Wednesday Woofs {No. 05}

August 24, 2011 § 13 Comments

Have you ever thought what it would be like to one day pack up all your belongings, leave the familiar home that you’ve come to know so well, bid farewell to family and friends, and sojourn for a year or more in a completely new and foreign land? For one Californian husband and wife duo, this is the adventure they have embarked on.

Jeffrey and Flora are currently residing in Singapore and, from the articles in their travelogue, it looks like they are making remarkable memories out of this lifetime experience. It is no wonder that Jeffrey and Flora’s blog was recently nominated as a finalist in the Best Travel Blog category of the 2011 Singapore Blog Awards—quite an amazing feat for two newbies in Singapore! [Editorial Note: I have been living in Singapore for six years and have yet to acquire the same level of expertise. I have a lot of catching up to do!]

What intrigued me about this adventurous pair (besides our shared interest in travel) is their love for their family companions, Lord Stanley and Little Joe—two Bedlington Terriers who travelled across the ocean to join Jeffrey and Flora in tropical Singapore. How has life been like for these two canine expats? Flora gives us the inside scoop—read on to find out!

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Tell us a little bit about how your two adorable Bedlington Terriers, Lord Stanley and Little Joe, entered your lives. Is there a story behind their unique names, as well?

A few years ago after we finished school and got married, Jeff and I were finally ready to add a dog to our family. Jeff really liked the look of Bedlingtons, so we did our research and discovered that this breed would actually suit our urban lifestyle quite well. They are smart, active, and have such great personalities. They’re also great apartment dogs. We spent a lot of time learning about the breed and looking for breeders, only to confirm that this breed was the one for us. Months later, Stan came into our lives.

Part of my research about the breed included signing up for a Bedlington mailing list, and it was through this list that I found Little Joe. He was given back to my breeder from a family that no longer wanted him, and my breeder was looking to find him a forever home. I called her up and said I wanted him, and now he’s a part of our family. He had some odd habits and trust issues from his last family, but he’s opened up so much in the past two years. He’s a testament to the fact that love really does heal wounds.

Their names have to do with our love of hockey. We named Stan (a.k.a. Lord Stanley) after the Stanley Cup, the trophy given to the best team in the National Hockey League at the end of the season. When Joe came around, we added the “Little” to his name after one of our favorite hockey players, Joe “Little Joe” Pavelski. In keeping with this hockey theme, we plan on naming all future dogs after NHL trophies.

What brings you to sunny Singapore? And how did the decision arrive to have Stan and Joe join the both of you in Singapore?

The opportunity to move to Singapore came about because of Jeff’s work–he transferred to his company’s Singapore office a year ago. There was no question that we would bring Stan and Joe to Singapore with us. They’re a part of our family and it would have been really depressing for us without them in our daily lives.

[Editorial Note: Jeffrey and Flora’s blog provides an informative and detailed account of their experience exporting/importing Stan and Joe out of the US and into Singapore. For anyone who may be curious about the process, Flora’s post of FAQs is a great starting point.]

What were some of the biggest adjustments Stan and Joe had to face living in a new environment and how did you help them to overcome those issues?

I get asked this question a lot, but to be honest the dogs adjusted really quickly to Singapore. I don’t think they liked the plane ride or the 10 days in quarantine, but they got over it as soon as they came home. They are used to living in apartments, so getting in the elevator to go on walks is completely normal to them. I kept their feeding and walking schedule pretty much exactly as it was in the US. The heat can get to them sometimes, so I make sure their hair is never too long and I avoid walking them during the middle of the day.

One thing I miss is socializing them with other dogs at dog parks. Although there are a few dog parks in Singapore, they are far from me and I don’t have a car.

How would you describe a typical day in the life of Stan and Joe in Singapore? Is it any different from when you were all based in California?

A typical day starts around 8 am, when the dogs let me know they’re ready to go outside. Usually it’s Stan who tells me he has to go potty by rustling the curtains of the bedroom door. Then we come back and eat breakfast. Most days I stay home with them, but if I have appointments or errands to run they are well-behaved and stay home alone. I take them out to pee in the early afternoon, and again right before dinner time. Then everyone has dinner together. After dinner, we hang out together and Jeff usually throws toys and tennis balls around the house for Stan. Right before we all go to bed, the dogs go on one final potty break for the day. Then it’s lights out. The dogs sleep in dog beds next to my side of the bed.

Singapore is a great launching pad for short getaways to neighbouring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. When you’re both away from home and exploring other parts of this region, is there a boarding place in Singapore where Stan and Joe go for their own mini-vacation?

All our travel would not be possible without The Paws Resort. They are reasonably priced and even come pick our dogs up before we take off on a trip. Whenever The Paws Resort calls to let me know they’re here to pick up the dogs, Stan and Joe get so excited. Our dogs are so smart; they can tell when I’m talking to the kennel staff on the phone and they start barking and scratching at the door. I’m always sad to send them off to the kennel, but it’s comforting knowing that my dogs love staying there and that the staff keeps me updated on them while I’m away.

If Lord Stanley and Little Joe could lead a walking tour, which three places in Singapore would be at the top of their itinerary?

Since we don’t have a car and don’t really go anywhere far from home, Joe and Stan would probably just take you to East Coast Park. We moved to the East Coast of Singapore so they could have space to roam around and go on long walks.

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Thank you, Flora, for taking the time to correspond with us in this interview. You may wish to know that our Lil’ Miss Maple couldn’t agree more with Stan and Joe’s choice of East Coast Park. This lovely green oasis by the beach is right up there on Maple’s list of favourite places in Singapore. She’s wondering if Stan and Joe have ever tried grabbing a coconut from one of the food vendors at East Coast Park—nothing beats a refreshing sip of coconut juice after a long walk! Until then, happy tails and travels.

All images have been re-published with permission from Flora Morena de Thompson.

Wednesday Woofs {No. 04}

August 10, 2011 § 8 Comments

It feels like decades have gone by since our last ‘Wednesday Woofs’ edition! For those who have yet to be acquainted with ‘Wednesday Woofs’, this is a special segment in which we feature an interview with a newly discovered blogger and their furry pawpal(s).

When I first stumbled upon the website, PUPARAZZA, I knew immediately that this was one unique blog that required some friendly interrogation. Who is the person behind the camera of PUPARAZZA? Where does this puparazza find her fashionably cute subjects? And how can a celebrity-wannabe like Miss Maple be ‘caught’ on film? Enquiring minds want to know!

In this week’s ‘Wednesday Woofs’ article, we will learn a little bit about Ryan Hebert, the Atlanta Georgian behind PUPARAZZA and a very talented professional photographer with her own smashing portfolio of fashion and interior design shoots. I hope you’ll enjoy reading snippets of our interview and be inspired to hone your own paparazza, I mean, puparazza skills!

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The idea of a tail-chasing paparazzo following hot on the paws of some very fashionable four-legged human companions is ingenious. What was the inspiration or motivation behind PUPARAZZA?

My partner has her own dog walking business, Britt Walks Dogs, and we thought it would be fun if we joined forces. I enjoy blogging and thought why not make a doggy style blog, like the satorialist, but of our four-legged friends. As for the name of the blog, a female paparazzo is a paparazza. So take away pap, add pup, and there ya go!

It takes a fair amount of courage and confidence to approach a complete stranger and request a photo of their dog, without appearing like a suspicious dog-napper! How do you handle such encounters and develop a friendly rapport with the people and dogs that you meet?

Courage, not so much but good running shoes yes! It usually involves me running across the street, to catch up with an adorable or fashionable pup.  The funniest example I have of this was when I spotted Reid Ewing from the TV show Modern Family with his dog. 

I pulled a U-turn, parked illegally and ran over to him panting like a race horse (bet you thought I was going to say dog haha). We had a nice conversation. He was very gregarious and very much in love with his adorable little rescue dog, Racky. As for developing a friendly rapport, I have always enjoyed interacting with complete strangers which is good since I am a photographer. My favorite author, David Sedaris, puts it best, “I always depend on the kindness of strangers.”

Four-leggers are not the only subject of interest in your diverse portfolio of work. As a photographer, what other projects have you taken on and what has been your favorite shoot so far? 

My biggest passion in life is traveling, immersing myself in new places, meeting new people, and learning about other cultures. I  love shooting all kinds of people and subcultures. The photos I am most proud of are a series I did of refugee women that I volunteer teaching English to from the International Rescue Committee, a resettlement organization here in Atlanta. Currently, I am editing some photos from a trip I took to Nicaragua.  While I was there, I shot some photos of adoptable dogs for an organization called Building New Hope that, among other services, runs a health clinic for street animals to alleviate their suffering and to curb their population. The facility provides a much needed community health service by reducing dog bites, rabies, parasites and flea and tic infestation. Check them out.  They are always accepting volunteers!

Your career involves quite a bit of travel to different places and locales. Is there any one particular city that has impressed you with its dog-friendly environment and fashion-forward pooches?

I find myself in Venice Beach, California, a lot for photo shoots and the pups there, like their ‘handlers,’ are very fashion-forward and seem to set the trends for the rest of us. 

I also recently went to the Castro District in San Francisco and have never seen so many doggies and babies in my life. It is like a doggie/baby wonderland. It seems like a really great place to raise a family. It is incredibly dog-friendly, community-oriented, and progressive.

You and your partner have a 5-year old rescue dog named Tully. Tell us a little more about how Tully entered your lives.

My partner adopted Tully from the rescue group, Animal Action Rescue, in Atlanta. (As she says, “It was love at first sight. He’s the only man I’ll ever love.”) Just last week we went to Pet Smart to pick up a new leash for Tully before a hike and fell in love with another rescue, a 1-year-old miniature version of Tully. Needless to say we went for a leash and left with a new addition to our family. 

Her name is Foxy and she is the sweetest thing ever. She is almost perfect. Her only annoying habit is that she has commandeered this one specific throw pillow that used to go on our bed. She enjoys humping it much more than we ever enjoyed using it as a frivolous bed decoration so we have relinquished it to her.

If Tully could direct a photo shoot for a travel advertisement, which one of these destinations would he choose:

(a) A rustic log cabin that extends out onto a pristine freshwater lake surrounded by aromatic pine trees and snow-capped mountains.

(b) A villa resort on a tropical island oasis with beaches made of fine sand and palm trees that sway to the sound of ocean waves.

(c) A picturesque little town where thatched-roof cottages, cobble-stoned streets, and rolling hills evoke a sense of old-world charm.

(d) A modern-chic cafe on a bustling city street at night set against glittering glass skyscrapers and bright neon lights.

Hmmm that’s a hard one.  It is a toss up between (a) and (b), Tully looooves water. I think I am going to have to go with (a) though because I’ve never met a squirrel that lives on a tropical island. 

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Thank you, Ryan, for such a fun and insightful interview! We hope to see more of your photographic encounters with the four-legged fashionistas of the canine world. Meanwhile, Lil’ Miss Maple will carry on wishfully thinking that one fine day she is going to grace the cover of Doggie Vogue 😉

All images have been re-published with permission from Ryan Hebert.

Wednesday Woofs {No. 03}

March 16, 2011 § 4 Comments

OUR WESTIE. TOTO!

 

TOto’s Bio-Data

Nicknames: TOto Fang

Age: 1 year old

Breed: West Highland Terrier

Favourite Food: Homemade peanut butter & flaxseed biscuit

Favourite Toy: ‘Boing Boing’ the red bouncy ball

Favourite Activity: Running in dog park!

Hidden Talents: Drop dead on command!

 

As new pawrents, there is so much anxiety involved in raising a four-legged companion from puppyhood to old age. What has been the most challenging aspect of the journey for you and your hubby?

For me, because of an unpleasant past experience, the challenge I fear most is in having an unruly pet who will pee and poop everywhere in the house and one who will chew up EVERYTHING. I used to have a maltese and the maltese was so unruly, we had to give him away. He pooped/peed everywhere in the house and we had marble floor then—the pee stained the floor. He chewed up so many of my brother’s spectacles, I felt so bad!! I was very young then, and didn’t really understand dogs, plus there wasn’t as much information around in those years. I was so scared that if we aren’t able to train TOto to poop/pee properly, I might grow to resent him and have to give him away.

So the real challenge is to teach TOto where he can do his potty and what he can or cannot chew! Plus both of us don’t have ANY prior experience in teaching a dog how to do that, so we were very worried! But we are lucky and TOto gets the idea quite fast.

You’ve done such an amazing job of tracking TOto’s health and diet on a month-to-month basis. I think it’s great having this kind of detailed information on hand so you can review what works and what doesn’t. How do you keep such organized records? I would love to learn!

Hahaha ‘Organised’? I am such a klutz, so whatever happens I just have to record online ASAP! If not, I won’t remember anything! So anything I want to remember, I update it on TOto’s blog! Plus the pet clinic here has an online record of TOto’s visit, so we can login anytime to check on the dates and the medicines he has taken or used! TOto also have a personal ‘Health’ file where we kept most of his ‘Health’ records! 🙂

And the monthly pills he takes for his heartworm are TAPED to his container where we keep his kibbles so we see that pill EVERYDAY!

You and your hubby made the move from Singapore to Texas quite some time ago. Is there anything you miss about Singapore (besides the obvious, i.e. food!)? How would you compare Texas and Singapore in terms of dog-friendliness?

We miss our friends and family, and the proximity of everything!! Where else can we eat roti prata and teh tarik at 2am in the morning!

It was more than 15 years ago that I had a dog in Singapore so I don’t really know how the dog scene in Singapore has progressed. But in terms of dog friendliness I believe Singapore has a long way to go.

So far, parents that we met here would allow and teach their children the proper way to approach and greet TOto. And they would teach their kiddos to ask us politely beforehand and, after that, would thank us. But in Singapore I believe the reaction would still be,”Tsk! Haiyo, so dirty don’t touch them!!”

And in Texas, there are a lot of pet-friendly restaurants and cafes that we can choose from that accept dogs in their patios. And almost every weekend, there will be some dog events in the vicinity that we can bring TOto.

Plus the dog parks here are HUGE. I really dread the day that I have to bring TOto back to Singapore. I really don’t know where I can bring TOto for his weekly unleashed run!

If TOto could follow you and your hubby on a dream vacation, where would that be and what would be the highlight of the trip?

I think it would be Europe. We read that the countryside is VERY dog friendly and dogs can go on the train and go up the mountains to hike! Reading about it made us so EXCITED! TOto loves travelling, and we enjoyed driving him everywhere. I guess all moments will be the highlight! But so far we have not brought TOto for a proper vacation! *Hint Hint to Hubs!*

I bet TOto receives a lot of female attention for being a handsome little hunk of fur. If TOto could have a crush on any female celebrity, who would he make his moves on?

Hahahaha, I guess his ‘taste’ would be the same as his Daddy; Jennifer Love Hewitt! But Mommy will only approve of Jennifer Aniston!! But from what we see, he will leave with any pretty lady that walks by! Sometimes he is so into the girls, we have to whistle so hard to bring him back to us! Hahaha, so embarrassing!

Thanks so much for sharing with the readers of Happy.Bark.Days insights into your life with TOto. We all know it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, but there’s so much more that dogs teach us. What is the greatest lesson that TOto has taught you?

Sometimes you just have to stop doing everything, sit at the patio, relax and watch the world go by…

Learn more about Our Westie. TOto! Click here.

 

Wednesday Woofs {No. 02}

March 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

Kalyxcornucopia

Baxter’s Bio-Data

Nicknames: Too many to list completely,  but here are a few that come to mind: tiny chumley, little kielbasa, tiny boyfriend, & baby dog. Oh, and schlomo schneebly!

DOB: 12 December 2006

Breed: Dachshund

Favourite Food: Ooh, hard one.  I did a test once where I put out kibble, a milkbone, and rawhide, and he totally went for the rawhide, so let’s say that. Now, favourite FORBIDDEN treat? kitty kibble. And um, the kind of delicious treat that comes from that special box they dig in.

Favourite Toy: Duk duk for general  buddying around, peanut buttered kong toy and rawhide stuffed blue ballie for the tasty gifts they offer within, and when B is feeling a little wolfy, anything squeaky or stuffed!

Favourite Activity: Sleeping, hunting, eating, going for rideys, dancing

Hidden Talents: Ha, nothing is hidden with boy who has a daily blog, a facebook fan page, and twitter. I think Baxter would say his most underappreciated talent is making poopie snakes. Which he occasionally brags about on facebook.  Picture free, thankfully.

 

The name of your blog is “Kalyxcornucopia”. Now that’s a tongue-twister! Is there a story behind this distinctive name?

I suspect your readers could come up with a more interesting story than the reality behind it.  There was no master plan. Baxter’s blog was started very much on a whim, and after I struck out time after time during registration with the more obvious names that had dachshund in it, I decided that the path to instant gratification was paved with misspelled words and unsual pairings. And lo and behold, nobody had kalyxcornucopia. Surprise surprise, right?  🙂
Baxter is a rescue dog whom you adopted in 2007. It’s amazing how well Baxter has adapted to your home and life. Was the journey a smooth one? What kind of hiccups did you face and how did you persevere through them?

Yep, late 2007, after our sweet boys before him passed.  I have to give major props to our DRNA (Dachshund Rescue of North America) friends for having connected us with him.  They do a wonderful job screening both the pups and the people, so between that and having owned three other dachshunds before him, we knew what we were in for.  In Baxter’s case, he was mainly overweight and lacked confidence.  So we did lots of walkies and food management those first few months.  Accident wise, Baxter was already pretty much housetrained when we got him, only we both needed to adjust to our new schedules so I wanna say it took a week before we were accident free.  I also took up DRNA’s suggestion to take him to a good training class.  Baxter was too old for puppy training so we enrolled in an 8 week  AKC Good Citizenship class and it really did wonders for the both of us and our relationship.  Healthwise,  we did have a few cases of digestive issues which culminated into a bout with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, which I’d say was the most memorable hiccup of his early life with us.  And the only time since we’ve had him that we were apart for the night.

Poodles are sometimes stereotyped as aristocratic, it’s-my-way-or-the-highway, drama queens. Yes, Miss Little Red Maple Leaf can be somewhat moody at times but, then again, aren’t our four-legged companions allowed to have their good days and bad days just like their pawrents? Are there any misconceptions about Dachshunds that you would like to demystify?

Ha, lemme think about some of the stereotypes out there. Amazingly adorable? Check. Chowhound?  Yeah, that fits. Stubborn? Well, it depends on how the owner leads his or her pack, really.  Barky? Well, aside from the need to socialize any dog, think about where the dachshund is coming from.  Shortest guy in the room.  Kid magnet.  Cute.  Everybody looking at him or her with these weird mesmerized eyes and making kooky noises.  What’s not to protest in that case?  Sometimes, most times, a doxie just needs its space.  Take the really bad rap that doxies  get for not necessarily being great with kids.   If the kid hasn’t been trained properly in how to greet a dog, then yes, a doxie (or any dog) may well react poorly.  Think about how threatened you might feel if  a stranger five times taller than you came running at you full bore and got right in your face.  Now, I’m not saying this should not be addressed.  Training is always critical. And ongoing.

You have a great eye for visual images. How did you develop your interest in photography? Mind if we ask what equipment you use?

Why thanks! I have to say I’m not sure I’d say I am interested in photography per se.  I don’t know my f-stop from my apertures or any of that kind of thing.  But just as some people are musically inclined, I guess I am very much a visual person.   My brother and I used to spend the summers of our youth with our grandparents and aunts and uncles, who all had varying degrees of artistic sensibilities, come to think of it.  We were little sponges back then.  Always in their faces, always in their business.  No doubt, we absorbed.  So I have to throw in an old lady rant and say this, parents today seem to worry an awful lot about making sure their kids are entertained, making sure they are cool by letting their kids hang out at the mall with other kids, but I say, limit all that. A bored kid surrounded by adults actively pursuing their own interests, perhaps even being encouraged to “help”, is so much better off.  I didn’t really go to school to know what I know.  I lived it.   (Ha, that sounds a little too confident.  I’m still living it, still learning!)

Camerawise, I started off blogging with a Sony Cybershot T50 which I still would use today had I not wanted a camera that delivered even better results in low light conditions.   And yippee! Santa Boyfriend delivered a Sony Cybershot DSC-T9 this past Christmas! 🙂

“Kalyxcraftopia” is your Etsy line. Tell us a little bit about your shop.

Right now it seems very much Baxter’s shop, with all his little paper goodies and elmer fudd flapjack hats  peppered between those Messages in a Doxies!  I originally set it up in part because I thought I could sell the custom dapper doxie duds http://www.etsy.com/shop/kalyxcraftopia thru Etsy, but I found that the alchemy process didn’t marry well with the way I needed to work the custom dud process.  So, it’s now a place for happy little treasures that I’ve made, often dachshund themed or Baxter inspired, but it’s also home to goodies for humans, too, when I have the time to make and post them.  It’s a bit difficult to characterize my shop – I have an interest in metalworking and etching metal, but I also like to sew and just make stuff in general.  I have to say for the most part, texture and color are big players in my work.
The ‘Dapper Doxie Duds’ (harness vests) are so cute! Do you plan on creating more designs? Perhaps a lighter version for canines living in the tropics? *hint, hint*

Hee hee, well, I think there are four doxies at the moment living in the Singaporean tropics that are happy little dud owners. The very cute dodo & momo  were kind enough to pick me to help them a little with their wardrobe, and  the very squeeful dino & fluffy also got a little dose of harness happy last year.  I must say there is a bit of a tradeoff between lightness and sturdiness.  I generally make my duds with an inner layer of bottomweight fabric and they are reinforced with strips of webbing along the spine because dachshunds can be pullers.  My theory, and it could be wrong, is that if it’s too hot to wear a dud out, it’s probably too hot for the dog to be out.  At least for any long period of time anyway. 

Hmm, I always wonder what I might want to do next with duds, but I never know the answer until I am faced with the challenge.  That’s how butterfly wings came about, it’s how capes came about, how sporty duds came about, and even corseted wonders came about.  I don’t really offer much ready to wear.  My niche is all about being able to create something fabulous with a specific doxie in mind, and making sure that it fits well. 

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. If Baxter could join the conversation with the readers of Happy.Bark.Days, what words of wisdom would he like to impart?

When in doubt, bark first and ask questions later!  🙂

Learn more about Kalyxcornucopia! Click here.

Wednesday Woofs {No. 01}

March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

These days, it seems that everyone has a personal weblog—a place in which to rant, rave, and review everything under the sun. Who can you find inhabiting the blogosphere? Well, there are angst-ridden teenagers huffing and puffing about the unfairness of life; caffeine-addicted college students philosophizing about worldly affairs; fledgling writers waiting for their big break; globe-trotting foodies eating their way around the world; and the list goes on.  
 
Even more amusing, however, is that pets are now bloggers, too! Yes—dogs, cats, birds, and hamsters have found their voices in cyberspace. When I first began blogging about The Adventures of Miss Little Red Maple Leaf, I thought I would be treading in deep waters. After all, who blogs about their dogs? 
 
Apparently, many do! There is a vast community of dog bloggers and it is my pleasure to introduce you to three weblogs that have caught my eye. The first (alphabetically) in this series is Coff&Baub Co.
  

Coff&Baub Co

Coffee’s Bio-Data

Nicknames: Kopi, Kopi O, Koh Hee, pweety girl, fatty bom bom

DOB: 28 Oct 2007

Breed: Toy Schnoodle (Mum is a Black & Silver Mini Schnauzer, Father is a Red Toy Poodle)

Favourite Food: Raw Meats

Favourite Toy: Soft Toy Ball & Rat

Favourite Activity: Loves to play chase and hide & seek

Hidden Talents: None. Haha.

 

Baubles’ Bio-Data

Nicknames: Babu..Babu Singh

DOB: 25 Dec 2007

Breed: Mini Schnauzer

Favourite Food: Raw Meats

Favourite Toy: None

Favourite Activity: Sleeping

Hidden Talents: None

 

You have taken such great strides to provide Coff & Baub with nutritious wholesome meals, which you detail in your blog. What exactly is a BARF diet and why did you decide to go this route?

BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods or it can also mean Bones And Raw Foods. Basically, all the meats, organs and bones are fed fresh and raw to the dogs. Vegetables, fruits & supplements are also included in the diet.

I can’t really recall what made me switch their diets to BARF. As a new and first time dog owner, I was always keen to learn more about dog care so I signed up at forums and there were others who talked about BARF diet. I took interest in that and went on to find out more. After learning all the pros and cons, I decided to do the switch. To me, it makes sense to feed our dogs BARF because no animal on planet earth cooks their food, except for us humans. You don’t see animals in the zoo being fed kibbles or any form of commercial pet food either. And I was all the more convinced to continue with the BARF diet on them as I have observed vast improvements in their overall health. Furthermore, from the readings that I’ve done, including the book “Food Pets Die For”, the ingredients that go into making commercial pet food are questionable. That being said, no owner should dive into making the switch to a BARF diet without finding out more first.

Is it easy to accomplish a BARF diet for dogs in Singapore? Any difficulties sourcing for quality ingredients?

Well, yes and no to this question. Yes because quality ingredients aka organic meats are scarce and they are expensive. There are owners who feed raw meats bought from the supermarkets or wet markets. Personally, I would prefer not to as the meats of these animals are often injected/treated with hormones and antibiotics. Also, the weather in Singapore (the humdity level) creates ideal condition for bacteria growth. As such, we need to exercise caution when it comes to sourcing of meats from reliable suppliers and the preparation/handling of raw meats. But then again, dogs’ stomachs are designed in such a way they can handle bacteria very well 🙂

And as for the no, well, if one really loves your dog, nothing should prove too difficult. It’s all about the effort.

You occasionally help dogs in need of loving forever homes by screening potential adopters. How did you become involved in such a worthy cause? 

Again, it started off from the forums. From there, I came to know of these privately run shelters & I signed up as a volunteer with one of them. However, due to personal reasons, I’ve stopped volunteering. I guess word got around that I used to volunteer at a shelter which led to occasional requests from friends to help find new homes for dogs.

Which Disneyland theme ride would you say best describes the personalities of Coff & Baub?
a. It’s a Small World – A gentle, slow-moving, and child-friendly ride with no hidden surprises.
b. Mad Tea Party – A ride that spins and spins and spins. But, it’s so much fun, you can never get enough of it.
c. Splash Mountain – A calm ride on still water that ends in an unsuspecting and thrilling drop at the end.
d. Space Moutain – A roller coaster ride in complete darkness with each twist and turn being as unpredictable as the next one.

Coffee (a) & Baubles (c)

If a genie in a bottle could grant one wish each to Coff & Baub, what would they wish for? 

I would think they will wish for more food and me spending more time with them.

Thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule so that we can get to know Coff & Baub a little better. Our four-legged canine friends bring a lot joy to our lives—how has Coff & Baub enriched to your life?
They have enriched my life in more ways than one. I would say they are indispensable – without them, my life will be meaningless. I used to be really pessimistic and had nothing much to look forward to. But since they came into my life, they pretty much changed everything. I became more of a happy go lucky person. Through their actions and behaviour, I learnt to look at things from a more positive angle and not to let unhappy incidents affect me for too long. They are also my pillar of strength – a bad day for me at work can very well be ended within seconds of just seeing them – they are the best form of therapy for me. And through them, I also picked up additional knowledge in natural dog nutrition which I can, in turn, share with fellow dog owners through my blog.
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