Thursday, January 31, 2008

Red Devils 2 - Portsmouth 0


Ladies & gentlemen, I have only one thing to say: CHRISTIANO RONALDO.

It was a pity the game was not shown yesterday. Only managed to check out the scores online. But the genius is on a roll man. A brace against Spurs in the FA Cup 4th round and now another in the demolition of the Pompeys. If you ask me, he can only get better. He has shown how quickly he has matured in the English game. Upon his arrival from Sporting Lisbon he was known as 'The Diver' as the slightest touch on him he would just go down and that had upset a lot of opposition teams. But look at him today. He is undoubtedly the BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD.


Yesterday, well, in fact this morning, he scored what was said to be one of the best free-kicks ever seen in the Premier League game. As Sir Alex Ferguson said: "David Beckham's strike rate was pretty good, Eric Cantona used to take them too but Ronaldo's strike today was phenomenal".

A good win for the Red Devils. 2-0 against Portsmouth, I call it a freakin' good win. Portsmouth is actually playing very well - with the likes of Mwaruwari, Pamarot and the keeper James. David James has been playing very well over the past few months. But as Joe Jordan (a former Man Utd striker) said: "No goalkeeper in the world would save that" - referring to the super free kick by Ronaldo (2nd goal of the night).

Keep it up by boys! We are on course.

Glory Glory Man Utd....

Make Take-Out Healthier: Dishes To Order and Avoid....


We're all so busy these days, sometimes take-out is the only way dinner gets on the table. But you don't want to sacrifice your health -- or your waistline -- in the process. Here are the top foods to avoid and to order to stay in shape in times of take-out. Damn, I’ve got to stay away from the pepperonis. Sigh!


Mexican

Bad Guys
Sour cream - Let's be honest, it's pretty tasteless. And it has over three times the fat content of vanilla ice cream! If you must have something creamy, try a little guac for a healthier alternative. (It's still full of fat, but at least it's monounsaturated.) Chorizo - Eleven grams of fat per ounce, four of them saturated. Yikes! Chips - Can you really eat just one? Didn't think so.

Good Guys
Grilled fish - Say hola to this low-fat, heart-healthy choice. Salsa - Not only is it fat-free, but one-half cup of it also counts as a full serving of veggies. Grilled chicken fajitas - Skip the tortillas and you're really being virtuous.


Italian

Bad Guys
Fried calamari - Would you eat a heaping plate of donuts right before dinner? Deep-six the deep-fried. Alfredo sauce - Instant food coma alert: One serving can contain over 30 grams of fat! Are you really going to want a whole plate of something that heavy? Garlic bread - Take the empty calories of white bread and add a little garlic and a lot of butter and what do you get? A little fatter than you were before you ordered it.

Good Guys
Marinara sauce - Packed with flavor and the antioxidant lycopene -- and virtually fat-free. Parmesan cheese - Add a lot of flavor at just over a gram of fat per tablespoon. Prosciutto or carpaccio - These super-thin sliced meats (ham and raw beef, respectively) are leaner than you think.


Sushi

Bad Guys
Tempura - A pretty way to say deep-fried. Yellowfin and bluefin tuna - Steer clear of these sky-high mercury-level fishes. Spicy tuna roll - Packed with mayo, which is packed with fat. And it's high in mercury.

Good Guys
Sashimi - Riceless fish. You can't get much better than that. Just stay away from tuna (high mercury) and eel (high fat and calories). Cucumber roll - At zero grams of fat and 136 calories, now you're talking. Miso soup - Like yogurt, miso promotes good bacteria in the body as well as being low in fat and calories.


Chinese

Bad Guys
Sweet and sour pork - Keep your fork away from this pork -- a typical serving contains twice as much fat as in a quarter-pounder. Fried rice - The word fried is right in the name, so don't be surprised when it shows up drenched in oil -- and calories. General Tso's chicken - Almost 900 calories and 40 grams of fat per serving? Just say no to General Tso!

Good Guys
Steamed or lightly stir-fried veggies - Keep it simple, keep it healthy. Steamed brown rice - Fat-free and sodium-free fiber boost. Chopsticks - They'll make you eat more slowly so you get the chance to feel full. Fortune cookies - A sweet fat-free treat for only 30 calories.


Pizza

Bad Guys
Pepperoni - Want to save three grams of fat per serving? Then skip the pepperoni. Extra cheese - High in saturated fat and sodium. If you want to have something extra on your pizza, how about extra veggies or extra red pepper flakes? Deep dish - Are you having dinner or going into hibernation?

Good Guys
Cheese-free pizza - Delicious on its own, or add your own Parmesan at home for a lower-fat alternative to traditional pies. Thin crust - Fewer calories, fewer empty carbs. Extra napkins - Use them to pat the pizza dry, absorbing excess oil (read: fat) from the cheese.


Indian

Bad Guys
Mango chutney - This unassuming Indian mainstay packs 60 calories per tablespoon. Chicken korma - You knew the creamy goodness couldn’t be light on your hips, but did you know it could be almost 900 calories a serving? Samosas and naan - They may seem like little nibbles, but a serving of each adds up to the nutritional cost of an average meal. Try ordering roti, a smaller round bread, instead.

Good Guys
Tandoori chicken - The quintessential Indian dish is only 300 calories a serving. Filling and fantastic. Daal - Lentil dishes are high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants and low in calories. Aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower curry) - A great choice at 300 calories. Veggie curries taste just as good as the lamb and beef versions but pack half as many calories.

Monday, January 28, 2008

What A Win....

Glory Glory Man Utd!

It was an awesome win for the Red Devils against Spurs. Coincidentally, this was the same team that beat the Gunners last week during the Carling Cup 2nd leg semi finals. The aggregate scoreline of 6-2 (2nd leg result - 5-1). Well, the Gunners keep saying that it was not an important cup for them, or the players were the young squad and so on. But we have sent a clear message across the entire Premier League that we mean business.

I was watching the game in Souled Out with my cousins and some friends (Rufus, Risberg, Foong and Mark). What a game it was! Damn! Christiano Ronaldo with 2 goals and Tevez with a goal. I truly admire, how the Devils turned the entire game around, even after going down 0-1 in the early stages of the game. The goal by Robbie Keane was merely a motivational factor for the boys to run a riot. Watching it, I thought, we would win it by at least a 3 goal difference. But I was very happy with the result.

Keep it up my Reds and we are on course to win the treble. Is the treble an over-ambitious dream? Today, I will say, NO! It is achievable!

Glory Glory Man Utd!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tyson Workers Caught Torturing Birds, Urinating on Slaughter Line

Have you ever wondered about the ingredients in the Colonel's secret recipe chicken? If the flesh came from Tyson Foods, a major KFC supplier, there's a chance the big secret is that the bird was coated in human waste before reaching the dinner plate.

PETA conducted an undercover investigation in 2004/2005 at a Heflin, Alabama, Tyson slaughterhouse, but even that did not prepare us for the disgusting acts that would be documented during two 2007 investigations. On nine separate days, PETA's investigator saw workers urinating in the live-hang area, including on the conveyor belt that moves birds to slaughter.
The investigator also documented sickening cruelty to animals in both the Georgia and Tennessee slaughterhouses. Supervisors at both facilities either were directly involved in the abuse or were made aware of it by the investigator—but they did not stop it. In addition to the cuts and broken limbs suffered by live chickens at nearly every slaughterhouse, the investigator documented the following:
  • One worker admitted that he broke a chicken's back by beating the bird against a rail, a back-up killer stabbed birds in the neck area with knives, and several birds were hung from shackles by their necks instead of by their legs.
  • PETA's investigator caught on videotape a supervisor telling him that it was acceptable to rip the heads off live birds who had been improperly shackled by the head.
  • Workers—sometimes standing 4 to 6 feet away from the conveyor belt—violently threw birds at the shackles. Some animals slammed into the shackles and fell onto birds on the conveyor belt below, at which point the worker sometimes repeated the abuse.
  • Birds died when their heads and legs became trapped under a door at the end of the conveyor belt that transported live birds to be hung. A supervisor was aware of this problem but did nothing to stop it.
  • The killing-machine blade often cut birds' bodies instead of their throats. Although aware of this problem, a supervisor offered no solution, instead blaming the problem on the "nature of the machine."
PETA has written to Tyson Foods and asked the company to fire all the workers who were responsible for the abuse documented in these two facilities, immediately install video cameras on all killing floors and in all hang areas, and hire its own undercover investigators to look for and report cruelty. We are also calling on Tyson and KFC to phase in a far less cruel method of slaughter known as controlled-atmosphere killing, which would eliminate worker contact with live animals.
For further info, kindly go to:-

Happy Anniversary My Dear Sis' Shobs & Bro-in-Law Balla....


It has been 3 years now. Wow!

I still remember being the bestman at Shobanam's wedding and singing Ronan Keating's - When You Say Nothing At All at the Church.

I would like to wish my dear sister Shobanam and my bro-in-law Balla, a blessed Anniversary. May God continue to guard and guide you this day and all the days to come.

I am so blessed to have a sister like you Shobanam and a dear dear brother in law like you Balla. As Edwin McCain would say..... I could not ask for more.

God bless.
P.S. By the way, I still want that nephew this year ok. Cheers!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Malaysian K9 Day....


This time I was given very short notice. Normally, I would have known about the show weeks in advance, but I only knew about the show a couple of days before the show. But we made it to the show and it was Vasco's first dog show. To our suprise, he was very well behaved - in fact it was Caesar who was the moody one. I guess he wasn't used to having Vasco share the limelight with him. Whenever we go for dog shows, Caesar is always the centre of attraction, but this time, it seems as if he had the share it, not cool as far as Caesar is concern.

We were at the grounds of Central Park in Bandar Utama by 8.45am - Bradley, Ida and Anne (Tasha's friends) came along. We had Caesar and Vasco in our car. Upon arriving, we registered and then we watched all the shows. The K9 show by the Royal Malaysian Police Force was really good. There were also a lot of other shows - Waggiest Dog Contest, Obedience Test, Best Looking Male /Female Dog and so on.

As we had our hands full (with both the boys) I could not take any pictures. But please look out for the updates on http://www.puppy.com.my/ - the pictures should be updated within the next 2 days.

In fact, Anne took some pictures as well - I will update soon, once I get the pictures of course.

On the whole, it was a very good event. Congratulations to all the organisers of the Malaysian K9 Day who made the event a memorable one for all of us (including all our fur-kids)!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Russel Is Missing :(

Dear all, one of our dear friends' Devika Akka (hereafter referred to as Akka) has lost her dear fur-kid. Russel was stolen from her house (according to Akka's neighbours). To all those who live within the vicinity of Puchong, Bandar Kinrara and Seri Kembangan, please be on the look out. By the way, Akka lives in Bandar Kinrara. Russel has been with Akka for 4 years now. He will be turning 4 this February.
Akka is totally devastated by the loss of Russel - her son. If you have any leading information, kindly contact Akka's hubby Rohan Annan @ 012 2885550. They are giving a reward of RM1,000/- for information that leads to the finding of Russel.
To all animal lovers, you know what it is like to loose a dear one. So, please pass this on. Kindly comment if you need a larger sized picture of Russel to print out and to paste around.
The information of Russel in the picture is not very clear, so here it is:-
Answers To: Russel
Breed: American Cocker
Date Missing: 13th January 2008
Chip No: 30334
Remark: Wears a red collar
Thank you all very much.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Top 10 Ways To Keep Your Dog Forever Young

There is a large disparity between the life spans of dogs and humans. For those who don’t know the disparity, 1 dog year is equivalent to 7 human years. After having loved a pet and lost one, it seems unfair. The best we can do is to keep our fur-kids as healthy as possible and "forever young." Dog safety and health expert, Dr. Debra Primovic has helped thousands of dog owners keep their dogs living longer and stronger. She has highlighted 10 steps to care for your loved ones. To all fur-kid parents, please read:-
Know When Your Pet is "Old"
The time when your dog is considered a "senior" depends largely on his or her breed and size. According to Dr. Johnny Hoskins in Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Dog and Cat, small breed dogs (less than 20 pounds) are in their senior years around nine to 13 years of age. Medium sized dogs (21 to 50 pounds) around nine to 11.5 years; large breed dogs (51 to 90 pounds) around 7.5 to 10.5 years and giant dogs (more than 90 pounds) between six and nine years. In general, smaller breed dogs live longer.
Wellness Exams
When your pet is considered a senior, you should bring your dog for regular geriatric examinations. These examinations help identify early diseases or problems in older pets. Exams should include a history and physical examination with evaluation of the teeth, listening to the heart and lungs (by stethoscope), abdominal palpation (feeling of the abdomen) and inspection of your dog's ear and eyes. Weight monitoring, parasite check (fecal examination) and blood work and urine tests are also often recommended. Other tests may be indicated depending on your pet's symptoms.
Watch for Illness
Careful observation at home is extremely important. By nature of survival, dogs are very good at hiding their illness until it is too late. Take time to examine your pet. Feel him or her for masses and indications of weight loss or loss of musculature. Things to watch for include changes in water consumption or patterns of urination, poor appetite, weight loss or gain, coughing or difficulty breathing, changes in activity level, vomiting, diarrhea and skin lumps or masses. If you have questions or concerns about your pet, play it safe and have him or her evaluated by your veterinarian. Early diagnosis is vital to the success of treatment.
Weight Control
Obese dogs have shorter life spans than non-obese dogs. Obesity may lead to a number of health problems. Excess weight puts excess stress on your dog's heart. When the heart doesn't function properly, other organs may suffer including the brain, lungs, liver and kidneys. Over time, these problems may become severe enough to cause life-threatening conditions.
Keep Close Tabs
In general, "outdoor" free roaming dogs have shorter lives than indoor animals. Infectious diseases, poisonings and trauma are common killers. Senior dogs have decreased reflexes and may not see and hear as well as they used to. This makes them vulnerable to outside dangers such as predators or cars. Keep dogs on leashes or in fenced-in yards.
Monitor Your Environment
Keep poisons up and out of your dog's reach. Common toxins include antifreeze, rat poison and slug bait. Keep trash out of reach. Don't count on your pet to "know better." It doesn't take a large amount of a dangerous substance to make your dog seriously ill.
Nutrition
Feed your pet a premium high quality diet supplements such as Hill's Science Diet®, Iams® or Eukanuba®. Feed low fat and high fiber foods since high fat and/or low fiber foods are thought to decrease life expectancy. Minimize treats and make them nutritious and low in calories. Air-popped popcorn is often a good treat for dogs. With your veterinarian, you should discuss the merits of a diet formulation for your senior dog.
Exercise
Exercise helps to maintain a healthy body weight, strengthens joints and muscles and provides mental stimulation for your dog.
Spay and Neuter
Spayed and neutered dogs tend to have fewer health problems. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Without these organs, ovarian cysts, uterine infections and cancer of the reproductive tract are no longer a concern. Studies have shown that dogs spayed before puberty have a significantly lower chance of developing breast cancer than unspayed dogs, or dogs spayed later in life. Health problems that can be associated with birthing are also eliminated with spaying. Neutering is the removal of the testicles. Without these organs, testicular cancer is no longer a concern and the risk of prostate problems is reduced. In addition, the desire to "wander" is diminished, which lowers the chance of your dog running away and suffering trauma, such as being hit by a car.
Mental Stimulation
Provide your pet with toys, games and quality time. Most pets are never too old to play. Encourage mental stimulation. It is never too late to teach old dogs new tricks.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

How Our Pets Can Reduce Our Stresses & Anxieties

Animals and our pets can be a great way to reduce our every day stresses and anxieties. It is not easy to deal with our fears and anxieties, however, spending time with animals can makes us feel better. I realised this when Vasco went missing. Caesar knew how sad and anxious I was, he kept coming to me and licking my face, lying down next to my feet and always making sure I was smiling. Even when I was busy getting ready to go to work, he would just come by and lick my hands while I am putting on my shoes. Caesar never used to do anything like this before, however, I realised that he does things like this whenever I am upset about something or stressed with work. So, DOGS know. They know what we’re going through emotionally. Amazing isn’t!

Here is a list of ways of how animals can help us to better cope with our fears, anxieties, and stresses - a very good article written by Stanley Popovich.
Spending time with animals can be a great source of companionship. Whether you have a pet or go to your local shelter, spending time with an animal or pet can help us to feel better. Also many people talk to their pets and this can help us to get their problems out in the open. Animals can be of good company to all of us and can prevent the fear of being alone during our troubles.
Helping animals and other people through community service can be a great way to overcome our anxieties. There are many animals out there who could benefit from your time and talents. Doing something that will help your pet or other animals can give you a source of pride and accomplishment and also can lead to possible friendships with others.
Sitting around and accomplishing nothing will not make things any better whether its dealing with the fear of being alone or something else. Animals can help us to be active and to focus our energies on working with them instead of worrying about things that may or may not happen. This will prevent us from worrying about our current situation.
One of the ways to manage stress is to challenge your negative thinking with positive thoughts. Animals can help us to relax and help us to focus on the good things in our lives. This will help us to focus positively on any situation. Playing with animals can help reduce our fears and anxieties in any situation.
Animals can get our minds off of our problems. A person could do an activity with their pet or other animals that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Spending time with animals will get your mind off of the problem and give you the energy to do other things. Most importantly, playing with animals will give you the self-confidence that you can cope and that you can get through the day.

Remember that there are many ways that animals can reduce the stresses of our every day life, however, they are not a substitute of getting professional help. If your fears and anxieties become overwhelming, then you will need to talk to a counselor. The next time you feel stressed, spend some time with your pet or other animals and you will be better able to cope with your worries.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Boys Playing....

We were sitting and watching tv on Sunday just before we left for Church. The two boys were getting on each others nerves and it tickled the both of us so much, that I started snapping away. It started off by Vasco coming in the house and playfully biting Caesar. Now, you see, Vasco is never allowed in the house, unless he is monitored very carefully as he bites everything he sees. However, this time he just ran in and caught us by suprise. So, while he was in, there was mayhem - some of which were captured on camera. Enjoy!
Tasha holding Vasco as he never stays put

Both the boys wrestling

The winner gets up and goes around smelling the opponent - The Sniff of Victory

My 2 sons, Caesar and Vasco

Vasco thinks he is tall enough to reach the tap to drink the water :)

Monday, January 07, 2008

Christmas Pics In Melaka....

Hello everyone, I have been postponing this for too long. The thing is I haven't had the time or the mood to do it as Vasco went missing 2 days before New Year and I was so occupied with work. Now that I have a little time to spare, here you go:-
Pictures taken on the Eve of Christmas:-







Pictures taken at home, before we had the Christmas Cake, wine and opening of presents:-






Pictures taken on Christmas Day:-




Friday, January 04, 2008

Be Careful When You Walk Your Dog....

I was at work, and I was on the normal sites I read everyday, one of which is http://www.terrificpets.com/. This good site for all dog lovers. There are a lot of articles, feeding tips, fur & skin care and so on. The article below was written by Dennis Fetko, Ph.D., "also known as Dr. Dog".

A few years ago I worked with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on a case. Evidence indicates the fellow was walking his dog in a rural area when 5 dogs belonging to a new neighbor attacked his small dog. To prevent injury to his dog, the fellow picked it up. The loose dogs caused so much damage to his body that he died.

I was recently retained in a similar case. Since the bite victim survived, we know what happened. A young woman was walking her dog when it was attacked by a loose dog. She picked it up to hold it away from the attacker, and she sustained severe injuries resulting in loss of hand use and permanent disfigurement.

People, DO NOT PICK UP YOUR DOG TO SAVE IT FROM ATTACK. Not only will this act NOT stop the attack, it will include YOU as a target. It’s hard to stand by while your dog is being attacked, but picking it up or getting between the attacker and your dog will likely lead to severe injury to you.

I always carry a deterrent when I walk dogs off my property. An ultrasonic transducer, a citronella spray device, even just a coach’s whistle to startle an approaching dog is better than nothing. I also DO NOT TOLERATE loose dogs. If you do, shame on you. You invite an incident.If you have no deterrent and a dog attacks, drop the lead and stay away from the fracas. I KNOW how hard this is to do. But if you leave your property with NO deterrent, you’ve already chosen to be impotent in case of attack. I don’t know why you’d choose to be unable to defend yourself or your dog against attack, but if you make that choice, do not blame only the aggressing dog. For all you know, he was just defending his territory against your dog’s intrusion. He may be defending puppies or a new baby in the home. Since you cannot know whether or not this is true, be prepared. But DO NOT PICK UP YOUR DOG. The only thing worse than having your wonderful dog injured or killed is to have you injured, disfigured, or killed. You can take steps to prevent that. Please do so.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Tops 10 Reasons To Go Vegetarian....

Many people's New Year's resolutions include losing weight, eating better, getting healthier, and doing more to make the world a better place. You can accomplish all these goals by switching to a vegetarian diet, and you'll enjoy delicious, satisfying meals as well. Tasha and I have been thinking of going vegetarian for a while now. Maybe now is the time to do so. Do I want it to be a resolution, well, it definitely does sounds right. Lets see....

Here are the top 10 reasons to go vegetarian in 2008, as listed by PETA:

Slim Down While Feeling Good
Is shedding some extra pounds first on your list of goals for the new year? Vegetarians are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters. And unlike unhealthy fad diets, which leave you feeling tired (and gaining all the weight back eventually), going vegetarian is the healthy way to keep the excess fat off for good while feeling full of energy.

It's The Best Way To Help Animals
Every vegetarian saves more than 100 animals a year from horrible abuse. There is simply no other way that you can easily help so many animals and prevent so much suffering than by choosing vegetarian foods over meat, eggs, and dairy products.

A Healthier, Happier You
A vegetarian diet is great for your health! According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters. Vegetarians get all the nutrients they need to be healthy (e.g., plant protein, fiber, minerals, etc.) without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you down and makes you sick, like cholesterol and saturated animal fat.

Vegetarian Food Is Delicious
So you're worried that if you go vegetarian, you'll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You won't. As the demand for vegetarian food skyrockets, companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat and dairy product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier and don't hurt any animals. Plus, we have thousands of tasty kitchen-tested recipes to help you get started!

Meat Is Gross
It's disgusting but true: Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids, all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Learn more.

Help Feed the World
Eating meat doesn't just hurt animals; it hurts people too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals-in fact, it takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it was fed to people directly. The more people who go vegetarian, the more we can feed the hungry.

Save The Planet
Eating meat is one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth; it's wasteful, it causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is one of the biggest causes of global warming. Adopting a vegetarian diet is more important than switching to a "greener" car in the fight against global warming.

All the Cool Kids Are Doing It
The list of stars who shun animal flesh is basically a "who's who" of today's hottest celebs. Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Tobey McGuire, Shania Twain, Alicia Silverstone, Anthony Kiedis, Casey Affleck, Kristen Bell, INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune, Benji Madden, Alyssa Milano, Common, Joss Stone, and Carrie Underwood are just a handful of the super-sexy vegetarians who regularly appear in People magazine. Check out our recent "World's Sexiest Vegetarians" poll for more hot, compassionate celebs.

Look Sexy and Be Sexy
Vegetarians tend to be thinner than meat-eaters and have more energy, which is perfect for late-night romps with your special someone. (Guys: The cholesterol and saturated animal fat in meat, eggs, and dairy products don't just clog the arteries to your heart; over time, they impede blood flow to other vital organs as well.) Plus, what's sexier than someone who is not only mega-hot, but also compassionate?

Pigs Are Smarter Than Your Dog
While most people are less familiar with pigs, chickens, fish, and cows than they are with dogs and cats, animals used for food are every bit as intelligent and able to suffer as the animals who share our homes are. Pigs can learn to play video games, and chickens are so smart that their intelligence has been compared by scientists to that of monkeys. Read more about these amazing animals

VASCO IS BACK!

Thank you everyone for all your prayers and support to us during this hard time. This is how it happened - I woke up early today, to go around putting up posters of Vasco. So, as I was doing that, I happened to pass by our Vet Clinic. I walked in and told the helper that I would like to put up this poster. And he asked me if Caesar was missing, I said no, it was Vasco. He asked again, "isn't Vasco the Beagle". I said yes, then he ran in and got the Vet. Dr Ho our Vet came out and told me that Vasco was rescued on Sunday at about 3pm. He was rescued by a foreman who has an exhaust pipe shop next to the Vet. He took Vasco home, fed him and in fact bathed him as well. He alerted the Vet that he has this dog with him and told the Vet if the owners come searching for him to tell them that he has the dog.
So when we got there, the Vet arranged for us to go to his house and there was Vasco. He was so excited when he saw us that he jumped right into my arms. Poor fellow was so traumatised by what had happened that he was still not himself. Tasha slowly carried him into the car and then he slowly started being himself - the rascal he is. Tasha and I were so moved by his (Ah Yong) act of kindness. We had informed so many people to pray that he will be safe or that someone had taken care of him. God really answered our prayers.
I would like to personally thank all the good people below for your never ending phone calls, messages and concern:-
Our dear Lord Jesus for guarding him and guiding him back to us
Amma - for your prayers and your prophesy that Vasco will return
Shobanam - for your prayers
Brenda - for your prayers and for making me feel so calm and relaxed
Caesar - for constantly coming by and licking my face whenever I was in tears
Kristina & Xiao Wan - for your support
Veke-Brakes, Vicky-Premier Foods & Vikhram - for your constant calls of care
Norman - for your prayers and support
Kamal - for encouraging me
Auntie Rani - helping me keep my fingers crossed
Geeta & Vicknesh - for praying with me for his safe return
Dush - for your calls and support
WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!
Devan, Tasha & Caesar
(The Family of Vasco)