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Pet Dog: Meet The Bright And Beautiful Breeze

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If you’re looking for a bright, bouncy pet dog, welcome Breeze into your home.

An intelligent dog, she loves picking up sticks on her walks. She makes a responsive pet dog.

Breeze is a one-year-old, tan-coated, short-eared female.

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The bright and beautiful Breeze, a wonderful pet dog

She is a relatively large girl with a black muzzle and pointed ears. She needs ample space to run and play.

Breeze needs an owner who can understand why she barks ferociously at first. A little patience and TLC will make her a loving, responsive pet dog.

Breeze is somewhat reserved but friendly.

Like every pet dog, she must get accustomed to her new family. She is affectionate with everyone, but she must get to know them. She will wag her bum when she’s excited.

A potential owner will be thrilled to know that breeze is obedience trained. She knows how to sit, shake hands, and fetch. The extent of her memory is astonishing.

House training this pet dog is, well, a Breeze.

She has an indoor pee tray but does her business when she goes on her daily walks. Of course, this means that her owner must make time to bring her on them.

Altogether, with constant, thoughtful care, Breeze will make a delightful companion for life. If you think that Breeze will be the perfect addition to your family, do contact Jac for more details at 9670 9109.

Celebrities who own Westies

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Cloudy On the table

Cloudy, my West Highland Terrier, is indispensable. In spite of her frisky ways, impatient barks and her sometimes too-playful, couch-jumping disposition, I would not trade this little dog for the world.

These terriers, also known as Westies, are a handful. They also come with their share of inspiring strengths.

One hallmark of the Westie spirit is its sturdiness. Never mistake this small terrier as a little dog that willingly sits on your lap. This little fellow, bred for ratting, has a super-strong tail that it can literally hang upside down from (Do not try this at home).

This dog has a charming, natural appearance that makes it a common feature of advertisements. A keen watchdog, this little fellow is friendly with other dogs and strangers. Cloudy, a feisty female, absolutely loves children and has many “boyfriends”.

The Westie does not traumatize you with excessive pet hair.

Of course, no dog is perfect and this mighty terrier is no different. It has the dynamic terrier temperament and is completely bossy. Prepare yourself for dominance issues and possible animal aggression. Strong-willed, it has a mind of its own and at times, barks the house down.

Still, he is a huge draw. Celebrities have taken to these little fellows in the way bees do to honey.

One of them is English dream boat and Twilight actor, Robert Pattinson. His favorite female Westie, Patty, became a doggy angel over a year ago.

Star of the Walking Dead, Christian Serratos, is another celebrity who owns a Westie. She and her male terrier, Bolt, are constant companions.

Adding to the list is funny man Rob Schneider. He may not have won an Oscar, but his dog goes by the moniker and reflects his hope.

Lastly, we have Underworld Star Kate Beckinsale. The English actress owns a Westie puppy, but has not revealed its name.

The enchanting Westie is a crowd pleaser. Celebrities, too, have become fans.



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The teachings of Professor K9: An advertisement for the University of Life

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This post is written for the Humor Me Blog Hop, hosted by none other than the deliciously funny Terrye Toombs of The Misplaced Alaskan.
I would like to introduce you to PetsAware’s anchor columnist, the intelligent (but rather snooty) Professor K9. He will give regular Tuesday takes on slices of life from his Dogfessional point of view.
For his inaugural column, Prof K9 would like to beef up the enrollment to his classes(apparently they are not really that popular). So he has enlisted me, Michelle, to be his reluctant but still obliging voice box and to help him out a little bit with his recruitment.
Still, I have told him that he has to do his part in making a pitch.
And here he is.
Professor K9’s Advertising Pitch for the University of Life
Now let me, Professor K9, begin by saying that I don’t mean to boast (but I’ll do it anyway). Canines like me have degrees in life’s many subjects. ranging from a Bachelor’s in Finding Joy in the Simple Pleasures of Life to a Doctorate in Living Life with a Sense of Humor. With a great teacher as I am, it is no wonder my class  is always crammed with ignorant students. When one enters the great Professor K9’s classroom, one can be assured that he will come prepared with a bag full of useful and enriching life lessons for dog and human alike.  So this is what students hoping to enroll can look forward to.
Classroom 101: How to make your presence felt
During this course, students will be taught how to greet their owners at the door. They will be given the necessary tools to make their greetings and self-proclamations really audible, so that owners will be able to know how much they are being missed and that the message gets through to the entire neighborhood. Resource packages include DVDs and audio tapes manufactured by the great professor, myself. Do note that spaces for the class are limited, so students are encouraged to sign up quickly.
Classroom 102: How to extricate yourself from sticky situations
This course teaches students the techniques of how to get themselves out of traumatic situations like baths, nail clipping and brushing teeth. Techniques include giving owners the runaround, running out of the house and backyard and simply refusing to move while owners do the tugging. My professional canine expertise will doubtless equip students with the necessary skills they need for survival in the questionable human world.
*Classroom 103: The resilience booster
The module includes compulsory field work. Students will practice digging for buried bonesand credits will only be awarded to those who show that they have the tenacity to stay in the field until all required bones have been found. With my dogged determination, I show students what it takes to develop the  determination to keep digging and drive harassing  human owners out of their minds. Do note that this is a compulsory module.
Classroom 104: The grooming module – how to be irresistably charming
This module teachings the basics of etiquette from a doggy perspective. Here, I use my pugnacious attractiveness to teach  students how to reap greater rewards by turning on the charm. The course includes a section on how to open doe-like eyes wide so that owners will heap pity with an increased portion of food. This etiquette module better prepares students for life ahead, for interacting with ignorant human owners is rather tough.
Classroom 105: How to play 
In this course, students will learn that play is a vital key to survival. Techniques taught will include stress relievers like romping, scratching, running and chewing on soft toys and slippers. An element of the course not to be missed; the Professor shows how to scratch at owner’s beds early in the morning so as to remind them that it is time for the Great Morning Walk. The noble  professor teaches students that they must remember to play in the midst of all their busy schedules.
Classroom 106: Conflict management
This module, the sixth in the series of courses conducted by my esteemed academic self, shows students how dogs use the skill of  managing conflicts. I will show that they never bite when a simple growl will do so that unnecessary misunderstandings can be avoided. Students interested in signing up for this module should note that it is useful for resolving petty conflicts with owners at work and in the home.
*Classroom 107: The asset protection module
Course materials for this module are related to module Classroom 103. Again, it is compulsory for students who sign up for classes in the University of Life. With my intelligent expertise, I  teach students how to cherish and protect assets by “investing” or hiding them in various places. Protection of assets also includes knowing how to practice obedience  to our tyrannical human masters and if necessary, give them a good nip when it is in our  best interests to do so.
**Classroom 108: Loyalty
The module is double starred owing to its popularity, loyalty being needed to persuade silly humans to give us those few measly scraps daily I harness all dogs’ survival skills by demonstrating  the essence of the word “faithful” as I stick, with a specific purpose in mind of course, closely to my owner.
Classroom 109 : How to  love
Probably the most critical of modules, I, with my doggy charm in Classroom 109 demonstrate to students how to show love to others when I nuzzle them  after sensing that they have had a terrible day.
A reminder from me to you future graduates  that this is a critical module to take up as these foolish human owners tend to take us a little for granted at times. They need a little reminding with a few licks in the correct places.
As this module is a rather demanding one, students are recommended to attend consultations with Professor K9 regularly.Students are encouraged to contact Professor K9 at the University of Life should they have further enquires about the modules listed above.
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Professor K9 on the gravity of animal abuse

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On why and how animals are abused.

I, Professor K9, am rather stoical today; seeing so many of the animal kind being abused or mistreated puts me in a rather sombre mood and well, I am not really in the mind to joke as much (not to worry, I cannot resist a bout of humor or two.) Unfortunately, those of the human kind tend to treat animals with unparalleled condescension; hence, my discourse today is in the interests of raising the awareness of animal abuse. I have always been rather curious as to why the human kind has the propensity for dishing out unwarranted punishment on a harmless dog or cat (alright, being of the canine kind, I really do not like cats very much, but that does not mean that we have to mistreat them, you know.) Of course, we want to eradicate such errant behavior by finding out the reason why these substandard human beings love hurling abuse and how best to stop their ridiculous and less than charming behavior.
Why do humans take frustrations out on a poor animal?
Those of the human kind have this insatiable desire for power.
Those of the human kind have this great need for securing one upmanship. Their desire for control has no bounds; perhaps not finding the outlet for control elsewhere, they seek to channel the need onto the animal. It is a displacement of need; finding no outlet for exercising control (perhaps they lose control of their marriages when their better halves have affairs) they take things out on a poor, innocent fellow canine or feline being. The lengths they go to to propagate such abuse is too frightening to behold. The human becomes rather animalistic himself.
I once came across a terrier friend at a pet shop who was taken in by its kind owner. The terrier had been so badly abused that it did not want to communicate with anybody, growling with pent up frustration when anyone came near it. It cowered in the corner of the shop, largely hoping that those who came in would leave him well enough alone. The owner had lost control of it and pummeled it in frustration; the dog, of course, imbibed frustration of its own.
Some prejudiced humans love taking things out on a specific breed.
There are those of the human kind who have preconceived notions of a specific breed or kind; they have had that dubious benefit of education from their parents or anyone else with a preference for the perverse. They have been taught that a particular species or being is of inferior calibre.
There was an old lady in my neighborhood who believed that canines were, and still are, inferior beings; she planted the seed of dislike in her grandson, who abhors dogs to this day. Her grandson now really dislikes our kind – he recently got fined for kicking one of our doggy own when he came across it in the street. The poor dog, of course, whimpered in pain and hobbled off elsewhere.
These abusive members of the human kind have sadistic tendencies.
Some of the Human kind have a propensity for cruelty. It simply pleases them no end to hear someone, or in this case something else scream in uncontrollable pain. Hence, they use animals as an outlet to fulfill these sadistic desires. They derive enjoyment from heaping abuse on a defenseless animal.
A newsflash in Singapore involved the discovery of some kittens that were left in a dumpster. As if that alone was not enough, these humans actually used knives to gouge the eyes out of the kittens sockets; the pitiful meowing was heard, thankfully, by a nearby resident who alerted authorities to the problem. The man responsible was hastily arrested and slapped with a heavy fine – unfortunately, the sorry felines could not be saved.
Some humans have experienced violence themselves.
Some of the human kind have undergone brutal and humiliating abuse themselves; they see this as the appropriate way to behave or express themselves. The abuse they have suffered is deemed a fitting form of behavior which, performed on anyone or anything, is absolutely correct. A perverse form of thinking is condoned and considered, and wrongly so, perfectly acceptable.
Unsurprisingly, the un-gentleman who cruelly left mutilated kittens in the dumpster had been unceremoniously abused in his childhood; he viewed this as perfectly allowable because it was the norm in his household. Picking on a couple of cats, of course, was of no consequence to him.
These humans can be extremely vindictive.
I know not why, but these humans can have extremely vengeful tendencies. They react with wild abandon because they have been bitten by a dog or scratched by a cat previously; they see the animal’s behavior as hatred that they need an explanation for. The animal, though, could have acted in self defense or reacted to some other form of provocative behavior.
There are some curious Human kind around my neighborhood who simply go ballistic when they see a dog pee outside their houses. Out they come with a barrage of words, sticks, and a flurry of kicks. The sight of animals irks them because they see their territory being encroached upon. The animal, of course, has to answer for the unfortunate misappropriation of urine.
This need for revenge may not come about because they have been bitten by any animal as such; humans may also exact revenge on another human by displacing his anger and hostility on another animal. This is a perverse form of revenge and the poor animal is, of course, an innocent party.
Some humans want to reap the benefits animals can bring.
Poaching is an excellent example of this. The tiger trade, unfortunately, is still rampant; Tigers are shot and killed for the various body parts that can bring untold benefits for the selfish human being. There is of course, the tiger’s penis and the bear’s gall bladder, both of which are used as aphrodisiacs; the existing demand for the products makes in difficult to stem the trade any time soon.
How do these silly humans abuse those in the animal world?
Humans are extremely creative when it comes to dishing out abuse on the animal kind. If only they could bring forth their creativity in other forms.
An obvious answer, of course, is constant hitting and beating.
Remember the poor terrier who was hit with abandon by its owner? It, of course, is not the only animal to have fallen victim to such physical abuse; there are many others who have fallen prey to the human hand. Many handle their dogs and cats with a rod and a staff – the danger is that it becomes more than just a need for discipline and instead a pure venting of frustration.
Some humans think that animals like us are just simply too prolific.
Some human beings think that animals are a one-stop breeding station of sorts. They breed their dogs or cats as soon as they are available to, or when they have already propagated a litter.
My human owner once went on a date with such a rascal. He told her that he was into dog breeding – that one can make money from breeding animals and selling them at higher prices. Unsurprisingly, the temerity of the un-gentleman in saying such things made my Human do an about turn while on that date.
These abusive humans keep their animals in very cramped conditions.
The human being loves keeping animals in cramped conditions because they are afraid of the dirt that will be brought into the homes. They hold the poor animal hostage in cages or on very tight leashes for the entire day.
A Human neighbor kept her miniature schnauzer in a cage; the dog had no place to stand, much less walk about. The pitiful creature remained this way for a total of the 12 years of its short life. Attracting the attention of the SPCA, the human owners were thankfully fined for keeping the poor dog in these conditions.
Puppy mills, too, are fodder for such abuse; puppies are kept in cramped conditions; so cramped that the puppies arrive in new owners homes with multiple injuries and defects.
Some human owners love utilizing animals for their own benefits.
Apart from poaching, there is an less direct form of animal abuse; utilizing the animal for the monetary benefits it brings. Such humans only keep the animal for monetary reasons; they neglect the animal once it is of no use to them.
A West Highland Terrier I once knew was a perfect poster dog for ads along walkways and under passes. For its cuteness, it was extremely popular; he posed for ad after ad, bringing in lots of money for his human owner. The owner cruelly left him abandoned on the roadside once he was deemed too old and unfit for further use.
Some humans abuse through sheer neglect.
To borrow a Singaporean term, these human owners are known as being very “bo chap” or not willing to care for their animals. They go beyond forgetting their pets’ dental care or bringing them to the vet; they simply regard even the little things like feeding their pets as unimportant.
Rosco, a dog once taken in by my human owner, was one such dog. He was left abandoned at the animal shelter and was obviously very hungry; he wolfed an entire can of dog food after he arrived in his new home. His teeth, too, were in poor condition and he had bad breath; his human owner had to clear his mouth of plaque and all gum infections.
How animal abuse can be stopped
Alert the Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
or any animal society in your area if you spot animals being abused. Awareness is a sure way of curbing the problem.
Be Proactive.
Humans, it is really good to obtain some karma by feeding the occasional stray dog or cat;the animal will be eternally grateful to you. It lessons the effect of abuse to at least a certain degree.
One can also blog and bring up the matter of abused animals; this raises the awareness in the community. I was extremely hearted on my walk with my human owner to see some youth promoting awareness of animal abuse with brochures.
New pet owners can also be taught on blogs how to care for animals in a proper manner; added knowledge helps lessen abuse.
All in all, the abuse of animals by human kind is highly unsatisfactory and must be stopped. On an ending note, the photos in this article may be slightly graphic for some; the intention is just to bring about the awareness of animal abuse to all. Do look forward to Professor K9’s next discourse on dog discipline.

 

Professor K9 on the senior pet – what does he need and why should you adopt him?

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Now, I, Professor K9, am a little cranky as I begin to write this, being a senior dog and academic guru at that. I have had many years of experience and I daresay expertise in the field of academic research regarding those of my doggy kind. Allow me to therefore say that I am a bit of an old dog; Professors like myself, though with great intellectual ability, need a little tender loving care. Dog owners of the human kind need to know what to expect when taking care of senior dogs like myself, this frail, aging Professor; I would also like to put in a good word for elderly canines and encourage the adoption of older dogs. Hence the objective of my discourse today.
Taking care of elderly canines like myself is a huge Dog-sponsibility.
What can Human dog owners expect when taking care of aged dogs like ourselves? A few knotty problems, I am afraid. If there is already a dog of a ripe old age in the home, or if the Human is thinking of adopting an older one of my kind, he has to bear a few things in mind because relating to an elderly canine means that one has to have certain clear expectations. And so, what are they?
Elderly Canines like me are prone to all kinds of illnesses.
A dog growing old is very much like our human counterpart who is prone to arthritis, rheumatism, heart disease, stroke and other diseases related to old age; contrary to what most think, canines are not infallible, you know. The canine is also susceptible to all forms of disease as it grows older.
A rather fearful one is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or Dog Dementia. If the elderly human is prone to this, so are we; some elderly canine folk with this condition tend to stare at walls or lose themselves in the home.
My elderly canine neighbor, Rosco, was unfortunately assaulted by lymphoma in his later years, with a lump on his right foot that he tragically developed. Had his Human owner sent him in for check ups and consultations much earlier, Rosco would still have a few more years to live.
Human dog owners should try to know their elderly canine friends before they attempt the bring them into the home; it is important for the owner to be aware of any diseases or conditions the dog may have and facilitate treatment.
Elderly canine folk like ourselves are rather slow.
Elderly humans gad about with walking sticks; what makes them think that the great Professor K9 is an exception? Old dogs, too, cannot be expected to move as fast as those puppy younglings; we cannot chase that old ball like we used to or walk for such a long time.
A case in point, of course, is my good friend Rosco. Before he passed away, unfortunately from cancer, he took a rather long time getting about from one point in the house to another, a rather unfortunate deal for him. Another elderly lady canine friend of mine, Misty, is now sleeping more and walking slower than she used to, and her Human owners rather worry that she is now staring more at walls. A little more contemplative and slow is the older dog, don’t you think?
I, Professor K9 the great, will also tend to look old.
It is not only the human who will be concerned about the wearing down of facial features or injecting Botox; we canines are conscious of our looks, too, you know, and definitely look a little less attractive as we age. Certain features that we have will be less supple, very much like how the skins of Humans sag as they grow older. Humans start growing white hair; we get grey around the muzzle.
What happens when the dog does not have a beard? Rosco, as he grew older, showed signs of a little wrinkling! Yes, the symptoms of aging are the same for us canines too!
Aging Canine Professors need hearing aids.
Yes, we do. The elderly Human becomes a little hard of hearing as they grow older, and so do we. If my dog counterparts become a little edgy when approached from behind, or become startled easily, reduced hearing loss may be an explanation. If the dog suddenly stops coming to the door, could it be then that it is experiencing hearing difficulties?
Misty, my lovely lady canine companion, is experiencing such a problem. She fails to hear the food bowl being put on the floor and is thus aware that it is not mealtime; this gives young punks like Cloudy the Westie puppy a chance to grab the food for her own. So much for Canine Consideration!
Being an old dog, my eyes may soon become off-color.
Some of us older dog folks show a bluish transparent “haze” around the pupil area as we age-no, we do not believe in colored contact lenses, that is absolutely too youngish! When we become old, we have eye problems too.
That lady friend of mine, Misty, is experiencing exactly that. She has cataracts in both her eyes, and her lazy owner has yet to remove them. No wonder she keeps bumping into those walls! Dogs cannot see as well as they smell, you know. Combine that with a cataract, and things get rather messy!
Professor K9’s muscles weaken too.
And indeed they do. Old Human Men and Women need walking sticks, so we older dogs need walking therapy as well. This is largely due to muscle atrophy or loss of muscle mass; yes, indeed it happens to even Professor Canine the Great.
I do note that my good friend Rosco became skinnier as he grew into his twilight years. It was probably because of muscle atrophy or his cancer, I dare not say which; but I do know that when such things happen, the Human owner should be sure to have the poor dog examined by a vet and make sure that he gets the requisite protein in his diet.
Sometimes, senior K9s like us become a little flabby!
Oh yes, we certainly do. Humans experience a lowering of their metabolic rates; so we canines experience that too, and a consequent bit of weight gain.
Misty, my lady friend, does need her exercise. I must remember to give her the advice I should in my capacity as the great professor and get her to walk a little more.
Should Human owners adopt senior dogs like myself?
A most perturbing insight into the nature of the dog-human relationship I, Professor Canine the great have gained is that many of my dog folk are left in animal shelters when they are old; Human owners find that hey lack the capacity to take care of us as we age. No want wants an old dog like myself, Professor Canine; I exhort Humankind to think about adopting a less junior pet and think about the advantages of claiming a more senior one. The privileges of letting older canine folk into the home are indeed plenty.
Unlike those annoying young puppies, we understand house rules better.
I have greater intellectual capacity, being much older than some of my puppy proteges. I know the house rules and what the human owner is trying to tell me; it is just a matter of finding out from him or her how and where she wants me to do things, like let go of my treasured excretion (poop, for the want of a better word).
Cloudy, my young and foolish dog counterpart, is conversely more difficult to house train than I am. I wonder why it takes so long for her little dog brain to accept that the Humans set boundaries for their dogs.
It is beneath my position as an older, intellectual dog to nip.
It is far beneath my standards as an intellectual and older canine to practice nipping. I find it rather degrading and will not do it. I do not think it is wise to chew slippers either because they cause our breaths to smell. Perhaps I used to do so when I was younger.
Cloudy, my little puppy counterpart, certainly does all that and has already damaged a few of her Human owner’s prized shoes. I would be damaging for my dignity indeed to do so.
We older canines focus better.
We older canine folk tend to concentrate on the task at hand. You will never find us being distracted when our owners call us. We are far too discipline for that.
Cloudy, that little imp, is far different, being prone to shift her attention from her owner to the toys that she sees nearby; she gets distracted on walks as well, constantly turning her attention to every child she sees. How is that for concentration?
We know what no means.
We older canines, especially those like myself who have a higher level of intellect know how to take no for an answer. It is beneath our dignity to push the point when our owners tell us know, so we settle in easily.
This is unlike young puppy upstarts who do not understand when they are told that they are told “no”. Cloudy certainly does not understand it. She still continues to bite slippers and needs a little of her Human owner’s guidance.
Unlike selfish young pups, we give love a little better.
I, Professor Canine, may sometimes have my nose in the air, but being a senior pet, I take pride in being able to give love to my owner. I know what my Human owner needs after a long day and am more sensitive. I am proud to say that I am an instant companion.
That is unlike Cloudy the West Highland Terrier (or Terror) puppy , though. She sometimes does not respect her owner when called and runs instead under the sofa.
Our older canine personalities have been shaped.
Us older canine personalities are exactly that – formed personalities. We have already formed our traits and if those are pleasant, that can be beneficial for any owner. However, it can work both ways; I can be a little stubborn, I admit.
Unlike those pesky young puppy upstarts, we leave you alone and let Human Owners have a good night’s sleep.
Being an aged canine professor who needs solitude himself, I understand why my human owner will need it so after a long day of hard work, or when he simply needs to get something done.
Cloudy loves to pester; she scrambles for attention in almost situation. Is it so necessary to be such an attention seeker?
With all that, I exhort potential human dog owners to consider adopting a senior pet like myself. it is truly beneficial and will stand them in good stead. Now, Cloudy, being young, needs a little dog discipline- my next set of discourse and research will be exactly on how to rein a young punk like her in.
By Michelle Liew