Monday, December 8, 2008


This blog has been inactive for almost 2 months, but it doesn't mean that life for mom and dad stopped for the last 2 months. On the contrary, events took over their lives which only now have settled down again. Sadly, Cadet is no longer with us in body, even though he is still very much with us in spirit.

From the first day when mom and dad took Cadet home, we knew he was a fierce one, not someone to pick a fight with!! If you own a copy of the HKDR Tribute Book 2, which came out officially mid October, you could see on pg 53 the following paragraph alongside the beautiful picture of Cadet taken by Ali.

Cadet - 2 years old, American Cocker, Favourite treat - Home made dog muffins
Like alumni in many schools , dogs that get remembered are often the naughty ones. Cadet is remembered by many at HKDR as the fierce one who packed a punchy bite despite his cute looking face and bum-shaking gait. We brought Cadet home on a stormy night in early spring this year. Due to his aggression, things were a bit tricky with Cadet in the early days- even a simple shower was a problem, let alone cleaning his drooping ears. After trying out a multitude of groomers and a dog trainer, who essentially failed in all aspects other than charging a fee; Cadet is lucky enough to have met Jack, the trainer. And now he can have his ear cleaned, his body shampooed and shaved without being sedated. In short, he can now live like any other well-pampered American Cocker Spaniel with his 2 friends, Buddy and Scottie the Schnauzers.

So far so good, what it didn't mentioned was that Cadet never quite shed its sudden aggressiveness towards human. His punchy bites have landed on all the members of the family including Jing, the helper. November 10, Cadet left his indelible marks on mom's palm and dad made the difficult decision that Cadet need to be euthanized.

For the following few days, we took extra long walks with Cadet. Then came Saturday, a sunny and beautiful morning, we walked all the way from Mount Butler to Parkview and back. Cadet had a hearty meal and was taken to Valley Vet. He took his last breath after the injection and fell asleep and said goodbye to this world after its relatively short life. Mom and dad looked on with tears rushing out from their eyes.

When they got home, they were greeted by the first boom of the Bugambilla tree in the garden, which never bore flowers in the 2 years since we arrived. Hardly a day go by without them glazing in the clear sky and saying Cadet is watching all of us from heaven........

Saturday, November 22, 2008

大董 Da Dong Restaurant, Beijing

When most people talk about Da Dong in Beijing, they refer to its famous roast duck Beijing style. But a lot of their other dishes are worth trying. The presentation is often borrowed from western cuisine but the taste is 100% Chinese. They tried the roast duck as well as the sea cucumber, duck's tongue, spicy cabbage and toffee apple. Enjoyed every dish. Yummy!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Charity X'mas Card & Handicrafts Fair at St. John's Cathedral 10-11 Oct 2008

The first Charity Fair of the year takes place at St John's Cathedral on Fri 10th and Sat 11th October, and HKDR will be one of the particpating charities so please come and buy

Please come support HKDR at the fair. Do your part...
Things on Sale:
Tribute Book, 2009 Diaries, Christmas dog toys, T shirts, Christmas Cards & personalized HKDR Christmas cards

See you at the fair...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

More about Melamine

A lot of our cousins are asking why melamine......

Melamine is sometimes unethically added to food products in order to increase the apparent protein content. Standard tests such as the Kjeldahl and Dumas tests estimate protein levels by measuring the nitrogen content, so they can be misled by adding nitrogen-rich compounds such as melamine.

And a great excerpt from Scientific America below:

Protein Pretense; August 2007; Scientific American Magazine; by Alison Snyder; 2 Page(s)

After hundreds of dogs and cats fell ill this past spring, government officials traced the source to melamine, a nitrogen-rich compound found in plastics and fertilizer that, when ingested by the animals, crystallized in their kidneys and caused renal failure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration later announced that producers may have deliberately added the compound to wheat gluten and rice protein concentrates to inflate the measured amount of protein. The greater the protein level in the concentrates, the higher the market price the products fetch. Regardless of whether its addition was deliberate or accidental, melamine snuck past standard industry protein analysis, suggesting that the century-old test methods should be reevaluated. Several alternatives exist, but the food industry has yet to make a switch.

Traditionally, food protein is measured by a method developed by Danish brewer Johann Kjeldahl in the late 1800s. In this analytical technique, a strong acid digests a sample, breaking down the organic matter and releasing nitrogen, which is then converted to ammonia. The amount of ammonia indicates how much nitrogen was in the original sample and, hence, the amount of protein. This "proved to be a robust, precise method," says Julian McClements, a food scientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It is attractive because it can be used for a variety of products and protein types. Another, similar nitrogen-based technique, called the Dumas test, is also popular with industry. It relies on burning the sample to release nitrogen. The Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) International, a scientific association that sets standards for analytical methods, lists the Kjeldahl and Dumas techniques as the standard methods for measuring protein in food.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Melamine and us

After killing so many of distance cousins in the US last year, melamine is now found to be hitting human kids and babies now. As the article attached in the link below suggest, you should get your mum and dad to check where are the ingredients of your feed are coming from.

We don't want kidney stones and we don't know how to tell even when we get them. So please check.

Now even mum & dad's kid-time favorites, white rabbit candies are found to have this horrible stuff. They never needed additives before because there are test standards to meet. Protein contents etc........

Why bother checking?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I can fly... I can fly...

I can fly
I can fly
I can spread my wings out wide
and touch the sky ...
sounds familiar? yea its the CX theme song... you hear it everytime when you wait for your airmiles redemption... I can fly...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Guess what's in my mouth

Don't tell mommy. I stole the egg shell from her rose plant. hehe :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Browser - Chrome
A lot of people will be talking about this browser soon. If you haven't heard about it yet, then remember you heard from us first :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Photo Shoot by Ali Bullock

Lucky us, Ali was taking shots for the whole family
at Red Dog Studio

Guess we ain't as hot as some of the models out there...

But we are cute... And Cadet met Mandy - who remembered him from hk dog rescue days ("is that Cadet?")....

Friday, July 25, 2008

Groom us!!

This is a surprisingly rewarding experience. All of us, including the "fierce" Cadet, have always been groomed by Mum. Sometimes when we go for our daily walk, we see some of our brothers looking decidedly scruffy. Always wonder if it's the horrible pet-shop not doing their jobs right or just their mums and dads not taking care of them.

Great website on Schnauzers grooming below:

Maybe mum will put up something of her own.
But then again, you should check out Aaron, one of our brothers in Japan.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Home baking for doggies - Healthy Dog Recipe - all natural

Recipe for dog muffin 犬用のビスケット

wheat flour
self raising flour
apple sauce
almond or peanut powder
cinnamon and nutmeg powder
vanilla essence

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Three Brothers all snoozing

Mum and dad have taken forever
To take just 1 simple picture

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Bad Boys!!

Didn't know who started it. But the mutts started a fight yesterday again!! While I was trying to read.
It's not always walks, treats and bakery.......
Need discipline, these guys.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Training for Agression - Cadet

Jack the canine trainer...
Before... Cadet bites
Ear infected
Then... Cadet gets a haircut!!!
Imagine that
And now... He knows the command down...
can be muzzled...
and is very happy
If you need a referral... let us know...

Doggie Baking

Mummy took a doggie bakery course and we got lucky
from doggie icecream sundae
to apple pie
to pretzels

Cadet youtube video when he first arrived Feb 2008

We adopted Cadet from HKDR. Was very insecure when he first arrived.

other youtube videos on Cadet - from HKDR

Friday, May 30, 2008

Born to be hungry

Can I get muffin please? (Update - Taken in Three Dogs Bakery, Happy Valley, but sadly the shop is no longer there. So Buddy can't go and buy his favorite treats anymore.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cadet hiking April 2008

Cadet hiking in Mt. Butler. Glad that the weather is still cool!!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Buddy's Birthday - Jan 08

Rob made Buddy his birthday muffins...
Scottie waits patiently... to share