Monday, April 30, 2007


I will be going on a trip to Tokyo sometime late May. I have heard so much about Hachiko and am really looking forward to seeing the actual bronze statue of this faithful dog at the busy Shibuya Station. For those who have not heard of Hachiko's touching tale of love and loyalty (he kept vigil for over 10 years!), this is the true tale:

Chu-ken Hachiko (lit. the faithful dog Hachiko) was born in Akita in 1923 and was first brought to Tokyo in 1924. He and his owner, Mr. Eisaburo Uyeno, were inseparable friends right from the start. Each day "Hachi" would accompany Eisaburo, a professor at the Imperial University, to the train station when he left for work. Upon returning, the professor would find the dog patiently waiting, tail wagging. This happy routine continued until one fateful day in 1925, when the professor was taken ill on the job and unfortunately died before he could return home.

Despite the fact that Hachiko was less than two years old at the time, the bond between dog and owner was strong. Hachiko continued to wait each day at Shibuya station for a friend who was never coming back. At times, he wouldn't return home for days at a stretch.

The Akita became a familiar sight to commuters as he kept his vigil for over ten years. On March 8, 1935, Hachiko finally went to meet his master. He died on the very same spot he last saw his friend alive.

The people who passed the loyal dog each day were so touched by his story that they erected a statue in his honor in 1934. The famous artist Ando Teru was commissioned for the original bronzed sculpture, which was melted down during the war.

After the war, Hachiko was hardly forgotten. In 1948 The Society For Recreating The Hachiko Statue commissioned Ando Tekeshi, son of the original artist who has since passed away, to make a second statue.

Friday, April 27, 2007

In memory of James R. Richards, DVM

I felt very sad after reading this on Wildrun's blog. At the same time, I felt extremely touched by Dr. Richards' act of kindness.

Dr. James Richards, a renowned cat veterinarian and beloved Cornell University Professor died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident while trying to avoid a cat on the road. For someone who loves all living animals, the reflex was, I believe natural and without second thoughts.

I think I would have done the same.

Rest in peace Dr. Richards.

Thanks for bringing love and kindness to this world and showing us what compassion is.

The Case of the Sleeping Cat

There has been a complaint 3 streets down where I reside.

The complaint came from the father of a girl who is afraid of a cat who sleeps on the staircase. She has to walk that flight of stairs down each morning and the cat frightens her enough to make it an uphill task getting to school. I heard the cat in question is pretty timid so I don't think kitty is that frightening.

Our community cat, Nana sleeps on the staircase leading to the second floor all the time and nobody at my block seemed to mind. Since our lifts serve every floor now, nobody really climbs the stairs.

I have offered to walk the girl down the stairs to show her that her fear is uncalled for.

We now wait to hear from the Town Council.

The last complaint I mediated was The Case of the Cat on Car.

Thursday, April 26, 2007


STAMP is a nation wide project that celebrates the city, city-life and you, the city-dweller. 40 city post-boxes have been selected for makeovers and await your magic touch! If you have an idea of a good post-box design, you might actually get to paint it onto a post-box and showcase your design to the rest of the country!

This is my personal fave! It's easy to see why.

CV 10: Cats in Red Lights
Location: Bugis Opp Parkview Sq

These are my other four votes.

S07: Shop Till You Drop
Location: Far East Plaza

CV06: City's Secrets
Location: UE Square
CV 07: Rolling Hill
Location: Carpenter Street
CV 03: Blue Sky
Location: Stamford Road

You can vote for your favourite ones too at

Gifts from wonderful colleagues

Knowing I love animals, my lovely colleague got me these when she was at a dog show. I'm totally delighted!

Another colleague who returned from her LA trip got me this pretty little evening bag.

Another very thoughtful colleague got me these from Melbourne.

From Pebble Bridge

From Sunny Ridge

Shiro is coming home tonight!

I'm so thrilled to hear that Shiro is coming home tonight. He was hospitalised since last Sat. M and her dad will pick him up.

On the other hand, I heard Tubbs has been friendly to a young female newbie. This lad is usually not, so this lass must be attractive somewhat. And this makes Nana very angry. Oops.

Tubbs with Nana. This love affair is starting to get complicated.

Top of the world!

Hi! I am Xiao B, a proud resident at the clinic. I'm going to sing a song. Ahem...

Such a feelin's comin' over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear
It's because you are here
You're the nearest thing to heaven that I've seen

I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it's tellin' me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There's a pleasin' sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here

I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world

Now it's time to rest... ZzZzZzz

Fabulous Felines

Current issue of Clubpets is all about cats! Cool.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Shiro is hospitalised

My neighbour, M's cat, Shiro (who is Nana's son) is hospitalised on 21 Apr, the same night we discharged White Socks. He has not been eating well for the past few days and has been diagnosed with diabetes a couple of months back. This is his 4th review with Dr. H.

Shiro has to be put on the drip and has to start his insulin jabs. It will be twice daily jab for Shiro for the rest of his life. Poor boy. Lucky for him, he has a loving family.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

White Socks - The Sequel

This is White Socks.

This is White Socks-lookalike. Very similar right?

Dr. H and crew did not managed to vaccinate White Socks last night. All of them were either scratched or bitten by her. Nurse Y mentioned that White Socks is alright when not touched, but once someone tries touching (or gently grabbing) her, she'll go berserk. Strange thing is, White Socks is usually gentle. Perhaps she is afraid of strangers and the environment.

Another startling discovery - White Socks is microchipped. She is very likely to be an adopted cat from SPCA. Nurse Y will help me find out more when she visits SPCA coming Mon. We'll get SPCA to help contact the owner to find out what has happened. We're hoping the owner genuinely lost White Socks - we'll be more than happy to reunite them. Otherwise, we have another abandonee.

When we released White Socks, she ran to a blk we don't manage. We saw another sterilised cat who looked so much like her, with the 'batman' look. So in all, we have 3 'batman' cats in our area. The third is a home cat owned by an elderly malay uncle who allows him to come out.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

White Socks

A new "resident" at the clinic - the SPCA dog.

We sent White Socks, a female to the vet last night for spaying today. She is a newbie found recently at my estate area.

I received a call at 4.00pm today from the nurse who said "White Socks is already sterilised leh."

? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? !

Fortunately, White Socks' belly has not gone under the knife yet. The vet saw an old scar on her belly and a tiny tattoo inside her ear when examining her after she was sedated.

I am thankful the vet was meticulous. Otherwise, poor White Socks will spend unnecessary hours recuperating for an op she doesn't need.

I have requested for the nurse to have the vet tip White Sock's left ear since she is still under sedation when we spoke. Conclusion I derived - White Socks must be an ex-home cat who was abandoned. Sad.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Singapore Flyer

Have you seen this? You should, if you have been on Nicoll Highway.

Reminds me of The Eye on Malaysia. Doncha think?

Nuts about My Dog

This, I could not resist not buying. It reads:

My goal is to be as wonderful as my DOG thinks I am

I think it is an attainable goal. There's one about the cats too. Will get it as soon as I see it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tubbs is never too far from Nana

He simply adores her although the feeling may not necessarily be reciprocated. Nana is the temperamental one, she can be nice one second and nasty the other. She was in exceptionally good mood last night. She came flying to me from the second floor when she heard me (walking on my heels) at the void deck.

Jack Russell "Tear-er"

Look at what my Cookie did. I'm fortunate it's only two pieces. I could change one for a new piece at the bank. The bank staff's eyes were sprung wide opened when she saw the badly mutilated second piece - "Wah, what happened to it?!" she enquired very curiously. Embarrassed, I replied "Oh you know, it's my dog." Haha. She's not sure if it could be changed. She'll checked and revert.

Despite all these, I can never bring myself to be angry with her (or Queenie). I love them both. : )

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Vivo City

I was at Vivo City today (13 Apr) with a friend who was back in town from London. This is my first visit to the mega mall. Really huge! Noticed it housed many UK brands like River Island, Ted Baker, Prinicples, etc. There's a particular shop I fancied at #02-68, Mother Garden. They sell cute childrens' items but what attracted me were the doggy stuff they sell as well! I will be back for this shop. As we shopped, we noticed a long queue at Vinco, a donut store. Donut Factory at Raffles City Shopping also commanded similar long queue - are donuts the latest craze or something? We spent also an hour or so in Mu-EE #02-40 where we got ourselves these. Absolutely adorable!

I know there's a Pet Safari on level 3 but we didn't have the time to go anywhere beyond level 2. In fact, we didn't even finish level 2. Now that's how huge the place is - that is, if you do seriously shop and not just browse.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Cookie says hi!

Cookie is wearing her new collar for she had destroyed the old one.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Dig It, Build It!

I got this very interesting book for a toddler friend of mine (my colleague's very adorable grandson to whom I'm so addicted to) at the bookstore. This is such a cute book. All the vehicles will pop up in 3D form when you flip open the page. What more, there's a dog and a cat in the vehicle. So cool!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Why are Nana's nails trimmed?!

M and I realised to our horror last night that all of Nana's nails are trimmed! Now this explained why she was in such an agitated mood - she probably felt defenceless. She'll bite whichever hand went near her. Mine was nearly ripped. Tsk. Why would anyone do that? We have a few speculations:

1) Somebody finds Nana cute and wanted to adopt her. So they trimmed all her nails in case she attacks. However the 'adoption' didn't work out so they released Nana. Nana loves freedom and hates to be confined.

2) Somebody adopted Nana, trimmed her nails, realised many of us were looking high and low, day and night for her, decided to return her cos they felt guilty.

3) Nana scratched someone's stuff outside the unit and that someone decided to trim her nails to prevent further destruction.

p.s. Nana was also limping on her right hind leg.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Nana is BACK!

Just as I finished publishing my post on Nana's disappearance, my mobile rang. M (my neighbour) called to inform Nana is back! I heaved a great sigh of relief. She's finally back!

I rushed down to my neighbour's unit to welcome the queen's return. Tubbs was there for the welcome too but Nana wasn't too friendly to him. They had a mini brawl, leaving Tubbs dejected at the void deck. I tried to cheer him up by offering some food which he gladly feasted on. I advised him to leave Nana alone for now 'cos she's in bad mood. He then washed and groomed himself while I went up to check on the angry lady. Offered her a can which she took 90%. Then she went to sit at a corner to continue fuming. Funny girl. Anyway she can fume for all she wants now that she is safely back. I can sleep well tonight. : )


SIGH. Our dear Nana has been missing since Wed, 27 Mar. It has been 5 days and there's no news at all. All of us are worried sick. We've been searching for her every single day - Uncle Y combed the entire block, Uncle M drove his taxi around looking for her and Uncle O searched on his bicycle. I waited at the void deck in case she turns up. Nana has never been missing for this long. It's depressing. I hope she is fine.