Archive for the Health Category


Posted in Animals, Behaviour, Event, Food, Health on 8 November 2007 by iamrainbow

(Tamil) Yan na de, ing ga bo reng ge? Oi!

Juz now, got people play fireworks & crackers. I’m not scaredy cat anymore!

*pi blak pi blak eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwuuuuu pak*

*bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark*

Big Sista covered my ears. So sweet of her. But that didn’t stop me from barking. Hahha.

* pak pak pak bang bang bang bang *

Why so noisy arh you?! I’m louder! I’m not afraid of you anymore hah!

*bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark *


Big Sista explained telepathically that such firecrackers have a louder finale.

I also got.

*bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark BARK*

Happy Deepavali!

My next door is celebrating it. Oooo eeee.. I hope I get fruit wine cakes! I smelling fried food for days already.. homemade food! I like! *sniff*

How to save water

Posted in Animals, Behaviour, Family, Food, Health, Hygiene on 15 June 2007 by iamrainbow
  • Use a bottle to give me water (like those hamster water bottle) instead of water bowl.
  • Use rain water or used water from your shower/bath/washing clothes to clean up my poo & pee nature calls.
  • If you have some sort of filtering mechanisme for rain water, you can use those water on me too. For external uses anyway.
  • Ummm… have a tub of water – better yet, a small plastic swimming pool – neh, those kids play one – for my bath. Then you don’t have to lure or trick me to the bathe area. Turn the tap off on me when you are bathing me.
  • Water me from top – water will drip down and wet the bottom part anyway. Just cup some water in your palm if my stomach or other areas are not wet enough.
  • To make sure I drink all the water you provide, put some good smelling food into it. I’ll drink it all up!
  • DON’T spray me with water whenever I bark unnecessarily. Just use loud noise (if ok) or give me food 😉 (Big Sista – just use the muzzle)
  • Any other ideas? Please let me know more so that I can score more treats hehe.

Siew Chu Yuk

Posted in Animals, Behaviour, Family, Food, Health on 29 May 2007 by iamrainbow

Cantonese: Siew (burnt) Chu (pig) Yuk (meat)

Very salty. You can see them being sacrificed on Buddhist/Taoist celebrations like Chinese New Year, War God birthday, asking for blessings, funerals, Cheng Beng and weddings, etc. It’s not cheap..

It’s so cruel to kill the animals just to offer meat to the Gods. If human do good instead of kill, their wishes would come true faster and clearer!

For my Big Sista’s cousin’s wedding, they had 1 pig slaughtered. 😦 I hoped that pig died peacefully. It was BIG… Triple my size! And no more hair? It was in red.

Some of the aunties blabbered among each other, “You take some home lar.”

“Don’t have that many people eat lar! Enough!!!”

“Give to your dog lah!”

Another cousin said, “Siew Chu Yuk how can give to dog? Will lose hair loh!

“Aiya, won’t lose hair one lah! My dog is those.. choy (direct translation: vegetable, it means: mongrel, stray dog) dog!”

So choy dog means no need to care about it’s health?

Salt makes us lose our hair more. Then human complain we lose our hair a lot and dirty the floor. Make them sneeze and allergy.. have to sweep the floor many times!

*hands up*

Tainted Pet Food

Posted in Animals, Food, Health on 25 April 2007 by iamrainbow

Some of the food from Menu Foods were being recalled because they contained poisonous gluten from China. Recently, Natural Balance is in hot soup too. Royal Canin USA also announces the Voluntary Nationwide Recall of its Dry Pet Food Products Containing Rice Protein Concentrate.

Although I’m not staying in the US, it’s better to know than eating food blur blur. This is from FDA:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating an imported
shipment of rice protein concentrate which has been found to contain
melamine. The rice protein concentrate may have been used as an
ingredient in some pet foods. FDA’s investigation of the rice protein is
being carried out by specialists in FDA headquarters and in eight FDA
district offices. Thus far, the following has been established:

* The suspect shipment of rice protein concentrate was imported
and offloaded during the week of April 2, 2007 by Wilbur-Ellis, an
importer and distributor of agricultural products, including rice
protein concentrate, with headquarters in San Francisco, CA. The source
of the product is identified as Binzhou Futian Biological Technology in
* The shipment consisted primarily of rice protein concentrate in
white bags, but also included one pink bag that was labeled, in part,
with the word “melamine.”
* On April 15, Wilbur-Ellis notified FDA’s Center for Veterinary
Medicine about the suspect shipment. On April 16, FDA launched a
nationwide investigation tracing eight import entries identified as
being shipped from the Chinese firm since July 2006. FDA testing
revealed melamine in both the white and pink bags.
* Wilbur-Ellis has initiated a recall of all suspect rice protein
concentrate it had imported and distributed; see

FDA investigators have obtained records showing distribution to five pet
food manufacturers in seven locations. Investigators are currently
inspecting all five manufacturers and collecting additional samples, as

* FDA initiated inspections at Royal Canin USA and C.J. Foods and,
as a result, both companies have voluntarily recalled certain products;
see and
* FDA also has confirmed the presence of melamine in finished pet
food products containing rice protein concentrate. Those products, and
others within the same product line, are currently under recall by
Natural Balance Pet Foods and are labeled as: Venison and Brown Rice
canned and bagged dog foods; Venison and Brown Rice dog treats; and
Venison and Green Pea dry cat food; see

If FDA’s investigation determines that additional pet food products have
been manufactured from the suspect rice protein concentrate, FDA will
expect manufacturers to initiate voluntary actions to remove these
products from the marketplace. FDA will continue to communicate its
findings promptly.

FDA continues to work comprehensively to protect the nation’s pet food
as well as to conduct a full investigation to determine any impact on
the human food supply. The agency is now sampling all rice protein
concentrate from China and continues to sample all wheat gluten imported
from China, and it is ready to increase its surveillance of other
products, if necessary.

To search for the latest list of recalled products, which will be
updated when new information is received, please see:

FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Page

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Posted in Animals, Behaviour, Family, Health, Hygiene on 15 March 2007 by iamrainbow

2 of my neighbours – young girls in kindergarten or primary school – had shrieked and shouted angrily, “LESSIE!”

What had I done to them? Nothing.

So my Big Sista came out and hands akimbo, she asked them, “Mengapa?”

They ran back inside their home.

Then suddenly, a very small pebble flew over to my home.

Of course I bit it and put it in my mouth. It felt cool and hard. Good 🙂

Then Big Sista came out. She must have sharper ears than I thought. She heard the pebble dropped to our home!

She grabbed my muzzle and said firmly, “OPEN.”

I tried to keep my jaw closed but she pried it open.

Then she pulled the pebble out and threw it into the waste bin inside her home, where I was forbidden to enter. Sigh.. so much for my new toy.

She smacked my muzzle lightly and said, “NO.”

Then she went back inside.

After sometime, another pebble flew over and I put it into my mouth again. Could eat?

Again, Big Sista came and pried it out of my mouth. She threw the pebble back to neighbour and it hit the bigger girl’s butt. Hahah.

Then, she called the younger girl’s name but they went back inside home, hiding and giggling.

Later, she saw them sitting at the front porch and asked them, “Tadi awak buang batu?”

The bigger girl covered her face with a small handkerchief and tipped her head back. The younger girl smiled mischieviously, guilty but she kept quiet. The adult was reading, sitting in front of them.

We had gotten papers, plastics and food thrown over. This made my Big Sista angry at their cruelty and selfishness. Yes, I was am very noisy at night and day – I am only protecting my home and family from strangers who put papers inside, dogs passing by and dangerous men. Why, when there were robbers inside their home, I had barked so loud and then they woke up and the robbers left. I didn’t even get any thanks. Hmph!

“Jangan buang batu sini lagi. Nanti anjing saya,” she struggled to find the word, which she doubted the kids would understand, “tercekik. Kalau awak buang lagi…” My Big Sista warned them.

Then the adult realized my Big Sista was talking to the kids and she asked, “What?”

Big Sista explained, “Just now they were throwing small pebbles over to my dog.”

“WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?! CRAZY AR?!” The adult scolded the kids.

We didn’t get any pebbles anymore. This wasn’t the first time things were thrown over.


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


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.


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