Sunday, January 14, 2018



Dark clouds drifting
Wind howling

The rain falls

My thoughts drift from the comfort of the cats in my apartment

The rain will quench the thirst of many community cats

Diluting the poisons that have been added to the stagnant water

The rain will flush away the kittens hidng in the small drains

The meowing drowns in the swirling water

The cats that fell into the steep monsoon drains

Rush in vain against the raising tide of water

Cats hiding beneath cars

Cats crouching under concrete seats in the void decks

At the mercy of the human traffic

Life is like that




What then

Is the mystery of existence?

🐈Written by Garpy🐈


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Vodka had passed away

03-01-2018: Vodka’s not so good. About a month ago the vet found a growth between his eyeball & socket. Told us it’s incurable. So we giving eye drops. He was still all ok until 3 days ago. Not really eating. Sleep a lot. Sigh.
One of his last photos

Debra wrote, "He did have a good life. 14-15yrs. Spoilt. Haha. I’m just sad lah."

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It is time to include animal companions in the genograms

(A letter that was rejected by TODAY and later by the STRAITS TIMES)

"Boy-Boy" is a little chocolate-coloured toy poodle prancing excitedly in a playpen in the living room.

His "mummy" was resting in the bedroom, tired from a terminal illness.

I asked his "daddy" if "Boy-Boy" was let out of the playpen. He nodded and said, "Only when I am home."

He continued, "Some of my friends said that dog's hair was harmful to my wife, so I keep Boy-Boy away from my wife."

I told him that was not true and that the presence of the dog close to his wife was therapeutic. I googled photos of dogs sleeping with patients in hospices on my mobile phone and showed them to the couple.

The wife said, "I miss Boy-Boy so much."

The husband looked relieved with the information.

I recalled a similar situation a few years ago when a small breed dog was locked in a room. The husband of a woman with terminal illness said, "We have so many relatives asking us to give up our dog because they said the dog would harm my wife. My wife is no longer able to decide but I will not give away this dog. He is part of the family. However to appease the relatives, I keep him apart from my wife."

Perhaps it is time to include animal companions in the genograms and appropriate counselling be given to keep the family together when facing pressure from advice such as "they all say that animals are harmful and we should give them away."


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Update on Vodka and Motorspot