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Animal Cruelty

I cannot say i am an absolute animal lover but i respect all living things and feel absolutely outraged whenever i hear of animal abuse.  I feel so disgusted and pained to hear of the brutal death of a stray cat in hong kong. The way the cat was cruelly and brutally abused absolutely makes my stomach turned. Some psychotic person grabbed onto the tail of a stray cat and keep flinging him so hard until he smashed into the wall. it was so violent the tail of the cat was brutally ripped off. Still breathing the cat scampered into the back of a staircase and suffered massive pain before dying. I am redundant with my feeling of absolute digust and horror, it is so hard for me to comprehend how someone can inflict such pain and cruelty on another living breathing creature. This is not a lack of education but the need of a person’s dominance on another. Why do humans do such evil things? This is one question i can never get an answer to because I also can’t understand how soldiers can inflict such pain and cruelty to other human beings during war. It is so painul and so sad to know there is this evil seed inside each one of us…

Smile the day away

How can you not laugh, chuckle, or go “awwwwww…..” at these cute doggy pictures.

Even though my little pretzel is a lot smaller, he is just as crazy when he panicked! Once on a trip, I left him at my friend's house and when she went out to do some grocery shopping, she left pretzel in a bedroom. When she came home and opened the bedroom door, Pretzel is busy chewing on the wall trying to dig his way out! Every time I visit, I am invited to visit that bedroom and look at the hole she refused to patch to share the story

me too

aye aye

awwwww, how cute!

lol, this is too cute! I can see pretzel doing this

yes! blame someone else...run & hide!

Hi! I'm pretzel, I'm cute too! I can smile!







another pretzel cartoon strip (1)

pretzel refusing to come back into the apartment

extremely excited to come in because he heard the magic words "who wants a treat treat??"

haha, only to realize he has been duped....again!



birdy privileges

Over the weekend, Pretzel and I walk to the market for our morning walks to grab some freshly grinded soy bean milk for breakfast.  For the past month, I have been wondering why there is a giant rack erected outside a strip of HDB flats and I finally figured out why.  It is quite cool how this rack is for bird lovers!  It is an opportunity for the bird owners to hang their birds up and chill around with other bird owners while the birds go singing away.

the thought that this rack is for people to hang clothes crossed my mind when it was empty and no bird cages were hanging on it

the chord is kind of like a pulley system, you would hang your bird onto a hook and then pull it up onto the rack

rainy days and mondays get me down

Mondays get me down a little, Pretzel gets major depressed on rainy days because he cannot go outside and frolic.  Since moving to Singapore, he has become even more stubborn and insistent regarding the need to bond and be united with nature twice a day!

It is not possible to bring him out for his ritualistic peeing when it is hailing with thunder, and rather than letting go of the pee he has been holding for over 14 hours, he decided he can still wait it out and determined the rain will eventually stop.  The crazy dog really had to go, I can see him all curled up and slightly licking his little tummy, as if to soothe himeself, it’s ridiculous!    It is true, the older the dogs, the more stubborn they become.

i am a sad little dog because it's raining outside

sigh, the rain just won't let up

ack! the rain has stopped adn the birds are chirping! Hurry hurry, I need to go outside NOW!


World Animal Day

The Sunday Times

October 4th is dedicated to “world animal day”, and since I share many moments with Pretzel,  I would like to dedicate a post in his honor.  The Sunday Times is planning on running a feature on this day and I have decided to submit a picture of Pretzel and a special little message to him to share with the world.

Name:  Pretzel

Breed:  Maltese

Age:  5 1/2 years old

Sex:  A big boy though always cry like a baby girl

Caption:  Seeing him chasing and playing with his  toys and then suddenly running and leaping into my arms make flying
him from Canada to Hong Kong and then to Singapore totally worth it.   I am proud of my crazy hyperactive ADHD dog.

The message written to pretzel

zipping through nanyang university campus

I discovered the friendly green trails at the campus, which is just 5 minutes from where I’m living, so I know how much Pretzel would love zip zapping through he patches on greens unleashed.  There is no better day than a Sunday morning to let him do this, so we headed over to the campus for him to zap out his own energy.  It reminded me of the happy times back at my own school campus at the University of British Columbia, ahhh..theose were great times!

come get me!

pretzel would like to introduce a mosaic art piece in the middle of the grassy lawn

you can tell my how happy pretzel is right?

A weird and unexpected encounter dampened my morning a bit, but blah, it’s over.  I thought it would be fun to let pretzel off leash since no one goes to school on Sunday, but I wish there were people around, gawd!  This guy just came up to me and he was being persistent while I tried getting out of his sight!  Because Pretzel is getting high on the grass, he’s just jumping and lunging all over the place and the guy kind of stopped to watch him and started talking to me, which is totally fine,  But then, within one minute, he was like asking me for my phone number and shaking my hand and kissing my hand and then asking me to kiss him on the cheek.  I don’t know if living in HK for the past 4 years have turned me frigid, but seriously, within one minute, is that normal in Singapore?!?  I found out within minutes that it is not normal and common in Singapore within shooting out an email inquiry to friends.  I was scared and wanted to leave and he keeps following me when I chase after pretzel to get him leashed up , OMG, and all this happened before 9am!!  When I need protection from Pretzel and his usual barking and baring of fangs at strangers, they do not occur!  Then a little while later, this guy with a baby girl came around and started playing with Pretzel and saved me from the weirdo, he was very nice, and I think he kind of knows because he stayed with me for awhile, whew!

posing along pretty red bushes

do not disturb

maybe it’s the weather

Pretzel has picked up a weird habit on sitting on plastic bags after I developed the habit of just dropping plastic bags on the floor.

Maybe it is the weather that makes him want to just rest his tushy on something soft rather than the floor?

let's take a nap

still not moving from the plastic bag even though mommy keep calling my name, but i'll wag my tail in response

ok mommy! Getting up from the pile of bags!

Doggy closet cleaning

I have no idea pretzel has so many clothes hidden on his shelf, this is a classic example of impulse purchasing!

watching mommy dig through my pile of shirts

haha, i forgot pretzel has a life jacket for swimming

tada! Folded pretzel's piles of clothes neatly for shipping

pretzel has 2 man purses! He's posing with the bigger one, the other one is bright red, keke

Pet moving caveats

So I found out pet moving can be very stressful and full of paperwork, especially if you’re importing a dog into a rabies-free country, ie.  Singapore.  This is not the first time little Pretzel has relocated, but I absolutely do not remember going through such stress importing him into Hong Kong from Canada.  I remember staying up late to work out the time zone difference to call the fishery department of HK to ask about the application procedure, and the long wait on the phone for the cargo department of Cathay Pacific to pick up so I can reserve a seat for Pretzel, but not all the medical steps involved like I have to do in HK to satisfy the Singapore authorities.  AAAAAHHHHHH, ACCCKKKK!!!

Since a third of Singapore population is made up of expatriates, it might be useful for others thinking of relocation to plan with plenty of time ahead!  I also recommend getting a professional pet export company to help with the move, especially since moving the human is already plenty of stress.  The most important thing to note is to plan at least 3 months ahead for the dog.  The dog needs to prove rabies antibody in the system, so after getting the rabies shot, you must wait 1 month before doing the antibody test.  For me, the struggle came when I realized not every country in the world conduct rabies test.  I seriously thought it would take a maximum of 5 business days to get the blood results.  Nope!  The blood needs to be courier to the UK to conduct the rabies test, which pushes me back at least another 3-4 weeks.  There are only 3 countries in the world that test for rabies and they are the US, UK, and Japan; so unless you’re relocating from those countries, expect one month before the blood test be returned to the vet and you can proceed with other vaccinations.

There seems to be a big trail of paperwork from the Singapore authorities as well, which you cannot request and sign for your pet until you have received the rabies test.  I have heard if you are doing it personally instead of through a pet immigration company, it can take quite awhile and lots of followup with the authorities before an import license can be granted.  If you have a pet immigration company to represent you, they could get the license and all the paperwork completed within a week, so you can finalize the flight for yourself and the pet.

I have chosen a pet export company to help me out, it seems very professional, and the service fees seem quite fair to me.  The company will personally pick Pretzel up and bring him for his all his shots and blood work, that would save a lot of time for me and I know all the necessary shots have been implemented.  I’m flying the same flight as him on Cathay Pacific, so I can pick him up in Singapore while he’s being examined by vets at immigration.  The best part is there will be a car that drive me and the dog to the airport in HK and to my new home once I am in Singapore.

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