Friday, August 27, 2010
Look at the amount of fur being shaved off!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Amber went for her full grooming which included of shaving down of her fur (totally) for the 1st time in her life! A lot of fur went off her body!
At different angle...
And a close up!
PS from Amber: i felt so weird after having "no fur" now.... but jie jie says i still looked cute!
Though my fur from around my neck, back, butt, tail and ears were been shaved....
Oh yes, and my spots on my body became a lot more and visible! My collar was really loose for me now...
Friday, August 20, 2010
Our 3 birthday star are Dawn(23/8), Yumi(22/8) and Gydae(20/8)
PS: though dawn is the oldest among the 3
Anyway, other than Amber, Hero(The show poodle) and Chocolate(our BFF doggie friend) were there too!
The yummy cakie and foodie!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
|Condition of puppies in a puppy mill at Pasir Ris|
Animal activists have met with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) to discuss puppy mills in Singapore.
In a written statement from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the meetings took place "to appeal for a strong stance against the unethical and unacceptable practices of puppy mills in Singapore."
Key points discusses included setting higher industry standards and best practices, the urgent need to implement a robust licensing system and increase rigorous enforcement for the industry.
Currently those working at pet shops have to undergo formalised training on pet care in the retail trade.
A spokesperson from AVA said that this would eventually extend to the dog breeding farms, according to space allocation for the intakes of the courses. A date was not provided.
In a written statement, AVA stated it has been monitoring the situation on the farms and is involved in assessing the welfare of the dogs.
AVA looks beyond basic grooming to the overall condition of the dogs, the infrastructure and facilities provided for the dogs.
The animal welfare groups involved are:
- Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES)
- Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)
- Cat Welfare Society (CWS)
- House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS)
- Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Monday, August 9, 2010
This year's National Day's song...
We had our advanced National Day special dinner a few days ago...
Our special ND dinner...
(Rice + Fish + Raw Dehydration Summer Brush Tail + Egg + Green Peas + Carrots)
Thursday, August 5, 2010
But it seems our four-legged friends go a step further and even copy humans too.
They automatically imitate hand movements with their paws and mouth movements with their muzzles, research has revealed.
Face off: Kelsey Grammar with Eddie, his canine co-star on TV comedy Frasier. Pet dogs copy the actions of their owners, scientists have discovered
Humans are known to engage in ‘automatic imitation’, when another person’s body moving in a particular way elicits the same physical reaction in an observer.
And now canines have been shown to do the same.
Dogs’ imitative abilities are shaped by the way their owners interact with them as they grow up, the researchers suggest.
In the study, ten dogs were trained to open a sliding door using their heads and also with their paws for a food reward.
Five of them – three border collies, an Australian shepherd and a mongrel – were asked to open the door in the same way as their owner (head or hand/paw).
The remaining five dogs – four border collies and a mongrel – were required to use their paw after seeing human head use and their head their owner used a hand.
They took significantly longer to respond correctly to the task than those simply imitating.
Researcher Dr Friederike Range, a cognitive biologist at the University of Vienna, said: ‘The dogs brought with them to the experiment a tendency automatically to imitate hand use and/or paw use; to imitate these actions even when it was costly to do so, when imitation interfered with the efficient performance of an ongoing task.’
His colleagues told the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: ‘The results provide the first evidence of automatic imitation and of automatic counter-imitation in dogs.
‘Dogs are special animals, both in terms of their evolutionary history of domestication and the range and intensity of their developmental training by humans.
‘Both of these factors may enhance the extent to which dogs attend to human activity.
‘But the experiment suggests it is the latter training in the course of development which plays the more powerful and specific role in shaping their imitative behaviour.’
Two years ago, researchers found dogs yawn when they see a human doing so, suggesting they are capable of empathising with people.
Another study found they develop a bark similar to the sound of an owner’s regional accent. So canines in Liverpool communicate in a high pitch, for example.