If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain

Thursday, July 29, 2010

How tough can life get?

Pardon us for this long story but we assure you, it is worth the read.

Sharpei was spotted on the streets in an industrial estate in December 2009. He could have been abandoned as he was extremely lost and confused being on the streets. He was very wary of dogs and humans and avoided everyone. He was a loner. If he was eating and another dog approached, he would leave his food and walk off, even if that meant that he forego his only decent meal of the week.

Waiting at the bus stop

Life as an abandoned dog

Sharpei spent his days sleeping at bus stops or under trailers. It took volunteers more than six months to gain his trust, but they never gave up, feeding him three times a week and befriending him. Finally, these volunteers' persistence paid off; they managed to catch him and he was temporarily housed in a friends' factory until they were able to find a foster. Outside the factory lived a black 3-month old female pup. Volunteers named her Bear and housed her in the same factory as Sharpei. Little Bear and Sharpei instantly became fast friends. Big brother Sharpei was very loving towards Bear and protected her from dogs who played rough with her. It was the first time he had a friend.

Just rescued and safe at the factory, but he was sad and afraid

Housed together at the factory with the little Bear

Two days after he was rescued. Look at the difference is his eyes and body language

Sharpei playing dead and refusing to have his very first bath

Sharpei and Bear playing outside the factory, before leaving for the vet

 He's my big brother

Looking out for each other

Playing rough with my big brother

Oops! Think I played too rough!

Last Sunday, both Sharpei and Bear had their first shower and were taken to Mt Pleasant Clinic (Redhill) to be checked by Dr Ang. It was Bear’s very first car ride. Both were microchipped, vaccinated and Sharpei was tested for heartworm. He was given a clean bill of health and Dr Ang estimated him to be between 2-3 years old. Having lived on the streets as an abandoned dog for more than half a year, Sharpei was thin, his bones protruded and he looked older than he actually was. Sharpei has the sweetest temperament and because he also had the build, volunteers decided he could be a future blood donor, given his good health. He just needed to be beefed up.

 Sharpei all excited to go to the vet

 Little Bear being examined by Dr Ang

 Sharpei being microchipped

That's my little nuisance 

Volunteers took both dogs out for the day and it was the first time in their lives they had human company, love and pats. They were happy dogs. When they went back to the factory in the evening, both were fed with brown rice with boiled chicken and eggs - Sharpei's favourite. The volunteers left late at night and both dogs were exhausted from their very first outing. It had been a long, fun day.

It had been a week since Sharpei’s rescue from the streets and volunteers took turns to go to the factory nightly after work to feed Sharpei and Bear. The day after their outing, volunteers went to feed them after work and panicked when Sharpei did not respond when called. Workers said they saw him inside the compound before locking the gates for the day. They called out for him and saw him walking down the lane outside the factory, wobbling and limping. It was 8pm and as he approached them, volunteers got a shock of their lives when they saw Sharpei. His face and ears were bleeding very badly and his right eye was swollen. The flesh below his left eye was ripped off and dangling. Poor Sharpei was relieved to see the volunteers and he put his head on their lap, faint from shock and trauma.

A badly injured Sharpei  (Picture taken from Hp)

It was an emergency and Sharpei needed immediate medical attention. These volunteers who intended to feed him and Little Bear their favourite dinner immediately called Mt Pleasant (Sunset Way) to ask them to hold on and not close for the day. Volunteers quite literally flew Sharpei to the vet, leaving Bear behind. Sharpei collapsed in the back seat of the car, his face bleeding onto the towels and his body shaking uncontrollably. Sharpei arrived at the vet at around 8.30pm and was carried in. Dr Ang tended to him and checked his entire body for wounds. They initially thought that he was hit by an oncoming car but when they shaved fur off, at least 15 puncture wounds could be seen on his face, ears, neck, arms and legs. The most serious injury was the gaping wound on his face. Fortunately, Sharpei's vision was unaffected; thanks to all the folds on his face.

Stitches running down his cheek

He was sedated and his wounds were cleaned. He was also put on drip to stabilize his condition as he was still in shock. The volunteers left the clinic and headed back to the factory to feed Bear. Little Bear was very sad and down, sitting at the gate awaiting Sharpei's return. She knew something was amiss. She quietly ate her food then went back to the gate, waiting for her best friend to return. The volunteers' hearts went out to little Bear and promised her that Sharpei would be back in no time.

The following day we called the Vet to check on Sharpei. His condition had stabilized and he would be operated on. The flesh under his right eye had to be cut off and the gaping hole stitched up. It won’t be easy as his face is very wrinkly.

Puncture wounds on his face, ears and neck

More puncture wounds

Visiting Sharpei at the vet

Volunteers will visit Sharpei nightly to bring him his favourite chicken and rice. They hope he cheers up and gets well soon because little puppy Bear misses him.

Sharpei has to stay at the vet for a few days. Volunteers will also check on Bear to make sure she is not too sad or lonely.

Poor Sharpei will be at Mt Pleasant (Sunset Way) for a day or two and if you would like to visit him, please let us know. You may send a text message to 91996247  . If you wish to contribute to Sharpei's medical bills, do let us know as well. We would greatly appreciate your generosity.

Volunteers are wondering - had Sharpei scaled the 5-ft tall factory fence to escape and look for them, the people he has grown to love and trust deeply? Or might he have almost risked his life for Bear, his little best friend? We will never know why he scaled the tall fence to get outside, nor why he got so badly injured but perhaps an animal communicator might be able to enlighten us. Volunteers will also go back to the factory to look around for the dog that might have attacked Sharpei, perhaps he may need medical help too.

Sharpei and Bear are looking for a real home, a family that will adopt them together and love both of them. They mean the world to each other.

Sad and lonely Bear awaiting her big brother's return

Article contributed by our young volunteer, Jo.

For an update on Sharpet pls visit Update on Sharpei and Little Joe

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Communicate with your pets. Its simple! We'll teach you.

Always wondered what's on your pet's mind? Wish you could understand what your pet is trying to tell you? With Animal Communication, you can do just that!

Rosina communicating with a pet cat

So what exactly is Animal Communication? It's the art of talking, without needing spoken language, to animal companions or even to wild animals. It uses natural telepathic skills. In order to open up these telepathic pathways it is necessary to connect with an ancient part of the brain and consciousness. This Animal Communication uses telepathy to communicate with animals, sending and receiving messages through the heart and mind in the form of images, sensations, feelings, smells and intuition. You don't require any special skills or talent - it's simple. Anyone can learn this skill; we will teach you how!

Animals are constantly using body language and telepathy, as well as vocalization, to try to send us messages. But our telepathic skills have become dormant over decades as we have come to depend on spoken and written words for human communication, and so we humans have become generally unable to properly receive their messages.

South China Morning Post, 28 December 2009

Lianhe Wanbao, 15 March 2010

Ms Rosina Arquati is able to help her students learn to access these important and often forgotten skills, and to guide students to practice. Classes are small and there will be many opportunities for Q&A, group discussions and practice. To find out more about Rosina and animal communication.

Classes are small and personal

 Rosina in the studio with Rod Monterio (91.3fm) for "The Married Men"

Lynda Goh, Rosina Arquati and Pamela Ho (938 Live) for "The Living Room"

Rosina interviewed by Sara K. for Razor Tv

Animal Communication Workshops for Pet Owners

Foundation Course (Level 1)
Course Fee : S$450 (with certification)
Date: Saturday, 28 Aug and Sunday, 29 Aug 2010 (2 full days)
Time: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Venue : Basic Essence, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #04-04 Cluny Court, S (250760)


Foundation Course (Level 1)
Course Fee : S$450 (with certification)
Date: Saturday, 4 Sept and Sunday, 5 Sept 2010  (2 full days)
Time: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Venue : Basic Essence, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #04-04 Cluny Court, S (250760)

Intermediate Course (Level 2)
Course Fee : S$415 (with certification)
Date: Friday, 3 Sept 2010
Time: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Venue : Basic Essence, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #04-04 Cluny Court, S (250760)

Animal Reiki for Pet Owners (First time in Singapore!)
Course: Animal Reiki (Relaxing and Healing your Pets)
Course Fee : S$150
Date: Thursday, 2 Sept 2010
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Venue:  Basic Essence, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #04-04 Cluny Court, S (250760)
* Participants require a Basic Cert in Reiki.

To register for the above workshops, please send an email to dogstalk@starhub.net.sg. Your place will only be confirmed upon receipt of full payment. Thank you. Places are VERY limited.

A Date With Your Dog (and of course, dogs ARE allowed)
Event: Dinner with Your Dogs
Date: Monday, 30 Aug
Time : 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Venue : Furry Pets Connections, 100 Guillemard Road, #01 - 01 (Old Badminton Hall)
Costs : $30 per human / $10 per dog

* Humans have a choice of fish, chicken or vegetarian meal
* Dogs get a Doggie Bag each

Limited to 30 dogs only, so please register immediately. Fun events get filled up real quick!

To view 4 videos on how Rosina communicates with animals ;

Dog Psychic? (Animals speak to her Pt 1)
Supernatural Telepathic Powers (Animals speak to her Pt 2)
A Real Life Dr. Dolittle? (Animals speak to her Pt 3)
Believe It Or Not! (Animals speak to her Pt 4)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tiger's Home Coming

Remember Tiger, an injured dog volunteers rescued two weeks ago? Tiger has since recovered from his surgery and has headed back to his home at the factory.

Tiger spent a week at the vet. During his stay, he howled and barked as he did not like being caged up. Dr Ang understood and let him run freely inside the clinic whenever there were no other doggie customers around. After assessing Tiger, Dr Ang noticed that apart from his bleeding scrotum and broken hip bone, he also had a laceration on his left cornea. Antibiotics were constantly applied but Tiger is still squinting and his eye is still tearing from the laceration. During his week-long stay at the clinic, workers from the factory called twice to check if Tiger was okay and thanked us and doctors on behalf of him. It is evident that the workers love Tiger, given his sweet and obedient nature.

When it comes to eating, Tiger was a bottomless pit. The doctors were very understanding and knew that because he was a stray, food was often an issue so they gave him more than his fair share. Even then, the food was never enough for Tiger.

Little Sara and her mum, Lynette, read about Tiger and were both touched by his resilience. Six-year old Sara asked her mummy to call the vet to see if they could bring food for Tiger. Dr Ang thought it was a good idea as Tiger was rather thin and weak, so for the next few days, Tiger was fed with great food consisting of beef and eggs - cooked with love and compassion. Tiger looked forward to their visits and gulped down the food in no time. Meanwhile, Tiger's wound was healing well and was soon ready to go home. We’re sure he would miss Little Sara's delicious food and she would miss him too. We gave her a picture of Tiger to thank her for her kindness. Little Sara is definitely a role model for all children - starting at a young age to help animals.

Tiger’s daily feast

The day came where Tiger was ready to be discharged. During the long journey back to his home, Tiger barked non-stop, trying to bite the metal on the cage, wanting to be let out. This was a stark contrast from when we first rescued him; then, he was weak, in pain and quiet all the way to the vet.

After enduring pain for weeks, he is almost well again

We had called to inform the workers of Tiger’s return and despite being a half day workday, the workers stayed at the factory awaiting his return. We arrived around 4pm and were greeted by many workers and dogs- it was literally a small welcome party for Tiger. He was happy to be back and fellow dogs sniffed him too. Workers commented that he had put on some weight. Tiger's scrotum had already healed, but his eyes still required medication twice daily, so we handed the responsibility to the workers and told them to call if he was not well again.

Worker (Ah Lee) letting Tiger out of the carrier

Happy to see each other

Tiger and his factory-mate

Since his return, volunteers have visited Tiger twice and his wounds are completely dry and well. He remembers us and runs to greet us when we shout his name, and of course, looks forward to the food we bring.

Tiger says Thank You to everyone who has helped him

Home Sweet Home
Such is the life of an animal rescue volunteer - we do what we can for the animals and it is the satisfaction of seeing them recover, happy and healthy, that keeps us wanting to help more and do more for them. The gratefulness in their eyes spur us to continue rendering help to many other strays out there, giving them probably the only loving human touch they will ever receive.

Story contributed by our young 16 yr old volunteer, Jo.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Animal Abusers Need Help Too

Journalist, Agatha Koh Brazil, interviews Lynda Goh and finds out what Lynda would do if she was given $1 million.
Source: TODAY, 20 March 2010

"What have they done wrong? They don't deserve such treatment" she asked about the stray and abandoned dogs she rescues.

Abused. Little George, a Shihtzu, was beaten so badly by his owner that
he not only lost one eye, his eyesight, but one of his legs was also broken into three.
George now has difficulty walking but despite that,
George is the sweetest little dog you will ever meet;
loving and trusting.

The 39-year-old has a particularly soft spot for older canines, especially whose who have been "thrown out" by their owners because of age or disabilities.

"Helping them gives me great satisfaction because they have given so much. And whatever you do for them, they are appreciative," said Lynda.

Animals have emotions too, she has to constantly remind the pet owners she counsels.

"We pass our own emotions onto our dogs, and they pick this up... if a husband and wife quarrels, their dog will be affected," she said.

The saddest rescues she does are the dogs whose elderly owners are unable to care for them any more. She has seen enough cases of pet dogs who die soon after their beloved owners pass away.

Towards this end, if $1 million were to come her way, there is no question what Lynda would do.

"I would like to set up a foundation... I think it is not right that once the owners have passed on or are in an old folk's home that animals should go homeless. I would like to do something for them," she stated, the memory of a rescue fresh in her mind.

When an elderly woman had to be sent to a hospice because of terminal throat cancer, she left her pet dog behind in her apartment. It wasn't until Lynda was alerted sometime later - by the woman's relative from Kuala Lumpur - that the dog was rescued.

When it became evident that the woman was not going to make it, Lynda brought the dog to the hospice to see her. Staff there told her that for days before the visit, the elderly woman was only saying "Snoopy, Snoopy" - her dog's name.

On the day of the visit, she was unusually "alert", Lynda was also told. The next day after a joyful reunion with her pet, the elderly woman went into a coma and subsequently died.

And while her mission is to care for abused dogs, their abusers are on Lynda's minds too.

"Why do people abuse dogs? For that matter, why do people abuse their wives? It must be habitual and done out of a sense of frustration."

For that matter, if she would be able to set up her dream foundation, it would in some way also try and reach out to animal abusers.

"We are all educated," she said, "and yet animal abuse continues." At the very basic level, it is a challenge getting people to understand why they should sterilize their pets. And don't get her started on the types of abuse.

Throwing kerosene at dogs is common, she said, and just recently a recent rescue involved a dog abandoned in a box, put out under the sun.

While she hopes that there will be a new generation of animal lovers to continue the type of work she does, the results still keep Lynda going.

"When I see results, that's what keeps me going, And I want to do more."

Dogs at the Puppy Mill are over used and treated like breeding machines.

What do they have to look forward to?
Nothing, except a lousy diet, being forced to mate and
then have their puppies taken away
and sold when they are barely ready to go.
These poor dogs have never experienced Love, Hugs nor the Human Touch.
Neither have these dogs ever seen their puppies grow up.
Is this the life they deserve?
What have they done to deserve such fate?
All they want is a second chance.
A real life, to love and to be loved.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Animal Abuse

Three offers to adopt dog beaten by owner
by Esther Ng 05:55 AM Jul 16, 2010SINGAPORE

Three animal lovers have offered to adopt Butters, the six-month-old pup seen, in a widely-circulated video, receiving a thrashing from its owner for chewing on a couple of cushions.

Ms Sandy Lim, founder of the animal welfare group, SOS Animals, has volunteered to adopt Butters and also pay its owner for the crossbreed and buy her a new set of cushions.

Mr Jerry Toh, an assistant outlet manager, and his girlfriend have promised to shower Butters with love just as they do their two-year-old Maltese.

"My concern is the well-being of the dog ... the authorities and the SPCA can do a spot check on us," he said.

Another concerned animal lover, Ms Fiona Foo, has been informed by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) that Butters was not "in any danger".

"We have checked on the dog," AVA principal animal welfare inspector Soh Seng Beng told her in an email, adding that investigations were ongoing.

Earlier, Rachel Goh and Clara Fu on Facebook called on the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to rescue the dog.

The pup could develop a "nervous aggression" if beaten repeatedly, said dog trainer, and president of welfare group, Action for Singapore Dogs, Mr Ricky Yeo.

The SPCA said it was grateful and encouraged by the public's concern for the welfare of the animal. ESTHER NG
Our Thoughts :

In an email reply from AVA, AVA mentioned that they have checked on the dog and that the dog is fine and not in danger. What does "not in danger mean"? No risk or zero risk of being hit or abused in future?

When I asked if the dog would be removed from the home and put in foster care to prevent further abuse, AVA's reply was that the dog was "not in danger"and thus not necessary.

I am curious as to how AVA assessed that the dog is fine and not in danger. Did they do a visual screening with their naked eye, see no open bleeding wounds and thus affirm that the dog is fine? Did they make an effort to take the dog to the vet to perhaps do a head x-ray since he had hard blows rained on his little head? What if he has blood clots or internal bleeding? Would the naked eye have been able to see that? Apart from physical pain, the poor little puppy would have emotional truama and distress.

The lady owner may be angrier with the puppy now for "giving" her unnecessary media attention and perhaps take it out on the poor puppy even more. Who will be responsible for the continued abuse? The people who ensured the public that the dog is not in danger? Animal welfare has obviously not cared about animal welfare. The lady will go on abusing the puppy - this time we won't even know because it will no longer be posted on You Tube for all to see.

The article above says "SPCA is grateful and encouraged by the public's concern" - and what has SPCA done with that gratefulness? Passed that gratefulness to AVA?

Is AVA prosecuting the owner? By allowing the owner to get away with abusing her dog, AVA is setting an example to other dog owners - that it is perfectly fine to abuse your dog, as long as when the authorities inspect, they can't see any open wounds with their naked eye.

What constitutes abuse?

Are we the only country in the world that has animal welfare authorities uninterested in animal welfare?___________________________________________________________
13 July 2010

When people think of animal welfare in Singapore - commonly AVA or SPCA comes to mind.

In the case of AVA, they are in charge of Food, Animals & Pets and Agriculture & Fisheries in Singapore. Are they like most Singaporeans where food is their top priority and animals last on their list? We would be concerned if it was, because many people look up to AVA as an authoritative figure, yet are they doing enough for the animals? AVA is about "protecting the health of animals, fish and plants through advanced technology and professional expertise in agriculture, fisheries, veterinary science and the life sciences." Volunteers in animal welfare, have you seen this happening? Have you seen them "protecting the health of animals". Speak up. Fear not. You are in animal welfare because you are the voice for the animals.

In the past five days, we have come across TWO obvious cases of animal abuse and animal cruelty. There could be more, but we were only aware of these two.

Loss of fur, severe itch and crusts on Xuan Xuan's head

Through the animal welfare circle, we were informed of two grossly neglected Shihtzus (mother and daughter) and both dogs were eventually surrendered to SPCA. One of the dogs, Xuan Xuan, was emaciated and she had scabies. (Scabies, also called sarcoptic mange, is caused by a specific type of mite that burrows itself into a dog's skin. It can be spread from dog to dog through direct contact such as when dogs are in a kennel as mites move from one dog to another). What do you think SPCA would have done for these poor neglected doggies? Give them the love, food and medical attention that these two dogs have obviously been deprived of? SPCA - Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose mission is to "promote kindness to animals and birds and to prevent cruelty to animals and birds". Perhaps SPCA felt that putting Xuan Xuan down was promoting kindness and preventing cruelty (and suffering)? Because that was what they WOULD have done! Why, you ask? Its just scabies. No doubt scabies is contagious but IT IS CURABLE. It’s not as if Xuan Xuan is old and has an incurable disease. Xuan Xuan is middle-aged, about 6 to 7 years old and she merely has scabies. Why was this Society not willing to help the dog?

Bad teeth

SPCA also explains on their website "why we put animals to sleep . . . because quite a number of the dogs are non HDB breeds”. That’s quite understandable. As long as HDB believes that there are no responsible pet owners in Singapore, this ruling will always be in place. However, Xuan Xuan is a Shihtzu, falling under the category of a toy dog, HDB APPROVED. Oh, perhaps it is because SPCA has no quarantine or isolation area? SPCA has been around since the 1800s but in 1954 they officially had its own place at Orchard Road. More than half a century has gone by and the quarantine area has yet to be built?

An animal welfare volunteer had to go down to SPCA to take both the dogs out and send them to the vet at her own expense. Did SPCA feel that both these dogs were not worth spending its public donations on or were they too much effort to care for till full recovery took place? Thank God for people who genuinely care for animals.

Both Xuan Xuan and Furby are presently at the Vet's, receiving the medical treatment they deserve and more importantly, the second chance they deserve. It wasn't their fault that they were abused and neglected by their owner. It truly would have been a sad, horrible life, being neglected, abused and then put to sleep. Poor Xuan Xuan would have died, never experiencing love.

Maybe SPCA should put more effort into promoting Virtual Pets.

In the Straits Time and TODAY on 14 July 2010, most people would have heard of the lady beating her little toy dog with a broom, simply because the little dog chewed on a cushion? That video and pictures of abuse have been widely circulated on You Tube and Facebook.

Read report here.

Watch video here.

Infuriated dog lovers are concerned. Has the dog been removed from the home to prevent further hurt, injury and abuse? In cases of child abuse, the child is immediately removed from the home and placed in foster care, to prevent further emotional trauma. In case the relevant authorities are unaware, dogs do feel pain, hurt and sadness. They do go through emotional trauma too. For children, they receive counseling to help them overcome their emotional issues and they have play therapy to "verbalize" their hurt. What about dogs? Dogs don’t receive counseling, nor are they able to verbalize their pain and emotional scars. Thus it is of great urgency that the dog is removed to safety immediately or do the authorities require proof before they step in and save a life?

Source: Straits Times, 14 July 2010

Source: TODAY, 14 July 2010

According to reports on AsiaOne.com, AVA says SPCA has given them information on the "identities of the parties involved" and are currently investigating. However, both AVA and SPCA have declined to reveal this information until investigations are completed. Honestly, its about time AVA and SPCA came up with new excuses. This line has been way over used. Do they hope that if they take long enough to complete investigations, animal lovers will forget about this little dog?

Does it seem as if SPCA is pushing the case to AVA and vice versa? Is this not a clear case of dog abuse, falling under the jurisdiction of authorities dealing in animal welfare? News article from AsiaOne says "If convicted - person faces $10K fine", does it imply that the person has yet to be convicted although they are already aware of the identity of the abuser? Shame on all these government authorities in ANIMAL WELFARE who hesitate to HELP a tiny defenseless dog from being abused!

Quote from AsiaOne.com "Anyone with information on the case can contact AVA at 64717198 or e-mail ava_cawc@ava.gov.sg or the SPCA at 62875355 extension 9". Will someone please comment on WHAT information the authorities require? Are photographs and video of the dog clearly being abused insufficient? Would the dog's body lying on the post mortem table then be sufficient?

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