It’s a (won­der­ful)

Some pets have it re­ally good, with by them and lav­ish them with love

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PETS - Sto­ries by EVE­LYN LEN star2@thes­ had lit­tle

WE have heard it said that “It’s a dog’s life” when some­one is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a rough or un­pleas­ant time in their lives. For some ca­nines, how­ever, a dog’s life is any­thing but.

Whether they were res­cued off the streets, bought from a pet store or adopted from an an­i­mal shel­ter, some of our furry, four-footed friends now live quite a cushy life.

Home­maker Jenny W.K. Wong, 47, owns not one but three toy dogs named Dao Dao, Yao Yao and Bao Bao.

It was love at first sight the in­stance Wong set eyes on Dao, in a pet shop win­dow, three years ago. He is a party coloured poo­dle – that is, hav­ing solid colour patches over a white coat – with a bean-shaped brown patch on his back, hence his name Dao (which means bean in Man­darin).

When Wong brought him home, he would fol­low her around. “He has de­cided I am his life­saver,” quips Wong, in an e-mail in­ter­view from Perth, Aus­tralia. She de­scribes him as very gen­tle, timid and re­served.

“Ev­ery night, we put him in his cage, wish him good­night and turn off the light.”

Dao Dao was the cen­tre of the fam­ily’s at­ten­tion for a whole month un­til Wong’s friend pre­sented her with a Shih Tzu on her birth­day.

“I must ad­mit that when I first set eyes on the then two-month-old puppy, she looked like a dirty rag – with a re­ally messy face, and a white, brown and black coat.

“She was a very ac­tive lit­tle pup and liked to wag her lit­tle long tail as she sashayed around the house,” says Wong. “That’s why I named her Yao Yao – it means to sway here and there.”

It’s been two years now, and Yao Yao has grown into a fine young lady, says Wong. Yao alert. ly­ing as fin­ish Dao’s his food the back

It was love at first sight when Jenny Wong set eyes on dao dao, a poo­dle. — Pho­tos from Jenny W.K. Wong

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