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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Indiana Jones & The Desert Assignment

Errr...”bottomless shitting buffet” sounds kinda euuuww I know. But yes! Cats love to poop on sand and burry their feces. Apparently this is to cover their scent from predators. If that’s true, it’s kinda misguided I think because I can always smell it from miles away. So if there’s any amount of sand that can cover a cat’s stool, desert is the place to shit!  Indiana Jones has a lucky cat I’d say.

Moral of the story you ask? Eheerrmm wait ah.. (panicking and sourcing through the rubbish in my brain). Ahhh, got it! Moral is....If you're positive, you can even find happiness in shitting..hah how? Inspiring? I know right...... :D  Well as you’ve been warned before, expect some sensical nonsense every now and then here. And by the way, big things are coming soon at A Fortress Of Fur. Yeah I mean the sane ones. So till then, stay awake Fursians! 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Surely Not Man's Best Friend

I’ve heard time and time again that dogs are man’s best friend. And I think that’s the biggest lie ever told.  Don’t hate me yet. What I mean to say is that’s a huge understatement in anybody’s language. Honestly, dogs are way better than that. When you say “best friend”, there’s always some humanized connotation associated to it. It sounds like human companionship. In the real world, there’re not many friends who can emulate a dog. Not even best friends. Because it’s no longer about companionship. It’s about undivided devotion to you and only you.

Here’s a story about Capitan. A tale that may possibly humble all your greatest love and friendship stories. Simply because Capitan was NOT a human. 

The news was making waves in the media over the last 10 days and it’s inevitable, I have to address it. Capitan is a German Shepherd dog in Central Argentina who has decided to sleep and live next to his owner Miguel Guzman’s gravestone ever since the man passed away.  If that’s not incredible enough, he’s refused to leave the graveside for 6 YEARS. That’s like 38 DOG YEARS. Can you believe it??

What’s more mind-boggling is Capitan went missing from the house after Guzman passed away. A week later when Guzman’s wife visited the grave, she was shocked to see Capitan there. Simply because she thinks there’s no way Capitan would know where the graveyard is. This is the part you'd go ”Seriously????” In an age where humans can’t find a location without the aid of signboards, Google map and GPS, it’s just amazing how a dog can do this.  

Cemetery director Hector Baccega recalled the day when he first saw Capitan turning up at the cemetery all on his own. Baccega noted how Capitan wandered around the cemetery and eventually found the master’s tomb and sat there heartbroken ever since. I bet even Guzman’s own family members wouldn’t be able to find the tomb on their own if not for the name written on it.  But a DOG did it.  (Unless you’re an idiot who think Capitan can read)

Guzman’s wife Veronica said the family tried to bring Capitan home on numerous occasions but he always went back to the cemetery. They finally resigned to the fact that Capitan does not want anything else, other than living the rest of his life guarding the master’s grave. 

Another heartwarming fact is Capitan only lived for little over a year with Guzman before the latter died. A mere one year!!! Look at the amount of love and loyalty that a dog can dedicate to you in such a short space of time. It’s just pure magic..... Who would've imagined that besides termites, maggots,bugs and other scavenging microorganisms in the grave, a dog will keep you company as you lay rotting in that 6 feet deep hole. Waiting in the hope that you’ll come alive one day.  Shame on whoever said that renowned phrase “till death do us apart”. A dog just surpassed it. 

Digressing a little, sometime back, I knew a person who lost his mother. One he had previously lauded as his gift-of-life and his world. But another woman came into his life and they got married. Series of turmoil ensued and very quickly the mother became the person he hated the most. He disowned the mother and even refused to attend her funeral. I’ve also seen some friends who take the passing of their loved ones with a pinch of salt. I realize the somber mood and grief is much more intense when their favourite football team losses or when a pimple pops up on their faces. 
(Guys, I’m sorry if this feels as if I’m taking a dig at you. But I hope you’re reading it anyway.Are you offended? Well I'd say if the hat fits, then you wear it.) And the cartoon strip above is just a mirror of what our society has become.

Fursians, don’t get me wrong…I’m not asking you to dwell and wallow in sorrow after the loss of your loved ones.  All I’m saying is, the very dog that you look lowly sometimes, is an unlikely inspiration. One that enkindles hope that you too can make someone of yourself, by simply loving those who mean the most in your life. It’s probably a big ask to live and die next to their graves. But you can at least do HALF of what a dog can do. That is to cherish, treasure and love those who love you, more importantly while they’re still alive. If a dog can do it with the limited abilities it has, what’s your excuse?

To end where I began, do you need another story to prove that dogs are MORE than man’s best friend? I don’t know about you. But I’ve known about it all along. So what are they actually? I think they’re Godsent miracles…, disguised in a carpet of fur, an emotional magic wand called tail, and a cold nose that preserves love, loyalty and devotion better than any freezer in the world.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Game On!

The Olympic Games in London is over. But that’s for humans. For your dogs, it’s time to put their athleticism to test.  PETSTER’s Cutie Pet Fun Fair this year brings you the dog’s version of the Olympics. It’s called, the SUPERDOG. If you’ve never heard of Olympics, then you must’ve been living in Narnia. 
Ok enough already, don’t ask me what’s Narnia. *Grabs the head*

Arguably, Superdog is the highlight of this year’s event where you’re guaranteed to have lotsa fun, win freebies and stand a chance to win RM1000. 

Surely you know that clich├ęd term called “Win-Win situation”. But have you heard of a win win win win win win win win win win…….situation? That's what Superdog is. First, because your dogs get to exercise, have fun and socialize. That’s 3 in 1 already.  Next, if your dog clocks the fastest time in completing the games, you get the prize money.  On top of that, for every set of challenges you complete, 1kg SMARTHEART dog food and grooming vouchers are yours for taking. The best thing about this “win win win win win win win……………."  concept is, you can play the games as many times as you want. It’s like a looping chance. So if you play ten times, I guess you’re not going to buy dog food for the next one month. You can also donate the food to shelters if you wish to. So absolutely nothing to lose and every thing to gain.

Now let’s see what are the games in store for your dogs.  First, it's the tunnel run. The fastest dog gets the most points.  You can use treats or anything to make your dogs do the trick. If you want to run together with your dog through the tunnel, *holds breath*… you can! We like adventurous people :)

Next, is "The stay game". Obedient dogs can nail this one I’m sure. As long as your dog can sit and stay in position for the time given, you complete this game. It’s probably going to be 15 seconds or so. Easy la this one right..

Then comes the, “Run-run-run.” This is even easier.  You just stand at the finishing line and call your dog.  You probably don’t even know that your dog is hell of a runner. Play the game and the judges will time it for you. Don’t be surprised if your Johny can run faster than Usain Bolt! You never know.

The 4th one is “Zig-Zag Me”. Just guide your dog to go around the poles as fast as possible. Done!

5th is the “Jumpmania”. There are actually two separate hurdles. One for small breeds and one for large breeds. So it’s fair for everyone. 

And finally this game is kinda interesting I think. The “bridgewalk” it is.  The name says it all. 

Yeah, you wish!! Sorry, it's not this easy ok.

How the bridge gonna look like is the suspense. It can be in any shape.

Like a chicken wing maybe?

Like Auntie Anne's pretzel maybe?

Well keep guessing. But I was given assurance that it will be sensible. So wait for the "bridgewalk"  :)

The only ultimate rule for all the challenges is : YOU  CAN’T CARRY YOUR DOGS.  Other than that, you can do anything.

And before I forget, here's an insight.  It may seem that some of the challenges are favourable to large breeds. People with small dogs, please don't worry. Every element has been carefully weighed and balanced out. You'll eventually find out during the event, that games like the 'bridgewalk'  and to some extent "zig-zag me" will be at your advantage ( for small breeds). There’ll also be a practice set at the side of the real ring. Therefore, you can practice before playing the actual game.

So whatchu waiting for? Gear up for the games. Train your dogs today so that he or she is sharp, fit and IN GOOD SHAPE. .The last thing you want is, your dog goes 'pancit' and calls it Game Over before the games even kick off.

How much is the entrance fee?? Well, if you've been following this blog, you must have read that PETSTER always does something in a way that Malaysians love. So its absolutely FREEEEE!!!  Yes believe. Its free. Happy right.. :)

Other happenings at the 2-day event are, Charity Fund Raising, K9 Dog Demo, Dog Pageant, Fashion Competition, Agility Demo and Cat Show for cat lovers. Besides, there’ll be lotsa games for you to play and win prizes at the carnival. 

So just drag your family there, spend quality time with your pets and have furry good outing together!!

29th and 30th September 2012
Central Park, 1 Utama.
9am to pm.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Mad Love Lah.... (Part 1)

We’ve heard that some people go the distance for their pets. Well this should be the perfect occasion for that saying. The distance could be tens or maybe hundreds of kilometers. And don’t forget to count the hours. Asking for too much? Definitely not, when your pets are family. 

This is actually something I can relate to myself. It happened maybe like 3 times. First, I forgot to refill water for my pup. I reached office, was waiting for the elevator and snap, I remembered! Yup I went back with a long face, but I was never reluctant. More like angry with myself for being forgetful. The most trivial one was probably when I made a U-turn, having gone halfway to work because…errmmmm…I forgot to turn on the FAN for the kiddos at home. ( Errr yeah a bit over lah I know). But I’m sure a lot of you, pet lovers can relate to this and have done this before. Most of the time we might get someone to do it for us..But when there‘s no outlet for help, then it’s all on us.

This is something that’s got to do with guilt I guess. You won't have the peace of mind at work or anything that you’re at, knowing that your cat, dog or bunny is deprived of its basic needs, ESPECIALLY, when they’re confined.  No man, you just can't do it!  Something where Nike's tagline "Just Do It" comes across to me as an evil whisper.

There’s a voice in your head that stabs you with guilt you know. Like this:

...and I swear you don’t want a voice like that in your head. Like seriously!! 

So don't make the guilt trip k..And that's the first part of the MAD-LOVE LAH... series. More to come, stay tuned for updates. Have a great weekend Fursians! :)

ps: (Hopefully you still remember that epic "kemaluan" quote by Samy Vellu. Legend. LMAO)