Thursday, December 29, 2005

Brown The Cool-Looking Canine!

I'd been so busy during X'mas! I had to play the X'mas reindeer and I had to carry a huge sack on my back to deliver the presents to everyone at home. It was such hard work and I was sweating like mad after that! Boy, I must be getting old too!! Either that, or it must be the heatwave!

The weather's been hot lately (despite being December when it usually rains) and guess what I got for my X'mas present? A lovely pair of sunglasses!! Jules says that I look like a cool Californian surfer dude and Sharon thinks that the frames blend in really well with my facial contours! Karen thinks it's good protection against the harmful UV rays and against cataracts! So now when I go for my walks, Jules will wear my shades for me! Wow, I guess I will be the centre of attention as not many doggies out there wear such cool shades! Hey, maybe the marketing folks at Oakley or RayBan might consider starting a canine range for doggies like us after they see this picture!

A very Happy New Year to all my friends out there!

Lots of Love from the Brown Furry Monster,


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Brown The Shar-Pei

I have a triple chin and lots of folds of neck fat. Now, everyone thinks that I have shar-pei bloodline in my genes! Boy, this must be my punishment for begging Jules for all the scraps and for stealing food off Sharon's plate when she's not looking! Karen was grooming me that day and while she was brushing my fur coat, she noticed that I developed a few extra chins: "shar-pei"-like qualities...Thank God I don't have those wrinkles on my face and around my big brown eyes! I must start to do something serious now lest I end up looking like a true blood shar-pei!


Saturday, December 10, 2005


Karen has been so busy with her work these days. But despite her busy schedule, she still devotes one entire day to me!! Wow! I must really be very special to her!! Karen has not been getting enough sleep and when she came down to see me last week, she dozed off next to me and we ended up catching an afternoon nap together. I'm really so touched by her love and devotion to me! While we were both sound asleep, I had a pleasant dream! I dreamt that I was with Karen. We were both running through the lush green meadows and we were smelling the flowers that bloomed in the meadows. It was spring time, the birds were singing, the sun was shining and there was even a rainbow! That was my wonderful dream; I wondered if Karen also had the same dream?

Later in the evening, I put on my reindeer antlers and I did my Christmas rehearsal as the X'mas reindeer. I carried a bag of wrapped presents and I had to remember where to put Sharon's present (on the dressing table), where to put Jule's present (on his writing desk), was tiring and the bag was so heavy! I was drained and soon after that, I collapsed on the floor. Karen saw the golden opportunity to use me as her brown furry pillow and she ended sleeping on me! Later, she told Sharon that I was the best pillow in the world as I was nice, warm, furry and fuzzy! The pillows on her bed are stuffed with feathers and they don't keep her that warm! She also added that her pillows don't have that nice doggy smell! Aw....I'm shedding a tear!


My New Cesar Bed!!

Karen took part in a Cesar contest a few months ago and guess what? Her entry won me a new bed!! Boy, I was overjoyed when I saw it! It looks so Scottish and it has red Steward tartan checks! It is even branded with the Cesar logo! I want to thank all the lovely people at Cesar for organising such contests to make doggies like us happy! It really brightens our mundane days and it gives us more motivation to be good doggies!

My new Cesar bed is so soft and comfortable! It also keeps me warm during those cold rainy nights! I wanted Sharon, Jules and Karen to try out and sleep with me on new bed but unfortunately, they cannot fit into it...that's a pity...Thank you, Karen, for winning me this beautiful bed! I love you from the botton of my brown brown heart!! XXX


Monday, December 05, 2005

Lock, Stock & Brown Smoking Dog

I get 'cigarettes' (doggie snacks in cigarette form) when I am a good girl or after a bath. It takes me just 10 minutes to 'smoke' my 'cigarette' and best of all, all I need are a few sticks a day to keep me happy! My ciggies are cheap as compared to the human type and Jules got me 1000 sticks for free when I won a $100 pet shop voucher in the Straits Times contest. That's enough to last me for a long long time!

Unlike human cigarettes, mine do not contain an ounce of nicotine or tobacco and are also edible! They are yummy too! They won't give you lung cancer or oral cancer but may have the undesired effect of obesity if too much is consumed.

I love this photo! Sharon thinks I'm cute! Jules says that I can be a cigarette poster girl and Karen feels that I look like the cowboy John Wayne...I think Brown Wayne would be a suitable title!


Thursday, December 01, 2005

A Second Chance For Hannah

This article appeared in the papers a few weeks back. When I read it, I was flooded with a lot of emotions. I was hurt, incensed, relieved and overjoyed. Hurt, because I don't understand why people can be so cruel to animals. Incensed, because I cannot comprehend how someone could just leave an injured dog like that in a hit-and-run accident. I mean, I was once a stray and I know how hard life is out there in the open. How can some humans be so heartless and cruel? Don't they realise that we are also God's little creatures and that our lives are also precious? If you saw a child starving on the street, what would you do? I am sure many of the kind souls out there would buy the child some food or drink and would do their best to help the child seek shelter in a warm and loving home which would enable the child to grow up in a conducive environment. Many angels would do their best to ensure that the under-privileged child would have a fighting chance for equal opportunities in life.

If you saw an injured person lying on the street writhing and moaning in pain, what would you do? Surely, no one who has a heart would turn a blind eye and walk away? So similarly, it is the same for us. What makes us so different from humans that renders us so undeserving of compassion and love? Just because we walk on four legs? Or is the fact that we have fur and tails? Or can it be the fact that we have been unjustly branded as 'pests', 'vermin' and 'a nuisance'? Why? Just because we bark occasionally to communicate? Just because we rummage through the trash cans to fill our starving tummies? Or just because we occupy some space at the void decks in order to get some shelter from the elements? Or can it be because of the fact that we are just homeless strays (not by choice) and have been unfairly classified as 'dirty', 'fierce' and 'flea-ridden'? Perhaps some would even go so far to argue that just because we are not pure-bred pedigree dogs, we are at the lowest runk of this highly stratified society, are labelled as 'outcasts' and thus, do not even deserve a single ounce of dignity, love, kindness and compassion?

We have to be very aware that all of us are God's creatures and just by this fact, all of us have the right to live and all of us deserve our fair share of love, dignity, kindness and compassion from others. Man might have been given the role as a steward from the Creator to protect and to care for His lesser beings, but that does not make him so superior to the extent that he can just dominate and rule with an iron fist and with no sense of social justice or compassion. God loves each and every single one of His creatures: big, small, beautiful, fat, thin, ugly, slimy, scaly, etc...All of us are put here for a purpose and that is for all of us to learn to live in harmony and to love and appreciate one another for the goodness that all of us have in us.

Please do not give strays like us nasty labels like 'low class', 'pariah', 'vermin', 'pests'...labels are all socially constructed and it is all subjective and relative. They are all subject to change and are not supreme. The only thing that is supreme is love and from love, we can derive all sorts of virtues like compassion, kindess and hope.

I am also relieved and overjoyed because a very kind soul by the name of Dr. Maggie Gremli has seen the inner beauty of Hannah and has given her a loving home that she rightfully deserves. It is fantastic when we have such beautiful and touching endings. Please remember that we are not homeless strays by choice. We were just born into unfortunate circumstances. We are all God's creatures and we also have our dignity and pride. We deserve love and care; just like anyone else. Please have a heart and some mercy for us and help us to have a better life. The first small step to take would be acceptance. Please try to accept us. And the second step is even easier! Just open your arms wide to us and welcome us to a loving home. You can be very sure that you will be rewarded with lots of love and loyalty from simple doggies like us who would make wonderful pets and this in itself, is a very pure and joyful reward that money cannot buy. And as Karen always says: The best welcome one could get would be a doggie's welcome when you get home from work!

Remember, the wise Gandhi once said that you can judge a society by the way it treats its animals. Let's hope that we are on the right side of judgment!


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