World on Wednesday | No. 02

April 20, 2011 § 23 Comments

I’m a huge fan of yoga and have been ever since my undergraduate days. Those were the years when I had a more flexible schedule and could pursue new recreational activities (by the way, I’m still referring to yoga… not campus partying).

It’s been a while since I’ve signed up for regular classes, and the issue I’m facing now with my knees is prompting me to get back into shape! When I attend a yoga class, however, it’s usually a solo affair because MM would rather be assigned pooper-scooper duty for a month than suffer the embarassment of being seen wearing spandex shorts. Well, then, what if Maple were to accompany me instead—after all, she’s already a natural when it comes to the ‘downward-facing dog’ pose.

For those who have already caught wind of doga, you’ll know that this new trend has been springing up in cities like Seattle and Chicago over the past two years. Now yoga enthusiasts can partner with their four-legged best friends and work through a series of asanas specifically designed with Fido in mind.

What are your thoughts about doga—fad or fab? 

Doga is certainly an unusual concept and likely to appeal to a small niche market. Personally, if I’m looking for a serious yoga workout, then having the presence of a rambunctious Miss Maple squirming by my side would put me in a heightened state of anxiety rather than a state of zen. Nevertheless, I think doga is an alternative form of therapy that gives dogsters and their caregivers an opportunity to bond through potentially beneficial relaxation techniques.

If doga is ever introduced here in Singapore (I know I’m stretching the imagination quite a bit), I might just give it a try with Maple for the novelty. Until that day comes, it looks like I’ll just have to continue being the lone yogi in our household.

Here’s wishing everyone and their furry friends a wonderful Wednesday, and remember…

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.

~ Etty Hillesum

Namaste.

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World on Wednesday | No. 01

April 6, 2011 § 5 Comments

Since we’re on the topic of canine oral health this week, we thought it would be timely to share with you the heart-wrenching story of Pudding and the ordeal he had to face after his owners neglected to care for his dental needs. Pudding’s story was published last week in The Vancouver Sun newspaper and rapidly received Online attention.

Pudding’s former owners (he has, thankfully, been rehomed) failed to properly care for his teeth and ignored the situation even as it got worse—they are now being charged with animal cruelty. Pudding was diagnosed with severe periodontal disease and was suffering in pain. The attending vet had to extract 14 teeth from little Pudding’s mouth. There is no reason why any animal should have to endure such a dreadful (and preventable) agony.

 

As new dog owners, MM and I still trying to establish a daily rhythm with Maple—we have the meal times down pat, the walks scheduled, the water bowl frequently changed and re-filled, the litter box regularly cleaned, and so on. BUT, we mustn’t forget to integrate teeth-brushing as part of Maple’s daily routine. After all, we don’t need any reminding to brush our own teeth, so why not follow the same prudence in caring our four-legged companions.

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