Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mia and Her Funny Bed Habits

Mia and I each have our own beds although it's no longer clear which bed belongs to which beagle. Why? Well, Mia, who has a more dominant nature, has a bad habit of taking whichever bed she feels like, even if I'm on it! Sometimes she tries to sneak into my bed whilst I'm asleep.

Other times, she just blatantly plonks her butt on the bed to get me to move out. Since I have a more easy-going nature, I end up vacating my bed and moving to the other bed.

The other funny habit that Mia has is that she loves to un-make her bed. My humans always place a rug over our beds. That way, they can remove the rug for washing since our beds can't go into the washing machine. In winter, we get a fleece blanket as well. Mia does not like having the rug or the fleece blanket on the bed and she would start looking for the edges to pull it away, leaving a scrunched up rug and/or blanket somewhere on the bed or around the bed. What is worse is that she would un-make one bed, decides that she doesn't like that bed and takes my bed and un-makes that one too!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mia is one!

Mia turned one on Sunday. The weather was foggy and wet but that didn't stop us for going for a long birthday walk in the morning. Needless to say, at the end of the walk, both of us were muddy and wet. It took my humans a while to get us cleaned up.

As always, the highlight of any birthdays in our household is the birthday meal. The nice thing about having a little sister is that I get to benefit from her birthday too! Mia's birthday meal was doggie shepherd pie. My humans made that for my birthday treat last year and it was yummy.

As you can see, this year's shepherd pie was just as good. Pity there weren't any second helpings offered... Happy Birthday Mia!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bleary-Eyed and All Chewed Up

My humans have forgotten what it's like to have a puppy at home. After all, it's been more than 11 years since they've had a puppy in their home! So, the title of this blog post talks about two of challenges of having a puppy.

1) Bleary-Eyed - You can kiss sleeping in goodbye!
"When a puppy takes fifty catnaps in the course of the day, he cannot always be expected to sleep the night through." Albert Payson Terhune
Since Mia became part of our family last August, my humans have not been able to indulge in sleeping in. It's actually a lot better now as Mia does sleep through the night, compared to when she first came. Back then, she used to wake at around 2 to 4 am and my humans, worried that she might need to pee (puppies do have small bladders), have to wake up and take her out to relieve herself. They used to do the same for me too when I was a pup!
However, Mia is an early riser, and so anytime between 5.30-6.30 am, there will be sounds of pitter patter on the floor as Mia wakes (which means our whole household wakes up too). Personally, I don't mind because that means I get to eat breakfast early, which in my books, is a good thing. But for my humans, that rules out any hope of sleeping in at home on weekends.
2) All Chewed Up - This described the state of Mia's toys, our furniture, our shoes, our bags, etc, etc
It's a fact of life - you can't have a dog and a perfect house. My humans acknowledge that fact, having gone through that experience with me. Back when I was a pup, I used to love my human's high heel shoes. The heels fit perfectly in my mouth and makes for a good chew. The thing is though, I never chewed on a pair of shoes, instead, I like the variety and would pick a side of two different pairs of shoes, which to my human's chagrin, means two pairs of ruined shoes! I've also chewed through quite a few of my beds - woven basket, plastic beds, you name it, I've chewed it!
I'm pleased to say that Mia is following in my footsteps. She has chewed through numerous pairs of slippers, quite a few doggie toys, her bed (and mine), any sharp angle bits on furniture and floor trims, end bits of floor mats and my human's precious Longchamp bag. Here are some of Mia's chew "victims":
Victim #1:
One of Mia's first toys, a fluffy duckie from her original home. The duckie has since been put to rest - headless and stuffingless.
 Victim #2:
The Kong tennis ball with rope is now without its fluff covering and rope.

 Victim #3:
My humans carelessly left the remote on the coffee table. The picture speaks for itself.

 Victim #4:
A selection of Mia's chewed up toys. Note the fluffy cow which was bought to replace the fluffy duckie. In this picture, Mr. Fluffy Cow is still intact.
 Victim #5:
Headless Mr. Fluffy Cow.
 Mia has moved on to Ms Japanese Fish, which unfortunately did not survive for more than 5 minutes once Mia got started!

 Victim #6:
My human's bag (she is still trying to figure out if the bag can be saved with some creative patching!)
 Victim #7:
My other human's slipper
This is probably one of the only toys that my humans bought for Mia that still survives! Meanwhile, my humans are patiently waiting for the chewing phase to pass. Meanwhile, bags are kept away in cupboards and TV remotes are kept away from the coffee table!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Time to Share My Blog

For five years, this blog has been about me, Kess, the Malaysian beagle. It started off as a way for my human to pass time and has evolved to a journal of my life - the daily stuff, the adventures and outings, the challenges of growing older, the big move from Malaysia to Hong Kong, and  a new addition to our family, Mia. Now that there are two beagles in the household, I thought it is timely to share my blog with my 10-month old beagle sister and what better way to kick off the new year with a new blog header picture of the two of us.

Friends say we look like sisters because we have similar faces. We've even had old friends who haven't seen me in years and never met Mia before confused. They were still expecting a deep tri-colour beagle and thought that Mia was me! Over the years, I have aged gracefully, turning a lovely gradual white. For a 11 turning 12 year old beagle, I am still going strong. I can still manage long walks in the lovely cool weather we've been having over the past couple of months even though stairs remain a challenge.

Since Mia came to our family, we share a lot of things. Apart from the fact that we're both beagles, we...
1) Strike the same pose

 2) Explore HK together - old Peak tram at the Galleria

3) Sometimes sleep together (although I prefer to have my own bed)
 4) Share the same buster cone (Mia had her surgery in September and I had mine in October)

5) Play together
So, all in all, having a beagle little sis (although Mia is not so little anymore - she is the same size as me and slightly taller) is not too bad after all.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

What an eventful year it has been! We welcome Mia to our family in summer, two doggie surgeries in autumn, lots of work travel for my humans throughout the year and family visits in spring and winter. With such a busy year, we haven't had much time to blog. We still appreciate our blog pals and hope to find time to visit from time to time. Meanwhile, here's wishing everyone a wonderful 2014. May the new year bring you love, joy and peace!

Love from Kess & Mia
Hong Kong

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Kess and Mia - Doggie sumo or play?

 Kess & Mia's Mama:

It's been four months since Mia joined our family. Kess and her have found their rhythm. Mia rejuvenates Kess with play, and Kess teaches Mia by leading by example. A good partnership indeed! One of the things that both dogs love to do is doggie sumo. Now that Kess's lump on her head has been removed (and no cancer!), there is no more risk of bleeding on her head,We let them have a play and when it gets out of hand, we call for time out. Both beagles tired by then have a snooze!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

First Mia, then Kess

From the desk of Kess' mama:

In the last 2 months, both our beagles have undergone surgery. Mia went first as we had decided to get her spayed after we took her to the vet for a check-up. We are aware of the benefits of spaying a female dog - reduction of risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, as well as reduction of risk of unwanted pregnancy. Kess was also spayed, so it made sense to spay Mia too.

Mia was rather disoriented post-surgery, which is normal.

She did not like her buster collar, which was normal too as it got in the way of walking, sniffing, eating and playing. Plus she kept bumping into Kess each time she tried to play with her big sis, which Kess did not like...Thankfully, it did not stop her from enjoying a lie in the sun.
After a week, Mia was recovering beautifully and we we were able to remove her buster collar, which was a great relief to Mia (and us) and life was back to normal again for our happy-go-lucky beagle pup.
Next, it was Kess' turn. As Kess grew older, she started having lumps. A few years back, she had a wart-like lump on her left hip. We had it checked out by Kess' vet in Malaysia and at that time, it was not deemed to be a concern. It did however grow larger over the years. Earlier this year, we noticed two lumps, one near her left eye and one on the top of her head. Again, we got it checked out by Kess' vet in Hong Kong and at that time it was still quite small and not deemed to be a risk. However, the lump on her head got aggravated as Kess and Mia had their doggie sumo wrestling, as I like to call it. Mia would usually initiate their play/fight/wrestle and both dogs would head-butt, nip and chase each other around.
This sometimes result in bleeding, and then it would scab as the wound healed but it would occur again when they played next. Since the lump had increased in size, we consulted the vet again and decided to go for surgery to remove all 3 lumps. It was a tough decision due to Kess' age, and let's face it, nobody likes putting their dog through surgery. But it was the right thing to do.
I have to admit I was shocked when I picked up Kess post-surgery yesterday. Unlike Mia's spaying procedure which is on the belly, Kess' stitches were very visible as they were on her head, face and hip area. The cuts and stiches were also longer than I had anticipated, which looked worse because her fur was shaved around those areas. She looked like a patch up doll - my poor Kess. The upside was that she was full of energy, grabbing onto her leash, eager to go home. In the car, she knocked out and pretty much slept the entire journey home. Once home, she was hungry and wanted her dinner - she had to fast before the surgery and missed out on her breakfast. We were only supposed to feed her half her normal meal at 8pm but she was so hungry that we relented and gave her meal at 6 pm. She was still hungry after her half portion, that we gave her the other half since she did not seem to have any problem with keeping her food down. Anyway, the fact that she had her appetite was a good sign.
 This morning, Kess woke up early - because she was hungry! Typical beagle. She seems to be back to normal and is able to go for walks. We try to keep Mia from disturbing Kess too much. Mia misses her play mate! Kess' stitches looks less red today. Similar to Mia, we take pictures of Kess' stitches each day so that we can compare the recovery progress daily. Kess' lumps have been sent to be tested for cancer and we will know the results in about 4 weeks time. We pray that all will be well with our dear old beagle.

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