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Sleeping Beauty

April 28, 2011 2 comments

Le Le Beauty Sleep Regime + Daily Activity

  • 0800 – 0900 – Wake up to send pappi to work
  • 0900 – 1130 = ZZzzzzz…… sleep
  • 1130 – 1300 – Brunch play and training time
  • 1300 – 1530 = zzzzz… sleep
  • 1530 – 1630 – play and roaming around time
  • 1630 – 1830 = zzzz…. sleep
  • 1830 – 2200 – Dinner, play, training and walk time (at times in between slept for 1 hour)
  • 2200 – 0800 (next day) = sleep *snore snore ZZZZZzzzzz….. (tends to wake up for position shifting and pee sometimes)

Day 9 of Le Le season – Le Le has been so lethargic nowadays. Sleep and sleep and sleep. Even when I tried playing with her or going through her training routine, she just seems not keen. So is the hormones acting up on her? Her vulva area has since swollen to the size of ping pong ball. Her licking frenzy once again activated on her paws, stomach and vulva. As read on net, it was mentioned to be a normal behavior. But should we prevent her from doing it, since such actions for female dogs is more of a “cleaning” activity during heat season.

2 days ago, we realised lele has bitten her tail until reddish. I have applied Neem oil on her wounds and today the reddish seems to subside but there are pus from her bitten wound. This is the first time I saw such wound on her and its heartaching. She’s on KONG Cloud Collar now as to prevent her from licking but yet she still can do her yoga twisting and manage to reach her tail. But she is unable to reach her vulva areas which solve my earlier doubt since she has to wear her cloud collar. The good thing about the KONG Cloud Collar is lele has no resistant against it. She simply treat it like a neck pillow and wore it throughout her sleep.

But that was not the case when I first wore it on her. She struggle, shake profusely, did her pawing kung-fu just to get rid of this odd thingy on her neck. Immediately using distraction and positive reinforcement methods, I dished out her favourite squeaky toy and we played and ran around the house. Soon later she forget about her neck cushion. Subsequently I took it off. And a while later, I put it back on her again and there comes the treats and praises when she did not try to remove collar. In this way, she will associate the Cloud Collar with all the positive actions.

Tomorrow I’m going to bring her to the vet and had her wound examine. Hope we will find the cause and it will get better.

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Tongue Twister

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Do you realise Le Le has a distintive feature among the photos?

Yes, it’s her long tongue. Her tongue seems to grow when she get exhausted. It looks exceptionally long for her build and once bitten herself while playing in the field.

But lele’s distintive tongue is no match for Puggy the Pekingese Pup. Puggy has the Guinness World Record for the longest dog tongue measuring 4.5 inches (11.43cm) long. WOW…. More importantly, Puggy has a family who loves and adore him regardless of his imperfection. Beauty lies in the eye of beholder. I give my utmost respect to Puggy family and wishes them all the best and Puggy happily always.

 

Le Le flying ears and tongue.                          A Big tongue Smile.

Unconditional Love

April 22, 2011 2 comments

Ever since our precious lele joined our family, everything which I’ve plan to do on my free time, wants to have le le involved. My weekends are priotised for her. My leave days are cater for her. It actually came to a point of wondering whether I have became obsessive towards having her.

But how can one heart not melt with her pretty looks and innocent eyes. Especially since she picked up a habit of staring at me when she wants something. Example, every evening after dinner without fail, lele will find opportunity to tell me “It’s time to bring me for a walk”. It may sound absurd. But lele will actually do a face to face eye contact on me. CS always laugh when she do that to me. And I always felt indebt to her if I do not bring her for a walk.

Quote from one of my favourite movie – Moulin Rouge ~ ” The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. ” And every of our furkids gave us their unconditional love even when we make mistakes, met failures or lazy to bring them for a walk.

I love Le Le a lot. Lele is no longer seen as a family pet but a family member. Everyone in the family adore her. As for me, I want the best for her to be happy and healthy always. She teaches me to live my life to the fullness.  She teaches me how to praise and compliment when it’s well done. And more importantly she teaches me love can be unconditional.

 

Darling Le Le at 5 months old.

(Bottom Right Pic) Le Le priceless expression while munching her yummy carrot.

   

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Moody Le Le

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Le Le seem to be restless and moody due to her PMS. She seems not interested in anything. Her attention span is very short. And she has put on weight. Seeing her in such condition make my heart sulk. Thinking back, I should have spayed her eariler. If she is spayed, she only have to go through the operation recovery. Now she need to be “quarantine” for 3 weeks make me feel bad. 

Lele loves the outdoors very much. Every Saturday morning, she will usually get to meet her paw friends at Bishan Dog Run. But now I am quite reserve in bringing her out. Worried about the male dogs and of course her getting pregnant. Her vulva area has become more swollen today. I really don’t know how to make her feel better.

Finally in Season

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Waiting waiting, lele finally came on heat on 19th April @ 10.5 months old. We actually book her sterilise operation on the 27th April. But now guess I need to postpone it to July-Aug.

On 18th April, the symptoms of her coming on heat is visibly detected. Lele’s vulva area became reddish and swell up slightly. On the 19th April morning, Le Le was sleeping beside me. I woke up and check on her and found a small tiny patch of red discharge (blood) at her vulva area. Immediately i ran around the house making annoucement “code red, code red!!!”. hahaha…

Next thing, I rush to pet’s lover center at ang mo kio outlet with intention to get her the pampers. After recommendation from the store keeper, I got the Mikki Hygience Pants instead. In additional, got lele a pack of sticks rawhides and a new squeaky toy.

When I got home, I manage to get the pants on lele. As expected, she will try bite off the pants. The solution is distraction. I offer her the new toy to divert her attention away from the pants. After playing, I gave her the rawhide for chewing. Soon before I know, lele has her pants on without resistence. This is part of the positive reinforcement method that I’ve learned during lele’s obedience training. Lele is now sound asleep with her pants on. Sweet dreams sweetie.

 

Getting a Dog and Potty Training

April 19, 2011 2 comments

Being a first time dog owner and having the first dog as a beagle is a huge challenge. Beagle is and has been known as stubborn, destroyer, hyeractive, do not  obey… But is all that true? Well they may not be the smartest dog breed in the doggie world but i believe every dog has its own character.

There are dogs up for adoption due to some reasons, one of which are owners giving up on their dogs due to uncontrollable behavior. But have the owners ever ask themselves, WHY. Most of the time, owners who abandoned their dogs are the cause of the unwanted behaviors. Excuses, excuses….. If you know you do not have the time and commitment, why bother to get a pet in the first place. If unable to teach, why insist on ownership.

It is important to research prior to getting a dog, a lapdog for a busy lifestyle or an energetic dog for the athletic oneself. Dogs are lifetime commitment and decisions should not be taken lightly.

Our first problem when lele join our family is getting her potty-train. It was indeed a hard time getting her to pee at the designated location and on paper. Personally it takes consistency. Everytime when she is allow to roam around the house, tight suvellience is target on her every move. It is indeed tiring and whenever she tries to pee or poo at other location she should not be, we will scoop her up immediately (+ saying “Nooooooo”) and bring her to the pee tray. The action will usually get her startled and had her remaining waste retracted back to her body. But when she got it right, we will praise and treat her happily. Definately once a while, we will detect a pee or poo without knowing, simply just clean it up and ignore her. Don’t use the traditional method of bringing her to sniff the waste.

I insist on positive reinforcement methods. Therefore as times goes, she gradually get right almost 99% rate, treat will be occasionally. However praise are always given.

So fellow first time owners, don’t be disheartened if your pup is unable to get it right. Mine took around 2 month for her 99% rate. Yet today she hit the 1% of peeing on her bed. Somemore still look at me when doing it. Le Le tend to test my temper at times. So remember to hold your anger.

Search of the One

April 19, 2011 6 comments

CS and me has long decided on the breed of dog we wanna get.  BEAGLE. Although i wanted a smaller breed like chihuahua, CS mentioned a big guy like him can’t possible lead a chihuahua for a walk. The combination will turn out “odd”, well that’s his opinion. Anyway, I went online in search “beagle for sale”. There i came across a posting with the following pictures. After much discussion, we decided to make a trip down to Poh Kennel.

              

On 26th Sept 2010, we make a visit to Poh Kennel. First we slighted 3 beagles, 2 males and 1 female. After much conversation with the kennel in charge, Glenn, understood a male beagle (above first pic from the left) has been sold earlier. So there were a litter of 4 beagles. I had always wanted a female dog. So Le Le is the one and only there. Frankly speaking, lele is not the first desired beagle sighted. But all things changed the moment i held her. She melts my heart. And there we got her at 4 months old. It was one of my best day in life.

  Le Le Pic in the posting.

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