Happy Chinese New Year to All, The Year of Dog

I have been away to Hokkaido for a while and did not get a chance to blog. Would like to take this opportunity to wish all a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year , the year of Dog. In the year of dog does not mean that one has to get a dog to enjoy good feng shui and good luck. Getting a dog is a long term commitment. A small breed dog can live up to 14 years of age and one that get a dog must be willing to spend time to train their dogs, play with them, walk them and take well care of their welfare and good health throughout their life time. Hence, please think carefully before you get one. If you are not ready for the commitment, you may want to consider buying some dog music box instead 🙂 Picture taken in a big Music Box Store in Hokkaido recently

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Dogs not just toys for luck

Dogs not just toys for luck By MEERA VIJAYAN The Star, 24 Jan 2006 JOHOR BARU: The sudden demand for canines this coming Year of the Dog has got animal lovers worried. Chartered accountant and animal lover C. Kunathasan, 54, said dogs are not “toys” that one buys for good feng shui. “People who don’t genuinely love dogs but just want the luck that dogs may bring should consider buying statues of dogs instead. “If the dog is neglected after the Chinese New Year, then it becomes animal abuse,” he said. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor branch chairman Christine Chin said she had mixed feelings about the rise in the number of dogs bought or adopted recently. “We are happy that there is so much attention on dogs this year, but we are also concerned that people may be buying dogs for the wrong reasons,” she said. “For instance, when the movie 101 Dalmatians came out several years ago, it created a huge demand for Dalmatians. “Two years later, we saw so many of those Dalmatians surrendered to the SPCA.” She urged pet shop operators to caution prospective buyers about the responsibilities that come with keeping a dog. Chin said the SPCA receives almost a thousand animals a month, with 80% of the animals brought in by their owners who did not want them any more. On people who want a dog just for luck, she warned: “Going along the same lines, if you buy a dog for luck and discard the dog later, you will be throwing away your luck, too.” Full Story

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The 2006 Formula One World Championship timetable

The 2006 Formula One World Championship timetable is as follows: (All times are local) Friday (*) 11:00 – 12:00 Practice Session 1 14:00 – 15:00 Practice Session 2 Saturday 11:00 – 12:00 Practice Session 3 (**) 14:00 Qualifying Session (***) Sunday 14:00 Race (****) (*) Friday Practice sessions at Monaco will take place on Thursday. (**) Except for Great Britain (9:30), Canada (10:00) and United States (10:00) (***) Except for Great Britain (12:30), Canada (13:00) and United States (13:00) (****) Except for Bahrain (14:30), Malaysia (15:00), Great Britain (12:00), Canada (13:00), United States (13:00) and Turkey (15:00)

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