Month: April 2006

Grooming session goes wrong and Maltese puppy ends up castrated

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By Frankie Chee


A puppy had to undergo surgery, castration and plasma transfusion after it suffered a heat stroke and severe damage to its liver and cells – the result of a grooming session gone wrong.

The 11-month-old Maltese had been left all alone while being blown dry by a new machine as the groomer went to buy some snacks for himself at a neighbouring shop. The puppy was later found gasping for air in its cage, with a heat stroke, and rushed to Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital in a critical condition.

Ms Jaslyn Ang, 27, the owner of the shop, Pet C Kola in Hougang Street 21, said: “It was an accident that nobody wished had happened.”

Real estate agent Valerie Lim, 25, took her pet, Jasper, to the shop on March 28 and left him in the care of Ms Ang‘s husband, groomer Tony (Ms Ang did not want to give his full name), only to be informed hours later that Jasper was in a critical condition at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital.

It was Jasper‘s third visit to the shop.

The dog was left in a cage to be blown dry by a machine while Tony stepped out to get some food. Meanwhile, Ms Ang was attending to other customers in the shop. She heard the dog’s incessant barking and went twice to check but did not find anything amiss.

She said: “We know this dog’s character as it’s been sent to us for grooming before, and we know it always barks when it’s left alone so we did not suspect anything.”

Only when Jasper stopped barking did she and Tony check again, but by then the poor dog was almost unconscious and his body temperature had shot up to 41.7 deg C. They then took Jasper to the Animal Hospital.

The vets there found Jasper had sustained severe liver and cell damage and a potentially fatal clotting disorder. The testicular area was burnt. So the dog had to be castrated. Its hind leg was also badly swollen from severe cell damage. The poor creature was put on drip and went through a plasma transfusion.

The pet shop paid for the expenses incurred during the nine-day hospital stay, amounting to about $2,000, but Ms Lim and her family are bearing the cost of the daily follow-up treatment.

Ms Ang told The Straits Times she bought the blow- drying machine for more than $700 recently and has used it on other dogs without incident.

“The blower is quite new and the specifications given by the supplier were insufficient – he doesn’t even have the instruction manual. But he told us the machine can be used for a maximum of 20 minutes on a dog, under the hot mode,” said Ms Ang, who owns two dogs.

According to her, Jasper was left alone under the machine in the hot mode for less than 10 minutes. The machine does not have an auto-shutdown function.

Ms Lim has reported the matter to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority which is investigating the case.

There are no regulations on pet grooming services, only on pet shops; but under the Animals and Birds Act, anyone found guilty of cruelty to an animal can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to 12 months, or both.

Said Ms Lim: Jasper used to be such an active dog. Now, he wants to jump but he can’t and has to hop around on three legs, and he’s become very scared of every little thing and everyone. It’s so heartbreaking to see him like that.”

Busy! Busy! Busy! Sick! Sick! Sick!

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The past week have been preoccupied with activities in school.

We had been training the new incoming councilors in their Oath-Taking on Monday and Wednesday but sad to say, some of them are not taking the training seriously.  Some just mumbled the Oath while some wouldn’t stop fidgeting around.

They would be taking their Oath in two weeks time during morning assembly and I hope they do not make a laughing stock of themselves in front of the whole school! 

During the training on Monday, we ordered fast food for their lunch as some of them still have not taken their breakfast yet.  Initially, we had wanted to order Mac Ding Dong hence, I call them up and ordered 42 sets of students’ meal.  However, Mac Ding Dong DO NOT accept delivery orders for students’ meal.

If they could deliver a $20 something pizza, why can’t they deliver a $189 ($4.50*42) order of burgers? Stupiak company rules and regulations.  

Next, we call up the restaurant that does chicken right however, they do not provide soft drinks for their meals except Green Tea.  As a result, we had to pay extra to order soft drinks as most of them do not like Green Tea.

I subsidised a bit for everyone using the SC fund and now, we are officially bankrupt. We are only left with 0.25 cents in the till and desperately awaiting for reimbursment from Mrs Wee.

On Thursday, we had a combined rehearsal with the Bridge Leaders for the new intakes’ Orientation when school reopens next Tuesday.  It was a little chaotic and messy but still passable.  There are bound to be hiccups and unexpected scenarios to occur during big events like this.

That night, I felt lethargic and my arms seems especially heavy.  I thought nothing of it and thought that it’s probably due to fatigue from the past few days.

By this morning, I’m still feeling cold and lethargic.  I’m very grouchy and everything the BL got us to do irritated the hell out of me. 

When I got home, my body felt hot but my forehead was very cold.  I was breaking out in cold sweat and the temperature reading was at 37.3 degrees. 

By eight o’clock,


Thus, I won’t be attending the Dialogue Session with the Minister and some entrepreneurs at Simei Campus tomorrow. 

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Oh God!  Doggy with ???? hairstyle!

Oath Taking training

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Overall, the oath taking training yesterday was satisfactory but there are a few areas of concern.

The Bowing:

After receiving the tie/lanyard from the guest of honor, they were to take a step back, turnaround to face the school, walk to the designated point, pause for 2 sec, bow to the school, pause for another 2 sec, then proceed to their formation.

However, what they are doing is after they turned around to face the school, they straightaway walk off towards their formation while bowing at the same time.

What’s the hurry? If I were the audience, I would find this very insincere and lack of respect.


Things to watch out for include stomach-in, chest-out, keep their shoulders straight, and don’t slouch. Boys should stand with their heels touching each other forming a V-shape while for girls, the right heel is touching the middle of the left foot forming a perpendicular V-shape.

I noticed some of them have big Vs while some had very narrow Vs. One guide line is to maintain a 90?angle to standardize.

Itchy, Itchy, Scratch, Scratch:

This is another problem to tackle. Some of them simply cannot keep still and it’s always the same couple of people committing this mistake. Under no circumstances should they talk, shake their legs or body, turn their heads left, right, up or down.

If their legs feel tired from the standing, they can wriggle their toes to keep the blood circulation alive so that they will not feel numb or cramp.

And girls with long hair are advised to bun up their hair so that the wind will not blow the hair into their faces and give them the urge to scratch. If that really happens on the day itself, they must use their willpower to convince themselves, “I’m NOT itchy, I’m NOT itchy, I’m NOT itchy?

It’s all mind over body.

Voice Projection:

There are some hardcore who simply refuses to open their golden mouths as if there are diamonds inside… I know it could be hard for some of the more demure girls to recite their oath loudly but they have to try no matter what.

Try to imagine that their boyfriends are on a ship at the top of the amphitheatre, sailing away and not coming back ever again. They wanted him to stay and let him know how much they loved him but he can’t hear them at all so use all the strength and shout it out.

I hope they will take this training seriously and not make themselves a lughing stock in front of the whole school.

Remember her?

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It’s Pammy!
See how fast she is wagging her tail?

For those who remembered, I did my Business Communication Project on the responsibilities of pet ownership and one of the cases I have presented was about Pammy, the 5 year old female Shih Tzu that was abandoned one day after Christmas, on 26 December, 2005 at Portsdown Road.

At that time, over 60% of her body was covered with fungal and yeast infection. Fortunately, she was picked up by a fosterer from ASD and brought to the vet for immediate treatment. Under the loving care of the fosterer, Pammy started to show signs of improvement and fur started growing at the infected areas.


Pammy then…
What a sorry sight!

Well, as they say, the rest is history. Pammy has found a new home to start a new life and she was well-loved by her new adoptive parents. In fact, I feel sad for Pammy‘s original owners because they had thrown away a precious gem!

See her story here.

ASD (Action for Singapore Dogs) is a non-profit local organisation that rescues and rehome dogs. You can help by:

Fund Raising
Website Maintenance

        Likewise, you can help support their cause by buying their merchandise:

        ASD T-Shirt/Tank Top/Polo T
        ASD Keychain/Fast Tags/Bookmarks

              These make great gifts for your friends and you get to help the needy dogs!

              Open your hearts and adopt a needy dog today!

              Latest development on the home breeder

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              An earlier posting by the (un)professional home breeder has been discovered! Obviously, she didn’t cover her tracks very well.


              If you looked at the first paragraph, she has aknowledged herself as a “PROFESSIONAL HOME BREEDER” on 4 April. In the last sentence, it seems that she doesn’t agree with petshops for caging up puppies, why then, did she still sell her pups to the petshops to be caged up? Contradicting heself again, as usual. (btw, its cropping of ears and docking of tails)

              So, in response to the above, I quoted the following:

              Then on 22 April, this is what she claims.

              It’s really amazing what kind of lame excuses that this person can come up with to defend herself. Well, I’m not against home breeding but doing it for the right reasons and ethically is my main concern. We don’t breed dogs just for the sake of breeding it, do we?

              Breeding is not child’s play and we certainly do not breed out of fun or curiosity. We risks losing the puppies and/or the bitch’s life!

              We must have an aim in mind and ask ourselves what are we hoping to achieve at the end of this? If our aim is to show the children the miracle of life or because Fido is a purebreed, then I’m afraid we are going in the wrong direction. Money making should also never be the cause of breeding our dogs!

              Breeding doesn’t mean putting any available dogs of the opposite gender together and wait for puppies to appear. It requires a great deal of knowledge on your part and must be planned carefully with the breeding stock selected stringently. The breeding stock must be certified free from any possible genetic faults (eg, hip displasia, cataracts, deafness) which can be passed down to their offsprings.

              The breeding stock should also be structurally sound, preferably representing the best specimen of that particular breed. By this, I meant the dogs chosen for the breeding program must be the best specimen of their breed and conforms as near to the breed standard as possible. The breed standard is there for a reason!

              We wouldn’t want to breed a Teacup Chihuahua into kettle sized, a Dalmatian without spots nor a Spaniel with prick ears!

              Like I said, ignorance is no excuse for ‘accidents’ like these.

              See how ethical this home breeder is? Breeding from a 9 month old puppy!What I’m against this home breeder was her inconsistant point of view and always contradicting herself!

              Contradict # 1: She claims that she is a ‘Professional Home Breeder‘ but later denies it.
              Contradict # 2: She claims that she loved her dogs yet put them through the dangers of breeding.
              Contradict # 3: She claims that she gave her bitch the best food but goes round asking for cheap supplements.
              Contradict # 4: She claims to have some ‘professional breeder friends’ but asks certain forum members for help.
              Contradict # 5:
              She warned people to be wary of Amanda. (a case of pot calling the kettle black?)
              Contradict # 6:
              She argued that its risky for her bitch to have an abortion. What about giving birth? Not risky?
              Contradict # 7: She feels that sterilizing her dogs are ‘unnatural’ but it’s natural to crop the ears and dock the tails.

              Awww… Don’t mention it. You definitely deserve that!

              For Daph…

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              This entry is dedicated to Daph, who didn’t know that I had two bunnies.

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              I adopted the two ND x local bunnies earlier this year. They looked like a splitting image of each other and I could’t tell them apart. They were small – very, very small. Both of them could fits nicely on each of my palm.



              bunnies grew up fast. One retained the small size as all good NDs should (Okay, it’s still slightly larger than the average ND) while the other one grew BIGGER thought it’s still smaller than the local bunny.

              Recently, the bigger bun had a bald patch above her eye, along the ear and near the nose, revealing the raw skin beneath. Luckily, it wasn’t furmites as suspected. It turns out to be over-grooming by the other bunny. Fur is starting to regrow after cleansing with Apple Cider Vineger everyday… *pinch nose*



              See? Caught in the act!

              Strangely, they don’t like carrots…

              but preferred leafy greens.

              It’s nice to see them all stretched out and relaxing themselves.
              (I tried combining two pix into one…)



              what happened to my malay neighbor?

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              I wondered what’s happened to my Malay neighbour? They have shifted all their furniture out to the corridor and the house is packed with people. It doesn’t seem like their usual gathering for I don’t hear any laughters erupting from inside.

              In fact, an air of sorrow fills the air and everyone had a awful look on their faces.

              At the same time, a chartered bus has been waiting downstairs for quite sometime already. The last time this happened was when the son died after he slipped and fell inside the bathroom.

              I hope it’s not happening all over again.

              In the distance, streaks of lightning lashes across the gloomy skies, and a thunderstorm seem inevitable – not an ominous sign for burial, I would say.

              Think I better sleep early tonight!