wow. 2 months since we last posted.
nothing big had happened. everything’s been rather peaceful.
haru occasionally pees on blanket still. mom suspects because it already has her pee scent, that’s why.
anyway, mom now locks the room door when she’s out & we all have to remain in the living room 😦
not that the living room space is small BUT, we want to lie down on the bed too!
so she’s looking at sewing a small bed for us! mom just purchased some kapok online & waiting for it to be shipped. she’s going to sew a bed! she’s hooked onto sewing of late as she bought a sewing machine. so far, she has attempted curtains. look decent!
digressing, we are kinda overdue for our health check. mom is trying to find time to send us for blood tests. mom dreads vet clinics because vets always try to counsel mom on what she should do & not do for us. our tests pretty much show us both in the pink of health but we have our usual physical issues such as ear & skin, which mom has kept them under control the past years. we do have breakouts once awhile but vets seem to use this opportunity to try to tell us the serious-ness of it, the consequences & eventually, push products to mom. being the typical mom that we’ve been with her for the past 7 odd years, we know mom is just gonna roll her eyes. kekekek
and it suddenly struck her that we are both coming to 8 years old this year! to many people, dog that age equals to SENIOR liao. but coffee isn’t acting anything like her age. she loves hopping around like a rabbit & play chase me games! baubs on the other, has always been the laid back one. he jumps around excitedly & nips at mom when he’s going out for walks. nothing has pretty much changed for the 2 of us. well, we are both aging & it does show abit. coffee has some white strands around her eyes. baub lost sight in his left eye & mom is trying to prevent the right one from degenerating further.
haru is still young at about 4 years old. but because she was born a weak kitten with a strange physical defect which the vet also cannot comprehend, she’s also pretty laid back just like baubs. in fact, both of them are really similar in many ways.
mom’s been reading news about dogs being given up, abandoned, largely due to old age, illness, new baby, moving house, bla bla bla & what have you.
many times, mom could only think of the worst, if she didn’t bring baubs back. no, she’s not praising herself. she didn’t rescue baubs either. she bought baubs for S$750 from a pet farm. back then, mom never heard about puppy mills & she wasn’t prepared, or rather, she was totally ignorant about the possible health issues that puppies from pet farms might have. in fact,she never wanted a male puppy. she wanted a companion for coffee, as she didn’t want coffee to be left alone at home for long hours. so she’s been bringing coffee around to see puppies. and there was just this time, coffee didn’t go with her when she went to this particular pet farm in pasir ris. there were many puppies in cages, all stacked up. there were plenty of barks from the back of the store (which was closed off to public). she was attended by a lady who owns a schnauzer. her schnauzer had huge bumps all over the body (as large of 50cent coins). there were several breeds & all cute. but baubs caught mom’s eye. not because he’s cute (all the puppies were cute & it’s hard to pick out the cutest anyway) but baub was totally not reactive to mom at all. sat in his cage as laid back as can be, not a care in the world, locked up in his own cage, resigned to his own fate. all puppies have to go through this. it’s really sad. very sad. to say that mom took pity on baub is also not correct. she didn’t felt any sympathy towards baub. she just felt, drawn & connected to him. no exact words can describe. when she brought baub back, baub’s stank of pee. and had ticks. farm owner said baub cannot be bathed due to his recent vaccination so we had to live with a pee-stained pup for a couple of days. can you imagine what other pups had to go through? with so many dogs/puppies in the farm, and with so few humans to manage it, it is no surprise that many of them sleep in their own pee & poop, AND, eventually, plaqued with health issues.
Mom didn’t know baub was sickly. but she knows baub is different. he was rather lethargic for a puppy. very different from coffee (coffee came from a domestic environment). he was this scrawny little fella with an awkward body. and so, mom was hit with a series of shocks in the first 2 years. baub keeps falling sick. she blogged about it before & so she shall not go into details. vet has no answer, or rather, VETS have no answer. she decided to take matters into her own hands & give him the best treatment that she could.
by the 3rd year, baub has gotten better & stronger. even mom’s mommy saw the change. that is why mom really dread to think what could have happened to him, if she didn’t bring him back. he could have been bought by another person who couldn’t care enough to treat him & just dump him. because baub also had this skin problems (on & off) which caused him to lose fur & bald. many times dogs which were dumped looked like that. with love, care & time, it can be treated. and this is something which many people fail to understand.
this is baub when he was balding:
that is not his worst. but you can see patches of baldness on his body. this was 2012.
here’s a recent one taken few months back:
we all fall sick, at one time or another. however, humans tend to judge, & take the easy way out by eliminating the problem (by abandonment). we just need time to heal. and we need your help. animals have the power to heal themselves & to heal people too, if only people give them a chance to.
and here’s coffee, signing off: