KOTA TINGGI: Despite being busy with his work at a convenience store, Mohd Ridhuan Daud will squeeze in a bit of time to feed the stray dogs near his workplace.
“Each time the dogs see me, they would come running as I have some food for them.
“When I am working at the counter, even late at nights, I know I am safe as the dogs will be guarding outside, ” said Ridhuan, 22.
Despite his limited monthly earnings, he would spend about RM50 each month to feed the strays. His bond with the four dogs started more than a year ago.
“One of the first stray dogs that I was friends with was a male canine which I named ‘Shaggy’, ” he said.Unfortunately, Shaggy died after being hit by a car last year.
“I felt really sad about it. But soon after, other stray dogs came near the shop in Pengerang where I work.
“And I have been taking care of them ever since, ” he said about his four-legged friends.
Ridhuan observed that the dogs would “repay” him by standing guard outside the convenience store whenever it opens until midnight; or even 24 hours on some days.
On his Twitter page, Ridhuan proclaimed his love for animals to his almost 37,000 followers.
Among others, he would retweet messages from pet owners searching for their missing cats.Last Friday, someone notified him about a dog being poisoned in a neighbourhood.
Ridhuan replied that he was “speechless” and that he could not understand why some people could resort to such cruelty.
Ridhuan, who is the youngest of seven siblings, attributed his love for animals to his late mother who died of tuberculosis some eight years ago.
“My mother had taught me to always treat others, including animals, with respect and care.”
He recalled the times when he, as a small boy, had accompanied his mother to the market.
“She would feed the stray cats and told me that even though we have little money, we must take care of those who are unfortunate even if they were just animals, as rezeki (blessings) would always come, ” he added.
Even at his own home now, he said there were cats, chicken and birds that his family had been taking care of.