 / 03-42535179/ 03-42535312
F : 03-42528382


My friend, Kate, just left me a note on how veal is produced. I had just assumed that veal meant a young cow.

However, I had no idea that veal was farmed in a really cruel manner. Veal is completely different from just being the meat of a young cow.

"In order to produce veal, calves are taken from their mothers at birth and are chained by the neck in crates measuring just two feet wide. They cannot turn around, stretch their limbs, or even lie down comfortably. They are fed a liquid diet deficient in iron for 16 weeks, at which point they are slaughtered. All this to make their flesh pale and sickly. In order to keep the calves alive in these conditions, drugs are needed. Veal is among the most likely meat to contain illegal drug residues which pose a threat to human consumers." from Animal Protection and Rescue League

Please click here to see how veal is produced. Also see for those of you who might be considering going vegetarian.

Monday, February 18, 2008


Hey all...
This post is somewhat late but I have been really busy with work and all the kids as usual...
Anyway some of my friends have been asking me what Doug and I did for Valentine's Day this year - considering that it's the first year that we would have celebrated it "married".

Well there was no real difference from the previous years... we're both rather practical people so there wasn't anything overtly romantic! If anything is was a practical day that we spent together and we got each other practical gifts!!! :)

Doug got me 3 doggie books which I was extremely pleased with, and I got him 2 pairs of shoes - 1 from Bonia and the other from Polo...

Also Doug spent the afternoon spray painting some flower stands that we borrowed ages ago... and since we never found the time to return them until now... we had to re-spray them cause they had rusted!!!

Then in the evening we went to dinner at our favourite French Restaurant - Ma Maison at Persiaran Ampang. Here's what we had...


Fish Dumplings...

Grilled Salmon

Veal Medallions...

Strawberry Gratin...

Douglas Lim rolling his eyes at me...

So we had a nice quiet Valentine's Day together... Hope everyone else had a great day too...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Lucky is a real monster!!!

Three days ago there was a massive fight between Lucky and Rascal!!!

Basically I was trying to take the garbage out when Cleo suddenly jumped on me from behind. This resulted in me being pushed forward and thus the grilled gate flew open. Cleo then charged out and Lucky followed suit before I could do anything.

Lucky immediately attacked Rascal… who retaliated. And within 2 seconds a full scale dog fight had started.

Cleo then joined in to try and save Lucky… but she was a terrible fighter cause she's just so friendly and gentle. The only thing she had going for her was her weight so she managed to throw Rascal off Lucky a few times when she jumped on him.

I got the hose and turned it on as soon as I could… but Lucky and Rascal were determined to sink their teeth into each oher.

After a bit I decided that the hose was not working… and so I jumped in and dragged Cleo out of it… Shoved her back into the house and then turned the hose back onto the two of them. They continued fighting despite being sprayed with water and I literally had to hose them right in the face at close range before they stopped. I then dragged Lucky back into the house as quickly as I could…

I checked Rascal and he was okay…

Then I went in to look at Lucky but of course as usual he wouldn’t let me check him… but I knew I had to...

I grabbed the steel chain link and went to the kitchen. I knew that both Cleo and Lucky loved sticking their heads out the back door…

I opened the door and true enough they both came running and I managed to chain Lucky to the back grilled gate. Managed to look him over quickly and noticed he had about 5 very small nicks, and his right fore-leg was swollen… He was also covered in saliva and dirt!!!

So I washed him forcibly and dried him… and managed to put some antiseptic on his cuts. He tried to bite me several times and was growling at me the entire time.

Sigh… Lucky is just so difficult it’s not even funny…

Anyway he was okay for the next two days and then yesterday morning, Lucky gave me a real shock when I woke up.

He greeted me with huge moon face! His face was swollen beyond recognition. I knew I had to take him to the vet asap! His face was probably infected from the small nicks he received from Rascal.

But Lucky being Lucky refused to go. We had to sedate him and even then he tried to bite us. After about an hour we managed to get a muzzle on him.Then he refused to budge.

And he wouldn't let Douglas carry him which made things worse. So I had to carry him and I have no idea how I managed to carry him into the car and into the clinic!!! See Lucky weights over 20kgs and that's more than half my body weight!!!

Thankfully Dr John Singham (of Hayward Animal Clinic) managed to sort him out. Lucky had to be put under anasthesia. Lucky was given minimum anasthesia which was good, cause anasthetic can be lethal of not administered properly.

Dr John was an absolute star and worked really quickly and gently too. Then two small incissions were made so that the puss could be drained from his face and neck. His face was also flushed out with saline and antibiotic solution. And he got an antibiotic shot as well.

Anyway Lucky is fine now and he is one LUCKY dog...

He's just got a really strange temperament from the day we got him. I don't blame him for it considering the horrible experience he had with humans when he only a few weeks old.

But we LOVE him all the same...

Thursday, February 07, 2008


We would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year.

May the new year bring much joy, health and wealth to all of you.

Warmest regards,

Cleo, Natasha & Douglas Lim and the furkids

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Mrs Audrey Pilsworth passed away on Tuesday, 29 January 2008.
She was my first friend when I arrived at Cambridge in the Winter of 1996.
Audrey was like a mother to me during my years at Cambridge.
Although I moved back to Malaysia we remained in contact and I visited her each time I went back to England.
The time spent with her will be cherished forever and she will be deeply missed...