Old dogs and new

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When you want to add a new dog to your ex­ist­ing pet fam­ily, how do you go about it? DOGS are su­per- so­cial an­i­mals who love a dog lover liv­ing in Subang Jaya, Se­lan­gor, busy­body but she is a bit ag­gres­sive with mov­ing house, she had to re­home the dog. be­ing with their hu­man fam­ily as well as who has twice added adult dogs to her ex­ist­food.” “We took Deb­o­rah in be­cause we had the their own kind. This is why many peo­ple ing ca­nine fam­ily. When in­tro­duc­ing Kelly to Rus­sell, the space. We went through the sniff­ing again, adopt two pup­pies at a time. How­ever, as “We adopted our Tracey and Comet from fam­ily promoted the sniff­ing again, but this and with Rus­sell be­ing the big boy, he was dogs live short lives com­pared to ours, PAWS in the mid- 90s,” Wai Yee ex­plains. time with a gate be­tween the two dogs. on the leash the first few times they met chances are that one pet passes away be­fore “They were the first dogs that we ever had, “Kelly was re­ally cu­ri­ous,” Wai Yee re­memwith­out a sep­a­rat­ing gate. The leash is use­ful the other. and we’d read that dogs like their own combers. “Rus­sell was also in­ter­ested but a bit be­cause if you see things aren’t go­ing well,

Some­times, es­pe­cially with old dogs, the pany, so we picked them as a pair as they stand­off­ish. Af­ter a cou­ple of sniff ses­sions, you can pull your pet away be­fore they fight, best thing to do is to keep the elderly one came from the same lit­ter.” we let them meet. It went OK but a cou­ple of with­out be­ing bit­ten.” sin­gle. This is when the old pet has reached Tracey and Comet lived with Wai Yee and times Rus­sell pushed her down in a ‘ I’m the It took a few weeks of su­per­vised meet­ings a stage where liv­ing with a puppy would be her fam­ily as pets who also had du­ties as boss around here’ way.” but Wai Yee very quickly saw the girls bonda tor­ture, and when adding an ex­tra se­nior guard dogs. They lived long and happy lives As the dogs weren’t palling up in­stantly, ing. dog would feel like an invasion. but when Tracey passed away in 2007, the the fam­ily de­cided to take the slow route. “Deb­o­rah and Kelly are com­plete BFFs,”

But when your sur­viv­ing pet is in good fam­ily was wor­ried that Comet would be “We su­per­vised con­tact for two or three Wai Yee smiles. “Rus­sell tol­er­ates the girls health, and rel­a­tively young, you may want lonely. months, and kept them apart for the rest of and they play the odd game but in his heart to con­sider bring­ing in a new com­pan­ion com­pan­ion, “Rus­sell was three monthsmont old. He was at the time,” Wai Yee ex­plains. “We were conRus­sell is the cool guy who prefers hu­mans.” which isn’t easy. I went to see Kwok Wai Yee, PAWS, and they thought he e was a puppy mill cerned that if we moved too quickly, they Al­though Rus­sell and the girls are not re­ject be­cause he had a slig ghtly mis­shapen would fight. A bite or growl is OK but once bo­som buds, they are out all day in the gar­jaw and a bad cough. We l oved him at first dogs be­come enemies, it’s a prob­lem, so we den, all three shar­ing the same space. sight but PAWS kept him for a few thought we’d bet­ter just be a bit care­ful.” “They all have their own spe­cial favourite weeks till he wa s bet­ter. Then we Even­tu­ally, Kelly ac­cepted that Rus­sell places but they min­gle freely and they get got to take him m home.” would be the boss dog, and the two were along,” Wai Yee says. “There’s the oc­ca­sional Wai Yee a and her par­ents happy to share the gar­den and play the odd fight, a bite, but it’s over in a minute and had done somes read­ing, so game of tug of war with a toy rope. then they’re pals again. It’s like they’re sibthey’d com me up with a plan “But you know, Rus­sell doesn’t re­ally like lings, so like hu­man peo­ple they some­times they thou ught should work Kelly,” Wai Yee shares. “They’re to­gether but quar­rel but it’s not se­ri­ous.” with dog cul­ture.c In a word: it’s more like hav­ing lines of tol­er­ance. I Look­ing at their faces – a grinning Rus­sell, Bum- sniff fing! think Rus­sell is more a peo­ple per­son now a frisk­ing Deb­o­rah and a gig­gling Kelly – it’s “Rus­sell was a tiny pup still, so than a dog per­son. He just loves self­ies! Point good to know that creat­ing ex­tended adult mum picked him m up, held him in a cam­era – and he looks and smiles!” dog fam­i­lies is within the purview of us all. front of Comet a and said, ‘ Sniff!’” The third dog joined the fam­ily a bit un­exSo, if you have a pet who’s re­cently lost a Wai Yee giggl les. “It went re­ally pect­edly. Wai Yee’s aunt in Ipoh had picked beloved part­ner, do con­sider go­ing to your well. Come t ac­cepted the up Deb­o­rah, a preg­nant stray, from the near­est res­cue cen­tre and help give an aban­puppy ve ery eas­ily and streets two years ago but as the aunt was doned dog a lov­ing new home. Rus­sell l loved the big dog, fol­lowin ng him like a tai kor, an oldero brother.”

To be t to­tally safe the fam­ily kept t con­tact to short play dates for a week, and when it was clear Comet a and Rus­sell were truly pals, they al­low wed the two to ive to­gether.

When Comet pas ssed away two years ago, Kelly wa s added to the fam­ily to keep Russe ll com­pany. “We got Kelly throu ugh our vet who’d learned she needed a home,” Wai Yee

shares. “Kelly is sw weet and a real

russe ll is the lead­err of the pack i n Wai yee’s home . — KWOK WAI y EE

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