My Pet Story: Lolita behaves just like a little child


Lolita looking pretty in her outfit. Photo: Sree Vaneesa Nagalingam

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Lolita is the name of our family pet dog who is Shinese, a crossbreed between a Shih Tzu and a Pekingese.

She has been with us for eight years and has never got tired of barking at all visitors to our home in Ipoh just to get some attention from them.

She loves being pampered on our laps and could easily fall into a deep sleep when her head is massaged.

Every morning, she walks to the porch to sunbathe. Most importantly, getting her walks and strolling in mum’s garden is her daily routine. Some days, she just wants us to carry her and walk her through the garden. You can expect loud howling from her if we prevent her from going to the garden in the morning and evening. She would also whine if we closed the gate, stopping her from visiting the garden.

Lolita has a unique diet – she loves eating fruits besides the normal meat-based dog food that we provide her daily. Her favourite fruits are mango, apple and guava. She likes eating fresh carrots that are cut into small pieces too. If we were eating her favourite fruits, she would start jumping on our legs to remind us to leave her at least the last piece of the fruit.

Every year, we celebrate her birthday by treating her to mango-flavoured foods. Over the years, we have given her cake, ice cream and dog treats which were either flavoured with mango or topped with pieces of mango.

She dislikes lit candles especially during birthday gatherings. In fact, every time we sing the birthday song, she would hide under the sofa, fearing that we would light the candles.

Lolita in matching outfits with ‘mummy’ on mummy’s birthday. Photo: Sree Vaneesa NagalingamLolita in matching outfits with ‘mummy’ on mummy’s birthday. Photo: Sree Vaneesa Nagalingam

Lolita is also afraid of the staircase despite many training sessions on climbing up and down the stairs. She would rather stay downstairs and patiently wait for us to come down every morning.

She has learned certain tricks, particularly when she hears the command “shake hand” – she would immediately lift one of her front legs and place it into our hand. Lolita loves to pose when we try to take pictures of her using our smartphones. It’s amazing how she understands our gestures when holding the smartphones aimed at her. She ends up yawning in some pictures to let us know she is tired of posing. Her antics make us feel as if she is a toddler.

Every week, she gets her bath, and it’s simply priceless to see her reaction at being inside the bath tub. It doesn’t get any easier as she tries her best to escape and hide in corners or even under the sofa whenever she realises the bathtub is filled with water and placed outside at the porch.

At night, she refuses to get into her bed until we hand over her favourite towel that she likes to play with, chew and roll in.

She growls when we utter “good night”, indicating it’s too early for her bedtime. Even worse, she barks at us when we utter the word “bye” – we believe she finds the word saddening as if she understands the moment of bidding farewell.

When she doesn’t get much attention from anyone at home, she would start scratching the floor. At times, she would lie next to our legs just to get some warmth; it makes us feel loved too.

She gets very defensive upon seeing other dogs, and shows off her barking skills. But she has a soft spot for cats. Whenever she hears a cat meowing, she starts responding to it by howling.

Lolita gets very attached to many of our friends and relatives. She can sense animal lovers among our visitors almost instantly. She would then wag her tail, run towards them and jump up on their knees for attention.

Even if she hasn’t seen her favourite family members for quite some time, her affection towards them never fades. Especially when my brother visits from Penang – she would be the first to greet him at the gate with much excitement.

Her loving nature makes us all happy and we never get tired of her playfulness that keeps us entertained.

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