The kid wanted a pet for the longest time.
I have been thinking for the longest time too. A few factors were our home. Legally, we cant keep a pet. Secondly, who to take care when we are not at home and thirdly, pets are not cheap, both purchase and maintenance. Lucky or coincidentally, I stumbled on a link on fb. I followed the link and Customer Service was superb. I sent an email with my questions and I got them answered promptly. Then the businessman (pet owner) said his place was in ss2 and to be precise ss2/4. This was crucial to me because I am NOT driving to Timbaktu or some far away place just to chat about possibilities (that time not confirming buying yet) of getting a pet. When the pet owner told me I can come in to have a non-obligation discussion, to see the dog of choice and his place was so near, I agreed.
On 25th Nov, we made our way to his place. We were shown to the puppies and also the puppies “mom”. We discussed about what to do, etc. The price was rm600 for a ShihTzu dog (3 month old dog) I was pleased to hear the price was well within my budget. Earlier, I have stayed away from getting a pet because those pet shops in the mall, the price tag is no lesser than RM1500 and some even goes up to rm4-5k. We didnt agree on the spot as we dont want to show the owner our eagerness. (I learned not to make anxious decisions..everything with consult / prayer).
Went home, the little fella talked non stop about the pet. He then said he will do this, do that (and still does till TODAY- and I M PLEASED)
On Thursday 29 Nov, I made a trip again, but without P. I went with my aunt to double confirm my decision. Its definitely a huge decision and commitment from my side. 3 month old dog is like a 3 month old baby. So on Thursday, after an hour there, I paid a deposit.
We came back again on 1st Dec to collect some dog items as we wanted to setup his house before welcoming little Sparky home. Then on 2nd Dec, we officially took him home. Prior to this, Sparky has been trained and as the new owner, I went for a half day training at this owner’s house (how to bath, how to feed, how to do this and that)
Philip was thrilled to bits nevertheless. He was indeed very happy having Sparky. Till today, he still adores this naughty Sparky and poor me, I have been suffering. My daily live-out Indonesian helper is of NO HELP to me as she said she cant go near any dog. I tried psycho-ing her but failed. I know I cannot force her. Hence, I end up cleaning the dog poo and pee everyday. Philip will prepare his food and showers the dog once a week (of course with my supervision) The dog learns fast but somethings I held back like teaching the dog to walk down the steps.
The dog, is left in a play area while we are out. The radio will be on. If the dog is naughty then he is left in his cage. At night, he free roams around the house. He eats twice a day. He is super manja type that wants attention. If you ignore him, he will PURPOSELY poo/pee not in his toilet area.
In late December 2012, I engaged Giogiana Salas to do a photoshoot for us. It was also Sparky’s first time outing session. We went to DPC. During this session, Sparky was so natural and I had a black face P who didnt want to cooperate at all
I sent Sparky for grooming in Jan too to prepare him for surgery and CNY. So he had a botak feel. I wondered if he felt naked?