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Panicky dog pushed into churning water for “A Dog’s Purpose” movie

Bet you’ve seen this movie trailer of “A Dog’s Purpose” circulating on Facebook.

It garnered 8.4million views and 84.4k thumbs up on Youtube here (accurate as of Jan 19, 2017 7pm Singapore time).

Leaked video on “A Dog’s Purpose” film set reported to show a terrified dog pushed into churning water

Would you still watch it if a scared dog was pushed into what looks like pretty turbulent water to film the scenes in the movie?

Note: If you have a deep empathy for nervous, fearful dogs, this video may be hard to watch. 

Source: Leaked video from “A Dog’s Purpose” set calls film’s treatment of animals into question and “A Dog’s Purpose” is not to be abused in a movie

It’s all still under investigation and TMZ’s not said to be the most credible source.

Regardless, I was looking  forward to seeing this movie, but now… this really spoils it for me. :(

Well, I guess “A Dog’s Purpose” can scratch off the “No animals were harmed in the making of this movie” disclaimer text in the end credits if this really happened… I certainly hope that’s not the case!

What are some of the signals dogs send when they are scared?

And here’s a great video on what kinds of signals a dog can send when they are feeling fearful. If you’ve lived with a dog, I’m sure you already know some of this. But I personally feel that occasionally watching videos like this can help both as a refresher training, and keeps me mindful of a dog’s body language and behaviour.

Stay safe, not sorry guys!

a dog's purpose movie - german shepard dog pushed into water

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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! 

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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

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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

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Donna’s dog portrait by Amy Spittle Art

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Run For Light 2017 Pre Event at Orchard Road

The Run For Light 2017 Pre-event came and went this Saturday, 5 Nov. I was told the guide dogs will be attending so I planned to bring Donna to the walk. Unfortunately, the guide dogs were unable to show up since they are working dogs who have to work. BUT have no fear, Donna the calefare is here! 🤓🤓🤓

Run for Light 2017 pre-event

Not a guide dog :P

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Dog potty time! Let’s review 5 Pee Pad Brands

Halloween is coming! So I thought it’ll be a great time to write about a horrifying topic…

Dog potty time! Let's review 5 Pee Pad Brands in Singapore

… Pee In The House! 😱 😱 😱

At first I assumed it was normal to use newspaper for Donna’s peeing and pooing needs in the flat, because that was what paper-training means right? The dog is trained to do it on newspaper.

But I soon realised that newspaper was a really bad medium for absorbing pee. And Donna had and still has the unfortunate habit of kicking the newspapers (and peepads) around after doing the deed.

So you can imagine how good absorption is so important to me. Donna tracks the pee off the pet sheet when she is done. Sometimes, she kicks the pee pad around in the toilet, sometimes even out into the common hallway. I really don’t want all that pee to smear around on the floor.

In this post, let’s do some tests to see which pee pad will work better with Donna!

Whether you are currently toilet training or have toilet trained your dog, you will find the following test outcomes helpful to you! 

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