This is the entrance to our hotel room for the night, not the grandest of entrance I would say.
The door says we are closed on Sunday.
Although it's an old heritage building, the interior of the house is nicely decorated and equipped with modern comforts.
Gallivanting around the historical streets of Penang.
It was already late afternoon, so we stopped by a cafe for some nommies.
Hmmm, the tuna burger with fries sounds good to me.
While waiting for our food, meimei
and I played a game of skipping using my leash.
Whilst waiting for the rest to finish their meals, I relaxed on the pavement watching the world go by.
We soon continued with our exploration of the many heritage sites. Penang was in-scripted as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site in July 2008.
Behind meimei is a mural by Ernest Zacharevic, a young Lithuania-born artist, called Reaching Up.
This is another famous wall painting by Ernest, called Little Children on a Bicycle.
At the background is one of the many temples in the area that was built by Chinese migrants to the island, which was a bustling port in the 19th century.
The next morning, meimei and I were getting impatient waiting for the sleepy heads to get up.
Meimei and I tried to open the doors and go for a walkie by ourselves but that was too tricky for her.
We could only peeped through the door gap...
... and smell the morning air outside from the narrow opening.
Meimei peeking curiously through the slit between the doors.
Finally, we got to go out and we had breakfast at a cafe nearby.
Getting some bread snacks from meimei...
... followed by some TLC hugging.
Later, we went for a leisure walk up a hill where we could see the panoramic view of the town below.
But nothing is better than having fun with meimei on our little adventures together.
Happy Birthday, Hero! Thank you for the six wonderful years and may we have many more to come.
koko, cheche + meimei
Every morning when the sun rises,
at the door I wait for meimei's voices.
Her wake up cries I long to hear,
when a night seems like a year.
Ro... Ro... I hear her say,
as she greets me a good day.
A bath she takes under the sunlight,
with me waiting patiently in sheer delight.
For a new day has just begun,
let us fill the hours with laughter and fun.
- hero -
Meimei: Wanna play a game of flashcard?
Meimei: Hmmm, let's see... how about this one.
Meimei: What's the name of this object?
Meimei: HEY! That's cheating!
Since my bloat surgery two months ago, I have not been doing much but stayed at home with little meimei, whom has been giving me much tender loving care.
We spend the day mostly sleeping and playing together in the house.
When we are bored, we usually raid the house for food...
... from inside the refrigerator...
... to the kitchen counter looking for snacks.
At times, we also get to share some snacks on our ride in the car...
... but we mostly settle for whatever nommies we could find at home.
On weekends, when the hoomans are not working, meimei and I get to go to the park.
This is a far cry from the adventures I used to have, but with meimei as company now, I'm not complaining.
Pei-ess: I would like to thank all my furiends for the well wishes when I was sick recently. It makes me very happy to know that everyone still remembers me, even though I seldom post on this little blog anymore, not as often as I would like to due to the hoomans busy schedules nowadays. You guys are the greatest, licks to all.
We were all looking forward to spend the weekend at the beach in the east coast, a 4-hour ride from the city. The day started off normally as we made our way out of the city towards the east-coast expressway. It was a beautiful sunny morning and the traffic was clear.
We arrived at the beach resort at around 3pm and immediately went about settling down and unloading the luggage from the car. Hero was sniffing all over the place excitedly whilst marking every tree in sight. I gave hero some water to drink which he gulped down ferociously. We left him alone and went about settling Meimei in the room.
After a while, I came out to find hero yelping in pain outside the chalet. His stomach was bloated as if he had swallowed a ball, with excess salivation from the mouth. When touched, it felt tense. He was retching and attempting to defecate unproductively in a panic stupor. Immediately I knew something was wrong and it’s serious. I vaguely remembered reading on the internet about stomach bloat in dogs and how such condition could be life threatening. Without wasting time, I ran to the resort office and asked for the nearest veterinary clinic. Ruby, the resort owner, said the nearest would be in Kuantan town, about an hour drive from the resort. She quickly made a phone call to the veterinarian whilst I ran back to get hero and the car.
The journey to the clinic took about an hour but it seemed to have lasted forever. While Ruby took the wheel weaving in and out of traffic along the coastal road, I was holding on to hero whom were in great distress as he could not find a comfortable position to sit still or lay down. He kept whining and changing his place and position throughout the entire ride. A sign that he was in great pain.
At the clinic, hero was immediately sedated to have an x-ray taken for further diagnosis. The veterinarian explained that if the stomach was indeed twisted (gastric torsion), cells may die (necrosis) due to the lack of oxygen supply and this could lead to further complications. Ruby and I waited at the clinic as the vet drove hero to the x-ray center, located a distance away.
About close to an hour later, the vet returned with hero, still sedated in the crate. With bated breath, I waited as the vet reversed his truck into the porch. As he alighted, his expression did not tell me it was good news. He promptly confirmed that hero had a condition called gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) and immediate surgery was recommended to avoid further complication to his organs which could result in shock. He further added that the surgery would take about two hours.
The time was 9pm. We were back at the resort having BBQ dinner when the vet called to inform us that the operation went well. We were told to come over at 10.30pm to see hero and if he was well enough, we can take him back, as the clinic would be closed the following day. Cheche and I arrived at the clinic punctually and as we entered the clinic, we could hear the lone cry of a frightened dog from afar at the back, and instinctively we knew it was our boy. Hero was so happy to see us and likewise for us, it was a deep relief to see him responding playfully again without the pain, at least for the moment. But we knew this was not over yet, as post-surgery care could be perilous, where intensive monitoring was needed.
We arrived back at the resort close to midnight. Hero did not sleep, and so did we. Poor hero was in such pain that he just stood still on all four legs throughout the night, wobbling at times due to sleepiness. Each time he tried to lay down, it was too painful even though he was on pain killer. And he would vomit white slimy substance each time he drank any water.
The next day, we thought of leaving for home early, but given the condition hero was in, we were concerned whether he could withstand the long journey in the car. Thus, we decided to stay on for hero to have a proper rest at the resort. However, his condition took a turn for the worst in the afternoon when his stomach started to bloat again. We rushed him to another veterinary clinic as the one where he had his surgery was closed. At the clinic, the vet gave hero a massage on his abdomen and to our relief, the bloat subsided after a couple of hearty burps. Apparently, the bloat was due to the accumulation of gas in his stomach due to post-surgery complication.
We finally made it back home the following day and upon reaching, we noticed that the incision on hero has split open and blood was dripping from the wound. It must have been from the car ride or he had scratched it. We have to clean the wound several times a day to keep infection at bay.
We fed hero several small meals a day at short intervals and limit his water intake during the recuperation period. He would still vomit occasionally after his meal due to the effect of the antibiotic he was taking. And because we controlled his fluid intake, he would licked on wet floor at any given opportunity.
It has been two weeks now since the bloat incident and hero is recovering well. He is still on special diet and since he has finished the course of antibiotics, the vomiting has stopped too. With proper care and good rest, we hope hero will make a full recovery soon.
After what we went through with hero, we do not wish for anyone to go through such horrible experience with their beloved furry friend. Bloating is the second leading cause of canine death, after cancer. I hope the information here would one day be able to help someone out there to act immediately upon recognizing the symptoms of bloat... cause every second does count.
The next morning, we continued with our adventure and on the background is the neo-gothic structure of the St. Francis Xavier Church that was built in 1849 by the French.
We took a morning stroll along the Malacca river to enjoy the rustic scene of its past.
A statue to honor a son of Malacca who once processed the title of Mr. Universe, Mr. Asia and Mr. Malaysia in the sport of body building.
According to the Chinese calendar, this year is the year of the dragon.
Taking a rest at the scenic river bank...
... before continuing on our tour of the historical ruins from past settlements.
Having a relaxing time enjoying the rich history of this river...
... such as this huge replica of the Sultanate Water Wheel that was once used to channel water from the river to fuel the booming port trade.
There were many flight of stairs along the way...
... and there were many bridges with picturesque scene to cross too.
A boat taking tourist on a cruise along the river.
As we entered into the city, we were greeted by a long and fiery dragon.
We had lunch at one of the old and dilapidated shops which was bustling with customers.
Meimei was tired after all the sight-seeing...
... but I can tell you that hell hath no fury like a hungry baby.
After we had our nommies, we continued to explore the city for its alluring old charms...
... such as this colorful majestic entrance doors of Chinese origin, a reminiscence of its rich history and heritage.
The columns of the building is also meticulously crafted with symbolic mythological characters.
Meimei admiring the work of art on the wall...
... which happens to be her Chinese astrological sign as well, the sign of a tiger.
There were antiques and collectible items for sale everywhere...
... such as this charcoal pressing iron of yesteryear.
This was truly a memorable trip and we had a good time...
... gallivanting around this historical city of Malacca.