My doggie Valentine


Fun, Ong and the 3Ms – Moto, Machi and Maxi. — Photos: IZZRAFIQ ALIAS, GLENN GUAN and CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

AS CLICHE as it may sound, love is a universal language and it is more than just romance as the transcending feeling exists in all types of relationships, including familial and between people and their pets.

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, StarMetro speaks to dog owners who are celebrating the day with their furry mates.

Jocelyn Ng Ai Ley, 37, is planning a spa trip for her fur kid as well as a walk in the park today. Her fur kid, though, is not so little (nor young in dog years), being a five-year-old Wooly Husky.

Ng, who recently became single, said her pet named Isseymiyake completes her life.

“When I was experiencing a troubled moment in life, my pet was there for me for emotional support. My pet has been there in all my ups and downs and he is like my child. I will go the extra mile for Isseymiyake’s medical care and money doesn’t matter when it comes to him.

“I once met an animal communicator at a Husky gathering. Isseymiyake told the communicator that he is much happier to see me at this stage compared to before.

“He told the communicator that he would be there for me always and that he is fine with me being single.

“This moved me to tears because I felt that my dog loved me unconditionally,” said Ng, who is awakened daily by her pet at 7am.

Ng said she spent about RM500 a month on Isseymiyake as he needs to be groomed every alternate week.

“He loves apples so I am going to treat him to that and enjoy our day together,” said Ng, who works in the sales line.

Arvin Reuben Yuvaraj, 36, is going to cook a hearty meal and spend Valentine’s with his three rescued mongrels today.

“My dogs show me unwavering love and have no unrealistic expectations of me. They will be my date today.

“I am planning to roast a chicken with chicken liver stuffing for them,” he said.

Arvin, who is single, said some of his family members could not comprehend his special bond with the three pooches – Lexie, 12, Bailey, 12 and Whiskey, 8.

However, that does not matter to him and it is clear that his canine companions mean the world to Arvin.

“Once, my mum called me and said that one of the dogs did not look active. I just dropped all my work in Kuala Lumpur and rushed home to Klang, just to discover that my dog was having a lazy day.”

He said the two female dogs, Lexie and Whiskey, were not the best of friends and would often fight.

“Whiskey hates it when I sayang (show affection) towards Lexie, and vice-versa. They just do not get along.

“My male dog, Bailey doesn’t care about such things. He is the cool one,” said Arvin, a public relations practitioner.

He said, however, his dogs seem attuned to his emotions and would behave accordingly.

“I had another dog called Allison, who died not long ago. I was devastated and for the entire week when I was grieving the loss, all my three dogs did not fight.

“They knew I was grieving so they sat beside me comfortingly,” said Arvin, who always buys gifts for his fur kids and celebrates special occasions with them.

Meanwhile, Nicole Fun, 37, and her boyfriend Jackie Ong, 37, are planning a double Valentine’s Day and birthday celebration today for their three generational poodles.

Fun said the poodles came into her life before she met Ong.

She has been celebrating Valentine’s Day with her poodles and all their bloodline siblings as one of them was born in February.

“My house would be decorated with balloons and they would be wearing nice clothes.

“Moto was born in 2013. Machi is his son, born in 2015 and Machi’s son Maxy was born in 2018. They were mated with several of my friend’s poodles.

“Since Maxy was born in February, we have a double celebration of birthdays and Valentine’s together every year.

“We prepare food that they like, such as chicken jerky which I make using a dehydrator. The process takes 15 hours.

“In fact, I am planning to start selling it soon and brand it after them. I would also cook a whole chicken for them,” said Fun, who spends about RM1,000 a month on her three poodles.

She said her pets satisfy her emotional needs and sometimes her family members do not understand that.

“In the initial stage, my boyfriend did not understand why I loved my dogs so much but now he too helps me with them,” she quipped.

Joey Lim, 31, and her boyfriend Jason Ng, 36, have raised a male Golden Retriever by the name of Peanut for the past 11 years.

They pamper the dog and celebrate occasions such as Valentine’s Day by making special meals and planning activities with Peanut.

Their dog loves to swim and visit the park and the couple celebrate the day doing such activities.

“Peanut likes meat and we make special cakes with ingredients such as pork, fish and meat loaf just for him.

“On Valentine’s Day, Peanut also gets to eat specially made pasta,” said Lim.

She said they bought him from a pet shop because there was less awareness of pet adoption in the past.

“We chose Peanut because he was not the smartest in the pet store.

“He waited for the other dogs to eat and then there would be nothing for him. We knew that he would not survive long in that manner so we decided to buy and raise him,” said Lim, who looks

forward to returning home from work daily to her happy pet.

She said her only wish is for Peanut to live a long and healthy life.

“He recently had tick fever and the bill came to about RM1,000.

“I am not concerned about the money when it comes to him because he is like my child and his health is important to me,” said Lim.
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