When it comes to law enforcement, especially in the cases of drugs trafficking, weapons distribution and syndication, as well as other general security purposes, police forces around the world rely on more than just manpower.
They rely on specially-trained sniffer dogs, otherwise known as canine (K9) officers.
And with bonds fostered through countless hours of training and field work, these human cops and their K9 partners become more than just colleagues. They become life-long friends; family.
But of course, as with all mortal beings, life eventually comes to an end.
For Malaysian police officer Patrick Sandai, saying goodbye to his ageing K9 partner Tho couldn’t get anymore difficult and heart-wrenching.
“I’ve lost my first colleague,” says Sandai.
On September 19, 2020, Tho passed away due to complications associated with old age, at twelve years and eight months.
Initially starting off as a driver for the Tracking Unit (K9) of the Pahang Contingent Police Headquarters, Sandai eventually worked his way up to more engaging duties, including operations in nightclubs, ports, airports, and other locations, regardless of time or day.
Sandai has served 20 years with the K9 Unit, first developing a bond with Tho back in 2008, when the dog was only eight months old.
Tho was born in China, and served as a narcotics detection dog.
“I had been with Tho since it was eight months old. We both trained at the Kuala Lumpur Police Training Center (PULAPOL) for four months before being given the trust to work as partners due to our compatibility,” explained Sandai.
“During our time together, never once did Tho disappoint me,” Sandai told Bernama.
Before moving to IPK Pahang on June 1, 2018, Sandai and Tho had served together in the Criminal Investigation Department of IPK Johor, busting a handful of drug smuggling rings.
Tho was a loving and caring dog.
The police officer recalled the times when Tho would start ‘rubbing itself against his legs’ whenever the dog sensed that his human companion just wasn’t having a great day.
But as Tho got older, his health started to deteriorate. Eventually, the dog got so weak it hardly moved about and found it difficult to eat without vomiting its food back out.
“In fact, it did not respond when I called its name. Usually, Tho would open its eyes and wag its tail. Because of that, I spent all day with Tho until I finally realized it was no longer breathing,” recounted Sandai on the day of Tho’s passing.
Hope you’re enjoying yourself up there in doggy Heaven, Tho.
After years of solitude, the supporter-dubbed “world’s loneliest elephant” will get a new lease on life with the help of animal welfare organization Four Paws.
Kaavan the elephant had been living in the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, for over 35 years. Originally a gift from Sri Lanka, according to Four Paws’s press release, Kaavan lived with his partner Saheli in the zoo from 1990 until Saheli’s death in 2012. In the eight years since, Kaavan has been alone.
Kaavan isn’t the only animal to suffer in the zoo. Over 500 animals have been reported missing, and over two dozen animals died at the zoo in the last four years. The Islamabad High Court decided to close the zoo in May for its poor conditions, but animals weren’t removed. As a result, some didn’t survive long enough to be rescued: Two lions died in July due to smoke inhalation when a fire broke out in their enclosure, Four Paws’s statement detailed.
Thankfully for Kaavan, though, his time in solitary confinement is almost up. Marghazar Zoo is now controlled by the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board, which invited Four Paws to help relocate the surviving animals. On Sept. 4, Four Paws examined Kaavan to assure he’s healthy enough to survive the move.
While the wildlife veterinarians and experts confirmed Kaavan is strong enough, he’s not in great shape. “Due to malnutrition and lack of physical exercise Kaavan shows visible signs of obesity,” said Dr. Amir Khalil, Four Paws’s veterinarian and mission leader, in the press release.
“Also, his nails are cracked and malformed which can be attributed to the inappropriate flooring and structure of his enclosure. To solve this issue, he needs to go through a long-term foot care program, which cannot be performed in Marghazar Zoo.”
Not only is Kaavan in poor physical health, his mental health has suffered in his time alone. Another veterinarian, Dr. Frank Göritz, head vet at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, said that the elephant has become very bored due to lack of enrichment or partner. “He has already developed stereotypical behavior where he swooshes his head and trunk from side to side for hours,” said Göritz.
Kaavan has suffered, but the experts deemed him healthy enough to be relocated. While it’s uncertain when and where exactly Kaavan will go — the press release said “potentially Cambodia” — Four Paws is taking steps to get him into an animal sanctuary. Hopefully soon we’ll see Kaavan with fellow elephants, lonely no more.
ROYAL Canin Malaysia baru-baru ini melancarkan aplikasi Royal Canin Club dalam usaha mendidik dan membimbing orang ramai mengenai amalan terbaik menjaga haiwan peliharaan masing-masing.
Ketua Pasaran Royal Canin Malaysia, Dmitriy Sokolov, menerusi aplikasi itu, pelbagai kandungan yang informatif dan menarik seperti diet, pemakanan, kesihatan, pencernaan, penjagaan peringkat neonatal hingga penuaan, penjagaan kulit dan bulu, latihan, tingkah laku termasuk kesihatan boleh diakses.
“Rakyat Malaysia gemar menjaga haiwan peliharaan. Namun, tidak semua pemilik haiwan dilengkapi dengan pendidikan yang betul mengenai cara menjaga haiwan mereka. Oleh itu, aplikasi Royal Canin Club dicipta untuk dijadikan panduan mudah alih kepada mereka,“ katanya dalam satu kenyataan.
Menurut Sokolov, terdapat kira-kira 2.2 juta kucing di bawah jagaan pemilik haiwan peliharaan di Malaysia. Antara baka kucing paling popular ialah Parsi, Siam dan Bulu Pendek British.
You don’t have to be an animal lover to know that there are tons of furry friends out there that are suffering.
Whether they have to fend for themselves on the streets because they’re stray, or they’re being physically and mentally abused by us humans, it’s our duty to help them out whenever we can.
In a predominantly Muslim country like Malaysia, there can be double standards inflicted on animals in need.
If you’re a cat, you’re more likely to get help. But if you’re a dog, some people may use religion as an excuse not to get anywhere near you, or even touch you.
You see, because of misconstrued ‘teachings’, many Muslims in Malaysia, particularly Malays, believe it’s haram (forbidden) to even touch dogs because of their perceived impurity.
According to the shafie school of thought (which the majority of Muslims in Southeast Asia follow), a Muslim has to clean themselves in a specific ritual to rid their body and skin of the apparent impurities of dog saliva and excrement, should they ever come in contact with it.
This has led many Muslims in Malaysia to equate dogs with impurity as a whole.
But for Malay couple Nurul Ain and Muhammad Razeef, all animals are born equal, and therefore should be treated equally as well.
The couple runs S.I. Home Shelter, which houses and rehabilitates animals in need, with a lot of them requiring urgent medical attention.
Perhaps what sets them apart from other Muslim-run animal shelters is the fact that they take in dogs too. But merely taking in dogs isn’t enough for them. The couple aims to fight the social stigma and cultural taboo associated with touching dogs and caring for them like they would other animals.
While many Muslims in Malaysia do own dogs, they’re used to aide in household security or hunting. Treating one as a pet? A big no-no for many.
And to Nurul Ain and Muhammad Razeef, caring for and rehabilitating dogs doesn’t make them any less Muslim than others.
“We can’t change this mentality, especially in our Malay community. Some critics say what we are doing is wrong; it’s haram. But we think Islam teaches us to care for animals and help them survive,” says Nurul Ain.
In fact, they’ve grown emotionally-attached to the dogs they rescue.
This has become especially difficult when giving them up to their new fur-ever families and homes.
Speaking to Channel News Asia, Muhammad Razeef recounted his first experience rescuing a dog.
“I saw it being hit by a car and took it back. I wanted to find someone who would adopt, but I couldn’t so it became my pet for seven years. It eventually died from a kidney problem,” he said.
And ’til this day, Nurul Ain still holds a special place in her heart for Marvela, a yellow mongrel she rescued two-and-a-half years ago.
“I found her injured and tried to nurse her back to health. However, her two front legs were infected and had to be amputated. It was traumatic for me,” she said.
But despite the odds, Marvela continued to live a happy life like any other dog would. She would even stand up on her hind legs like a kangaroo.
She was eventually adopted by Malaysian celebrity couple Harith Iskander and Jezamine Lim.
But the good news is, Nurul Ain still gets frequent updates from Marvela’s new family. She also gets to visit her on some occasions. And as part of a shared custody agreement, Nurul Ain even takes Marvela back to her home every now and then.
And here’s Marvela living her best life:
Despite getting frequent threats from critics (other Malaysian Muslims), Nurul Ain and Muhammad Razeef are unfazed.
“It’s a weird mentality. They would accuse us of no longer being Muslims, and some of them who are naïve would say that dogs are haram to be near to,” said Nurul Ain.
And according to Nurul Ain, it’s this mentality that causes a lot of unwarranted harm for dogs in Malaysia, with some people even kicking any dog they see, throwing rocks at them, and even poisoning them.
But the running costs of their three-storey shop-lot are high, and dogs only make up a handful of the animals they shelter.
They take in cats too, which make up the majority of their animal residents. Since the shelter’s founding in 2012, they’ve nursed and re-homed more than 1,000 of them.
Monthly maintenance of the shelter costs US$3,572 (RM15,000) when you add up the money needed to pay for the shelter workers’ salaries, veterinary costs, food supplies, and utility bills.
The couple also has to pour in a lot of their own income into taking care of their four-year-old son, who has autism.
They rely mainly on public donations, but even then the numbers they get are always inconsistent. To counter this instability, Muhammad Razeef repairs motorcycles and sells motorcycle accessories on the side, while Nurul Ain banks on her online makeup business.
“It’s difficult but we have to try. If we don’t strive to help these animals, who will?”
If you’d like to volunteer, you can check out their Facebook page for more details.
Donations to the shelter are highly encouraged. Here are the details if you’d like to help out:
Aug. 11 (UPI) — A Texas-based company that provides insurance comparison services announced employees are being offered a $300 stipend to adopt pets.
The Zebra, which bills itself as “the nation’s leading insurance comparison site,” said it has begun offering employees $300 to help cover adoption fees for “welcoming a new cat or dog into their family.”
“To the company’s knowledge, this is the first policy of its kind to be offered by an employer,” the website said.
The company said employees are also encouraged to take paid time off — “pawternity leave” — to help their new pet settle into their new home.
The Zebra said six employees have claimed the $300 pet adoption stipend.
MELAKA – Seorang pemilik anjing didenda RM2,000 oleh Mahkamah Majistret di sini hari ini kerana kecuaian menjaga haiwan peliharaannya hingga menyebabkan kecederaan kepada seorang wanita, Julai lalu.
Majistret Mohamad Izwan Mohamed Noh menjatuhkan hukuman itu terhadap Liew Sea Hai, 43, selepas mengaku bersalah atas pertuduhan dibacakan terhadapnya.
Mengikut pertuduhan, dia didakwa dengan cuai menyebabkan anjing miliknya mencederakan Purba Evita Kristina, 23, di hadapan rumah di Jalan Marikh 8, Taman Tanjung Minyak Perdana di sini jam 9.30 malam, 27 Julai lalu.
Dia didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu mengikut Seksyen 289 Kanun Keseksaan, yang jika sabit kesalahan boleh dipenjara hingga enam bulan atau denda hingga RM2,000 atau kedua-duanya.
Pendakwaan kes dilakukan Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Raudhah Mazmanm, manakala tertuduh diwakili Surendran Chelvarajah.
Dalam rayuan yang dikemukakan peguam, tertuduh kesal dengan kejadian itu yang membiarkan pagar rumah terbuka dan rantai besi yang mengikat anjing telah terputus menyebabkan haiwan itu keluar daripada rumah disewanya.
Mahkamah kemudian menetapkan denda maksimum RM2,000 atau dikenakan penjara tiga bulan jika gagal membayar denda.
Mahkamah turut mengarahkan anjing berkenaan diserahkan kepada Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) untuk tindakan selanjutnya.
We love our pets. They’re basically family. And when a member of your family gets lost out in the mean streets, you’ll probably fall into a pit of worry and despair.
It’s even worse if they get lost in the streets of the hustling and bustling metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand.
With the amount of traffic, I’d worry that my beloved pet gets accidentally run over by a car or a tuk-tuk.
But for four-month-old Khiew Ngern, things fortunately worked out pretty well for both him and his fur-dad when he wandered off while the latter was busy working at a restaurant on July 7.
While dogs are smart, you can’t expect them to be able to find their way back home too easily. Especially with all the different sights and smells that pose as distractions, should they try to reunite with their owners.
When Khiew Ngern, a mixed black bull terrier, wandered off, his owner was too distracted to notice. Understandable, considering that restaurant environments can be truly hectic workplaces.
The lost dog had spent close to six hours wandering the streets of Bangkok in search of his home.
But for reasons unknown, Khiew Ngern couldn’t find his way back.
So instead of looking for that familiar home scent, he sought out the next best thing on his mind: The vet.
And when he got to the Putahracsa Veterinary Clinic, he tried his absolute best to get the attention of the people inside:
After a few minutes of persistence, the cute little dog finally caught the attention of the doctor’s assistant, who let him inside after he kept ‘knocking’ on the glass screen doors.
The vet then contacted the dog’s owner, and the two were finally reunited.
The video of Khiew Ngern’s persistence has since gone viral and has garnered well over 780,000 views and 16,000 likes on Facebook.
Many Facebook users credited the dog’s intelligence in bringing him back to his owner. And I’d have to agree.