Bub­bling with joy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PETS -

LUM Keen Lee, 34, has been the proud owner of Bub­bles, a Mal­tese, for seven years now.

The ac­counts man­ager with an oil and gas com­pany got her from a pet shop when she was just a month old.

“She is in­cluded in all our ac­tiv­i­ties: fam­ily get-to­geth­ers, Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions, and on car and bike rides,” said Lum, when met at his con­do­minium in Kuala Lumpur last Sun­day. “If we are out work­ing, my broth­ers-in-law will look af­ter her. If we go out­sta­tion, she comes with us.

“She gets pre­sents on her birth­day, and for Christ­mas and Chi­nese New Year.”

The best part is, Bub­bles was pho­tographed with the cou­ple dur­ing their wed­ding shoot re­cently.

Lum de­scribed Bub­bles as “clingy, very friendly and likes to sleep a lot”.

Bub­bles suf­fers from se­vere dry eye due to a groom­ing ses­sion that went hor­ri­bly wrong and re­sulted in corneal scar­ring in both eyes. The pos­si­bil­ity of her be­com­ing blind was very high. Surgery was in­evitable, and the vet stitched the eyes shut for al­most two months.

“She suf­fered for three months and was not able to see any­thing dur­ing that time. Thank God, she pulled through,” said Lum.

“Un­for­tu­nately, her eyes were per­ma­nently scarred and could no longer pro­duce tears,” said Lum. So he and Tay have to ap­ply eye drops for Bub­bles at least thrice a day.

The adorable Mal­tese also has sen­si­tive skin and is prone to get­ting rashes when it is hot, so ut­most care is al­ways taken to make her happy and com­fort­able. This in­cludes let­ting her sleep with them in an air-con­di­tioned room.

Care is taken with re­gard to her diet, too – Bub­bles drinks only fil­tered wa­ter and, be­sides her usual food, is given fruits (es­pe­cially ap­ples, her favourite).

Three’s com­pany: When Lum Keen Lee and his wife an­nie tay had their wed­ding pho­tos taken, they in­cluded their pre­cious pet bub­bles, too. — Photo from Lum Keen Lee

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