If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Animal Communication Workshops in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in May 2012

Animal Communication Workshops will be held in May in Kuala Lumpur and Penang by renowned Animal Communicator, Ms Rosina Arquati.
To understand about Animal Communication please click for more details.

Register now to avoid disappointment and your place will be confirmed upon full payment.
Kuala Lumpur 
Animal Communication Workshop - Level 1 (Foundation)
Date: Sat, 19 May and Sun, 20 May, 2012 (2 Full Days)
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Investment: RM850

Animal Communication Workshop - Level 2 (Intermediate)
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012(1 Full Day)
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Investment: RM800

Animal Communication Workshop - Level 1 (Foundation)
Date: Sat, 27 May and Sun, 28 May, 2012 (2 Full Days)
Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Investment: RM850

To Register, please provide us with the following details:
Workshop Details (please tick the workshop you wish to attend)
(A)  Animal Comm. Workshop - Level 1 (Foundation) on 19 & 20 May in KL   [       ]

(B)  Animal Comm Workshop - Level 2 (Intermediate) on 21 May in KL          [       ]

(C)  Animal Comm. Workshop - Level 1 (Foundation) on 26 & 27 May in Penang  [       ]

Do you own a pet/pets?   
If yes, what type of pet/pets? (Breed of Dog/Cat, Rabbit, Bird, Fish)

Please print/email this page to dogstalk@starhub.net.sg to confirm your place for the workshop.

Payment to be made via funds transfer.
Certificates of Attendance will be awarded upon completion of the course.
For more information please send your queries to dogstalk@starhub.net.sg

A Fruitful Holiday with K9

By Clara Chua and Claris Yeo
Since our end-of-year exams ended, we started searching for an animal shelter that would let us volunteer despite being only 14 years old. After failures at several shelters, we found Zeus Communications. We contacted Lynda and soon, we were at the kennel.
On that first day, Hilda brought us into the kennel. She introduced us to Ida, the  dogs's favourite caregiver and Jinxuan, a youth volunteer who is a year older than us. We were welcomed with open arms and enthusiastic barks by Ryan, the Golden Retriever. We were quite amazed at the number of dogs that are actually living here and roaming around. They, too, greeted us with wagging tails.

Clara posing with Daisy.
Then, Ida taught us how to bathe the dogs. Thereafter, with the help of the other volunteers, we spent the whole afternoon bathing the dogs at Zeus Playhouse, including the dogs at Uncle Khoe's side. After so, we felt satisfied to see all the dogs looking so clean. Despite feeling tired and aching, it was truly a great first day at the Zeus Playhouse.
Upon leaving, we already started missing the dogs. It was amazing at the kennel, with everyone so light-hearted and carefree. We returned to the playhouse several times a week for the rest of the holiday.
One of the most significant residents at the Zeus Playhouse was Ryan, the Golden Retriever, who never failed to make us feel loved by constantly coming to us to request for a pat. His love for water amused us as he would happily drink from the hose and purposely tried to get all wet! Ryan also has an amazing appetite as well as the ability to eat a humungous amount of food, which made us stuff him with lots of treats. We would play ‘tug’ with Ryan’s toy sometimes and it was considered a challenge for us because Ryan was a really strong one!

Despite being clumsy and inexperienced in the beginning, Hilda’s confidence in us spurred us on. This moulded us to become assured dog handlers within such a short time.  She taught us to be more daring in everything we did, and to at least try if you weren’t sure. She was also very caring and selfless, constantly offering a lift out of the farmway to either buy lunch or to the bus stop to go home. She also kept us entertained by sharing many interesting experiences with us. We cannot recall a single awkward moment with Hilda because of her bubbly personality. Also, Hilda’s hospitality helped us feel like we belong to this big family of passionate volunteers and special dogs.  Ida is the ever-so cool and efficient caregiver. Her hardiness always gave us a sense of security. Knowing that no matter how complicated the circumstances were, we could always rely on her to be our superhero and save our day. When looking at Ida work, one can’t help but notice how devoted she is to her job. It may not be the best job in the world, but she loves the dogs so much that the amount of energy she has to invest in this did not seem to matter. 
Claris posing with MiMi.
Lynda was also a wonderful fairy godmother who linked us up with Hilda in the very beginning and giving us the incredible chance to spend time in the kennel. She invited us along for vet trips as well as a dog owner seminar to train us up as dog handlers. Lynda gave us many opportunities to grow and learn priceless lessons.
Of course there were other volunteers who also taught us many things about dogs along the way. They also made our experience at the kennel a more wonderful one!
At the kennel, we’ve gained countless of priceless experiences that we could only dream of before finding Zeus Communications. We were part of the Big Move to the new kennel, hosting visitors at the playhouse, trips to the vet and bringing our adopted dogs to their new homes. Being at the kennel this holiday has motivated us to be just like the other volunteers, dedicating endless time and commitment to these lovely canine companions. The time spent here has also made our love for dogs and passion to make their lives better has become even stronger. Even though the school term has started and we are busier than ever, we try our best to visit the dogs as much as possible. The subsequent weekends and the next school holiday will definitely be spent at the Zeus Residence again!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Zeus Times - April 2012

Dear Friends of Zeus

Three months have passed and we will be celebrating Easter this Sunday. 

Time really files when you are focused in the rescue of dogs that need your help.  Together with the volunteers, we have put our positive energy to rescue and help these dogs within our abilities and resources. 

We at Zeus Comm. are very grateful to the team of volunteers who have dedicated their time and effort to help on this on-going cause.  Without the generosity and care from our supporters and sponsors, we would not have been able to continue our work in rescuing and rehoming of abandoned, abused and breeding dogs.  

We have also been attracting and recruiting young volunteers from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School (Secondary), Methodist Girls School, Singapore Chinese Girls School and Coral Secondary School to name a few. 

When these 15 yr old volunteers first arrived at the shelter, they were overwhelmed with fear as they never expected to see so many dogs roaming free – most of the volunteers are non dog owners and we are so touched to see our youths having so much love to give to the animals. 

We must thank Rover and Rosie, a pair of rescued Golden Retriever for giving them confidence to work with the other dogs.  Please visit students' experiences to find out more about their work with the dogs.
Rosina with Kiki a rescued Chihuahua.
Animal Communicator
We are very excited that our Animal Communicator, Rosina Arquati was in town since Friday, 23 March to teach animal communication to our participants. This will be her fourth year in Singapore teaching animal communication.

Lunch with Your Dogs on Friday, 6 April
We are also hosting Zeus Doggy Lunch for your dogs to meet Rosina on Friday, 6 April from 12:30pm to 2:30pm – if you have not signed up, you may register with us at dogstalk@starhub.net.sg  Please visit doggy lunch for more details.  The funds raised from the luncheon will go towards the upkeep of the 45 dogs at Zeus Residence.

After Rosina’s visit in Singapore, she will be going to Penang to share with our animal loving friends about Animal Communication – the event is organized by SPCA Penang.  If you have friends in Penang and they want to know what Animal Communication is all about, please inform them to attend the tea party on Saturday, 7 April at 3pm at Tenby School, 3 Lintang Lembah Permail, Tanjung Bungah.

Dog Whisperer Free Pet Shop by National Geographic Channel
We would like to thank all dog lovers for informing their friends and for visiting the Dog Whisperer Free Pet Shop by National Geographic Channel.  With your support, many dogs from Noah’s Ark CARES, Animal Lovers League, Action for Singapore Dogs, Gentle Paws and Zeus Comm. have found their forever homes. 

Noah’s Ark CARES has kindly allowed our dogs from Zeus to be part of the event.  We are so happy to inform you that 14 dogs have found home through the awareness raised by National Geographic Channel.  During the event the team of volunteers helped to educate and raise awareness to potential dog owners to adopt instead of buying.

We are very pleased to see more people being aware of the importance of adopting vs buying especially after the publicity of the Pasir Ris Breeding Farm in April 2010.  People are more compassionate when they understand what goes on behind these breeding farms and the abuse and neglect by the breeders to these poor dogs that live in small cages in the worst environment possible.  These dogs are eventually abandoned or put down once they are of no value to the breeders.

We are very thankful and grateful to their owners for giving the dogs a second chance and for opening up their hearts and homes for them.

During the Chinese New Year weekend, we received a call from a security guard in Tuas informing us that a dog (Blackie) was attacked and badly injured. 

It was dark, at first we thought that Blackie was abused by humans and as we look closer at his wounds Blackie was attacked by a pack of stray dogs.  He had several punctured wounds on his face and almost lost his eye. 

It took us about an hour to catch Blackie in order to bring him to the vet for treatment.  He struggled when we managed to loop the leash round his neck and he almost chewed the leash off.  Arther quickly covered Blackie’s face with a bath towel in order to carry him into the van. 

When we arrived at the vet, we were faced with the challenge of getting him out of the van and ensuring that he did not escape.  Surprisingly he was well behaved when we put the leash around him and Arther carried him into the hospital.

Blackie was very frightened like most dogs are at the vet. The vet had to sedate him so that we could do the necessary tests to ensure that his bones were not fractured, because he was not able to put his hind down.  We were worried that he might be hit by a car, to be save we did an x-ray on his hind legs.

After being at the vet for about 2 hours, we were elated when the vet informed us he was not in danger – all he needed was a good rest and his wounds cleaned regularly.  Blackie’s wound healed in a week!

When Blackie was healed, he told us he wanted to stay at Zeus Residence and didn’t want to go back to the streets.  If you would like to sponsor Blackie’s stay at Zeus Residence, please write into dogstalk@starhub.net.sg

Thank you.

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