I’ve always loved animals & Mother Nature, hence the name, Natx. Notice the similarity there?
We’ve probably kept all kinds of pets that I’ve brought home. From those injured kittens downstairs, to breeding hamsters and mice, to the weirdest exotics.
When we started working and traveling, we avoided keeping any pets since we were unable to commit the time and care.
In March last year, a friend of mine needed help to care for a little Chihuahua. I hesitated because we were fishing alot at that time, which meant, being out for long hours.
However, he came at a very appropriate time. It was like the 3rd week of my husband’s detachment, and I was starting to feel lonely.
Cutting the long story short, I had the pup in my house that very night.
When the husband came back 3 weeks later, Cupid accepted him instantly. We decided we wanted Cupid in our lives. We adopted him in March 2014.
We’ve had him for almost a year now, and while he’s so little in size, he’s really big in personality! We’ve grown really attached to him over the year, and being the “pawrents” that we are, we only want to give him the best.
1) Live in the present.
Despite his history of not living in the best conditions. He came to me with ear infections, teeth & gum problems, and a fear of everything. I left his cage in the toilet the first night because it was filthy.
He barked the whole night out of fear. We took him to the vet to clear up all the health issues and gave him vacinations.
It took us awhile to open him up, to win his trust and to bring him up. He finally opened up and now he’s such an awesome little boy.
We named him Cupid, because he is just the perfect little angel of love. He’s always bouncing around, enjoying the sun, and chasing the other dogs in the park…. and… pawing at our legs for belly rubs.
Lesson learnt: Live in the present. Whatever happened before, leave it behind and live in the now. Appreciate the moment and love those that love you!
2) Confront your fears.
This is really funny, whenever we see a bigger dog, he would strain to reach out to them. If he was leashed, he would bark first and be in a really aggressive position.
It doesn’t matter what the size of the dog was, his reaction was always the same. Sometimes when there are other familiar dogs in the park, we would unleash him so he could run and play with the others.
If he saw a bigger and unfamiliar dog, his first reaction would be to run up to their face and sniff them. Nose to nose. Then use his body to block them.
He’s done this to practically most of the dogs bigger than him. Only to sometimes run back in fear if they started chasing after him. He’s lucky most of the time, they welcome him in to the play, and he’s had plenty of fun with bigger dogs.
Lesson learnt: Confront the fear, you never know what the outcome may be.
3) Give Compliments.
I think most dog owners would understand this. When a dog first comes to your house, and you try to teach him the rules of the home, and any new tricks. We had the same frustrations in the beginning. Cupid peed in the room sometimes because he’s small and couldn’t hold his pee that long. I reached out to my fellow dog owner friends, and asked them what I should do. The response?
-Shove his face in the pee, he wont like getting dirty, and he will not do it again.
-Beat him with newspapers.
Erm… seriously? Firstly, why would I want to get his face in pee? He gets dirty and I wouldn’t want to hug him anymore! That’s just plain gross.
2ndly, he’s a chihuahua, would I injure him if I beat him? He’s so much smaller, and it would really hurt. Will he listen after that?
I know I didn’t listen when my dad beat me. How many of us listened when our Pops hit us? How many of us changed instantly on the first beating? I rebelled every time I got hit.
That was for years!
Lesson Learnt: We swapped our training to reward based training. Every time he did something right, we praised him. It doesn’t matter if he already knew that trick, we still praised him and gave him good belly rubs. The next time he does it again, we praised him even more and sometimes offer him a treat. This way he’s proud whenever he does something correctly, and tries to get us to see him in action.
I think this works with humans too. When people thank me for my work, or show appreciation, I actually feel good, and want to do more for them next time.
Try complimenting someone else for a change. Its amazing how much change compliments, and gratitude can do to human relationships.
A simple word of thanks, or a lunch treat can work wonders.
Usually when the husband goes for detachments, I shut myself in for days and just focus on things I want to get done. It gets me moody and a little grumpy.
However, after Cupid joined us, we started bringing him out for walks almost daily, whenever we can.
We love to see how much he enjoys the outdoors and also, walking does good for us too. When the husband had to go away again, I made it a routine to bring Cupid out everyday at 8am, and both of us enjoyed it so much.
I get a little sweat in, and Cupid gets to run in the grass for abit. Win-win! We both go home in a good mood.
Lesson learnt: We’re born social animals. Getting out and just talking to others, meeting friends over a meal. All these provide the human touch that we seek. Shutting yourself in, does no good to you, your mood, or your health. Go out & get some fresh air!
Cupid is really good at this. Whether its getting us to carry him up the sofa, to feed him dinner, or to get us to play. He knows it all.
He would paw, and pester us, giving us the pitiful eyes. Whining, crying for 5 mins. If we continue to ignore him, he would walk away, lie on his bed for 30 seconds, and come back to ask for it again.
He would keep on doing this, until we give him what he wants.
Lesson learnt: If you want something, ask for it and don’t stop until you get it.
Do you own a dog? What has your little furkid taught you?
Yes, I’m quite obsessed with him, he’s got such a cute little face!
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