Year of the Dog (Woof!)
A Dog is not just man’s best friend, they are FAMILY!
As we bid farewell to the Lunar New Year of the Rooster and hello to the Year of the Dog, what better way to usher in the New Year with heartwarming and endearing stories of our Cartus colleagues and their special family members! This year is especially dear to their hearts as it features the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030. The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig. People born in the Year of the Dog are said to be honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart and straightforward.
To celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog, Cartus colleagues in Asia proudly share details of their furry friends with us!
Jaclynn Ng- Assignment Management Consultant, Cartus, Singapore
As a child I always loved dogs. At school I bought a book on dog breeds, and on the cover was a Golden Retriever. At the time, I said to myself that I would love to have this beautiful dog one day as part of my life. Almost 20 years later, after moving to Singapore, my husband presented me with my dream dog for my birthday - a Golden Retriever puppy. We named her Misha and she lives with us in a tiny apartment along with our three cats. Living in an apartment with a large dog in Singapore requires us to coordinate our busy work lifestyles to ensure that Misha has plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. She ensures that we are physically active; taking her for daily walks, runs, fortnightly fun swims, weekly socializing and not forgetting monthly grooming! Many would think we are crazy to fit this many pets into our tiny home. But we make it work because we look at them as family. Nothing beats the feeling of walking into our apartment and being greeted with so much love at the door!
Louise Grace- Manager, Moving Services, Singapore
We adopted Angel from the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) about one and a half years ago after she faced neglect from her previous owners. It was heartbreaking to know that such a lovable dog was without any care or love. We chose the SPCA as they are advocates of promoting kindness to animals and give the public the opportunity to care and provide a home for abandoned pets. Angel has just turned nine and we were thrilled when she was featured as the face of the January 2017 SPCA Calendar! (Definitely a model this one!)
Angel goes everywhere with us as a family from sailing, soccer mascot, cafes, walking our girls to the school bus, and as she has the model potential, she gets into the spirit during holidays with fancy dress-ups! Currently Angel is on a diet and I have increased her
walking time which is also helping me clock some additional steps for the National Steps Challenge. We are very blessed in having Angel as part of our big family!
Nancy Zhang- Premier Executive, Cartus Singapore
It was “love at first sight” when I saw Billy! I was accompanying my friend to get some professional photos taken of her four-month-old golden retriever, when I saw a little snowball rolling himself down from the stairs. I fell in love with him immediately! He was four months old when I got him, and when he turned a year old, we relocated from Shenzhen to Singapore. Billy was a real trooper flying with Singapore Airlines and we were so impressed by the service the staff provided – it was heartening to know that they really took care of him throughout the four-and-a-half hour journey. Billy has a great temperament and is well-known in the neighborhood. Instead of my name, people often address me as “Billy’s mom” - he is indeed my family!
As we approach the Year of the Dog may you have “paws-itive(ly)” Blessed Lunar New Year filled with abundance and to everyone celebrating, Happy “Howlidays”!!
If you love dogs, read about some surprising benefits of having a dog from psychotherapist Amy Morin.