Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nigel's a little better... we hope. / SherJay's full month...

Good news is that Nigel was so happy to see Pa that he went over to give him a lick and was totally happy... for about 5 mins, after that he went back to being rather miserable... I would be plenty miserable too.
With the right side of his jaw crushed, he was shaven down and that's the stitches from the surgery. Right now, the bill for the entire episode has already exceeded $1000. The husky's young owner would probably need a year just to settle his debts.
You see that little blue valve there? that is how Nigel is eating... food and water is injected through the valve into his stomach. He is mighty miserable alright... We will be checking in with him every so often.
On the a brighter note, first day of the Lunar New Year was SherJay's full month celebration! There was some confusion about who SherJay is.... NO he is not Pa's son... I AM. Not SherJay... he is Pa's elder brother's son... that would make Pa his UNCLE.
For our Foreign Friends, we Chinese Rottweilers have lunar new years to celebrate... which basically means we get to celebrate New Year twice... and get money for it too! Hey... we didn't make the rules!
This little bundle of joy is really Uncle Song's son... when he needs to shit, he does it with a BANG! only a month old, and he is able to kick pretty hard... and he can even move his head and neck with ease! Apparently unheard off... Hey... I manage to walk in my first few mins.. so I dun know what is the big deal.
The first "Haw" <-family surname> and he is male... fantastic! He will be doted on i suppose! We can't wait to give him licks. We aren't allowed to right now... Pa says we are stinky.
And cause everyone is smelling him... he has to smell fresh. But really... did you smell his Poo? how on earth something so small can pass out so much is a mystery.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Another Nigel update

Like the confusing noisy traffic in Bangkok, Pa was feeling trapped and useless... unable to do much about anything.

Two other senior vets have seen Nigel and both are optimistic for a complete recovery in a month or two. Right now, he would need to be fed with a syringe. A once happy dog has been reduced to grovelling.

Its always easy to give advise when you are not involved... but when your own dog is so badly injured, you sometimes wonder what else you can do to exert justice. Not a very honorable thought... but sometimes, it possesses you.

The husky owner isn't from a very rich background, and he doesn't stay on private property... you know what that means... any complains would immediately have his dog confiscated. The medical bills would likely take several months to recover has his own parent would probably have difficulty in this economic crisis.

Its really like you have had your dog badly injured and yet still have to bend over and take it. As advocates of tolerance, our own lessons can be a bitter pill to swallow.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's worst than we thought.

Update from Pa who is currently not in Singapore...

Nigel has got back from op.

The damage was too terrible to repair conventionally. Because of the delay, the wound is infected.

Right now, they have pumped him full of antibiotics and anti-septic cream. Hoping that his jaw will now naturally heal by itself.

If that doesn't work, they would have to amputate the lower jaw.

Oh God. What have I done?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy Adopted / Bruno and Nigel bitten...

Remember Happy? well, if Pa isn't wrong, he has been successfully adopted. Hopefully he is able to find a great warm loving home and have areal family at last.
We also went down with Uncle Richmond to the games store to get a new PS3! After the swimming pool!
And Auntie Joyce really enjoyed herself as well!--------------------------------------
Nigel on the other hand is a SMELLY BOY...
he so needs a bath. And we will give him a bath!
This was the original Caption I wrote... Unfortunately last Sunday was not a good Sunday for all.

Bruno and Nigel was bitten at the Pool.
It was totally unprovoked. Bruno was first bitten on his side by a Golden Retriever hard. Bad enough for him to Bark really loud at the GR and walk away calmly. The GR was pretty shaken up after just the Bark. I'm just glad Bruno didn't lose his temper.

Cause if he did, the GR would have been badly injured... and then everyone would blame the Rottie. As Pa was bathing him afterward, Pa could see the bite did hurt and probably left a bruise. But Bruno is a tough boy.

Nigel on the other hand...

Well, just to show you just how small Nigel is, take a look at the video above. Bear, Bruno, QQ and Nigel playing with a ball...

Nigel is a tiny thing... and after Bruno was bitten, Nigel was also attacked unprovoked by a very small 1.5 years old female husky. This time, it was a serious attack, the Female Husky went for Nigel's neck and pounced on him. She started to shake her head left and right, and lucky Pa was there in 3 steps, lifted the husky right off the floor with one hand by the scuff of her neck.

Pa started to ask for the owner and the owner was trying to explain that she got away when he was trying to bath her.

Lesson 1: in a dog fight,
restrain your dog immediately.

Explanations come later when the excitement is over. Instead, the owner was asking Pa to let go of his dog and pass her over. Pa was asking at least 10 times for the Leash and Collar. As Pa has a good grip on the Husky, and that she was relatively light, the scuff of the neck hold would not have hurt her at all.
Lesson 2: you cannot catch a dog
if it doesn't want to be caught.

There is no way anyone can chase a dog down that doesn't want to be caught, so restrain your dog with a method you know you have control over it. In this case she was on a prong collar. The owner took a good 3-4 mins trying to get the collar on, and after he did, Pa had to repeat himself to ask for the leash...

Lesson 3: a collar is useless
without a leash.

"its ok, you can pass her to me now."
"it is NOT ok. Put on her leash first."

Sometimes at the heat of the moment, you have to be firm to get your point across. People are in shock and are usually unprepared what to do.

This entire thing took so long, the female husky has long since recovered from her prey drive and was wagging her tail. She was really confused when her owner then decide to smack her mouth. And when she was tied to the fence, she was howling for attention.

Lesson 4: Be quick if you want
your dog to learn.

Just as the leash came on, the owner's friend muttered a profanity under his breath at Pa.

"I hope he wasn't saying that to me."

Lesson 5: keep your cool. Getting angry right then
would not help the situation.

Nigel was bleeding pretty badly, and Pa feared the worst... the neck however was unbruised and the bleeding looked as if it came from inside the mouth. After the blood was washed away, Nigel was yelping and crying out loud.

Pa eventually spoke to the Husky owner who tried to help as he can. Also telling him to talk to his friend about losing his temper. What's done is done. Pa just hoped that Nigel was fine and would eventually recover... This was on Sunday.
Yesterday, Nigel was still shivering and yelping. He was finally admitted to the hospital for a check up. As he was very hurt, he was biting anyone that came near... so he was placed under GA to get the jaw scanned.
What we found was that the injury was worst than we thought. Nigel had a fractured lower jaw. The Husky when going for his throat didn't get a clean hold because Nigel had his mouth open. That probably saved his life.
Pa is very upset right now with the entire situation. And he is humbled by the lesson learned. While Pa is confident of us and our behavior... one can never truly trust another person's dog. Husky's have the tendency not to warn when they are about to snap...
And in his carelessness... Nigel now has to pay the price. He either would have a wire to wire his mouth shut, or a pin inserted into his jaw to keep it in place. Pa wished he reacted faster, or was more alert. And he hopes the Husky owner would train his dog better.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Art and Life

Pa hasn't got the time for me... but he did bring me out and about... and while entertaining some people, he came across this painting at Dempsy... What do you think? Issit nice?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Monday, January 05, 2009

Love me, Love the World.

Love me... Everyone must love me.
I dun care who... but love me can?
I'll be good. Love love me...
That's all i have to give anyway... LOVE
I dun mind with a person or two or three...
Who can really complain? I want more... Bruno too!
Yes YES i am gentle! No BITE!
No Bite... No pain...
This is a silly blog post... i'm just basically too tired to write stuff... just posting pictures...
Lets have a birthday party this year.
I think enough people will come.. what do you think?
I think it'll be fun and worth it...
Ok... nothing else to say. Love the Rottie. Love the Breed. Screw the Owners.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

What is it about New Year's??

A STOMPer says she and her family were attacked and bitten by her neighbour's dogs in Upper Bukit Timah Road on December 31, and the neighbour even showed them the middle finger afterwards.

She recounts the incident:

"While we were leaving our house with my two dogs, we had to pass by our neighbour's house as we had parked a distance away from our house.

"However we realised that the neighbour's house gate was open and suddenly three dogs -- one golden retriever, one Labrador and a German shepherd rushed out and came straight at us.

"We were so shocked and the golden retriever attacked my husky and the German shepherd attacked my son and I have to shield him away and was bitten on my thigh, while the labrador attacked my terrier.

"The german shepherd then turned his attention to my terrier and both dogs continously attacked my terrier.

"The German shepherd attacked her neck causing multiple deep puncture holes and the labrador attacked her back and injured her thighs.

"While we were screaming for help and trying to fend off the vicous attacks, my husband and I were further bitten.

"I was so in shocked that I fainted and neighbours had to call for ambulance.

"Apparently the neighbour wasn't even sorry for the incident and started provoking my husband and even used the middle finger at us for fending away their dogs while we were being bitten.

"The German shepherd wasn't even muzzled and they are so irresponsible even after the case of the rotweillers attack came out in the press.

"Thereafter the whole commotion we were sent to NUH A&E and my husband had to have 3 stitches to his hand.

"I was treated and discharged.

"We hope that the media is aware that such evil people still exist in Singapore and even after what the AVA has done they still allow their vicious dogs to attack humans and pets alike.

"Talking about value of our dogs -- the 2 dogs we have are actually Singapore's Number 1 show dog of the year and terrier of the year respectively and now the terrier cannot be shown due to her injuries."

AVA says that it is investigating the report.


This is obviously a owner problem... even as neighbours they did not socialise their dogs with each other...

It is doubtful that this is their first brush with each other.


Clearly, this is not a breed issue. And clearly muzzles are not the answer.
Any suggestions what we can do to improve the situation? Dog by Dog, Person by Person, we are already trying our best.