Friday, August 29, 2008

It All Started With One Brave Dog Named Rex

We were inspired by Oorvi's post on Pawlee - A Pup Prodigy to share this Malaysian news article with you. But first, let us provide some cultural background. In Malaysia, there is a general belief that Muslims are not allowed to touch dogs (or is it just wet dogs? We don't have exact details.) As a result, a large population of Muslims do not like dogs, with some even fearing dogs, which explains why dogs here don't enjoy the same access to public places as our counterparts in US and other parts of the world.

That's why this article entitled "A rare breed in society" which was published in the New Straits Times yesterday is so heartening. The article features Datin Nariza, a Muslim who loves dogs. In the Q&A for the article she recounts how she was saved from a python by her mum's alsatian. "When I was a baby, my parents were living in a rubber plantation. My mum had an alsatian named Rex. One day, my mum and dad were outside the house and when mom stepped back inside, her dog's face was stained with blood.My mum ran frantically to my room and found me still asleep, but there was a dead python near my bed. The dog saved my life! But unfortunately, the following year, a cobra bit him and he died. My mother vowed never to take another dog again because she felt no dog or cat could replace him."

Now, Datin Nariza is a lobbyist for the SPCA. And it all started with one brave dog, named Rex.


Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Hi Kess!

I'm Scottie...nice to meet you! That is one cool article indeed! It's very rare to see Muslims having or even liking a dog. For some reason, they are so scared and freaked up about dogs! Thanks for sharing the article!

Will be checking back soon!



What a nice story! It is great to read things like that where people's outlooks have been changed by animals and their brave deeds.

Boo Casanova said...

hi kess!

no problem for linking me. i'll link you too.

wet wet licks


One Little Birdie said...

wow, that is one brave doggie! cool article

Unknown said...

Dogs are amazing and selfless. H-Mom's stepmother had a dachsund that killed a rattlesnake, right in their yard by the porch. The dog was fine -- he was a very brave defender of the family & lucky too!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Kess!
Thanks for sharing this story.
Kisses and hugs

Molly the Airedale said...

What a neat story!
We missed you while we were away, Kess! We're so glad to be home!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Thor and Jack said...

Thanks for sharing this story, Kess!
Sorry, I don´t sign your guest book correctly.

Love and licks

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Us animals really are the best things ever!!! Hehehehe! How many lives have you changed Kess!? Thousands? Millions??? Hehehehe!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

i said...

What a lovely story! But it's sad to read that he died from the cobra bite though.

Think Muslims are not supposed to be in contact with the dog's saliva.

blue iris said...

Muslims are not allowed to have any contact with wet dogs. However, if the dogs are dry, then it should be fine. Basically dogs are feared because we never touch them or have any contact with them and we do not know how to handle them. However, being a Muslim, I always have respect to all animals as they are God's creation and I always admire them as men's best friend.

Kess And Her Mama said...

Hi Blue Iris, Thanks for dropping by my blog and sharing your perspective on this matter.

blue iris said...

Hi Kess, it's my pleasure also my dear. It's such a wonderful blog.

Georgeous said...

Wow, what a strange turn of fate?
Snufs George

Thanks for signing my guest book.