“A lot of people treats dogs like actual humans, but they are not – they are still dogs…”

“We have to understand the dog’s psychology; they need to belong to a pack and follow a leader. I learnt from a dog trainer that you gotta show the dog who is the pack leader and you are going to be the pack leader – and you have to tell the doggie what is good and what is not and the correct behavior to follow – and they are happy. He listens to you, that’s how he’s an obedient doggy. When you see a dog that’s aggressive and barking at random people, that’s not the dog’s fault, its the owner’s fault. The dog is vicious only if its mistreated or it is taught to be a pack leader. You see dogs are loyal, once they see you as a pack leader they will stick with you.

I honestly think that if humans were to vanish, dogs would be the first animal to go away because they are so dependent on us. My dog’s name is Gundu and his full name is Gundu Pistachio Bartholomew Thomas. He’s a shinzu dog . If he’s out there on his own, he doesn’t even know how to avoid cars and will be flattened to death – and if not that, he’ll starve to death.

I don’t know how to manage cats though – I just don’t know (laughs)”. 

– Humans of Kuala Lumpur

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(This post was first published on September 23rd 2016)

“I once wrote a children’s book called ‘The Adventures of Tabby The Cat’. It was about animal abuse, and teaching people lessons on how animals should be loved, particularly cats…”

“I did a few readings here to kids in Malaysia and Singapore. We had this cat back in the US in my house, that was really old, and missing its tooth. And one day it showed up at my door and it belonged to nobody. We shooed it away, because we didn’t want him, and didn’t know where he came from. But he kept coming every single day for the next two weeks. Then one day my sister finally let the cat in the house, started feeding it, and it became our cat.

The whole time I was wondering, where did this cat come from? Its old, its missing a tooth. So when I was at university I wanted to get into the entertainment industry – and I took a summer job with the circus. I was helping produce the circus, I was an associate producer. I had my own trailer and saw at how all the animals were treated – they weren’t treated that great. And there was one performer cat that’s part of the show. So I said, ‘that’s it!’. Tabby, my cat at home, he’s an escaped circus cat, and he found our home and that’s how I wrote the story. I’ve written the second book and waiting for my illustrator to be done with the drawings. And its about Tabby the Cat going back to the circus to save all the other animals”.

– Humans of Kuala Lumpur

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(This post was first published on August 25th 2016)

“My dog was not a normal dog, Coraggio was a very fierce dog. He’s the kind of dog I think most people would put him to sleep already…”

“But I never did that because I feel that yes he’s a little psycho sometimes but he’s family. He spent 14 plus years with us. Towards the end of his life, he had an ear infection – worms in his ears. I was not around, and my mum was alone, she couldn’t manage it. No vet would want to make a house visit as he is too fierce. It just got worse and worse that one day, my mum called me when I was in New York and told me he has to be euthanized. As his condition was getting worse and he is dying. He was euthanized via me FaceTiming from New York as I wanted to be there for his final moments. I couldn’t forgive myself a long time for not being there for Coraggio. Then my cat, Coco died last year. She was 15 years old, and she had kidney problems. We knew about her kidney problem 2 years prior to her death, so for 2 years she was on a special diet but for the most part she led a normal life. It was about 5 months before she died where she became bad in the sense that we had to inject water into her body – so I personally had to learn how to do it. Take a big syringe and pump water into her body. This was because her kidneys were not flushing the toxins. Some of of my friends suggested to put her down, but I could never do that, as Coco was more than a cat to me. She was family and we both shared a special bond like no other. I’m just thankful that when she died, she died in my hands. I sent her for a proper pet cremation. Not only do I still have her urn, she still lives in my heart till today”

– Humans of Kuala Lumpur — with Ranjinder Hans.

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(This post was first published on July 21st 2016)