Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bindi the Boxer

Since her parents are still in Australia they already communicate with me through e-mail about the arrangement of Bindi’s stay with us.
            Bindi and Syrel the ultimate fave in the house

                                                                   Bindi enjoying my plants
At the very beginning of course it’s very difficult to her parents specially  for her 
Mum who cried the 1st and 3rd time they drop and leave Bindi with us.
I think it’s very difficult to be away for someone who is part of the family and treated like a daughter with her parents.
Bindi is very nice character not only because she is high breed dog but really the very first Boxer we ever house sit. Shes very gentle and yet very playful and active dog. 
She is very friendly and social with other dogs.

                                                       Introducing Bindi with pack with Eli

      Just strolling enjoying others company

       Bindi with Bee bee and Jason
        she is happy running with her new mate

          Bindi and Moth become best friends

It’s always takes time to warm up to each of us as well as her to us.
She keeps coming back to the gate looking forward that her parents comes and pick her up.
It’s really how you parents established such connection and trust that you’re beloved pets trust you and they do not think that they just get dump somewhere and the feeling of being abandon should be avoided as this cause stress and depression to the pets.
I like how Bindi’s parents slowly teach her that it’s all temporary that she stays with us until their house are ready.
The idea actually of visiting her 1or 2x a week in the house works great to both party to Bindi so she does not feel depress and help her being acclimatize to the weather.
Also it works well to Bindi; s parents specially her Mum who cries occasionally when they left Bindi with us. I think her mum is more  and sad than Bindi is away. I can understand it’s her baby.Guest what??? The son said Mum is really something when I went overseas for study. She did not even shed any tears for me. But for Bindi she cried a lot!! Lol!
Its always my duty to reassured dog owner / parents that were their pets are board with me. I guarantee that I will look after their pets like my own family.
After few weeks, Its Bindi’s time to visit to the vet for her shot for heart worms.
The morning after Bindi have all these swollen points pop up from her skin like small rounded thing, it’s a kind of swollen. We all wake up and Bindi have this skin popping. It’s like tiny bubbles float to her skin.  

    The small lump pop in her skin is what the vet called hives

Bindi with her allergy reaction 

My gosh I was super worried to death what happened what did we do wrong?? Where did she get this allergy?
Same morning before I bring her to the vet I gather all my staff and ask them what did something  different  that you do , food , or maybe cleaning liquids , are the bed sheets or blanket was changed and cleaned well?  Were ? it comes from?
What I always learn is if something happened to each pet specially my own pet. Is dropping everything you do that time and rush up to the vet. That’s what Iv ed learn from all my pets and the vets’ advice. I never wait and take chances. 
I run Bindi with me at the vet before they open the clinic. 
Since I am very worried I called his father and told me to meet me at the vet office. I know it was allergy but which kind, from where is she allergy from. 
The vets give her steroid and other antibiotics the vet said it will out within few hours. The young vet said she will keep Bindi at her clinic for observation I was hesitant since its best that she is at home with that problem. In the house she has space wise and I can see her in every minute. I explained to her father don’t agree that they keep her there. 
So he politely explain to the vet that Bindi occasionally have this allergy.
Few tips to those families who are relocating pets with them specially dogs.
Sometime with the weather and the new environment there’s always a reaction to their skin. The new shot as well creates new reaction to their system.
Since I am travelling that time I ask her father is possible that they can keep Bindi if she still has that allergy reaction from the shot. 
As I am not confident that I have a sick pet in my house and I was not there. I feel comfortable that way.
Days passed by and Bindi allergy finally gone. I was reading a lot of allergy issues and we concluded that that was actually from the shot she gets from the vet.
The vet called the allergy hives, which you cant identify which one. 
Their so many different types of hives. What Bindi was the reactions from the shot vaccine. After the skin allergy is gone I was so relief.

So far after that Bindi is doing well time flies and it’s nearly 2 months she is adjusted pretty well in the house. She plays a lot with us and always happy to tag around when I am doing my gardening. As always Syrel is the favorite. She always run so fast when she hears Syrel’s motto horning at the gate. They are best friend.

          Bindi and Rainbow after dinner

          Moth and Bindi having siesta in the noon time

After 4-5 weeks it’s also the time that her mum are more comfortable living her Bindi with is and more happier when she leaves her at the gate with the reassurance that they family will come back as always to get her.
Today is Bindi’s last day with this stay. I am 100 % sure she will be in and out the house for the next few months years. Indeed were happy and proud to have part of Bindi’s life with us. She is indeed a beautiful dog with her beautiful loving parents who truly love her into pieces.
As I am writing this blog Bindi"s mum is coming to fetch her , while I'm busy cooking our lunch , and her mum slowly walk in so happy and pretty looking.
I sure having Bindi with them finally in the new house is something to celebrate to start a new week.

Bindi enjoy your stay in Cambodia the land and Kingdom of wonder !

Friday, September 5, 2014

House sitting Japanese Cat Neo

Neo has been in the house 2x and normally he stays 10 – 14 days
Male older cat but strong and healthy one except that he has limping feet at his left side.
Other than he is gorgeous one.
                                                                         Handsome Neo
What amaze me  with all my Japanese customers they are very particular with the needs of their pets, from food to all the stuff what their pets consumed or used.
People who do not understand pets will never put up with such routine.
But think of it their pets really treated like human babies and don’t get me wrong we do the same with ours.
Each pet that checked in our house with our care are always special.
They get treated like children they  are some of the pets that are very lucky in the pets’ world.
Look what Neo’s mum prepared for him a well organized yet super prepared paper ball that all I have to do is unroll the papers when I prepare his cat litter.
This is neo’s cat litter and he is very smart boy.
He knows that one container is for his peces and the other if for his lick.

      cat litter  on the left is for peeing and on the right side is for poop
Everything is well though and well prepared it’s easy for someone who will look after the cat.
Of course this is very good when you only have 1 or 2 cats in the house.
Everything is so organized and tidy. I have to always check Neo’s food should not exceed 20 gms.
His mum also prepared biscuits and little snack for him to chew in between during the day.

                                       His supply that includes the weighing scale for the food 

The biscuits as well have measurements how many spoons I have to drop at Neo’s bowl.
Since he is older cat hes diet has to me measured and to be followed. 
I think this is the secret of having long life for the animals a lot of pets owner are following this routine.
As always a brush were I have to pamper him.
He got all crazy when I have to stroke him with this brush. 
He gave in and stretched all his limbs just for me to brush even the underneath of his fur.

stretching so i can reach his joints to get brush

Think that cats in particular pets love stroking your hand with brush in their fur.
His mum normally bring he’s entire gear. It’s really like going for holiday!
I have few of these customers who really well prepared for their pets holiday.
When all are set Neo will then enjoyed his space of his own.

Just enjoying his own space and privacy

                                                                             Neo's room

The whole big room with 2 small beds with air-condition on at his comfort.
He normally sleeps in the bed sometimes with his own bed sometimes his own cat carrier.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Animal Costumes Inspire Fun For Families

For adults, dogs are part of the family. For children, they're often best friends. Animal Costumes have a long tradition of providing entertainment for entire families. They bring the personality of the pet to life in a way that nothing else can. Devoted animal costume retailers like the Pet Costume Center offer a varied selection of durable animal Costumes that celebrate the unique spirit of a beloved family pet.

Holiday costumes, just-for-fun costumes, bring out a look at this attitude when the occasion arises. Some people prefer to dress pets only during holiday seasons, for festive reasons, but there is another benefit of the traditional animal costume. It can provide a great deal of warmth for the short-haired pet that suffers during hot, summer months. Many pets even enjoy wearing costumes because as our pets, they feed off our reaction to them. The joy in our eyes when we see a family pet dressed as a bumble bee for no particular reason is something the pet experiences, too, and they love to see us experience joy.

Costumes at this marvelous superstore give furry pets a personality that inspires joy for the whole family, especially children who appreciate the playful nature of costumes.
New costumes are added to keep the mix fresh, so there's always something new to smile about at this delightful animal costume superstore.
Clothing is more durable than traditional costume material due to the rough and tumble nature of some of our very playful, and strong, family friends.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Long Line Of Loyalty And Courage

German shepherds have long been heralded for their unique ability to retain information and apply it in a number of service fields. They are often companions to soldiers, service dogs to the disabled, and fiercely protective Guardian angels of private families. 
Their service in the world comes from their long line of German Shepherd traits, such as courage and loyalty. These two characteristics, along with their physical bulk and stature, make them a highly sought after breed among dog lovers who favor full-blooded breeds.

Shepherds were bred into their modern version from the herding and farm dogs of the world. People first formed a society around them in 1899 and the love of the breed grew from there to international proportions. Millions of people rely on Shepherds for service work while private homeowners love the dog for its unwavering loyalty. Good breeders know how to develop a strong bloodline of German Shepherd dogs. 

The online world is now home to famous dog breeders of german shepherds puppies such as the Ulvilden Shepherds. They offer both male and female German Shepherd puppies that are bred from the finest parents of the breed. Their Contact us  section allows visitors to ask questions about the Bloodlines they've been breeding Shepherd pups from since 1981. 
The dogs on this and other fine German Shepherd sites allow people from all over the world to apply for the most respected breeders in the international dog loving community. 
Pure breed lovers flock to these sites to seek out the newest addition to the proud German Shepherd community. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Snatch has been adopted

This is a follow up with my  previous blog snatching the kittens out from that lady in Pagoda.
One of them survived as mentioned and I named him Snatch and his happy day came Saturday when young Sabina read my face book page that I have cats for adoption she called me Friday and said want to visit  and see the cat. Very good enough Sabina and her family came Saturday morning very ahead of time as what she mentioned in her text.
Her mother is very concerned and I can sense that Sabina was very keen of adopting the kittens but with the support and approval of the whole family.
The mum and the grandma. I can understand Sabina is only 15 years old. She needs some guide. She mentioned they use to have a dog before they migrated to Australia

                                                               Sabina Snatch and her Mum
but then was returned to the owner as they could not bring the dog with them.
So I guide them to all the cats I have in the house for adoption. Little flashlight came and she seems like Sabina but her mum said Flashlight have funny fur.
I told her that’s what she looks like.
She is a tortoise looking cat and her strong identity is her huge big eye that’s why she named flashlight.
                                                                          Little flashlight
So I head on to the next house was other cats for adoptions are house in.
I showed Magellang and Paco they think they are already too big and her Snatch was already running to
                                    Magellang in the middle and Paco is the black and white color

Sabina and she seems she likes it. So she suggest let’s bring Snatch to the other house and let’s see how her grandma react and true enough she likes Snatch and I ask Sabina that little Snatch have a history before
I rescued him. So they have all group discussion which is pretty normal when your adoption another member that’s add on to the family. I am confident that Snatch will be going to a good home.

                                                  Family deciding - Mum , Grandma and the Aunt

So I prepared Snatch food for few days, I explain to them the feeding time and the litter I even gave them the litter box with scooper and the sand.
I make sure that Snatch settled in with her needs and the rest they can figured out later on.
My aim is just to provide them easy start.
Snatch has been dewormed and I told them she has to go back next week for his 1st vaccine.
                                                                 For Snatch to take home
So seems all are going in the right directions everybody head on to the car to escort them out with Snatch I am praying that Snatch will be happy to the new place and new parents and that Sabina and family look after him and gave him love that he deserves.
Sabina is Happy to take home Snatch
Finally Snatch is going home with them
That late night Sabina texted me saying that that her grandma found Snatch so playful and adorable.
They make him a new bed to sleep in but seem the little boy prepared the space under the big bed.
A well cat always curious of their new environment and exploring places around with his new home is pretty normal. I am happy that he found a new home and I hope it will be a success.
To Sabina and family thanks for giving new home for Snatch.

I hope he makes you happy and surely he will be happy to his new home.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kittens use for begging money from Tourist

Two weeks ago before I take off to Saigon for my short break , I have rescued 2 little kitties from
Wat Unalom .PPAWS have posted in their face book about the horrible scene and horrific act of this lady who use small kittens to beg money from the tourist . I know it sounds terrible but it is the reality in the country like Cambodia that animals are not protected by law.
This is how they look like with this lady . Both 4 photos are PPAWS photos 

Its very horrific situation and I hope one day the government of Cambodia will do something about the welfare of the animals in their country.
Of course with the situation of many poor people in Cambodia that life is harsh enough for those people who can’t eat 3x a day and no home no clean water and could not send their kids to school.
It’s understood that human first before animals.
I still remember when I met one expats in Phnom penh and he was asking me what I am doing and I told him I ran  in-house a boarding home for pets  in Cambodia mostly for expats  and in my extra time I help  and offer my free time to help animal welfare in Cambodia.
He nodded and said, I’m sorry but I have kids we teach them not to hurt animals but I would rather donate some money to the most needy institution which is the children s welfare that is my priority.
I said to him of course! We have different choices I also do both I help human children so does animals as well. We respect each other choices.
When I was reading  the update of PPAWS face book I came across  the photos of these cats.
Many members in the group exchanging comments, but I can’t bear in my soul that I don’t do anything in my own way how to help those kittens. I decided the next day to  take a trip in the town and I am so determine to help those kittens.
I arrived there in the Unalum pagoda (temple) at 11: am the lady is snoozing. I guess she needed her much needed beauty sleep. I went inside the pagoda and I went to the wrong gate, I ask someone knows and they pointed me to the other gate. I told David bring your tuktuk outside so it’s easy for us to run with the cats.
I realized I don’t have any sharp object to cut the plastic string. So I walk few meters away to buy a scissor from the nearby shop. I choose the big one so it’s easy to use and it’s faster.
I then walk back to the gate and slide slowly to the side of the lady where the kittens are hanging with string they both asleep. I manage to snatch the 2 kitties and run fast to my tuktuk. I wanted to snatch them all but the rest is very close to her body and even to her arms.
I cannot take chances and risk my safety.
The people around her, the soda seller and the tuktuk and motto drivers give me a big sign.
Madam run now bring the cats with you!!!!!! All of them are waiving their hands get out there now!!!
The reasons for this, the lady have a reputation to be being rude and loud. Of course I don’t want to be in that situation you will never what’s going too happened next.
I sat down with the little weak kitties next to me... and you know the 2 kitties actually so happy and those even in their own way saying thank you!!! Thank you for saving us there!

                                                     These when they are in the tuktuk with me

                                                   after string has been cuf off from their neck
They fur in my jeans and even laying down next to me.
I then start cutting off the plastic string from their body.
I can’t control my tears to look at them.
This is not the way how the animals to be treated!
We many cats of our own  most of them are rescued. We have rules in our house. That our animal has to eat first. They should not be hungry!!!
I brought the kitties home let them run around in our cat house.
I did not bath them right away as the other one is having a flu or cold she sneeze with the flu.
Very sad! They eat very little at the very beginning.
After 3 days in Saigon my niece texted me that the other one did not survived she is too weak to have her fight with. They are too weak to begin with. We are sad but what to do?
I still have 1 and I named him “Snatch “” he is been deworm and been check by the vet.
He is been having upset stomach and I ask the vet is he can gave him a shot to cure this.
So he did after few days he is good and here with the happy pictures of him.
Enjoying the food the comfy place !
For those of you who are interested to adopt Snatch he is just a job very playful and free happy spirit .
The person who have pure heart will never regret to adopt him.
He is now house trained and litter trained.
He talks to a lot and responded very well with humans and cats alike.

I have to e-mail the photos to PPAWS once I determined that he is more healthy and ready to go to a new home.PPAWSCambodia  then will help me find a new parent for Snatch.

For some of you who see this lady in the pagoda begging for money using these little kittens.
Please refrain giving her money. She has to learn to find ways how to find her daily bread.
Also please inform your friends and friends of visiting friends in cambodia about this lady .
I hope one day an organisation will help her find something to start a new life and not using these poor cats as her prisoner.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Furry Mum Little break in Saigon

Finally I got a chance to take a 6 days break from the daily task in my furryplace.
But as always thesame time I wake up in the morning is still the same where ever you go I think.
It was nice to get a break once in awhile and just take life easy.
Stroll the town and act like a tourist even I have been in Saigon many times.
It’s been a lot of a change I see around, the place and the coffee shop I used to hang out and the place I buy a coco juice when you need to snap out of a thirst when running around in the humid place.
The first thing I do when I get a chance to visit Saigon is to visit the Notre Dam and light the candles

The famous cathedral

For me this is like a routine whenever I got a chance to visit the cathedral.
It is a nice feeling after stepping into the church and says my little prayer. I guess I miss having that since we don’t have proper church in Phnom Penh.
Strolling around the area I manage to snap out some of these photos and it was beautiful morning walking to the post office.

around Phnom penh

Inside the post office

The post office
Running around in the city a lot of families in Vietnam keep small breed of dogs and some them are really taken care properly.
I don’t see many stray dogs in Saigon as still the dog meat consume is still very common.
But some of the families have nice dogs like this one, when they closing their shops they put this little furry on top of their shop. It really gets my attention and I quickly get my camera to have it taken.
The owner and the dog seems enjoyed the attention.

                                                                        The shop keeper dog
It’s like this neighbor of us enjoyed more attention and his name is Mr. Yip he very sturdy but very sweet dog who always greeted by regular customers that his parent have selling food and freshly squeeze fruit juice. I can tell Mr. Cip enjoyed a loving parent who looks after him and his 2 adorable companion the kitties.
Mr. Jip
Mr. Jip cat companion

Seeing of course all these furies makes me think and miss my bunch in the house.
But normally I check my house 5-6x a day just to make sure that all my furies and the furies that board with us are all good and no problem.
So far, I am enjoying my short stay in Saigon.
I’m looking forward to go home and seeing my packs getting excited what Mum brings to them of course I have to make sure I bring something when I go home.