We live in a flat

The Singapore Dog Lifestyle Blog

tiger looi angry dog singapore special mongrel dog adoption

Dog Adoption Series: Tiger Looi the “Angry” Mongrel

The Dog Adoption Series is a series of interviews with Singapore mongrel dog owners, to highlight the joys and the issues that they face when they adopt a mongrel dog. 


Tiger Looi the “Angry” Mongrel

I first discovered Tiger Looi on Facebook when I saw her “Angry” videos. I was an instant fan. And I am not the only one.

Tiger’s facebook page has more than 10,000 likes! (As of 26 Feb 2017) So I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who found it entertaining watching her interactions with her mom, Siewyuen.

See this video on facebook

 

Read More

nekojam singapore freeze dried raw dog food

Easy raw dog food – 5 freeze dried brands to check out!

In 2015, I wrote an introduction to Commercial Raw Dog Food. At that time, there were limited brands of commercial freeze dried dog food – only 2. It has been slightly more than a year and a half, and the good news is we have more choices today than before! Let’s take a look at five freeze dried commercial raw dog food brands that you can find on the shelves today! :)

The five brands are Stella & Chewy’s, Northwest Naturals, Stewart Raw Naturals, Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets and K9 Natural.

Here’s Donna’s review of them :P

Now that you’ve seen Donna’s review, we’ll go on to the human’s review of the food. ;) In this post, we will review the food along the following themes:

  • Budget-wise
    What is the Cost per day? How long does each pack last?
  • Quality-nutrition
    What is the quality of the ingredients that go into the bag
  • Food safety
    Which brand has recalled their food before? What food safety programs have they put in place to protect our pets and family members?

Singapore dog raw food freezedried primal, k9 Natural, Stella & Chewy's, Northwest Naturals and Stewart pet food nekojam coupon code

Read More

“A Dog’s Purpose” movie investigation results

Update: As you may have seen from various new sources, results from the investigation of a panicky dog being pushed into churning water on the film set of “A Dog’s Purpose” are out.

An independent animal-cruelty expert found that preventative safety measures were in place to protect the dog, Hercules, American Humane said…

“The decisions by the individual or individuals who captured and deliberately edited the footage, and then waited longer than 15 months to release the manipulated video only days before the movie’s premiere, raise serious questions about their motives and ethics,” American Humane said Friday.

The video was deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public and stoking outrage. In fact, the two scenes shown in the edited video were filmed at different times,” the group said in reporting the findings.
globalnews.ca

Taking a step back from the motives and ethics of the the people who released the video, am I less horrified now that I learn that preventative safety measures were in place?

For me, all these news does not take away from the immediate visceral horror of seeing the dog being pushed into the water, despite his obvious signals to the handler of his unwillingness and eventual panic. And this is at the beginning part of the video, I hadn’t even watched part 2 which is filmed at a different time where the dog’s head is submerged in the water.

Over at Buzzfeed, the report also says, “Hercules, the German shepherd, was “selected for his love of the water, and had been professionally trained and conditioned for the water scenes over the course of six weeks using positive training techniques,” according to the report.”

Excuse me, which part of being pushed to go into the water when clearly terrfied is positive? Positive training is force-free. I cannot stand behind the ethics and motivations of those who claim to be positive but the eventual result is, it seems the dog was still forced into the water in at least one instance…

I much more appreciate the response from the film’s producer Gavin Polone in this Jan 23 article.

As with the TMZ video that you saw, two things were evident:

1) the dog handler tries to force the dog, for 35 to 40 seconds, into the water when, clearly, he didn’t want to go in; and

2) in a separate take filmed sometime later, the dog did go into the water, on his own, and, at the end, his head is submerged for about 4 seconds.

These two things are absolutely INEXCUSABLE and should NEVER have happened.

The dog trainer should have stopped trying to get the dog to go in the water as soon as the dog seemed uncomfortable, and the trainers should have had support under the dog as soon as he came to the side of the pool and/or had less turbulence in the water so he never would have gone under.

– Polone also gives more description of how the dog is usually water-loving, and the circumstances behind his reluctance here.

 

I agree with Polone, movie makers need to make sure they hire the right handlers, trainers and safety experts who will make sure that the dog’s physical and mental health are safe-gaurded.

Let’s hope future movies about dogs will have greater consideration of these, then nobody will have any negative footage to share at a delayed date.

 

Read More

Artistry Cafe’s Dog-friendly Outdoor Area is pretty Iconic

After an early morning jaunt about the Singapore Sports Hub ( photos here ), we headed to Artistry Cafe for brunch.

This is my ah gong’s stadium, Singapore Sports Hub

Our pet taxi driver was surprised that Artistry Cafe opens as early as 9am.  That works really well for those who like to head out early with their dogs on a weekend! 

Read More

Best dog harness for road and water safety

I’m going to talk about 2 safety harnesses for dogs today. The Sleepypod Clickit Sport Untility dog harness and the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat. Because safety is important, and it hit me really hard when we got into an accident right before New Years eve.

Best dog harness for road and water safety

Donna and Mickey in a comfort cab

Read More

10 things to buy for your dog or cat at Don Quijote in Japan

Trying to stretch that dollar while touring in Japan? Don Quijote is a discount chain where you can buy pet supplies and products for cheaper. Here’s my pick from visiting Don Quijote stores in both Kyoto and Osaka! ;)

Don Quijote stores in Japan are like a chain of megamarts that stock EVERYTHING. These stores stay open till late while most stores closed by 9pm. So definitely the place to head to at night, if you were unable to squeeze time into your day for shopping because of your tight travel schedule. ;) Popularly known as “Donki”, they stock food, drugs, luggage, cosmetics, clothing, home and garden tools and accesories, you name it. So you will likely find lots of things to buy, and not just for pets. :P

pet shopping in Don Quijote, Osaka

One of the aisle in the pet section at a Don Quijote store in Shinsekai, Osaka

Read More

Donna’s dog portrait by Amy Spittle Art

Look, it’s me!! Mom and Dad’s golden girl!! :P

dog portrait amy spittle art

Donna with her portrait by Amy Spittle Art

I just want to quickly share this happy portrait of Donna with you, and to record for future reference some details about the artist and processes involved bringing it to life. 

Read More

Kyoto and Osaka Pet Shops for Cat & Dog Goods

I don’t need to tell you that Japan is a favourite travel destination for many. The country is beautiful and safe, even for single female travellers.

And if you have a dog or cat, it’s actually pretty fun to shop or even just window shop through the stores selling pet-related goods. I recently returned from a short trip to Kyoto, Nara and Osaka.

Pet shopping japan haul cat dog goods

In this post, I’m sharing with you some of the Kyoto and Osaka pet shops and cat and dog products I saw in Japan.

Read More

Finding the safest car harness for dog

I ordered a car harness for my dog yesterday. So Donna’s sitting on the car floor days will soon be over. She’ll need to have her doggie seat belt fastened, just like the humans. :P

Fasten that seat belt! Finding the best safest car harness for dog

Donna sitting on the floor of the car beside my legs.

You may have seen Donna sitting on the car floor quite often. More out of necessity as we travel on cabs and Uber alot. And some drivers do worry about the dog dirtying the seats or dog hair turning off subsequent customers.

But personally, my own preference is for Donna to be on the car seat secured to a reliable car seat belt. So yah, please don’t let my past photos of Donna sitting untethered on the car floor make you assume that this is safe.

Read More

Page 1 of 68

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén