Animals

Dear Joan: I have an unusual question. It’s not a matter of life or death, just of curiosity. Most of my life I’ve had cats and I know all about their bathroom habits. They do their business and then they cover it up, sometimes throwing litter all over my bathroom floor. Recently, though, I adopted
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Like most of the more than two million Twitter users in Malaysia, Muhammad Hazwan Azahar (@HzwnAzhr) usually tweets out memes and bits about his life to his 370 followers. Until the day he tweeted about the Malayan tiger…. After reading a news article about the Indonesian government closing Komodo National Park for a year to
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Here’s a description of some of my favourite games that you or your children can play with the family dog or puppy. These games are easy to play and can be done in the house, especially if the weather outside isn’t great. And your dog will love them! Kibble Cover: All you need is a
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Sometimes Liv Tempesta feels like she doesn’t have any emotions. That comes with the territory when you’re coping with clinical depression. The 19-year-old sophomore at Temple University (in Philadelphia, the United States) last year tried a new type of treatment: a cat. Skittles, her eight-year-old tabby and her first emotional-support animal, lived on campus with
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It’s a terrible shame, really. Almost every Malaysian from the peninsula that I speak to has never heard of Danum Valley in Sabah, and many of the Sabahans that I know have sheepishly confessed that they’ve never stepped into this 130 million-year-old jungle (by contrast, the Amazon jungle is only 60 million years old). And
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From following her boss’ commands in her previous jobs, Joanne Lee is now making plenty of decisions at work every day. Lee, 32, is the chief marketing officer at JomPaw, a Malaysian online platform that offers a real home environment for pets, and connects pet lovers with pet service providers. It was founded in 2017
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As Terry Crowder walks past the simple white crosses in this unusual cemetery in Spanish Lake, Missouri, the United States, he can remember each of the fallen: 16 horses that have ridden into battle with Crowder and other Civil War re-enactors, fake though the battles were. On a brisk fall day, Crowder, 70, reminisced about
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Among those flying into Philadelphia, the United States, during one of the busiest travel days of the year recently were five greyhounds from China. It was a journey of more than 15,288km for the former racing dogs from the Canidrome in Macau, a brutal racetrack that reportedly euthanised 30 greyhounds per month. The track closed
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Therapy dogs paid a visit to stressed-out Sacramento State students two weeks after poor air quality from the Camp Fire forced a week-long shutdown at the university in California, the United States. With finals week looming, students patted and played with Poodles and Border Collies in an effort to relax and post content on social
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Children can learn about love, respect and responsibility through volunteer work at pet shelters, says Washington-based animal rescuer Amanda Giese. “At pet shelters, children get to walk the dogs, and help with odds and ends. It teaches children about empathy and selflessness,” says Giese, during an interview in Kuala Lumpur recently. The 36-year-old is also
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In a dimly lit corner of a bustling market in Mexico City, vendors of amulets, voodoo dolls and other mystical objects sell tiny, taxidermied hummingbirds as charms to bring luck in love. Sold for about US$100 (RM400) each, the lifeless corpses are a symbol of the threats faced by hummingbirds, which are known for their
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Want to spread the joy? Here are some super ideas for doggy treats. > Home-cooked chicken, pork, and beef. Buy fresh meat, deboned, and either steam, roast or boil it. Don’t add salt, sugar or any spices, just cook it so that it’s deliciously tender. If you boil it, the water turns into a pawsome
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In Thailand, pets are usually buried when they die. But one temple offers bereaved pet owners another option that is not only more convenient, but also enables them to give their beloved pets a religious send-off. The Wat Klong Toei Nai temple in Bangkok was the first temple in Thailand to begin offering pet cremation,
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They are everywhere – cowering under parked cars, starring out of dilapidated abandoned buildings, slinking through weeds at derelict sites or curled up in some inconspicuous places, too weak to move. They are the homeless strays on our streets. Their emaciated bodies, with ribs protruding, bear the scars and raw wounds from past and recent
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