Friday, November 28, 2008

Storm Warning

In Dark Age Europe storms were associated with the Norse goddess Freya who traveled about on the crest of a storm in her chariot pulled by two smashing looking felines. As Freya was the bringer of fertility and love but also death and magic, dog owners appreciated advance warning from their pets that Freya was on the way.

The Welsh kept pet dogs to warn them of the presence of the hounds of Annwn and the red-eyed Gwyllgi, both supernatural spectres that forecast death. In the rest of the British Isles devilish dog spirits were called Bargest, Gytrash, Black Shuck. Skryker, and Ronguer d’Os aka the Bone Crusher.

In Ancient China barking dogs meant the presence of ghosts. Mediums would smear a little fluid from a dog’s eye on their own in order to see these ghosts too.

Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, there's no denying dogs can predict an incoming storm so accurately that you’re better off deciding if you should take in your laundry on your dog’s recommendation than on what you can see in the sky or what yesterday’s weather report said.

Check out tomorrow's Dog Talk article in the print version of the Weekender in the Malaysian national daily The Star.

In the meantime, here are some links to further information on dog superstitions and thunderstorms.

Devil Dogs

Encyclopfdia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World (Volume II)

Fiske, John, 1842-1901 Myths and myth-makers: Old Tales and Superstitions Interpreted by Comparative Mythology

Paul Henri Thiry Holbach, 1723-1789 Superstition In All Ages (1732)Common Sense (English)

Charles Southwell Superstition Unveiled

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Libra Cat

We're not sure when exactly Target was born but from looking at Cat Scope that arrived in the email this morning, I think he's a Libra.

Today's cat scope says to libras "If you're cuddling, go all-out and really show the humans how it works! You've got so much good energy running through you that you can hardly believe how deep it all can get when you try."

Target has been a complete cuddlebug all morning so this looks like it fits.

Happy Cats On Tuesday! For more cats, click on the link in the box below or visit Gatinna

Cuddle me please!

Friday, November 21, 2008


It's been raining the last few days so Au and Target are stuck in the house. But they're not bored! They have running wrestling matches up and downstairs, on the rug, on the sofa, in the kitchen.... It's cat wrestle mania time :-)

For more about Au and Target, check out Katz Tales in the print version of the Weekender in the Malaysian national English daily, The Star.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

COT Crashed Out Cat

Au has been out all night and is now collapsed on the sofa in his best Napoleon pose.

Happy COT!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dog Talk Dangerous Dogs

Dogs are not enjoying much good press this week. The world media showed pictures of President Bush’s dog, Barney, biting Reuters reporter John Decker last weekend. At the same time Singapore headlines revealed politicians are mulling a dangerous dog policy that would forbid some types of fighting dogs to live in Singapore.
Thor, a 7 week old American Pit Bull Terrier asleep in his bed.
This week's Dog Talk in the Weekend section of The Star, the Malaysian national daily, takes a look why dogs bite and dangerous dog legislation.

As promised, here are some extra resources:

How to stop your puppy biting

Another how to stop your puppy biting article

Best barking dogs

Worst guard dogs

Best security dogs

Spoof: dog bites reporter: why he did it

BBC how to fend off a dangerous dog

Wikipedia Dangerous Dog Act

Wikipedia Dog Attack and Dog Bite

PS these images courtesy of WikiCommons. Top is Thor, a 7 week old American Pit Bull Terrier asleep in his bed. Bottom is an adult American Pit Bull Terrier out for a walk while wearing a muzzle and leash.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WW: Guess What This Is

I took this picture in Chengdu, Shichuan, China last week. Guess what people would do here. Answer is in the first comment space....

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chengdu and Sulky Cats

I've been in Chengdu in China all last week, courtesy of SilkAir, Chengdu Tourism Board and Sheraton Hotel Chengdu. It was terrific! If you can make it over, I definately recommend it.

While I had a whale of a time, the cats were not amused. Au saw me pack and left home immediately. He sat in our neighbour's garden and wouldn't even say goodbye. Target was all curious and when I left the last thing I saw was his sad little face at the garden gate.

They weren't left at home alone; Tom was here to serve them. But cats being conservative creatures, both would rather we kept together - always. And preferably less than 1 meter apart at any time.

When I came back Target flung himself at me but Au turned his back.

Au says, "Speak to the tail!"

Our senior cat only made up with me when he realised he needed my cooperation to get at his ham that we keep in the fridge. But even so, relations remain somewhat frigid. I can see I'll have to bribe him with chicken tomorrow.

It's going to be a while before Au snuggles up to me companionably with his trademark tail-on-foot - his way of giving a cuddle.

I need some days to get my pics in order so will do pics on Wednesday. In the meantime this is how I got to Chengdu and where I stayed:

Silk Air is efficient and friendly. Flights are three times weekly from Singapore to Chengdu, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight time is about 4hr 35mins. Promo fare for all-inclusive return to Chengdu starts from SGD600. Bookings are to be made by 30 November 2008. Valid for travel before 31 March 2009. Check here for more about Chengdu attractions. Or visit the Tourism Board here for more info.

The Sheraton in Chengdu is a 5 star hotel with 6 star service. Freindly, luxurious, yet the staff are friendly and helpful without that glazed look you so often get in places that guarantee doing the job right but have that impersonal touch. Check here for more about rooms and options.

Happy COT! For more kitties visit Gattina.