Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pet's Memorial - A Tribute to Cheeky

A year has passed and still deeply remembered.

Pet's Memorial? People gave me a stare whenever I brought up the matter.

But today, I managed to fulfill my dream to do so, Yup ! It's in The Star Classified Ads under Pets Column. Not my Best choice but at least it's there. It can't be published under Cherish or Notices, as it's not human (ha ha) so it landed in the Classified Ads. But I'm satisfied with it. It is here that I want to create an everlasting tribute to Cheeky that I dearly loved and missed. The loss of Cheeky has a deep impact on me and those who have known her. Till today, friends and families still talked about my wonderful Cheeky.

Time has changed and many household has pets which form part of the family to many. Like human, they died too. But when they died no one remember them as there's no place to do so in Malaysia. You can publish your Memorial in the Internet but who goes there?

I was attracted to the two articles recently published in Star Metro under Final Salute and Resting Place for Beloved Pets. Interesting and it's real. Pets have life too, just like us and we need to preserve that spirit and it's a healing process.

Pet memorial column in the press should be a lucrative business, like Human, Pets need to be remembered and pay tribute to too, as they are special and have enriched your life, family and friends. So let's start the ball rolling and hope in future, it will have a better placement in the press, maybe their own Cherish and Obituary Section.

Resting Place for Beloved Pets

Wednesday April 9, 2008-Star Metro

In memory: The serene ambience of the Pet Memorial Garden.

THE death of a pet can leave a deep void and create a great amount of sorrow for some. What you’re left with are memories of precious moments spent with them.

Coming to terms with the loss is not an easy process, but it can be managed if you choose to channel your grief through a unique avenue – creating a special shrine in honour of your treasured buddy. This could be done at the first ever Pet Memorial Garden located within the Nirvana Memorial Park (NMP).

Businesswoman S.H. Chia’s dog, a Shih Tzu, died last November and she was one of the first to book a plot for her pet she fondly calls JI, short for John Iris.

There are 200 plots and so far 20 have been booked since the Pet Memorial Garden was launched last year.

Chia was at the NMP with her two-year-old John Gillian or JG, also a Shih Tzu, to pay homage to elder brother JI.

“Both are from the same family. I miss my JI so much. I took the opportunity during the Qing Ming festival to pay my respects as even pets deserve them,” said Chia.

She spent RM4,800 for the funeral service when JI died.

“It was a huge loss like losing a member of the family. It didn’t want to bury him just about anywhere as I wanted him to be comfortable. This memorial centre has given me an opportunity to preserve the memory of my JI in a more dignified way,” she said.

The Pet Memorial Garden is a monument within the NMP, built to showcase the bond between people and their pets.

Just like a funeral service for a person, the pet gets the same exclusive service where the owner can witness the last rites of their beloved pet.

The package provides door-to-door service but is restricted within a 35km radius from the Nirvana Memorial Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Owners could also erect tombstones with special inscriptions and have the burial plot landscaped to their liking.

When a pet dies, a private gathering featuring a memorial service would be conducted with loved ones and close friends to bid the final farewell.

Final Salute

Sunday September 21, 2008 Star Metro

Losing a beloved pet can be traumatic, but giving it a decent send-off can help ease the pain. If that is how you feel, then a career as an undertaker for pets may be just right for you.

HIS may not be the first job that comes to mind when you are contemplating a career. But for those who lose their beloved pets, it is comforting to know that there is someone to conduct a proper memorial service and attend to the details of the burial, or cremation, as they struggle to come to terms with their loss.

Actually, that was how it all started for 30-year-old James Kho.

Kho takes his Labrador Rocky out for a walk every morning.

When his dog died about three years ago, Kho had problems trying to find an appropriate final resting place for it.

“There was no proper way of disposing the body,” says Kho.

“Usually, people wrap their pet in a plastic bag and throw it into the rubbish bin because they do not have a choice.”

It was this that made him decide to start his own company, Pet Memorial Services, to cremate or bury deceased pets.

The company now conducts memorial services for all kinds of animals — dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs.

If you like, you can even request that your fish be cremated.

“I once had a client who wanted a cremation service for his Koi, so I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth and cremated it.”

The cremation ceremony is painful, but provides a sense of closure for pet lovers.

The service he provides has certainly attracted the attention of pet owners.

On average, Kho gets about 40 cases each month. He works hard to ensure that he handles all of them well because it is a responsibility that has been entrusted to him.

“Even when I am very busy, I will never rush through a memorial service.

“I used to work as a sales executive at a bank prior to this job. Banking was very stressful, so I was quite happy to leave that and start my own business.

“At least, this is doing something that I care about,” he says.

According to Kho, some clients like to have prayers conducted at their pets’ cremation ceremonies.

“One of my clients arranged for a Buddhist monk to attend the ceremony,” he adds.

My job involves ...
... organising the whole memorial service, from providing the things needed to picking up the dead pet from its home for cleaning, and then preparing it for burial or cremation. I also drop off the urn containing the ashes the following day, after a pet has been cremated.

My morning starts with ...
... waking up at 7 and taking my three-year-old Labrador for a walk.

Then I have my breakfast and read the newspaper.

I usually start my work day at around 9.30.

I will either go straight to make urn deliveries, or wait for calls from clients.

Each day is different, depending on the type of pets I attend to and the kind of service required, be it cremation or burial.

To qualify, you need...
... no specific paper qualifications, but communication skills are important because I deal with different people all the time and need to understand their needs.

The best person for the job is ...
... someone who loves animals and has lots of patience.
I sometimes receive calls from clients who cry over the phone for quite a while before they can even speak.

Also, one cannot be afraid of animals, blood or carcass.

Occasionally, I get animals that have been involved in accidents and I need to clean them up before the burial or cremation ceremony.

It is also important to be familiar with the roads around the Klang Valley because clients will usually just provide their home address. We have to be able to find our way around.

Prospects for the future
Nowadays, there is an increasing number of pet shops and vets, so more people are keeping pets at home.
Since there are not many people in this industry yet, the prospects are quite good.
I am looking at Penang and Seremban as possible locations for future expansion.

I love my job because ...
... I love animals!
I also understand the grief one feels when a beloved pet dies, so it is nice to know that I am providing a service that helps pet owners in their time of need and grief.

What I dislike most ...
... is clients who constantly ask for discounts.
Some people also try to delay payment.
There are some who will only pay after many phone calls have been made, long after the service has been held.
I also dislike the idea of people putting their pets to sleep, or leaving them to die on the streets after the animals sustain injuries.

Keeping a pet is a lifetime commitment. I feel people should think the idea through before making the decision to keep one.

A millionaire by 30?
As of now, I make enough to support my family.
But then, while money is important, it is certainly not my motivation for staying in this job.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

AAF- Dr. Dog Malaysia WAD

Distribution of specially formulated soap by Taharah group.

Cute, animal-theme T-shirts to help raise funds.

It’s a tricky task to draw puppies who never sit still!

Looking good in Animals Asia sponsored bandanas, the Malaysian dog walk begins.
Jojo helps cut the anniversary cake in celebration of Furry Friends Farm’s 2nd Anniversary.

Dr. Dog Malaysia World Animal Day 2008

We had a really successful World Animal Day celebration here in Kuala Lumpur with the Dog Walk being especially popular. The walk was lead by Malaysia's Dr. Dog, Dr. Babe, Dr.Kylie and Dr. Sugar.

It was really a day full of fun with our Children's Art competition and Furry Friends Farm's 2nd Anniversary celebrations.

There was a special booth for the introduction and free distribution of Samak Soap - this soap is made of 90% clay, and is specially made for Muslim dog handlers to cleanse themselves after handling dogs.

We also had some really nice, cute T-shirts available, all of which were sponsored.
Children had great fun drawing the Furry Friends Farm's puppies - quite a challenging task as the puppies wriggled around all over the place!
Jojo, our second “Ambassador” was there to join the fun and help cut the anniversary cake!
We invited other pet rescue groups and had a cat and kitten adoption drive later in the day, and also successfully homed two of our own wonderful little puppies! It was a fabulous, fun day for all the furry kids and they slept soundly in the truck during our journey back to the farm.
All five local Chinese language newspapers published our event the following day.
Thanks so much to Animals Asia in supporting our event and for providing us with the cute bandanas for the dog walk.
The dogs looked great and really enjoyed the walk around the shopping complex!


Sabrina Dr. Dog Malaysia

Contact Details:

Furry Friends Farm Contact:
Sabrina Yeap Email:
156, Jalan Jambu Melaka, Jinjang Selatan 52000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bangsar Village goes to the Dogs !

An expert demonstrating the proper way to cut pets’ nails.

Guardians grooming their pets under the guidance of a professional groomer.
People displaying their pet dogs at Carnival Affairs on World Animal Day.

Furry Friends Farm animal shelter founder Sabrina Yeap showing the crowd how to control a dog's temper

Mohammad Shahid Dar , NST

KUALA LUMPUR: Bangsar Village went to the dogs s on Oct 4.

In conjunction with World Animal Day, the shopping centre held the Carnival Affairs show, which rolled out the welcome mat for man's best friend.About 200 dogs of all breeds and sizes, accompanied by their guardians, attended the event, which saw each canine proudly parade itself along a 1.5km route around the venue. The event also provided dog owners with tips and insights into caring for their pets, including education talks which ranged from dog grooming to using the right tools for collecting dogs' waste in public areas.

Other highlights included activities such as dog grooming demonstration and an art contest for children.
Organised by Furry Friends Farm (FFF) animal shelter, this year marked the events second anniversary, and proved a hit with both human and canine participants.FFF founder Sabrina Yeap said the event was organised to highlight the centuries-old-bond between humans and animals."It's also about learning the proper way of caring for animals and understanding that loving an animal can make one a better human being," she said.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cannies take to the streets of Bangsar

ABOUT 70 dogs strutted down the streets near the Bangsar Village I shopping centre on Saturday to promote animal welfare in conjunction with the World Animal Day celebration.
At the event organised by animal shelter Furry Friends Farm (FFF), pet owners learnt about responsible pet ownership.
Joining in the fun was FFF’s second ambassador, Jojo, which was abandoned when his owner’s carelessness caused him to lose his left front limb.
The day-long event kicked off with an educational talk.

Rare sight: Dogs and their owners taking part in the dog walk around Bangsar Village.

Pet owners were also taught the proper way to clean up their dog’s stools throughout the programme and plastic bags, old newspapers and toilet rolls were provided for the purpose.
The highlight of the day was a dog walk with three Dr Dogs leading a procession comprising dogs from FFF that were up for adoption as well as those owned by members of the public.

The Dr Dogs €” Dr Babe, Dr Kylie and Dr Sugar €” regularly visit children’s and old folks’ homes as part of an animal-assisted therapy programme. They were selected through stringent examination procedures.
“The dog walk was organised to highlight the century-old bond between man and animals and to celebrate the beauty of all God’s creatures,” said FFF founder Sabrina Yeap. “Sometimes, the media highlight a story of someone bitten by a dog. The truth is that dogs do not attack people without reason.

“In almost all cases, the dog had been provoked by children who threw stones,” said Yeap, who was an animal inspector for several years.

The programmes continued with a demonstration of the Dr Dog examination procedure, adoption campaign, children’s art contest as well as violin recital by Dennis Lau.
Sponsors and professionals of the industry were also present to give tips on pet grooming and dietary programmes.

World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species.

Oct 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Friday, October 3, 2008

World Animal Day @ Bangsar Village