Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
AL-E bounced into our lives without any announcements or planning from our end.
Monday, September 8, 2008
1. Two training crates ( A big and small crate which is used as his potty & pee
2. Dog leash (We have got several for AL-E)
3. Dog Collar (Several types)
4. Several bowls (for food and water) – all the containers red in colour.
5. Chewable Vitamin (AL-E’s ALL TIME favourite item – He practically looks
6. Duvet covers for his basket cum bed.
9. Disposable wet towels.
10. Paper towels.
11. Several brush & comb.
12. Several type of shampoo
15. Ear drops.
16. Eye drops.
17. Cotton bud.
19. Nail Clippers
20. Chew bones.
21. Treat – Pisa Pizza Dog Treats (Bil.Jac brand). Others include Milky sticks.
22. Dental Stick (To remove bad breath. AL-E’s does not have bad breath because he only eats what’s given i.e. dry food which is also Bil.Jac brand. So, the dental stick is only used occasionally, especially when guests are expected at our home.)
23. Breath Treats.
24. Vegetarian bone for chewing (Note: AL-E loves this.)
25. Stool Deodorizer Plus (It is a chewable tablet for dogs to eliminate foul stool & urine odour). Since AL-E is still a puppy, we only use this item occasionally.
26. Toilet training Formula (A spray to help/assist in getting puppy toilet trained) – Really works with AL-E.
27. Cologne Spray.
28. Bitter Bite Spray (A non-toxic spray to discourage dogs from chewing furniture, upholstery, plants etc.)
29. Instant Odor Eliminator (A Biodegradable & bio-enzymatic cleaner & deodorizer to eliminate urine and faeces odour from kennels and bedding's.)
30. Body cologne (Non-toxic perfume for puppy).
31. Tick medication – We get the vet to administer this liquid base tick medication.
32. A selection of soft toys (in many shapes and sizes) – the purchase is still on
33. Numerous books (Books for AL-E’s training purpose and general health etc.)
This list is yet to be conclusive and there are many more items that being purchased on regular basis such accessories (his bling bling dog collar -inclusive of some crystal), books on dogs etc. etc.
In the pipeline, a proper closet for AL-E (right now we keep all his towels, spare blanket, duvet covers, pillow-case, pillows in a big container with lid).
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Still feeling uneasy....The reason being not enough sleep, not enough rest and lots of activity.
Why? Here's the story of what happened last night and wee hours of this morning....
Both hubby and I went out for dinner, drinks and had late supper. We came back home about 3.00 am or later. The house was so quiet, so nice (the air-con has been switched on since 6.45pm...within a split second AL-E jumped from his basket (which is his bed, filled with generous amount of toys, a pillow, a duvet cover and other cushions) to greet us.
We could clearly see that he is half-asleep or rather rudely woken but oh boy, I wonder, where does that fella gets his dose of energy. I need some now. AL-E, please don't be stingy with knowledge, share with mommy and daddy, please. We need your dose of energy..
Okay, back to story now...
On a second thought, perhaps we should have got a sitter and kept AL-E awake, because when it came to bedtime - our bedtime - our little fella was anything but sleepy. But then again, it is almost impossible to get a sitter for a pet in this town...maybe in KL or SA (we have list of sitters who has have volunteered...wow! Can you image that, we options and choices...wistful thinking for now here in this resort city that we live. Sigh).
Anyways, we got home, hubby had a quick shower and slept on the couch with only his bath towel covering him, AL-E leaped to his lap and started giving facials - I should have taken a video (record) of this moment. Alas, I was busy cleaning up AL-E's mess in the crate (as usual), the smell was a little too pungent for my liking.
Out of no where, AL-E turned into a different animal. Well, he is an animal but just different. Nose to the ground like the hunting dogs which his breed is descended (Cocker Spaniel are from the Gundog family)., he follows the scent of his human mommy like a 'shadow'..He tugged my blouse, pants, pulled my hair, licked my hair, gave me facials and some bites (due to excitement) - the bites can be quite painful especially when AL-E's in dancing mood (more like rock cum disco dancing). He chased after me, stopped chasing, continued chasing etc....etc....after awhile I just ignored him. I was so knocked off and all I need was shower and sleep ..zzzzzzz.
Guess what, the minute I came out of shower, there was a strong toxic fume coming from the living room (from AL-E's crate which I had just cleared, cleaned and sprayed some bio-degradable Instant Odor Eliminator)...Urggh... urggg... not again, I am so tired and it is 4.00 am!! Holding my breath to stop myself gagging, I cleaned the 'fresh' smelling droppings and cleaned up the crate again.
Sometimes, at these times, it is so hard to remember what the up-side of having a pet.
Well, as for AL-E, he's done his business now and can't seem to understand what's all this fuss that mommy's feeling crappy about. He seemed to be happy to play with his toys. Forget mommy who's darn tired and need to sleep. That selfish little imp!
Finally, I call him to wish him good night (perhaps good morning to AL-E), I whistle, I yell, I shout...AL-E remains immobile as the cute wax-figurine in Madame Tussaud's Museum..Oh well, I give up and head to our bedroom...
Ten minutes later...I can't do this, got out of the room, hugged AL-E Belly, gave him an explanation that mommy needs to sleep and feeling tired ...blah, blah, blah, bli-blah, bli-blah, etc. etc., gave a goodnight kiss on AL-E's adorable forehead and head to zzzzzzzz land. It was 4.45 am...oh well...
AL-E has taken over my home and in particular way taking over my life...
(Note: Hubby disagrees though...According to my wise ole hubby, I let AL-E dominate my life...So true, for now....AL-E Belly Smelly Belly is so so oh so adorable and I am sucker to his charming ways. Oh dear, what have I got myself into...)
Friday, September 5, 2008
This 'Jack The Ripper' idea was first announced by our dear friend G (Note: G was joking of course ...not hubby...Hubby improvised and made it sound like the dog-ripper. Let me clarify and explain some truth behind all these rippings.)
Sounds cruel but when I think about, hmm... hmm....makes some sense. Why?,
AL-E can be difficult, stubborn and full of gusto in NOT obeying commands to 'tearing and ripping' paper base material. With him around, I don't really need a shredding machine.
When it comes to books, papers, toilet rolls, tissue paper, tissue box, newspaper, magazine or any material in the form of paper, he needs no command. He's very good in tearing them apart and munching them like a gum.
Mostly, he will spit them after chewing but some will find it's way through his rear end. That's when you hear him yelp and shriek when potty session is on-going....Boy never learns (yet). Hopefully it is just a 'teething' stage and it'll pass.
Besides papers, Al-E has in the past month ripped hubby's pants (Armani pants, no kidding...I feel like writing to Giorgio to place a 'caution' note on all his clothes especially to safe-guard pet owners). On top of that, he has also ripped my new Sonny San skirt (which I had yet to wear)... AL-E has EXPENSIVE taste for his victims!!! (No cheap stuff, no 'cap helang' T-Shirts, Padini pants/shirts, G2000, ...just to name a few.)
When it comes to clothes, I don't think AL-E did it on purpose but more so in the excitement of seeing us back home from work or dinner or wherever we come from for the day/hours.
So what do I do when I catch the 'monkey-dog' in action (for ripping clothes)? I normally put him in his crate and lock him up for 10 minutes as a form of punishment. Throughout the 10 minutes, I'll ignore this little monkey. He'll yelp for a bit and will be quiet.
The minute the crate door is opened, he'll jump (more like a fly-over) on me, sniff me up and 'kiss' all over my face as an apology gesture. This almost always melt my heart. Overcome with emotion, I give him a hug and kiss his adorable head saying 'Okay, you are forgiven, do remember to behave at all times baby.' Oh, also, I may add 'I love you too AL-E belly, smelly-belly-monkey cat-dog!'.
Boy, I am tired...it's almost 3.00 pm and I have yet to finish up eating my lunch! Sigh!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Fat chance, the scratching and yelping continues (faint sound of yep, yep, yep, yep, yep ..times 100 and the scratching continues). Then, it is all quiet for a faint two seconds and then the yelp and scratch continues...Sigh! No off button to this particular alarm...Sigh!
AL-E is consistent and persistent. Well, at least hubby is around to do the morning drill today (and every other day.....) Get AL-E to do potty, eat his breakie (his daily dose of dry food mix with some water-the only time AL-E gets the privilege of so called 'wet-food') and water of course...
Hang on a second....This is not how it works in the ST house. The first thing that AL-E requires is a small amount of dry food mixed with water. When it has it's fill plus water etc., then only AL-E goes to his crate for potty time. Then, it is his vitamin time which he loves. Then a short play time and hubby off to work. Then, it's mummy's time to look after this fella.
After all the scratch and yelp, can't go back to my dreamland...Sigh...Sigh... Off to shower...
The minute I get out of the bedroom (after shower), AL-E comes up running, jumps on me and gives me a daily dose of facial...sometimes additional dose of 'kisses' (licks) on my feet and hands. Then, the occasional (accidental bite due to all the excitement). This morning ritual goes on without fail daily.
Sometimes, AL-E may be bursting to go pee but he never fails to give me morning 'kisses' and facials.
Then, it is play time. Games involve AL-E’s blanket, numerous toys, balls etc. etc. It is only 10.00 a.m. and I am exhausted...AL-E has yet again dominated my morning and still going on strong...
Oh why? Oh why? I ask myself that I ever got talked or rather agreed with hubby into getting a dog.
Just when I started to dwell into these thoughts, AL-E appeared out of some corner of the house, threw himself at me, licked my hands, trampled on my feet and before I knew what was going to happen, he had clambered on to my lap, put his paws on my shoulders and aimed his tongue at my lips.
When it came to seducing, AL-E is super-smart and fast worker too. Oh well, the boy has charms. And me – well, I am sucker for this...You got me AL-E. I am deeply smitten. Love you back.
A special note to darling (I love you too, you know that...I love AL-E too). See, it's all fair.
And just like that, the thought of ‘asking’ myself ‘Why I got talked into getting a dog’ just PERISHED.