Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dobermann Homecoming Tomorrow

Dobie ready to come home
PETPOSITIVE NEWSFLASH!

DATELINE PETALING JAYA:

DOBEACE ZHAR, the four-year old Dobermann service canine of PETPOSITIVE, will be discharged tomorrow - after spending almost a week in a popular veterinary hospital here.

Zhar underwent emergency surgery last Thursday to remove a foreign object that had caused a life-threatening blockage in his intestine.

His veterinarian surgeon decided to go in immediately when it became obvious that there was no time to waste.

Zhar was warded at once after the operation which took place in Gasing Veterinary Hospital and monitored closely during his recovery.

He returns in the morning where a follow up programme will be introduced during his convalescence.

Zhar's stitches come out on February 1.

Scores of people on Facebook and Twitter were earnestly praying for his full recovery.

The aNt

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Zhar To Undergo Gastroscopy

PETPOSITIVE NEWSFLASH!

DATELINE PETALING JAYA: 

DOBEACE ZHAR, PETPOSITIVE'S service canine is back at the Gasing Veterinary Hospital here.

The four-year old Dobermann, which celebrated its birthday yesterday, has been suffering from stomach upsets for nearly a week - resulting in vomiting.

Veterinarians from GVH who have run blood tests and even an X-ray are trying to pinpoint the cause of his illness which they think could be anything from a blockage to gastritis.

This afternoon they will be performing a gastroscopy which they hope will arrest the problem at last. 

Zhar has been placed on drips to stop his vomiting and prevent him from dehydration.

Petpositive is grateful to the veterinarians in Gasing Veterinary Hospital for assisting our top service canine.
    
  

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cancer Patient Dies After Saying Farewell To Her Horse

 
Woman dies after farewell to horse at Wigan hospital
Horse "kisses" dying patient Sheila Marsh was granted her final wish of seeing her favourite horse Bronwen just before her death
A cancer patient has died after a final farewell to her favourite horse outside the hospital where she was treated.
Staff at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan granted Sheila Marsh's last wish, by arranging a visit from two of her horses on Monday afternoon.
The hospital said the 77-year-old, unable to speak properly due to illness, "gently called" her favourite horse, who then nuzzled her cheek.
Mrs Marsh, who used to work at Haydock Park Racecourse, died early on Tuesday.
The grandmother from Wigan had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.
But after a farewell visit from one of her dogs last weekend, she told hospital staff of her wish to see her favourite horse Bronwen, who she had looked after for the previous 25 years.
They arranged for Bronwen and another horse to come to the hospital car park, where nurses wheeled Mrs Marsh in her bed.
Infirmary nurse Gail Taylor said: "The horse, Bronwen, walked steadily towards Sheila.
"Sheila gently called to Bronwen and the horse bent down tenderly and kissed her on the cheek as they said their last goodbyes."
two horses and lady Hospital staff and relatives shed tears as Mrs Marsh said farewell to her horses
Mrs Marsh's daughter Tina said: "It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone."
Pauline Law, deputy director of nursing, said staff felt privileged to have been involved.
"This was obviously extremely important to [Mrs Marsh] and her family and we feel privileged to have been able to provide this support at this crucial stage of her care," she said.
"It is absolutely right that we should pull out all the stops to ensure that our patients and their families receive personalised, compassionate and dignified care at the end of their life and this is what we will always strive to achieve."
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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Disabled and Animals Need Rescuing from Floods

Disabled, animals need help during floods, too

Anthony SB Thanasayan

Anthony SB Thanasayan is a wheelchair user who is powered by his service dogs who help him stay on top of life. He is president of Malaysia's first and only animal-assisted therapy society called Petpositive.
 
News of the monsoon floods, last week, completely ruined my Christmas mood and celebration.
 
Although I had decided to have a quiet one at home with my dogs and listening to carols on the Internet, I simply couldn't concentrate.
 
By Boxing Day on Friday, the number of people displaced by
floods in Kelantan, Terrenganu, Pahang and Perak, rose to a staggering 103,413. It was up by more than 9,000 from the previous night.

And, it is still pouring copious amounts of rain outside, as I write this article. In addition to everything one has to consider about in a tragic flood situation, I couldn't help thinking about two main things: the handicapped, as well as animals caught in the predicament.
 
How were the disabled and the elderly coping? Are they on the "Priority List" in rescue missions' preparation, evacuation and follow-up programmes?
 
Or are they overlooked?
 
Do the village heads or local councils have a list of their names and where to locate them? The handicapped are the ones who need immediate assistance from life-threatening floods.
 
Neighbours can play a key role in this. If they know of a disabled person in the neighbourhood, they should move in quickly to get them out to safety.
 
Rescuers need to get into their homes and even rooms to find them. Wheelchairs are no good in water. So they will need to be physically carried.
 
Better for a trained rescuer to carry individuals. If unsure, ask the
handicapped person the proper way to be carried. This is to ensure that no damage is done to their bodies during the rescue process.
Keep wheelchairs available in rescue shelters. Walking sticks, and other aids, should all be regarded with equal importance as wheelchairs.
 
In moments of a crisis like this, it is important to help victims feel still "in control" of a situation by providing these aids, rather than making them more dependent on others without them.
 
Besides, rescuers can't be with them all the time, as there are others needing help, too.
 
The blind, living alone, are just as vulnerable. Rescuers should call out loudly to them. If they happen to know their names, call out to them.
 
The deaf, on the other hand, are unable to hear any sounds of danger to alert them. By the time they do, it is often too late.
 
So the authorities should take this into account by going the extra mile when searching for the disabled. It would also only make good sense to train staff, with a basic knowledge of sign language, which would be a great advantage.
 
Persons on medications with life-threatening diseases also need special attention. It's important to take them along with you during the rescue.
 
This will be helpful afterwards in the shelter, as their stay could last days and weeks before the crisis is over. Persons on medication are advised to keep their medicines in a water-proof handy bag in event of emergencies.
 
I mentioned animals as my second area of concern.
 
I was thrilled to see some news reports of cats being rescued by our brilliant boys and girls who sacrificed their lives to help the victims of the flooding.
 
However, at the time of writing this, I never saw any pictures of dogs being rescued. Though I have no doubt, that canine owners would have done the same things with their pets in the crisis.
 
If there isn't one now, then it's a plain shame.
 
But I certainly hope that once this flooding problem is over at least, our country will make a serious effort to have a special team to rescue cats and dogs whenever there is a crisis of any kind.
 
I can think of no better reason than to say it's because we are caring Malaysians that we should do this.
 
The "Malaysian Animal Rescue Disaster Team" should be set up by the Department of Veterinary Services, along with the respective 151 local councils throughout the nation.
 
It should be run with utmost professionalism and funded by both the local councils, as well as the federal authority. 
 
And, as for persons with disabilities and the elderly, there is no more excuse now for not getting dead serious about including the participation of persons with disabilities themselves in disaster management planning, awareness and training of emergency response, of all staff to their special needs. – December 29, 2014.
 
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Surrounded By St Nicks




IT'S CHRISTMAS AGAIN finally, this week, folks!

Each year, I make it a point to visit at least one shopping centre in the city. This is so that I can imbibe the mood and atmosphere of the season going around everywhere, in order to make my Christmas complete.

Even though it's mostly to window-shop, checking out malls and shopping complexes has become a personal "traditional must" over the years.

And it has to be done before Xmas Eve, in order to make everything right. 

Last Wednesday was supposed to be THE DAY.

I had picked out Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, this time, as my choice.

It's not really hard to see why.

They have the most exemplary santa clauses, in my opinion. And best of all; they are available all around the year - and not just during Xmas.

Mid Valley is the only shopping centre that I'm aware of, which provides assistance for wheelchair customers - starting from the car park.

All you have to do is to drive over to their underground designated disabled friendly lots - and honk!

If you are lucky, you would be greeted by a great big Santarina, sporting on an even bigger smile, as she helps you park your car.

She is one of the security santarinas (and santas) in the mall to open the barrier chains meant to keep able bodied drivers out - and disabled drivers in.

Next, from your mobile phones, you have to ring the customer service santas or santarinas.

And, they will be down with you in a jiffy with your "sleigh" (wheelchair or "Power Shopper") - courtesy from Mid Valley. A power shopper is an electric scooter-like, small vehicle (like an electric wheelchair) to help disabled shoppers get around the mall.   

No need to rush getting yourselves out of the car and into the wheelchairs and power shoppers!

These customer care attendants possess loads of patience and smiles in them. They will not only take you to where you wish to go; but will return anytime if you are facing any difficulty. Just ring them again, and they will escort you back to your car.

The only thing lacking in Mid Valley's bag of Xmas goodies is that they don't give free parking for disabled drivers.

I've suggested this to the management on a few occasions.

Who knows? They just might decide to play an even bigger Father Christmas and start doing exactly that over in the next 12 days of Xmas. Every help given to disabled persons will go a long way to make our lives better.

But, back to my main story, now.

At the last minute, I wasn't able to make my trip as scheduled to Mid Valley, because things suddenly went wrong at home that morning.

My three-year old service canine Zhar, my Dobermann, had the runs during the previous night. Because it persisted, I had no choice but to abruptly change my plans for the day.

I was also a little under the weather myself, to be honest, and could feel an insidious infection about to come along.

For a dog that takes care of me every day by picking up things and carrying them for me securely with his mouth - from keys, drinking bottles, TV remote, mobile phone and more - I had no heart to leave him at home by himself.

Suddenly, our roles were reversed. For once, with me in my wheelchair, I found myself being his caregiver for the day.

However, Zhar refused to be pampered.

Despite being exhausted by the diarrhoea, my Dobermann kept insisting on helping me as usual.

My personal Santa-on-all-fours, would rush forward to help, every time I needed to pick something up. But he couldn't - and didn't understand why he couldn't do it as quickly and energetically as before.

But there were other Saint Nick's in line who were also very helpful.

A friend whom I shall call "St Michael", who traditionally gives me Christmas lunches every year, was scheduled to meet me at noon on that day. I called him hours before our meeting to cancel our appointment.

Seeing that he was a very busy businessman - and it being the end of the year and all - I thought that he might be annoyed over my last-minute cancellation, upsetting his other plans.

He wasn't.

Instead, he not only totally understood my situation, but promised to reschedule it again before Xmas.
 
Another appointment during tea time on the same day also had to go. It was a first time meeting with a British woman animal activist.

"I understand completely; get well soon to your doggie and you," she responded in her Short Messaging Service (SMS) within minutes of my message to her.

The kind Santarina even went as far as to message me back, the next morning, to ask about how Zhar and I were doing.

My medical doctor - as well as Zhar's veterinarian - also played jolly santas when I needed them most.

They kept in close contact with me to make sure that man and canine were doing fine. They armed us with the right professional advice and medication to, not only fight off our respective bugs, but also to prevent them from bouncing back.

My best able-bodied pal, Andrew Martin, was at my door at the end of the day. He had a mop and some cleaning stuff in his hands to perform the necessaries.

With so many real life Saint Nicholas' "Ho Ho Ho-ing" around me all day long, Zhar and I don't have to worry about not having the perfect Xmas this week.
And I wish you all the same, too.

The aNt 

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Surrounded By Santas and Santarinas

Surrounded by Santas and Santarinas - http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/anthony-sb-thanasayan/article/surrounded-by-santas-and-santarinas

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Canine Victims From Kajang Floods Need Your Help

PETPOSITIVE NEWS UPDATE!
 
DATELINE KAJANG, SELANGOR:


WHAT was supposed to be a happy occasion today turned out to be a disaster.

Pix from Datuk Seri Wan Azizah's Facebook
Torrential floods almost enveloped many parts of the town here causing severe hardships for many, and killing a number of rescued dogs in a local shelter. 

Pix courtesy from Pamela Lim
The incident happened this afternoon when a river nearby swelled up and sent a rush of waters disrupting a special Xmas party organised for the rescue dogs of the popular Malaysia Independent Animal Rescue.

Pix courtesy from Pamela Lim
Within minutes, the waters almost reached  the rooftops as the more than a dozen volunteers fought to save the lives of as many canines as they could. 

Many perished as a result. 

However, the canines that are alive badly need a temporary shelter to house them, until they can be relocated properly. 

The incident happened behind the Petronas petrol station, next to KFC outlet in Kajang. 

Volunteers are still needed there.
 
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