Monday, June 6, 2011


A good Samaritan who wishes to remain anonymus has called me and offered to take ALL of Pn Robbiah's cats. They will be well looked after, and will have lots of space to roam etc. Her only condition is that ALL of them MUST be spayed and neutered before she takes them. She has also offerred to sponsor the spaying and neutering of 10 of the cats, but has requested that I raise the funds for the rest.

Therefore I would like to appeal to all of you to please sponsor the neutering of at least 1 cat.

The cost of neutering is a MALE cat is RM75.00 including post-surgery care
at Setiawangsa Veterinary Clinic

The cost of spaying a FEMALE cat is RM120 including post-surgery care
at Shah Alam Veterinary Clinic.

This does not include amounts that may be incurred for treating cats that are sick, and THIS PRICE IS A ONE TIME DEAL only for Pn Robbiah's cats. These vets will not be taking in cats for any other cases.

I will post the amounts incurred at the vet, and if there is any access or leftover from any funds raised, this will go towards animal welfare work in general.

If you would like to sponsor the neutering of a cat, or any amount you can afford towards the neutering of a cat, please bank in the money to my account:

Please email me your name and the amount that you have sponsored to so that I can update my records accordingly.

In the mean time I would like to thank everyone for helping spread the word! It is very much appreciated!

Natasha Fernz


I would like to stress that any amount you donate should be PURELY VOLUNTARY.


We have rescued a total of 37 cats!!! 20 adult cats, 3 kittens, 3 Mother Cats and their 11 Kittens!!! They will all be spayed/neutered before being sent to the adopter. Some of the cats are quite sickly, so they will be treated before they are spayed or neutered.

There are still a few more cats at Pn Robbiah's that we have not been able to catch today. If any of you have the resources to help out in catching them etc, please give Pn Robbiah a shout.

If you would like to contribute towards the medical costs, spaying and neutering costs, please bank in monies to me.

Any amount no matter how big or small will be greatly welcomed...Will post bills as and when I get them. Will also update the sponsorship box with all amounts donated.

I would like to say a big thank you to those who have already contributed, and more importantly to the 4 fabulous people who helped me out in today's operations. You know who you are! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Here are the pictures of the cats all safely at the clinics.I do apologise for the appalling description of the cats. I really do not know how to describe cats...


Mother Cat with 2 Kittens
Male Cat with Amputated Tail
3 Male Cats
Black & White Male Cat
Mother Cat with 5 kittens
Male Cat
3 sick kittens
2 sick male cats
Mother Cat with 4 Kittens


Female Tabby with White Paws
Female Two Coloured Tabby
Tri-Coloured Female

5 Female Cats
4 Female Cats


Thursday, June 2, 2011


UPDATE: All cats have been rescued and re-homed

Pn Robbiah is a 58 year old retiree that feeds and cares for over 30 stray cats in her area. Quite a number of these cats have actually been dumped at her home. With her limited means, she does the best that she can for these unwanted strays.

Many of them are sickly, and she takes them to the vet for treatment and looks after them as best as she can.

However, recently a neighbour filed a complaint to MPAJ. Pn Robbiah has been given till Sunday 5 June to remove all the cats from her premises and surrounding area or they will be confiscated.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Extracted from: Gulf News
Man on a Mission

Al Ganem calls salukis God's gift to man. "They are intelligent and friendly," he says.

An old Arab proverb goes: 'He is a gentleman. He grew up with the saluki.' It seems to have been coined for Hamad Ganem Shaheen Al Ganem, director, breeder and registrar general of the Arabian Saluki Center; board member, Emirates Falconers' Club; and consultant to the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi.

Arab Bedouins have been breeding salukis for thousands of years, Al Ganem tells me. These desert hounds, known for their exceptional stamina, intelligence and loyalty, are highly prized by the Bedouins. The Bedouins even allow them to share their tents. Al Ganem follows their example: his favourite salukis have a free run of the office. They are encouraged to sit on the sofas and spoken to as beloved family members.

Al Ganem possibly knows more about the Arabian tradition of breeding salukis than anyone in these parts. He comes from a well-known and respected Arab family famous in the region for breeding salukis. Al Ganem's family has been breeding the Aseel salukis the purest breed of Arabian hounds for about eight decades. The family tradition of saluki breeding has been passed on from fathers to sons for many generations, and to own one of the exceptional salukis bred by the family is said to be a privilege. "I am the fifth-generation breeder in my family," he says, "and the only one looking after our salukis."

With changing times and lifestyles, however, Al Ganem is finding it increasingly more important to see that the traditions of the land vested in hunting which include breeding and training salukis, Arabian horses and falconry is not lost. "The saluki may be lost to our future generations unless steps are taken to preserve it now," says Al Ganem. "That's why I want to write it all down, the history and the heritage [of the saluki and the falcon and their role in hunting]."

In fact, the one condition he insists on when we meet him is that we should be prepared to listen to him in full. No half measures with him. He sits on the sofa surrounded by his favourite symbols of Arabian heritage: salukis and falcons. There are three hooded falcons perched at various vantage points, one close enough to be stroked every now and then. Salaam, his favourite white saluki, is on hand to be petted and tossed a ball whenever he gets restless.

According to him, the history of the saluki is closely tied to the history of early man. "Salukis can be traced back to around 5000 BC. It all began with the domestication of the local wolf," he says. "This stemmed from man's necessity to catch game. It is said that the first domesticated dog, the saluki, evolved thus, by selective breeding."

Al Ganem tends to wax lyrical while talking about the Arabian desert, and its two famous breeds of animals the Arabian horse and the saluki hound. "The saluki was bred to assist man in catching prey in the harsh desert climate. Salukis ate what their masters ate, shared their tents and their food."

Later on, he takes us behind the office where a large pen houses a host of salukis waiting to be bred. He takes us into the kitchen where a qualified chef prepares food for the salukis: rice and meat, mildly flavoured and fit enough for man to eat. In fact, he tastes it and offers us some. It's like mildly spiced biryani.

"It is in fact based on the biryani," he says. "But not spicy, and very healthy. This is the kind of food we eat. In fact, the saluki used to eat from the same pot as the master in the past when possessions were few: first the master would eat, and then the saluki."

He declares, "We don't call our salukis 'dogs'. They are much more to us."

His love for the animals is evident in his every look. He's even devised a dessert for his salukis: a muffin made of wheat, honey and dates. We taste that too, and pronounce it fit for human consumption. According to Al Ganem, Bedouins still hunt with the salukis. The period from October to March is said to be ideal, and the Empty Quarter in the Arabian desert is their favourite hunting ground. "Young hounds are kept at home until about a year old to run with an older experienced saluki in the field," he says. "The youngsters pick up the idea fairly quickly and are trained to chase desert rats before moving onto other games such as rabbits, hares, foxes, gazelles, and so on."

Salukis are generally taken on hunts along with falcons. "The falcons spot and hover over their prey pointing out their position from the air, while the saluki dashes to the prey leading the hunters to it. The targets are often many kilometres away, but that is child's play for a saluki."

Where the saluki scores over the falcon, he says, is in its ability to hunt on the ground. "The saluki hunts the rabbit, and we send the falcon to get him. But when the rabbit goes into a bush or hole, the falcon can't catch him. Only the saluki can."

Little wonder then that Al Ganem calls salukis God's gift to man. "They are intelligent and friendly, though perhaps reserved with strangers," he says. "Though they are hunters by instinct, they are very calm and sweet-tempered, which also makes them great pets. They have a great sense of humour and are very curious." His dogs are a case in point. They take to us very easily, hovering around to be petted, but not so effusive as to put you off.

Al Ganem says salukis are so respected that even their names are chosen with special care. "They are a gift to us and we treat them as such by giving them titles," he says.

It's apparent he has researched extensively on salukis. "There is a saying that many Bedouins will not touch a dog, but they will touch a saluki. They believe salukis are the only breed of dog permitted to live in the home of a true believer."

His diligence in recording information about the saluki led him to collaborate in the production of a National Geographic documentary, 'Running with the wind', in 2002.

He's even written a children's book on the saluki, and welcomes students from schools in the UAE to the Arabian Saluki Center to give them an insight into Arabian heritage and tradition.

A consultant to the Emirates Falconers' Club, Al Ganem is also involved in the planning of the Desert Village and Hunting Park, a theme park that will showcase the Arab tradition of hunting with salukis, falcons, camels and horses. "It will include everything to do with our culture, including the Bedouins, and will be located outside Abu Dhabi city," he says. "We may even include pearl diving and dhows as part of our culture. We plan it as an education centre too, and will have heritage racing tracks that will hold displays of hunting, saluki racing. It will be spread over an area of four kilometres."

Al Ganem believes it is his calling to carry on the tradition of saluki breeding, and pass it on to his heirs. "When I met the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan he held my hand and told me: 'The saluki has different uses; not only hunting for you, but also feeding you and protecting you and your camels and sheep. They are an important part of our hospitality as they guide your guests to you.' It was then that it dawned on me that in the olden days people were lonely and used to welcome guests to their tents. Travellers came upon a saluki and knew there would be a house nearby, so they would follow them home. That to me is the ultimate story about the saluki."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


These two puppies were dumped at a construction site recently. Please call Margy at this number 019-3443214 if you would like to adopt them.


Dear all,

The following dogs are up for urgent adoption. They are currently at risk of being put to sleep by MPPJ as their owner Sham Van Boonstra Nasution has 6 dogs in her care. MPPJ has basically given her an ultimatum to remove them from her property by the end of this week, 1 April 2011 or they will be seized and put to sleep.

Please call Sham at 017 368 8660 if you are willing to adopt or at least foster these dogs.

Mixed Breed, Male, 2years old, Medium sized, Neutered & Vaccinated
Looks exactly like a Miniature German Shepher/Alsatian dog. He will be a great guard dog. Very friendly, loves cuddles but will bark at strangers.

Mixed Breed, Male, 3years old, Neutered & Vaccinated
Well behaved and a little shy. Loves to just sit quietly in a corner. Loves wagging his tail when happy!

Japanese Spitz Mixed, Female, 4 yrs old. Medium Sized, Vaccinated.
Very friendly and loves to be petted. Independent and will sit in one corner most of the time.

Mixed Breed, 4 yrs old, Medium sized but a little tall, Vaccinated
Very friendly and loves to be petted. Generally well behaved and is happy to sit quietly for the most part of the day. Good with kids.

Please help save these dogs from being put down...
Call Sham if you can help her at 017 368 8660

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Here's a short video from Animal Planet's Dogs 101 about Jack Russell Terriers. As Scruffy is a JRT cross, we decided that it was important that potential adopters know what they are getting themselves into.

JACK RUSSELL TERRIER – information sheet
Source : The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA)

The Jack Russell is a happy, bold, energetic dog; they are extremely loyal, intelligent and assertive. Their greatest attribute is their working ability, closely followed by their excellent qualities as a companion. A Jack Russell can be equally contented bolting a fox or chasing a toy in your living room, or equally adept at killing a sock in the living room or a rat in your barn. Their funny antics will continually amuse you, their intelligence seems to know no bounds and their assertive nature and boundless energy can at times be overwhelming.

The unique personality of this feisty little terrier is capturing the hearts of many, but they are not a dog for everyone.

A Hunting Dog
While adaptable to a variety of environments, they are first and foremost bred to be hunting dogs. City or apartment living, or a confined or sedate lifestyle, do not meet the needs of a Jack Russell. These little dogs require what may seem to be an extraordinary amount of human attention, outdoor activity, exercise, discipline and an understanding and acceptance of their hunting nature. They have been known to train their owners more often than not.

Jack Russells can be very aggressive with other dogs, and in fact more than two should never be kept together unattended. There have been many instances of terriers being hurt, even killed, by their fellow terriers; even young pups over the age of eight weeks must be carefully monitored. It is imperative that prospective Jack Russell owners understand this part of the terrier's nature. Special facilities and handing are absolutely necessary when owning a Jack Russell, and especially when owning two or more Jack Russells. Their natural hunting instinct also brings out aggression towards other small animals such as cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, etc.

It is said that the courage of the Jack Russell is never in doubt; surely a true statement, as they have often been known to take on an adversary twice (or more) their size. They require firm, consistent, responsible handing; they are very intelligent, determined and bold (sometimes to the point of abandon, which could be fatal).

While outdoor activity and exercise is essential, the Jack Russell should never be permitted to roam unattended, even in the most remote country setting. The Jack Russell is, above all, a hunting dog - and will go to ground at every given opportunity, to any quarry - they are afraid of nothing. Many a Jack Russell has been known to stay in an active earth for days, even weeks, without food or water because of the strong instinct bred into them to stay with their quarry. It can be very frightening experience to lose your terrier and an impossible situation to the untrained owner inexperienced in earthwork; the results could be tragic.

A Family Pet
The Jack Russell can make a terrific family pet, and gets along well with well behaved children. One of the Jack Russell's most surprising qualities is a kind and gentle nature. He is usually friendly with small children, provided the child understands how to properly handle the terrier. Having the natural assertive terrier characteristics, however, the Jack Russell will not put up with even unintended abusive nature from a child. This should be carefully considered, particularly with children under the age of six.

The Jack Russell has been a popular breed in England for many years, and is now attracting a variety of followers with varied interests in this country and other countries around the world. AWAM strongly encourages all those interested in the breed to thoroughly study all aspects of the Jack Russell, its special characteristics and needs, and to make a careful evaluation of whether this unique little dog will fit into your lifestyle.

The Jack Russell does require special handling and you need to determine if the Jack Russell Terrier is the right dog for you.

The Jack Russell is a very special breed; it has been kept sound, functional, intelligent and relatively unchanged because of responsible people who have cared about its heritage.


The points made in this Bad Dog Talk have evolved over the years, and represent the worst case scenario of owning a Jack Russell Terrier. Many experienced, as well as inexperienced, dog owners are overwhelmed by the demands of a Jack Russell Terrier, leading to the dogs being abandoned even before they reach adulthood!
Jack Russells ...

... are first and foremost hunting dogs. The traits and skills that make them excellent hunting dogs (i.e., digging, barking, aggressive nature, ability to follow scent) are often interpreted as bad habits that cause people to give them up.

... are bred to go underground, following scent to locate and bark at quarry until they are dug down to or the quarry bolts. If they do not have an outlet for their natural instincts, they will invent new and fun jobs for themselves, which frequently include guardian of the world and/or their possessions and family, chasing cars, hunting birds, bugs or leaves, or endlessly digging in the soil.

... are a big dog in a little body. They have the same need (or more!) for exercise as a much larger dog... and the mentality to match -- they think they are at least 150 pounds, and are fearless, often challenging other dogs three times their size.

... are often aggressive with other dogs. Same-sex aggression and aggression towards other breeds of dogs is well documented with this terrier. It is strongly recommended that no more than two Jack Russells (of opposite sex only) ever be permitted to stay together unattended.

... are NOT a non-shedding breed! All coat types shed! Smooth coats shed the most, dropping hair continuously year round. Rough coats maintain the guard and dead coat, requiring manual shedding a few times a year. The broken coat is an intermediary coat, between the two types.

... require firm, consistent discipline. They are extremely intelligent, continue to test their limits throughout their life. More often than not, train their owners before the owner knows what has happened! This ability to train their owners can include displays of aggressive behavior. Their assertive nature must be understood and handled properly!

... can become very possessive of their owner or a favorite member of the family or of what they consider to be their personal property if allowed to do so to the point of showing aggressive protective behavior that must be controlled from an early age.

... are commonly known to harass, injure or kill other small pets, such as cats, birds, rabbits, mice, rats, etc., simply due to their strong natural hunting instinct. Raising a puppy with a cat does not guarantee the cat's life-long safety!

... remain active well into their 15-year-plus life span; their need for activity and desire to hunt continues for their entire lifetime. Untrained, unsupervised dogs rarely meet their life expectancy.

... require at least basic obedience training. The dog's life may depend on it! Even well trained dogs will be tempted to chase something interesting, or even disappear into a hole while you are not looking. Off-lead is always a dangerous situation for a Jack Russell unless in a safe environment with experienced JR owners.

... absolutely need a securely fenced yard! Jack Russells will roam due to their hunting instincts.... even if left in an unsecured for a few minutes! You can let them out every day for three years with no trouble....but one day they will disappear and may never come back. Many JR's have been killed by cars by darting into the road in pursuit of a squirrel, cat, etc. They can also dig under, climb or jump over fences; some can climb trees and any height chain link fencing.

... can be very destructive if left unattended and unemployed! Most behavioral problems are due to a lack of companionship, discipline, activity and exercise. If you've only seen perfect, well-behaved JR's, they are ones that were lucky enough to be exercised, well socialized, and trained.

... are country dogs. When made to live in a city or suburban-type environment, their needs and instincts do not change. It would be unreasonable to expect them to be anything other than what they are genetically bred to be -- a serious hunting dog. Your lifestyle must be adjusted to meet their needs; they must have jobs to perform -- an outlet for their considerable energy and intelligence.

... are NOT recommended as apartment or condo dogs. They need a great deal of exercise and outdoor activity, and are usually too loud for such high-density living. They need room to run; leash walking does not satisfy their boundless energy. Unless your schedule permits many hours at home and a lot of outdoor activity, with a safe place the terrier can run, this is not the dog for you. MANY rescues come from apartments, condos, or homes where the owners work away from the home for long periods of time.

... will NOT TOLERATE even unintended mistreatment from a child. They will not put up with typical child handling such as pulling of ears, tails, etc., or taking or "sharing" of the dog's bones, food, toys, etc. They are very assertive and demanding, and never still... jumping all over whoever will allow it. Jack Russells are not recommended for households with children under the age of six unless you are previously experienced with this feisty little bundle of energy.

... are NOT as they are portrayed in the movies, on TV, or other forms of media. Those dogs are professionally trained and handled, and are very obedient only for VERY short periods of time. Celebrity dogs have their needs met by the trainer, and perform their jobs accordingly.

... require a long-term commitment to obedience, activity, exercise and entertainment... their unique character, intelligence and high energy level can frustrate you, will undoubtedly entertain you, and can bring you great joy (when they're happy!) or great grief (when they're not!). If this type of relationship does not appeal to you, then consider another breed. Jack Russell Terriers are always a work in progress!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scruffy - Basic Clicker Training

Here's a short video of Scruffy doing the Sit & Down. Scruffy is currently being clicker trained and she is a fast learner.

This is a second video of Scruffy doing the Fetch, Heel, Sit & Down - all via the clicker

If you would like to adopt Scruffy, please call Natasha at 016 3228816.

Here's an additional video of Scruffy playing with our cat. As you can see her temperament is very good and she shows no aggression towards the cat.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scruffy is still looking for a home


Scruffy Update:

19/3/2011 - Scruffy has been given the all clear from the vet regarding her mange. We are just monitoring her condition now to make sure it doesn't come back. She has also received her first vaccination shot!

If you can give Scruffy a loving and stable home, please call Natasha at 016 322 8816

Breed:Possibly Jack Russell Terrier Mix
Age:3 Months
Color:Black, Brown, White
Size at Maturity:Medium
Hair Length:Medium
Spayed/Neutered:No - will be spayed once she has completed her third vaccination
Health Condition:Healthy
Location:Ampang, Selangor
Adoption Fee:Free

For Scruffy's story, please click on the following link

Monday, February 28, 2011



Hello, my name is Scruffy.
I am about 2 or 3 months old now and am looking for a forever home.

I used to live in the Hulu Kelang market. I was very sick and suffering from a severe case of sarcoptic mange. Because of that people didn't like me and used to kick me to get me away from them.

I could not understand why they couldn't see that all I wanted was for someone to love me, epsecially since my mommy died from eating some poisoned food...

Thankfully I was rescued from the market and my condition has improved significantly. My skin no longer smells bad, and all the nasty crusty stuff has gone away. My fur is starting to grow again too...

My carers think that I should be able to go to my new home soon.

As you can see I am a playful and energetic puppy but I am also a quick learner. I will do anything to please my new "parents".

I have already started potty training and I am proud to say that I can now hold my bladder for over 2 hours. My carers are very pleased with my progress, as I have already learnt not to "poo" in my crate. I have had ZERO poo acidents after my first day of potty training! :)

I will need lots of exercise, and hope to be able to go for daily walks. I will also need some obedience training, but I will need someone who will teach me with kindness and patience. I would like someone who will also spend time with me, and not leave me all alone for long periods.

I will be a faithful, loyal and loving companion,

Please call my carer, Natasha, at 016-322 8816
if you think you can find it in your heart to give me a home and family that I can call my own soon.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What is Mange? And how to treat it....

Source: ASPCA

What Is Mange?

Mange is a skin disease caused by several species of tiny mites, common external parasites found in companion canines. Some mange mites are normal residents of your dog’s skin and hair follicles, while others are not. All mites can cause mild to severe skin infections if they proliferate.

What Causes Mange in Dogs?

Sarcoptic mange (Sarcoptes scabei) is transferred easily between hosts. Also known as canine scabies, sarcoptic mange is caused by mites that are oval-shaped, light-colored and microscopic.

All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess demodectic mange mites (Demodex canis), which are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life. Most dogs live in harmony with their mites, never suffering any consequences.

There are three types of demodectic mange that affect canines. Localized cases occur when these mites proliferate in one or two small, confined areas. This results in isolated scaly bald patches—usually on the dog's face—creating a polka-dot appearance. Localized demodicosis is considered a common ailment of puppyhood, and approximately 90% of cases resolve with no treatment of any kind.

Generalized demodectic mange, in contrast, affects larger areas of skin or a dog’s entire body. Secondary bacterial infections make this a very itchy and often smelly skin disease. This form of mange could also be a sign of a compromised immune system, hereditary problem, endocrine problem or other underlying health issue. Treatment depends on the age at which the dog developed the disease.

One of the most resistant forms of mange, demodectic pododermatitis is confined to the foot and accompanied by bacterial infections. Deep biopsies are often required to locate these mites and make a proper diagnosis.

Is Demodectic Mange Contagious?

Current thinking is that Demodex mites can be transferred from one dog to another—but as long as the dog is healthy, the mites simply add to the dog's natural mite population and no skin disease results. Isolation of dogs with even the most severe cases is still felt to be unnecessary—though in rare circumstances, contagion is possible. While there are still different theories about dog-to-dog transmission of Demodex mites, it is accepted that mites cannot be transmitted to humans or to cats.

What Are the General Symptoms of Mange in Dogs?

The symptoms of mange depend on which type of mite is present. Demodectic mange tends to cause hair loss, bald spots, scabbing and sores. Secondary bacterial infections can make demodectic mange an itchy and uncomfortable disease.

Sarcoptic mange tends to cause intense itching. It can result in restlessness and frantic scratching, symptoms that generally appear one week after exposure. It also can result in hair loss, reddened skin, body sores and scabs. The most commonly affected areas are a dog’s ears, elbows, face and legs, but it can rapidly spread to the entire body.

When passed to humans, sarcoptic mange causes a rash of red bumps, similar to mosquito bites. Humans cannot get demodectic mange from dogs.

What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Mange?

Take your dog to a veterinarian, who will perform a physical exam, analyze skin scrapings and try to confirm the presence of mange mites with a microscope. It can be difficult to identify mange mites if they’re buried deep in a dog’s skin, so your vet may rely on clinical signs or your pet’s history to make a final diagnosis.

Are Certain Dogs Prone to Mange?

  • Puppies and dogs less than 18 months old are especially prone to developing localized demodectic mange, which often clears up on its own.
  • Generalized demodectic mange, the more serious, pervasive kind, can be hereditary in dogs. Old English sheepdogs and shar peis are prone to a severe form of demodectic mange affecting the feet. Older dogs who have an underlying illness may also be more prone.

How Is Mange Treated?

Depending on the type of mange and the breed of your dog, medication may be given orally or applied topically, by injection, or via shampoo and dip.

The first step in the treatment of sarcoptic mange is isolating your dog to prevent the condition from spreading to other pets and humans. Your vet may prescribe antiparasitic medications, as well as medication to ease itching, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Results are usually seen after a month of treatment.

Medications and managing physiological stress are essential when treating demodectic mange. Some infected dogs may also require special treatment—such as medicated shampoos—for secondary skin infections.

Please note, many skin treatments can be toxic to dogs and should not be repeated frequently, so check with your vet before beginning any treatment program for mange.

Is There a Cure for Mange?

Younger dogs often recover fully from mange, but adult dogs often require long-term therapy to control the disease. Dogs with demodectic mange should not be bred, as this condition is thought to be hereditary.

Treatment, no matter which option is chosen, should be accompanied by skin scrapes every two weeks. After two consecutive scrapes are negative, medication is discontinued, but a final scrape should be performed one month after treatment to ensure there isn’t a recurrence.

How Can I Prevent a Recurrence of Mange?

  • If your dog has been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange, you’ll need to thoroughly clean or replace his bedding and collar and treat all animals in contact.
  • If you suspect a neighbor’s dog may be infected, keep your pets away to keep the disease at bay.
  • Bring your dog to the vet periodically as recommended for recheck skin scrapes to ensure the mites have been eradicated.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Dog's Ten Commandments

A Dog's Ten Commandments by Stan Rawlinson

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. Remember that before you buy me.

It would be ideal if this 10-15 year consideration came into play when adding a dog to the family is first contemplated. Far too many prospective dog owners are "in the moment" when they get Fido and once cute puppyhood is past and Fido is a grown dog the romance is over and Fido becomes a burden and a chore.

Too many times a dog is left in a fenced back yard (or tied) and only gets attention at feeding time – if someone remembers to feed him/her at all.

How many pet ads do we see that say:

"cute dog – one year old – don’t have enough time to spend with him/her – re-homing free?"

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me, don't be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable.

Dogs will want to please you and do what you want if you’ve taken the time to help them understand. If you tell Fido to lay down once ever six months he’s more than likely not going to comply. If you’ve not properly house trained the process is not going to come to him in a flash of light.

3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back. Respect is earned not given as an inalienable right.

That one’s self-explanatory; if one doesn’t establish a loving, trusting relationship with Fido he’ll never be socialized and pleasant to be around. Loved and trusted dogs want to please their owners.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. I am not capable of understanding why? I only know I have been rejected, you have your work, entertainment and friends - I only have you.

You are the supreme being in your dog’s life and his/her life revolves around you and your presence. Fido is totally dependent on you and locking him/her up doesn’t solve anything but makes a nervous, anxious, frantic dog. A fenced yard is one thing but locking a dog up in a bathroom for hours is mistreatment in any language.

5. Talk to me sometimes, even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice and your tone - "you only have to look at my tail."

Dogs respond to their human’s tone of voice and react accordingly. If you scream and yell at a dog all the time he/she soon becomes immune to the unkindness and ignores it to survive. If, instead, your voice reflects love and direction a dog will make every effort to figure out what you want.

6. Be aware that however you treat me; I will never forget it and if it's cruel it may affect me forever.

Harsh and unkind treatment does not work with dogs. Although they may not understand they remember and will avoid those persons that are mean and hurt them.

7. Please don't hit me. I can't hit back but I can bite and scratch and I really don't ever want to do that.

An undisciplined dog is a pleasure to no one. Hitting and striking a dog does not train; it irritates, confuses and creates both fear and anger. Educate yourself on the training and care of dogs before you own one.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right foods, or I've been out in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak. I may be just dog tired.

Be attuned to what’s going on with your dog. If he/she suddenly slows down, is lethargic, inattentive or cross it’s highly likely there’s a reason and it could be health related. Never assume a suddenly grumpy dog has just had a personality change – check it out.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You, too, will grow old and may also need love, care, comfort and attention.

Pay particular attention to what’s going on with older dogs. Often their eyesight begins to fail, they become incontinent, joints become painful and thought processes aren’t as quick. Be considerate – your dog will go as far as he/she can for you and you should do the same.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: "I can't bear to watch" or "let it happen inmy absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, irrespective of what you do I will always love you.

This is the hardest thing dog owners will ever face. They have to make the final decision and it’s inevitable with extreme illness or beyond functioning old age.


**Stan Rawlinson, Author of A Dog's Ten Commandments, Dog Behaviourist & Obedience Trainer's website is

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ugly Side of Net Vigilantes...

Previous Article: You Tube Animal Abuse Video Incites Public Fury

Please contact the Department of Veterinary Services if you have any valid information regarding the people who were responsible for abusing the poodle in the You Tube clip.

Those with information can call the department at 03-8870 2000 or SMS DVS HQAduan (Your Complaint) to 15888.


Extracted from The Star 6 Feb 2011

The YouTube video of a poodle being abused that was widely circulated recently caused a lot of fury on the Internet, not just because of the cruelty but also for the abuse of information it created.

JONE Fun opened his Facebook message inbox one morning and found it inundated with hundreds of messages. Almost all were insulting in nature. They called him an idiot, brainless and other words that cannot possibly be mentioned here.

His purported crime – abusing a Toy Poodle. This was the infamous video that was widely circulated on the Internet in recent weeks.
Evidence but no proof: People who get worked up over animal abuse forget how hard it is to figure out who did it when all they have is a picture or video to go by.

“I was shocked and wondered what was happening. I thought some people were just trying to create chaos,” he says.

Fun, 29, claims he was actively gathering information about the case but then someone created a fake account of the alleged abuser and put his picture on the profile.

Without checking the facts, people started bombarding him with unsavoury comments although he looks nothing like the abuser, Fun says.

“When people are mad with anger, they might be irrational.”

On the bright side, Fun has become a mini-celebrity with people creating groups to support his innocence. The groups called “Jone Fun – Man or Legend” and “Justice for Jone” were created in an attempt to gather 9,000 signatures in his support.

And support has come from all over the world – Kuwait and America among others, according to Fun. Even a Taiwanese model has befriended him, he adds.

But the whole episode has left him bemused.

“I don’t know if I should be happy or angry. At least my network has been widened,” remarks the consultant in audio-visual systems.

He is no longer receiving any abusive messages but he notes wryly that not even one person has apologised for abusing him earlier.

As an observer of the case from the start, he says, he has seen how the story has been twisted so many times.

Unverified info
Follow the blogs and social networking sites and all you see is a mountain of unverified information about it. Infor­mation about the suspects, from the make, colour and registration number of their car to their addresses and mobile phone numbers, are all there.

University student Pauli Cash, 24, who is also a part-time technology consultant, believes there is a veracity to the posting of information on an official page that allows for people to assume it is real, even if the official page is merely a scam.

“People get really worked up over animal abuse, and rightly so, but they forget how hard it is to figure out who did it when all they have is a picture or video to go by,” says Cash.

“Internet addiction is rampant and will cause many to get hurt in the coming years,” he adds.

Commenting on the toy poodle abuse video, an appalled Facebook member who only wants to be known as Hamidah points out the presence of numerous clips of animals and their funny antics on the Internet. “Maybe it is time we think of other tricks if we want to shoot funny or cute videos of our pets. Can they find a better idea if they want their pet to do a trick? This is definitely not okay. Are we advocating that it is okay to torture animals? Why in the first place did he need to torture the poor dog?” she rants.

Wrong faces: Tan (left) showing the absence of tattoos on his arm as proof that he is not the alleged poodle abuser, while Kang claims he received threats to kill him.

Another Facebook user, Siew, says she was too frightened to watch the video but strongly believes that it is wrong to force animals to do funny tricks.

“Pets and animals are not here for our amusement. They may amuse us with their antics, but we should not be forcing them to do what we think is amusing.”

However, Siew, a former journalist, concedes that “punish and reward” is an established practice when it comes to animal training.

“Unfortunately, that has been the established norm. Circuses where such animal acts are found use that method and are painted as ‘good fun’, ‘family-oriented’ entertainment. Even zoos encourage such acts. But this is just one out of the many changes people have made to the natural world to meet our ‘needs’, and we’ve become so adept at it to the point that it is seen as a ‘right’, so much so that we rarely appreciate nature as it is, and we always think it needs to be changed – like how some residents turned the entrance to the Bukit Gasing forest reserve into an urban garden.”

Interestingly, there have been cases of animal abuse which were solved by Internet users, and this could explain why the person who claimed to have found the USB containing the video clip of the poodle being abused uploaded it on YouTube.

In 2009, users in the United States were outraged when they saw a video of a teenage boy abusing a cat named Dusty. They pieced together information using social networking sites and clues from the video to identify the boy from Oklahoma.

The local authorities were alerted and two boys were arrested. The cat was still alive and was treated by a vet.

Then there is the now famous case of 45-year-old Mary Bale of Coventry, England. A video from a security camera uploaded on YouTube showed an older woman petting a grey cat and then tossing it into a garbage can before closing the lid.

The cat was found 15 hours later, still alive. Internet users jumped on the case and managed to find Bale’s employer, address, and social networking profiles, and harassed her until she went into hiding.
Case of mistaken identity
In the poodle case, however, it has just been one mistaken identity after another.

Businessman Johnson Kang claims he received more than 130 calls with some threats to kill him for allegedly abusing the dog. The calls started coming in after someone created a Twitter account with his phone number under the name of an individual believed to be the one who had abused the poodle called Sushi.

Another businessman, Tan Leong Seng, the owner of a restaurant in Melaka Raya, saw his business experience a sudden increase as curious people thronged his shop to catch a glimpse of him. The address of his Yong Peng fishball shop had been posted on Facebook as that of the poodle abuser.

A man by the name of Daniel was even mentioned by a Taiwanese news channel as the person in the video. He later made a police report to clear his name. In one of his Facebook posts, he pleaded with people to leave him alone, saying that he did not have a tattoo on his left arm, which the abuser had. He, however, concedes that he has an uncanny resemblance to the abuser’s.

Other phone numbers posted on Facebook turned out to be hoaxes as well.

When one of these numbers was called, the man who picked up the phone identified himself as Ah Heng. He says he was bombarded by about 30 calls a few days ago.

“I don’t know what is going on and why I suddenly got so many calls,” says the man who also claims to be unaware of the poodle abuse case.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) office manager M. Shelvy says all the information or leads on the Internet turned out to be false after checking them.

“I don’t know why people are doing this,” she says, adding that the public should leave it to the police and Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) to investigate.

A Facebook user who goes by the name of Lin Ling comments that people should not cause unnecessary hurt and distress by simply naming anyone who they thought was a suspect.

“I understand that people want justice to be done. I want it too. But they have to capture the real culprit, not an innocent party,” she says.

She adds that she tried explaining this idea in the group but her comments were deleted by the administrators.

Podcast producer John Lim believes that people are too ready to believe what they read on the Internet and don’t check the facts. This is further complicated by social media tools such as Twitter that offer the opportunity to respond spontaneously, he points out.

“In an emotional topic like animal abuse, people are going to respond. That might be the consequence of the social media being easily usable,” he says.

Only a few days ago, the police issued a statement denying a message about a child kidnapping that had spread like wildfire through SMS and social networking sites.

The message urged those who saw a white MyVi bearing a certain number plate to call a Mr Rashid at a given number. The person in the car had allegedly driven away with a baby in the Puchong area.

“You can’t blame social media or technology. It’s just a tool. It’s the responsibility of the users to check the authenticity of the information,” says Lim.

Medium of exposure
On the other hand, he says, social media has helped fuel the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions through the dissemination of information.

Siew, however, believes that in the poodle abuse video case, broadcasting the video on the Internet was not the right thing to do. She argues that while any wrongdoing needs to be exposed, especially those that are shown to have caused direct harm such as in the poodle abuse case, what should have been done was to inform the relevant authorities.

“The person taking the video would know the location of the crime and could have informed the authorities without doing this street vigilantism. If they feared reprisals, this is where protection of sources come in, and a Whistleblower Protection Act can help.”

Siew highlights another principle at stake here.

“Media ethics require that persons suspected of a crime are not named until they are charged. The same principle works here even if the person may not be a journalist or know better, because on the Internet, any user is a publisher. We protest about state control of the Internet and argue for self-regulation, yet this is how we do it,” she notes.

David Lian, from the APAC Social Media Practice Lead, Text 100, believes reactions will vary from person to person depending on their upbringing and disposition.

He says that while some people take information at face value, there are those who are cynical about everything they read on the Internet.

In the poodle abuse case, he says animal lovers might believe anything even though its hearsay information.

“If you have a vested interest, you would be naturally outraged,” he says, adding that he also wonders if anything can be done about those spreading false information.

“There is a human tendency to believe in rumours regardless of the medium,” he says.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Prepare Your Pet for Fireworks this Chinese New Year

As we usher in the Year of the Rabbit with fireworks, we often forget that while loud booms and flashing fireworks make humans "oooooo" and "awwww", this awesome show could chase our dogs and cats from the safety of their homes.

Pets become disoriented and end up miles away, and those are the lucky ones. Many more meet their fate by running frantically into the path of a car.

Be a responsible Pet Parent this Chinese New Year and make sure you provide a safe environment for your four-legged best friends.

Prepare Your Pet for Fireworks - The 5 Do'

Chinese New Year is when pets are exposed to the unpredictable loud bangs and flashes of fireworks. Pets simply don't understand what's going on and many are really scared of the whole process. And, unfortunately, they are now subjected to this on a more frequent basis – it's no longer a once a year event.

If you know your dog or cat is scared of fireworks, or think he might be, or if you have a puppy or kitten.


Many pets are successfully helped through desensitisation. CDs are now available, which simulates the random and unpredictable noises of fireworks. It should be played several weeks prior to the fireworks season, gradually building up the volume and length of time it is played. Your pet will then gradually become used to the noises and begin to ignore them.

Whilst playing the CD, you should also take the opportunity to distract your pet. Either play with him, or give him some training lessons, or give him his favourite toy or chew. This will increase the effect of the desensitisation program by making your pet think on something else whilst the background noise is going on.

However, also allow your pet some time without this distraction to hear the noise. Hopefully the CD will manage to accustom your pet to the noise so that he'll completely ignore it. However it is really best to be completely prepared and allow him every chance to cope.

Create a safe, comfortable and quiet den area for him. Ideally, this should be in a place which is furthest from the fireworks, and where he is used to resting. The room should be able to be darkened to hide the firework flashes.

Prepare the area in advance, with lots of comfy blankets to allow him to burrow into if he wants to, and take him there several times before the event, allowing him to settle there with a chew or toy for a while, and feed him there a few times too.

Make sure however, that he is free to come and go to this area, taking care not to lock him in the room alone.

Some pets find the most unusual place to seek comfort. It has been known for them to hide under desks, in kitchen cabinets and even in the bath! Don't be concerned about this, just work with your pet and think about how they may be finding their chosen place secure. It may even be helpful to provide a pet crate covered with a blanket or a large cardboard box, both filled with comfortable bedding, favourite toys and some water.

So, really take some time to think about this – from your pet's point of view - and set up the area where they are most happy. Perhaps they might like to lie under a table covered with a blanket.

If you already know that your dog is scared and that he needs some further help then using a DAP along with the CD will be very useful. DAP stands for Dog Appeasing Pheromone. It's a plug in device, similar to an air freshener, which releases calming pheromones into the air. It should be plugged in, in the room where the pet spends most time and switched on 24 hours a day for about 2 weeks prior to, the fireworks. (the DAP can be useful for other behavioural problems too).

Feliway is a similar product for cats.

There are several additional steps which can be taken on the day of the event

• Check that the den area is accessible, and prepared.

• Take your dog for a walk to make sure he has been to the toilet before the fireworks start.

• Feed him an hour before the event, adding some potato or white pasta to fill him up and make him sleepy

• If you can, set up some rhythmic music in the room. This can help to mask out the noise, so turn it up to a moderate level. Do, however, check that he likes it beforehand – and turn it off if he doesn't, or seems more stressed.

• When the fireworks start, take your pet to his den area and encourage him to settle there.

• Do NOT try to pat and stroke him in an attempt to sooth him if he is showing signs of stress. This simply rewards how he is behaving and teaches him that he's right to be scared. Don't let him know that you're concerned.

• Instead, if he's not settling in his den, try to distract him with a game or an easy training session, but don't force him to play.

• You may even want to consider setting up a TV in the “safe” room and simply sitting in there with him. Normal quiet, family company may help to calm him.

And a word on safety
During high levels of stress, pets can be very unpredictable. They also become unable to take account of their personal safety, and may well panic. Therefore, it is your responsibility to look after their safety needs. Make sure that they have no access to potentially dangerous items around the house, such as open fires or glass doors. Really take the time to do a house safety check. And if you need to take him outside – at any time when a firework may go off - make sure that he is kept safe on the lead.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

You Tube Animal Abuse Video Clip Incites Public Fury

Is this the dog in the video?

A video of a man repeatedly hitting, shaking throwing a small poodle has sparked fury among animal lovers across the nation.

A FACEBOOK GROUP has been setup and AWAM hopes that the culprits responsible for this terrible abuse of a defenceless animal are caught by the authorities soon.

If you have any useful and relevant information regarding this case, please contact the SPCA, DVS and even international animal welfare movements such as PETA to assist in the invetigation of this matter.

Email SPCA at
Submit a ticket to DVS
Email PETA at

However, AWAM would also like to urge the public not the jump to conclusions regarding the identities of the perpetrators and to remain calm until the authorities have taken action against them.

While there seems to be substantial evidence pointing toward certain individuals as being the culprits behind this unacceptable abuse towards the poodle, AWAM would like to urge everyone to take a deep breath and take a step back.

There are several reasons for this:

The first is already evident, in that there seems to be a mob effect with many of you dog lovers out there wanting justice for the poor dog, and many of you have therefore resorted to threatening these people openly. This in itself is an offence.

The second is that if the so called perpetrators have been wrongly identified, this would effectively mean that their lives and security will be greatly compromised as there may be people who would want to avenge the abuse inflicted on the dog.

Additionally, AWAM also hopes that we all become more vigilant towards cases of cruelty towards animals and highlight these issues to the public, the press, the authorities and the relevant animal welfare departments etc, to help put an end to animal abuse in this country.


Extracted from The Malay Mail

YouTube clip of man hitting, shaking animal incites fury
by Danny Tan Wee Mun & Faizal Nor Izham
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 13:47:00

Abused poodle on YouTube
Publish Post

BARBARIC: In a sequence of screenshots from the clip, a man is seen forcing the dog to stand on its hind legs. He then slaps the animal and it falls

KUALA LUMPUR: Outrage has broken out among Malaysian animal-lovers over a YouTube video allegedly showing a man abusing a puppy after it failed to follow his instructions.

The 15-minute-long-clip (, which featured the man yelling at the canine in an attempt to make it stand on its hind quarters, has since gone viral after it was posted on social networking site Facebook on Friday.

A Malaysian who posted the clip on Facebook had claimed it was on a pen drive she found at Suria KLCC. She said she then uploaded the video onto her profile page.

The video showed a man grabbing the puppy roughly, hitting it repeatedly on its body and shaking it vigorously. The dog, which appeared to be a poodle, was tossed to the ground and was flung across the room after it was smacked.

The man, speaking Cantonese, is repeatedly heard telling the puppy to "stand still and don't move". In one instance, he is also heard telling the puppy to "diam, diam" (quiet) when it struggled to free itself from his grip.

Yelps could also be heard from the animal as the man hit it repeatedly.

The clip drew horrified comments from Facebook users, who, at Press time, posted more than 1,000 comments.

One user described it as a "shameful act", while another lambasted the man for hitting a defenceless animal.

"This is horrible; watching someone do something like this to a dog," wrote another user.

The clip, posted on YouTube yesterday, also drew similar responses. "Does anyone know him personally? Share his Facebook profile so the world can see who he is," wrote one viewer.

Another, in venting his anger, reckoned the man "may have been a bully victim when he was young, which explains his behaviour".

The clip drew the attention of Singapore's Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In its Facebook posting, the SPCA said it wasn't yet clear where the abuse occurred but a Malaysian connection was possible as the pen drive was found in the city.

"We alerted our contacts in Malaysia and they are trying to identify the abuser," read the statement.

A spokesman for SPCA Malaysia said they were aware of the incident. "We are investigating it and will issue a statement sometime today."


Relevant links:

2011-01-25 Eastweek.Com

2011-01-25 The Malaysian Insider - Dog Abuse Video triggers online search for culprits

2011-01-24 Asia One News - Man treats dog as punching bag

Sunday, January 23, 2011


An report in The Star yesterday (22 Jan 2011) regarding a Rottweiler striking terror in the neighbourhood has prompted AWAM to repost the following article.


With Custard, a Rottweiler

Up until 2 years ago, I always assumed that breeds such as the Rottweiler and Bull Terriers etc were vicious, aggressive and highly unpredictable dogs. My misconception was based on the fact that I had never met a well behaved, sweet natured rottweiler or bull terrier.

However, a few months after I joined the Mayhew Animal Home in 2008, I was given the task to care for Custard, a young and fairly large Rottweiler. When Custard stands up on her hind legs, she's taller than me, so it was only natural that I was petrified!!!

But to my surprise what greeted me behind the kennel door, was a bouncy and playful Custard! She loved nothing more than getting her tummy tickled and would lick you to death if you let her. It was the first time I have ever encountered a Rottweiler that was not ready to eat me... I soon learnt that Rotties really are sweet and lovable dogs...

And this was confirmed, soon after Custard was rehomed, by another Rottweiler which I had the privilege to care for while I was at The Mayhew - Buster.

During my time at The Mayhew, I learnt that dogs such as the Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terriers have earned the bad reputation of being killer dogs due to the "training" or lack of it from their owners.

These breeds are naturally protective of their territory and families, therefore it is vital that they are socialised at an early age, given enough training (positive reinforcement), and leadership by their owners to prevent untoward incidents.
With Kyra (Bull Mastiff) and Buster (Rottweiler)

According to the Dog Bite Claims UK website, the top ten most aggressive breed:
  1. Dachshunds
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Jack Russell
  4. Australian Cattle Dog
  5. Cocker Spaniel
  6. Beagle
  7. Border Collie
  8. Pit Bull Terrier
  9. Great Dane
  10. English Springer Spaniel
The Dachshund, otherwise known as the Sausage dog, was originally bred to hunt badgers. They came out as the most aggressive breed with 1 in 5 reported to have bitten or tried to bite a stranger and 1 in 12 snapping at their owners.

The top ten least aggressive dogs:
  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  3. Poodle
  4. Greyhound
  5. Whippet
  6. Brittany Spaniel
  7. Siberian Husky
  8. Golden Retriever
  9. Havanese
  10. Portuguese water dog
These dogs also rated low for “watchdog” behaviour and “territorial defence” behaviour so they tend to make lovable family pets.

Some dogs that have a bad image and are considered aggressive are the Boxer, Bulldogs, Pit Bull Terriers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, German Shepherds and Rottweilers. According to this study this is how they ranked:
  • Great Dane: 9. This breed is actually very patient, gentle and affectionate. Although its size can be an issue with small children, it gets on well with children.
  • Rottweilers: 15. This dog is very loyal and can be fiercely protective which may cause it to be aggressive. However, it is a hard working, powerful, devoted dog that gets on well with children if they are brought up with them.
  • Boxer: 16. These dogs are actually good with children. They make good watchdogs. As they have a protective nature; they may be aggressive if they feel their owner is being threatened.
  • German Shepherds (Alsatians): 17. An alert, loyal, courageous and intelligent breed. These dogs are good with children and they are very protective making them effective watchdogs.
  • Mastiffs: 21. These dogs are very dignified, loyal creatures with a pleasant nature, resembling gentle giants. Their size means they can be a problem with small children, but they get on well with children.
Other dogs that are known to be aggressive include:
  • Chow Chow: this is a “one person dog”. It forms a very strong bond with one person (usually the owner) and is ferocious around strangers who it considers a threat to its owner. It is a good guard dog, but it can bite without warning and they are tenacious fighters.
  • Papillon: These dogs are fiercely loyal of their owners and can be very possessive, they don’t like strangers either.
  • Old English Sheepdogs: Again these dogs are very protective of their owners. They are strong-willed and independent and they will nip either other animals or children.
  • Lhasa Apso: These dogs can be cranky and unpredictable; they are strong-willed and independent. They were originally bred as guard dogs.
  • Giant Schnauzers: They are very dominant and will challenge adults and strangers.
  • Pekingese: These dogs do not like strangers and can be very aggressive towards them
  • Miniature Pinschers: These are little dogs but they can be very aggressive to compensate for this.
However, every dog is different and won’t always fit its breed stereotype: just because its breed is generally considered to be gentle or sweet natured doesn’t guarantee that your dog will be the same.

Any dog can be aggressive and bite so you must make sure that you put aside the time to train it and socialize it properly so that it is more comfortable in unfamiliar circumstances and with strangers.

Before you get a dog it is worthwhile researching breeds to make sure that you choose one that is suitable for your lifestyle, i.e. it is good with children if you have any in the family, or not getting a fragile dog if you are a large family.

However good a dog is said to be with children and however well behaved it you should never leave children unsupervised with a dog; often they can provoke it without meaning to and little children can be defenceless against a dog.

So please next time you see a Rottie in the street, don't automatically assume it's a "devil dog".

If, god forbid, there are any more stories on a Rottie attacking somone, have a think as to WHY it happened. It could be because these dogs have irresponsible owners who have not socialised, trained or shown correct leadership and affection to their dogs.

If handled correctly from the minute you bring them home Rottweilers make FANTASTIC pets, but in the wrong hands they may only do what they feel they must in order to protect themselves...


Extract from The Star, 22 Jan 2011

A TYPICAL evening walk with their miniature dog on New Year’s Day turned into a nightmare for a couple when their pet was mauled by a Rottweiler.

Damansara Jaya resident Heng Aik Chong said he and his wife were at a T-junction when the owner of the house pulled up in their car and opened their automatic gate

“Before we knew it, two dogs rushed out of the house and a Rottweiler bit our dog Buddy, an eight-year-old Schnauzer,” said Heng, 45.

He said the Rottweiler would not let go of their dog, lifting it off the ground.

Heng and his wife were shouting and crying for help but the dog owners did not even come down from their car.

“It was a few minutes later a woman came out from the car and tried to pull the Rottweiler away but it held on to our dog.

“My wife was hysterical and we didn’t know what to do so we started hitting it with a stick but Rottweiler still would not let go,” he said.

He added that eventually, a youth in his early 20s came out of the house and pulled the dog away.

“We took the dog to the vet but it eventually died. My wife was distraught and she still cannot bring herself to walk around that area,” he said.

After the incident, Heng found out that Buddy was not the first dog that was killed by the Rottweiler.

Datin Ewe Swee Cheng, 57, who lives a few doors away from the family which owns the dog, said a similar incident happened in June last year.

“I have a golden retriever and I occasionally take care of my sister’s poodle. Our maid would take the dogs out for walks in the evening and on that day, my maid ran back to my house screaming for help.

“She said my sister’s poodle had been attacked by the Rottweiler and was still biting onto it. I ran over there and just like Heng’s case, a young man came out to pull the dog back into the house,” said Ewe.

She sent the 13-year-old poodle to the vet but it died the day after from the trauma.

Heng said the owners had not approached them since the incident and not even a word of apology was offered.

“Owners of dogs with this kind of vicious nature should be responsible for their pets and not let them run out from the house unleashed. So far, it has only attacked smaller dogs but there are also many children and old folks going for walks in the neighbourhood so we are concerned,” he said.

Heng said he had complained to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) but had not heard from them so far.

MBPJ councillor Tiew Way Keng said they were aware of the issue and officers had been sent to check on the dogs.

“If the owners do not have a licence, we can take the dog away. If it is licensed, we can take action against the owners and issue a compound of up to RM2,000,” she said.