Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jojo's Message about Animal Day

Cruelty to animals is commonplace in Malaysia. One owner reported his dog Turbo was recently taking from his home and beaten to death by dog catchers. You can read his blog entry here.

But there are some people who are trying to make things better.

Jojo is the Friends Furry Farm three legged spokes dog who helps raise the profile of our pet friends in Malaysia.

I'm handing (or pawing?) this week's Tuesday cat post over to his message:

Hi there! How is everyone getting on ? A very interesting and exciting event will be happening in town......soon.

Yes, its The Celebration of World Animal Day!!! Woof ! Woof !

Venue : Bangsar Village Shopping Center 1
Time : 10am to 7pm
Date : 4th October 2008 ( Saturday )

Lots of fun and exciting Animal Welfare Activities awaiting you and your pets to participate.

And yes, Joy and I on behalf of all rescued furry kids at the farm will be Thanking You on this special day.

I am getting real excited to take part in the World Animal Dog Walk and to pose as one of the models in the Children's Art Competition. ( Children aged between 8 to 12 years old )

Well, I think the happiest moment will be the celebration of Furry Friends Farm's 2nd
Anniversary !! Let us get together to sing merrily “ Happy Birthday To Furry Friends Farm......”

A special soap called The Samak Soap will be introduced to Muslim Dog handlers.
Also, we will be handing out THE ' SPY ' KIT to all participants in the World Animal Day Dog Walk . Want to know more about THE ' SPY ' KIT ? Come and join us with your pets, you will discover how wonderful and important about this ' SPY ' KIT.

Dr Babe, Dr Kylie and Dr Sugar will be looking forward to your dogs to sign up for the 4th Dr Dog Examination in November. We will then find out if your dog is qualified to be one of the Dr Dog Malaysia.

We will also be meeting our Feline Guests from the Pet Finder.

Woof ! Woof ! See you there !!!

From your Special Friend , Jojo ( Furry Friends Farm's 2nd Ambassador )

For more information about this exciting event, please call :

Chris Chan - 019-3803650 or email to chanchristina63@yahoo.com
Siew Siew - 012-3772328 or email to mantaray60@hotmail.com

Furry Friends Farm does good work in helping rescue and rehouse strays, promote dogs as therapy assistants and much more. Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lonely Cats

Of all the animal myths that float about, one of the most perplexing and enduring insists that cats are solitary creatures by nature. The truth is that cats have extended families and live according to a complicated code of social behaviour. Check out Katz Tales in tomorrow's print version of The Star Weekend section.

For a paper on what happens to kids and other species when deprived of social contact, check History Module: The Devastating Effects of Isolation on Social Behaviour.

Also in tomorrow's Star: Cat Duo Seeks Loving Home!
Moe and Ginger (pic right) were born somewhere around January 2008. These two cats are siblings. Both cats are very affectionate and friendly. They adore visitors and love to rub themselves on your feet. And they love to pose whenever a camera is around!

Moe and Ginger are vaccinated and neutered. They are looking for a loving home that will take them in together. For enquiries, call the SPCA Penang at 604-2816559 or email spca4060@streamyx.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

COT Pet Rock Scoop

Scoop passed away a year and three days ago. We still miss our big cat. He was such a great person: his corkscrew tail, his deafening meows that got him the nickname "the marching band" and his unfailing appetite for chicken liver and killing rats.... he was a good friend.

Anyway, Sook Yeng sent me a gift for a pet rock made by Suzi Chua. And here he is! Isn't he glorious?

Click here to see how he was made.

Happy COT!

Friday, September 19, 2008

FInd Your Furry Soul Mate

Think you want a dog but not sure what sort of dog suits you? This week's Dog Talk article in the Weekend section of the Malaysian national daily The Star discusses 6 steps to finding your furry soul mate.

And as promised, here are some useful URLs:

Dog Breed Selector Quiz An interactive quiz that matches your requirements with suitable breeds.

Dogs That Need Lots of Exercise Border Collies, Dalmatians, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and more.

Dogs That Need Less Exercise Dachshunds, English Toy Spaniels, French Bulldogs and more.

Also, check out Minnie looking sweet and shy in a grass field.

Minnie is a 2 year old Sharpei crossbreed. She is spayed, vaccinated, de-wormed and heartworm free. She has a very smooth short coat that’s easy to maintain, and is the size of a Shit-Tzu.

Minnie is quite timid but very, very loving once she gets to know you. She needs someone very gentle who will spend a lot of time with her. If you want to adopt her, please email sabrinayeap AT gmail.com or sms to 016-6319018.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

COT: Nicknames

Dragonheart and Merlin posted a list of their nicknames last Thursday and it got me thinking about the other names we call Au and Target. It reveals a bit of character - theirs and mine - and our relationship too.

See what I mean by looking at their "other" names. Au's nicknames are followed by an A, Target's by a T, and ones that apply to both with an A and a T.

Fuzz face (A, T)
Squeezlebug (A,T)
Cat-Kur-Squizzle (A, T)
Squeezle-bug-fluff (A,T)
Cat fluff (A, T)
Mr Kitty (A)
Big kitty on the block (A)
You little bugger! (A)
Fuzzily wuzzily (T only because A objects!)
Mr Snizzles (T)
Little tail (T)

Au is a big man cat who's not much into hugs but he tolerates me quite well and let's me hug him every day - not too much though in case I am spoiled. And guess what I call him when he demands a treat to show his power over us and walks away without eating it!

Target is a very soft kitty who adores cuddles and baby talk. He's not at all worried about being called fuzzily wuzzily little tail snizzles sweetie... Mind you, it's early days and when he's older he may be put a limit on that sort of stuff.

Thanks for the great idea Dragonheart and Merlin!

Happy Tuesday :-) and be sure to visit Gattina the home of Cats On Tuesday.

Friday, September 12, 2008

House Lions

When you live with a longhaired cat, is shaving some of the floofy stuff off a good idea? I went to meet the Spice Cats a little while ago and discovered there's something to be said for lion cuts.

Check out lion cuts and the Spice Cats in Katz Tales tomorrow in the print version of The Star, Weekender section.

And int eh meantime check out Sesame here looking rather cute. Photo stolen with permission from Sharlene who is mum/personal slave to the Spice Cats.

And as promised, here are some links:

Spice Cats
This blog belongs to Pepper, Ginger, Garlic and Sesame. Click on the lion cut tag in the right margin for more pics.

Local blog about Poppy the longhaired cat who lives with shorthaired pal Meow-Meow.

How To Groom Your Cat
An excellent short intro to cat grooming and basic tools. The corner-mounted comber idea sounds terrific!

Cat Grooming Videos
Learn about cat grooming from an expert with these handy videos. Note: as cats have extremely delicate skin, lion cuts are best left to a professional.

Malaysia Pet Finder
If you want to adopt a cat (or better still, two cats!) check out this resource.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

COT: Weird Au

When Au was a kitten, he liked to watch water swirling down sinks, drains and toilet bowls. He hasn't done it for ages but last week he marched into the bathroom, propped his front paws up on the loo rim, and demanded I flush. When I did as he asked, he shouted MEOW-OW! with loud abandon and demanded I did it again.

The following day he elbowed me out of the way so he could watch water swirling into the mop bucket. As you can see, he's just fascinated.

Anyone else live with a cat who is into this type of entertainment?

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, September 05, 2008

World's Smallest Dog: the Chihuahua

Dog Talk tomorrow in the print section of The Star is all about Chihuahuas. And here as promised are some great online resources:

Pet Health Chihuahua One page pet summary worth checking out.

American Kennel Club Chihuahua page Simple, useful, informative.

About Chihuahuas, British Chihuahua Club Simple, useful, informative.

The Chihuahua Is A Chihuahua if you want to adopt a Chihuahua, don't be caught out by unscrupulous traders trying to sell "special" breeds.

Making sense of sex appeal Why big eyes, little noses etc make people and Chihuahuas so lovable.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

COT: Fuzzy but Cute

Target quite likes to have his picture taken. I was trying to get the focus point right when snapping him the other day when he decided to help out a bit by pulling the camera chord towards him. The result is fuzzy but cute - just like Target!