Local blog aggregator Tomorrow.sg suggests: “From Saturday 28 Jan (Chinese New Year Eve) to Tuesday 31 Jan (third day of Chinese New Year), Tomorrow.sg will only publish posts that contain the word “dog” and/or “oranges”, or actual pictures of dogs and/or oranges. The posts can still be about anything Singapore-related, as always – they just have to include the theme words.” But before you get ‘too creative’, editor Daryl Sng adds: “Submissions about dogs dyed orange will be referred to the SPCA.”
Well, it is going to be the Year of the Dog, and a rudimentary search has found some bits of the blogosphere dominated by dogs.
Herbiesphere (herbiegr.blogspot.com/) is written in the first person, that is, by a 6 year old golden retriever named Herbie.
Herbie blogs his daily adventures, including one on Monday where he was attacked by a cat. “I get along well with cats, in the sense that i want to play with them but they do not want to play with me,” he howled.
Herbie even painstakingly makes a ‘re-enactment drawing’ of the altercation. And if you can’t make out the squiggly lines, it’s because, as Herbie explains, “a paw can only do so much with a mouse”.
One of Herbie’s acquaintances, Joey (joeyjrt.blogspot.com), a Jack Russell Terrier, is a civil defence volunteer search and rescue dog.
“I got my basic certification last year, and was given a Certificate and a SCDF Dog Vest. Alas, the vest is too big for me as SCDF did not think they would have a small rescue dog,” Joey says.
On the subject of life-saving pooches, even as the urgent call went out last week for human blood donors as the bank ran low, another plea was made on behalf of a collie who needed a blood transfusion after surgery.
Up stepped Kingsley (kingsley.wordpress.com/) and his human companion, in answer to both calls. But, as Kingsley laments, he was put on standby as a donor, while she was rejected because of her low hemoglobin count.
â€œIt was funny,â€ he adds, â€œSomeone (a silly human) asked if i was doing this so that i could go into heaven. i growled and snapped back, â€œDonâ€™t you know? All dogs go to Heaven!â€
For those who didnâ€™t know canines too could give blood, Kingsley gives a blow-by-blow account of how it happens, plus nuggets such as â€œdid you know that there are 15 types of blood types for dogs?â€ and the fact there is no blood bank for dogs in Singapore. Oh, the discrimination.
For the less technically savvy dog, there’s the popular web-portal and blog-engine called Dogster (www.dogster.com), a poochified version of the popular (human) social networking portal Friendster (www.friendster.com). On Dogster, dogs and their owners can log in and start populating typically dog-related information such as ‘breed’, ‘nicknames’ and ‘favourite toy’.
But as Live Journal blogger ‘Austin Dern’ (austin-dern.livejournal.com) says, “With all Year of the Dog talk, it’s easy to overlook other important topics…”
Such as, apparently, a locally produced animated film Austin that depicts the myth behind the animals of the Chinese zodiac, and, as I understand it, a cross-species race featuring the 12 animals.
“Part of what fascinates me is, if I understand bits of the myths correctly, the winner of the race was Rat, who outran all the other animals by the simple expedient of cheating early and often. He welshed on his promise to wake Cat for the race, freaked out Elephant so he wouldn’t run, and rode on Ox right up to the finish line, then leapt ahead for the win,” Austin muses, worrying about the ethical value of such a story.
Pick your myth, praise your dog, and toss your fish, but whatever you choose to be your tradition, don’t forget to blog it this Chinese New Year.
Mr Miyagi aka Benjamin Lee has been entertaining readers at miyagi.sg for over a year, and even if it’s the Year of the Dog, he has resolved to behave less like a female one.