Friday, 30 March 2012

My Cats - Part 1 :Tom

Growing up, I have always wanted to have my home filled with animals. I was not picky about what animals, anything will do. I had Goldfishes - the body count was high!!! One dead fish every week. My parents refused to get me anything bigger incase I got bored which I tended to :p.

Then on my 8th birthday, my dad surprised me with 2 bunny rabbits!! I was the happiest girl that day. Sadly my rabbits died a month of each other. They died from injuries resulting from jumping out of this huge cardboard box (1 meter in height and 2 meters wide) we used as their home. After that, it was a bunch of terrapins, followed by budgies. I had 3 of them. My favourite was a big male budgie called Lucky. He was the best. Super affectionate, cheeky and super smart. He would be allowed out the cage and flew around the apartment and would never escaped. He would come to me and fluffed up his feathers to indicate he wanted a head rub. He eventually died of old age and so did the others. Guess I was better with birds than rabbits, fishes or terrapins. I had always wanted cats and dogs, but I knew my parents would not allow. So the moment I had my own place, I got my first cat. The reason I didn't get a dog was that I was still doing my PhD and it was not fair to have a dog and leaving it at home the whole day, while I was at school. So a cat was the best choice, as they are very independent. 

I started my search at the local SPCA in Glasgow, UK. I had my heart set on a tabby Tom, but sadly, all the tabbies were booked up. All that were left was a gorgeous big ginger boy or a black and white boy. The ginger was affectionate, while the black and white was rather aloof. Looking at their charts, it was revealed that the black and white had spent 3 months at the SPCA, came in with horrendous injuries and had to go in and out to the vets. My husband took sympathy towards him, so it was decided that we had to give this poor cat a home. After all the paperwork, he was handed over to us in a cardboard crate. I took a closer look at him, and what I saw was a large Tom cat whose 4 year old (estimated) face showed a lot of scars from living rough on the streets. We named him Tom.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Golden Retrievers mini-gathering at the dog park

I had the privilege to meet 2 lovely Golden Retriever owners since beginning of this year.
They both have 2 Goldies each, one boy and one girl, just like me.

Anyway today, we have arranged to get our Goldies together. Miss J is the owner of beautiful Muzhen and Mulan while Miss L is the owner of Champagne and Chablis (and no, she is not an Unfortunately Miss L lives in Malaysia, which means she can't bring her Goldies over to join in the gathering. Anyway, she still came along as she is the biggest fan of my two Goldies ever :)

Here are some pictures of all of them. Enjoy!!!

Reegan with her new friend, Mulan

Group shot from top: Quinton, Reegan, Muzhen and Mulan

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The world looks better when you are upside down

Trapeze artists do it, so do the maybe everything does look better when you are upside down? I wish my cat, Sumi and my dogs can shed some light on this matter. There are so many times that I catch up lying on their backs. I have seen lots of Golden Retrievers do it, and other dogs irregardless of breeds. But what I love most is how adorable they look, so much so I will either quickly snap a picture of that moment or just go and give them a belly rub.

Here are some pictures I've taken to brighten up your day. 

Sumi caught doing it

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A Typical Day at the Dog Park

Every fortnight, I will bring my two goldies to Bishan Dog Park to meet up with my friend who owns a lovely Singapore Special called Sun. I will try to bring them there at least once a week or more whenever I can. But the fortnightly outing is special for Reegan as Sun is one of few doggies that she gets along well with. Both of them love to chase each other around which is always funny to watch.

A typical start to the day is the dogs are taken out by my parents for their usual morning walk, by which time they get back, their 'outing' bag is packed. The contents include: a litre bottle of ice cold water, water bowl, a frisbee, 2 packets of home-baked liver cakes, a towel, poo bags and my water bottle. It is a little brown bag I got from buying mooncakes back in Hong Kong and ever since it's been the official doggie outing bag. The dogs are super smart and observant. As soon as they catch a glimpse of 'that' bag, they know immediately that they are going to get to go out!!! From that moment on, every step I take, I will have 2 dogs stalking me. They seem to think that if they loose sight of me, I will forget to take them out with me :)

Handsome Quinton