Archive for February, 2007

Fireworks

Posted in Animals, Behaviour on 18 February 2007 by iamrainbow

1st of all, 😀 Chinese New Year! I hope the year of Pig would bring more delicious food, lots of good dreams and sleep, playplayplay and travelling! Oh, healthy body and mind too! 😀

I got to eat a bit of pink fatt kou and very little bits of kueh kar pek. 🙂 Life is sweet..

Yesterday night, I saw many brilliant colours burst in the dark sky! Loud noises too!

Big Sista folded toilet paper and inserted 1 into my ear. Which I promptly shook my head and out it came! Hehe. She tried again and I shook my head. Very irritating that paper in my ear. She thought to lessen the fireworks and crackers volume. You know lar, I stay in Chinese area that pride themselves in knowing how to celebrate Chinese New Year. :p

And I wasn’t afraid, no oh. I was confused why there were so many colours in the sky suddenly. So beautiful.

At midnight, Big Sista took me out to the road in front of our house and watched the fireworks. 🙂

Freedom and love

Posted in Animals, Family on 17 February 2007 by iamrainbow

Big Sista told her mother, “We better not chain her so much. If not, next life time we get chained. Haha.”

Her mother replied, “You take her home already, already limit her freedom lar.”

They were talking about me. Mmm…

I saw Big Sista was at the computer. She must be reading online newsletters.

I put my head through the gate and rested my jaw on the cool floor.

“But it’s better than leaving her outside (as a stray dog).”

“Dogs are born free. They are wild animals. Now you restrict her freedom.”

“If they were human.. which 1 is better – being an orphan and have to search for food and shelter in the streets or inside a home?”

“You want to help, then you go and help all the other dogs lah!” Mom retorted.

In Blood Diamond, Danny asked Maddy to help Solomon but Maddy said something like, “If I help him, then what about the rest of them?”

Then she snorted and shook her head, “I can’t believe I said that.”

Because helping even 1 person is helping when you want to change the world for better.

Oh yeah, escape is sweet

Posted in Animals, Behaviour, Family on 16 February 2007 by iamrainbow

When father went to fetch Big Sista, I dashed out stealthily.

When they came back, Big Sista opened the door and found I wasn’t inside home.

Smart they were, they went to the back and found me. Father kept shouting, “Come back!” Boy, was he angry.

Big Sista found my purple rag toy at the road beside neighbour’s house and passed to father. Ops, she had a chain.

I ran, ran, sniffed, sniffed..  So much to snif, so little time!

Cats!

I chased them!

I ran towards the darker area. I knew there was a dog there but this time, it didn’t bark. I went further.. Big Sista followed but not as fast as me. :p

At 1 point, there was a lot of loud barking by dogs hidden behind the factory wall.

*whine* Scared!

I ran to the other side. 2 other dogs barked at me but I didn’t care. Big Sista appeared and tried to grab my collar. I ran back to the back and dashed towards the other factory.

There, another group of dogs barked at me behind the wall.

*whine*

I slowed down and walked towards the corner house and again, 2 dogs barked at me. There are a lot of dogs in my area.. all not friendly.

I stepped back and struggled as Big Sista managed to grab my collar. She attached the leash onto my collar and walked straight home. I had to follow.

I can’t wait to escape again. 🙂 This time, it was a success.

Shedding

Posted in Animals, Fashion, Health, Hygiene on 11 February 2007 by iamrainbow

Lately I have been shedding a lot of my fur.

Big Sista loved to run her fingers through my fur.. Oooo I loved it too.

I heard them humans say:

“She’s losing so much hair!” Mom complained. “Home inside also got! So dirrty!”

“Let’s try not to give her home food. Maybe our home food is salty to her.”

“I never put salt in our home food.. but ok, will try it.”

Big Sista found that doggies shed their fur during spring time and temperature.

I heard she quoted from a website to Mom,

“Shedding seems to be connected to seasonal temperature, but it is actually governed by photoperiod or day length. Dogs that live outside usually shed heavily as days lengthen in spring, but those that live mostly indoors often seem to shed at least a bit all year. Loss of the winter undercoat helps the dog stay cooler in warm, humid weather, a necessity for an animal whose only sweat glands are in the pads of his paws. Female dogs often drop their coats after a heat cycle or after whelping and most dogs will also shed after undergoing anesthesia.”

Dog Owner’s Guide – Canine Fur

At least I don’t shed as much as this poor Newfie doggie:


Big Paws Only – Dog Shedding

OO look at others’ fur in Dog – A Dog’s Fur

The types of brushes for different dogs – Help your pet as fur falls off

Walking at midnight

Posted in Animals, Behaviour, Family on 11 February 2007 by iamrainbow

I don’t know why this human and dog walk in the middle of the night – just a few minutes ago!

Everyone knows we dogs can’t stand another dog walking by while we are inside home. That’s why we bark.

So my family complained I make a lot of noises in the middle of the night! It’s NOT my fault! Who so clever take the dog out walk when others are sleeping? Vampire Dog ar?! Grrrrr..

I bark and I get sprayed by water.

Now I can’t bark because Big Sista put the muzzle, albeit a loose one 😦 on me – I barked again because that darn dog passed by again.

Giggler hard rubber toy

Posted in Animals, Family, Play on 9 February 2007 by iamrainbow

Big Sista bought a Big Giggler hard rubber, bouncing dog toy that laughs (phew, such a long description for a ball) from JW Pet Company for me last week. Although she didn’t tell me, I thought she thought I had been barking so much from nervous energy. So she thought of exhausting me by playing with this ball till I drop at night. Then I would sleep at night instead of barking at passing dogs, strangers & cats.


Amazon – JW Pet Company Giggler Ball Hard Rubber (Assorted Colors) (3″ diameter)

It was in bright red colour, not blue like the picture above. I couldn’t bite it at first but after a few attempts, I managed to bite it and carry it around. It was too big for my mouth. So mostly, I push it around..

Price: RM19.90 @ PetsMore

Chocolat!

Posted in Animals, Family, Food, Health on 7 February 2007 by iamrainbow

When Big Sista came home, she was holding a dark brown stick in her mouth and she was chewing! 😀 FOOD!!

*pant pant*

I jumped up and down, delighted.

I want! I want too!

Once Big Sista came out of the car, I dashed to meet the chocolat – er, her.

She pulled her biscuit away from me.

Uhhh…

I knew what to do. I sat down.

Big Sista cooed, “Good.”

But she didn’t give me the chocolat so I assumed that Good meant I could take a bite. I jumped up again and she stood back, the biscuit held further up and away. 😦

*Ooo ooo oooo*

I sat down again. If failed once, must try again.

I looked up at the chocolat and then her eyes. I appealed to her understanding..

She said, “Not for you. You cannot eat chocolate.”

Hmm? Cannot? Whyyyyyyyy?

*sniff* So sad, couldn’t eat chocolat…

Life’s so unfair.

When she opened the car door, I smelled more chocolat in the car. I poked my nose and touched the plastic container holding all the chocolat goodies!

Unfortunately, Big Sista caught me and pulled me away from the car and the goodies. Sigh.

Why is Chocolate Lethal?

Chocolate contains theobromine. A naturally occurring stimulant found in the cocoa bean, theobromine increases urination and affects the central nervous system as well as heart muscle. While amounts vary by type of chocolate, it’s the theobromine that is poisonous to dogs.

Dog Owners Digest – Why chocolate poisons dogs and how to treat chocolate dog poisoning

Raisins and grapes are also a no-no for dogs. They can cause acute renal failure in animals. Onions are also a problem. Macadamia nuts are not good for dogs and can cause weakness in the hind legs or a partial paralysis(according to the ASPCA website- poison control section). Dogs also like to get into the garbage, which can contain items listed above but also can contain rotted foods, which your or I would pass up. But to the dog it may smell like a meal. Your dog can be poisoned by bacterial toxins that build up on disposed foods. Keep the garbage lid on.

Mutt Monthly – Dark Chocolate; Dog Danger