April 29, 2011 § 22 Comments
If the title of today’s post is giving you irreversible memories of the ’90s and that of American rapper Vanilla Ice, then let me quickly refocus your attention with a dose of cuteness—courtesy of Miss Maple ;)
Blogging has introduced us to people from all walks of life and whose personal experiences with their own furry friends have inspired us to try new things that we wouldn’t have otherwise thought of ourselves. Lately, I have become very impressed by pawrents who have banished commercially-produced dog food and are faithfully feeding their furkids a BARF diet with amazing results.
Although Maple gets to enjoy some of nature’s bounty in the form of fruits and vegetables, her main staple still consists of kibbles. I hope one day we can strike a balance and provide Maple with a more well-rounded diet that will ensure her a long and healthy life. Until then, we’ll be taking one small pawprint at a time. As a start, we recently purchased a package of raw beef marrow bones.
The idea of feeding Maple raw foods at home, however, has been a contentious issue for me. The thought of Salmonella and E. coli being spread by Maple’s little paws from floor to rug to furniture sends me into hypochondriac overdrive. Thanks to Anna from AKG Inspiration for this great suggestion: use a towel as a place-mat (it makes for an easy clean-up job). Why hadn’t we thought of that!
And now, here’s how we have begun introducing Maple to the idea of situating her tooshie on a towel when eating raw foods:
1.) Train with Ice-Cubes. They’re a good starter and if they accidentally fall off the towel, well then, no worries, it’s just water.
2.) Towie, Sit, Stay, OK. These are the four basic commands we use with Maple. Towie (short for towel) is a new word we’re teaching Maple. That way, she won’t confuse her Towie for her a Blankie, which is intended for play and snuggles.
3.) No! I almost forget the fifth and most essential command. In the event Maple decides to move the ice-cube to another location off the towel, we’ll say ‘No’ followed by ‘Towie’ and Maple will return to her spot on the towel (well, at least we hope she will for the most part).
4.) Sit Back and Relax. It’s a lot of fun just watching Maple having a blast with the ice-cube. Seeing Maple this way has certainly given us the confidence of feeding her raw foods in the comfort of our own home.
I can’t wait to share with you Maple’s very first experience with a raw bone treat. Come back on Monday to view the event unfold!
April 28, 2011 § 12 Comments
Have you ever wondered what ‘flavours’ are used to make Nylabones so appealing to the dogsters, or how these flavours are infused into their dental chew products? We decided to find out by writing in to Nylabone.
Unfortunately, Nylabone’s explanations did not satisfy my curiosity. In fact, I’m beginning to question whether the non-edible dental chew bone that we purchased for Maple was really such a smart buy… I suppose we all learn from our experiences.
To read our correspondence with Nylabone, simply re-visit Chew on This and scroll to the bottom of the post for the Scribd box.
April 27, 2011 § 22 Comments
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It’s Wordless Wednesday—time to blog hop!
April 25, 2011 § 25 Comments
So, Maple has this issue. An embarassing issue, which she doesn’t like to admit. MM and I are fully aware of it and, on more than one occasion, have caught her in the act. Here’s the thing, Maple has an unusual appetite for her poop. There, we said it!
We’ve been scratching our heads as to why Maple indulges in coprophragia—she gets plenty of playtime with us (sometimes too much!), she goes for daily walks, she’s eating a balanced diet (well, balanced as far as kibbles go), and she’s well-adjusted in our home now. We’re confused. In any case, bananas were something we tried and, although effective, they can be a little messy and they perish easily.
Thanks to the suggestion of fellow blogger, hairyprincess (who also has a Toy Poodle by the name of Pogo—how cute is that?), we will be trying frozen pineapples. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? I was able to pick up a beautifully ripened pineapple from my morning stroll through the Bukit Panjang market and brought it home to prepare.
After dicing the pineapple and laying the pieces out on a baking tray for the freezer, I found that we were left with an extra 1/4 chunk of the pineapple. How nice—just enough for Maple, MM, and I to share!
Here is Maple’s first encounter with this sweet and succulent fruit. Lip-smacking good!
She loves the pineapple juice as much as the fruit itself. *slurp slurp*
We’re happy to see Maple enjoying her new found treat and are hopeful that it will help discourage her from ever getting into another messy situation again!
April 22, 2011 § 19 Comments
In the past three decades, Singapore’s rapid pace of globalization and modernization has created new conveniences for the ordinary person—one of which is the supermarket. You can now shop for groceries in an air-conditioned environment, complete with ‘smart’ trolleys that can sense when you have arrived at the deli section and will send you promotional information and product offers via text messages directly to your cellphone. These trolleys are each also fitted with an LCD screen that will display meal suggestions and recipes for you to consider as you stroll through the pasta aisle. Such is the future of shopping!
In contrast are the ‘traditional’ outdoor markets, typically found within ‘suburban’ residential estates. Here, your senses are awakened by the vibrant colours of fresh fruits and vegetables, aroma of freshly baked buns and pastries, hollers of peddlers, and hustle and bustle of people.
Since our busy weekday schedules don’t often afford us the opportunity to shop at an outdoor market (you need to arrive early for the best produce!), I was happy to have a Good Friday morning to browse the Bukit Panjang market.
The Bukit Panjang market (more so than any others I have visited in Singapore) reminds me of the wet markets in Thailand. The narrow pedestrian paths flanked on either side by rows of stalls—with fruits, dried goods, clothes, toys, and just about everything else hanging from makeshift roof structures—make me feel as if I have been transported to Bangkok.
Today, however, I was on a mission to buy a pineapple for guess who—Miss Maple. As I searched through the maze of stalls, I got sidetracked by a mound of towels. Hmm, a thought I remembered came to mind. To see how we have put the towel (and pineapple) to good use, stay tuned for the full story in a future post!
As I inched my way ever so slowly into the depths of the market, my nose caught a whiff of one of my all-time favourite fruits—the majestic Jackfruit. The Jackfruit is one of the largest and heaviest fruits in the world, weighing in at a whopping 35 kg (77 lbs)!
The rising heat from the morning sun was tiring me a little and, by then, I was also feeling a tad parched. It’s a good thing I was nearing the end of the market where barrels of freshly-made, steaming hot soya beancurd and soya milk awaited me.
I quite like the ambience of the Bukit Panjang market, as there is an authentic sense of community that seems to shine through. I will definitely be returning to explore more of this amazing place and hopefully discover more great finds.