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cyphang
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Dec 16, 2002, 12:27 PM

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Hey all:

Finally managed to squeeze my brain to finish writing the article for the agility party...Thinking of trying my luck to send to The Star or maybe some magazines...Would love to hear some comments from all of you, especially those who attended the party (particularly the webmaster so I didn't write anything wrong). I will also include some pictures for the article when I send to the papers/magazines later.

Title: SOCIALISING YOUR DOGS, ANYONE?

Ask a genuine dog lover, he'll tell you a dog is a man's best friend.

Because dogs also treat men as their best friends, they deserve sufficient interaction and socialisation just like their human counterparts.

Socialising a dog involves not only experiences with people, but with other dogs as well.

According to Gerilyn J. Bielakiewicz, cofounder of Canine University, a successful dog training school located in Malden, Massachusetts, by making an effort to socialise a dog, the owner is increasing the dog's ability to learn how to act around people and other dogs. The dog will get to become an adult dog that is well mannered and friendly.

Bearing the socialising intention in mind, an agility party was recently organized by a group of dog lovers for their dearly loved canine companions.

For humans, the word "agility" refers to the ability to move quickly and easily. In canine terminology, this word could however be explained in a more extended manner.

According to the United States Dog Agility Association, dog agility is "a competitive sport in which a handler directs their dog over a timed obstacle course. Dogs race against the clock as they jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, traverse a see-saw and weave through a line of poles."

The event was initiated by members of puppy.com.my, an online community dedicated to help dog owners in Malaysia to establish stronger ties, seek for support, and share dog-keeping experiences among each other.

Selecting the proper venue was the first and most difficult task. The primary criteria for the selection of venue was that the dogs would be able to perform the agility tasks in a large enough open area and be allowed to run freely off-leash.

In Malaysia, it was rather difficult to find a dog-friendly park in Klang Valley for such events. After much discussion, a park with a lake in a residential estate was finally determined as the venue.

With an attendance of more than 30 people and close to 20 dogs of various breeds, the event turned out to be a fun-filled experience, for both the dogs and their owners.

As many of the dog owners were new to each other, they were glad to find other dog owners who were keeping the same breed of dogs and were enthusiastically sharing their joys and pains raising their furkids.

Like humans who are shy when meeting new people for the first time, dogs can be of similar nature too. While some of them were eager to be petted and were wagging their tails profusely when meeting new friends, a few were shyly hiding behind their owners when greeted by strange faces.

Seen in the field were dog owners busy encouraging their canine babies to jump over hurdles of various heights. It was indeed a hilarious scene to watch. Many of the dogs were encountering an agility activity for the first time. Their owners had to jump themselves in order to demonstrate to their dogs what should be done and to overcome the fear of heights and obstacles.

Some of the dogs also managed to make friends with other dogs. Example was Rex the Labrador Retriever, which has found a good pal with the cheeky and active Jack Russell Terrier, Biscuit. Both of them were also caught having a good time swimming in the lake when the owners were not looking.

The party ended with lots of food, loads of laughter and satisfaction from the owners, and barks of joy from the dogs. And most importantly, the members were finally able to put faces to the people they have been interacting with on the forum.

The community feels that there is a need for relevant authorities to allocate a public pet-friendly park or the like to allow dog owners engage in activities together with their dogs. This will not only benefit all the dog owners in the Klang Valley, but also provide a suitable venue for the community's future activities.

The online community has now more than 1200 registered members. Membership is free and more activities are being planned to establish closer ties and interaction between dog owners and their canine companions with other fellow members.

For more information on the community's activities and to participate in their online forum, check out the website at www.puppy.com.my.

Written by: PHANG SCE HWAI
Email: cyphang@pd.jaring.my
Notes: Phang Sce Hwai is a lecturer at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and a proud mummy of a female shih tzu puppy.
With warm regards,
CY Phang

Mummy of Sunnie, the happy, cheeky and naughty female shih tzu pup


(This post was edited by cyphang on Dec 16, 2002, 12:41 PM)


cyphang
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Dec 16, 2002, 12:29 PM

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P.S. Will need to send the article a.s.a.p. (preferably by Wednesday) so please do post your comments by tomorrow midnight!

Thanks a million !
With warm regards,
CY Phang

Mummy of Sunnie, the happy, cheeky and naughty female shih tzu pup


cyphang
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Dec 16, 2002, 12:38 PM

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Would also appreciate if someone can edit my article...particularly the grammar! Wink
With warm regards,
CY Phang

Mummy of Sunnie, the happy, cheeky and naughty female shih tzu pup


Aivee
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Dec 16, 2002, 1:23 PM

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Dear Phang

What an article!!

You must have some writing talent in you. I think it's simply wonderful.

Thanks for doing this without being asked.

Aivee


Khoobg
Webmaster


Dec 16, 2002, 1:35 PM

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Hi CY,

Great article.

BTW, managed to find only one spelling mistake so far :-


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Like humans who are shy when meeting new people for the first time, dogs can be of similar nature too. While some of them were eager to be petted and were wagging their tails profusely when meeting new friends, a few were shyly hiding behind their owners when greeted by strange faces.






The word "pet" at "were eager to be petted", should be replaced by "pat". Read the following link for confirmation.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=pat


Dog Obedience and Agility - http://www.puppy.com.my/ob/
Events' Pictures - http://www.doggie.com.my
Online Pets Memorial - http://www.rainbowsbridge.com.my





cyphang
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Dec 16, 2002, 2:01 PM

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Thanks for the comments. Actually initiatlly I used the word "pat" and I was debating between using "pat" or "pet". In my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary:

pat: to tap sb/sth gently with the open hand or with a flat object. Eg: Pat a dog

pet: to treat an animal, etc with affection, esp. by stroking it.

I guess pat can be used too...Wink
With warm regards,
CY Phang

Mummy of Sunnie, the happy, cheeky and naughty female shih tzu pup


Khoobg
Webmaster


Dec 16, 2002, 2:15 PM

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So I know now that PET is ok too.


Dog Obedience and Agility - http://www.puppy.com.my/ob/
Events' Pictures - http://www.doggie.com.my
Online Pets Memorial - http://www.rainbowsbridge.com.my





cyphang
Canine Addict


Dec 16, 2002, 2:21 PM

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Thanks ! Wink
With warm regards,
CY Phang

Mummy of Sunnie, the happy, cheeky and naughty female shih tzu pup


ginl
ALPHA


Dec 16, 2002, 11:33 PM

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Hi CY,

Great article! Hopefully it'll get published and grab some attention frm the public Smile


cdmoo
ALPHA


Dec 17, 2002, 9:29 AM

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Hi CY,

Will u attach any photos to it? If so, ought to select those photos carefully! Smile

Smile
regards,

CD Moo





boon
Doggyman


Dec 17, 2002, 10:55 AM

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Hi CY,

if so, then make sure to get eh group photo taht is with me, coz all group photos that uploaded are exclusive me one...too bad, i am the camera man...so only managed to shoots one that is with me. OK....Tongue

Boon - I Love Fast Dogs That Hit Hard
You Ask Me To Fight For You, I Give You Freedom & Protection And Then You Question The Manner In Which I Provide It, I'd Rather You Just Said -- "Thank You" --


wkser
ALPHA


Dec 17, 2002, 11:27 AM

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hi cy,
good work.....great articles ...keep it up for our canine friend.....SmileWink

regards
kangser and nous


cyphang
Canine Addict


Dec 17, 2002, 1:20 PM

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Yeah have chosen 4 photos - the group photo (I don't have one with boon in it...anyone have one?), Rex & Biscuit, Boon jumping with Boofie and field photo of the agility actions.
With warm regards,
CY Phang

Mummy of Sunnie, the happy, cheeky and naughty female shih tzu pup


boon
Doggyman


Dec 17, 2002, 3:44 PM

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hehehe, Ok then here it goes.

210.187.63.131/~boon/Group1.jpg

Boon - I Love Fast Dogs That Hit Hard
You Ask Me To Fight For You, I Give You Freedom & Protection And Then You Question The Manner In Which I Provide It, I'd Rather You Just Said -- "Thank You" --


ginl
ALPHA


Dec 17, 2002, 4:12 PM

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Who is the dog on the far top right of the pic near the lake? Why did he/she run off alone...camera shy? Unsure


boon
Doggyman


Dec 17, 2002, 4:19 PM

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Hi Gina,

heheheh not sure leh, i think is one of the dog that came along with Moo's friend ?

Moo : i mean the man u chit chat with him quah ?

Boon - I Love Fast Dogs That Hit Hard
You Ask Me To Fight For You, I Give You Freedom & Protection And Then You Question The Manner In Which I Provide It, I'd Rather You Just Said -- "Thank You" --

 
 
 




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