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Feet on four, greet at door; Squeak for more, feather galore!

What’s in the issue: - Pets for all - Toys for dogs and cats - Pet grooming academy in SS15 - Horse racing as a sport EDITORIAL Editor-in-chief: Venetia Ho Managing Editor: Joey Tham WRITERS: Alexandra T., Anis, I-May, Jay Tan, JowyT., Onigiri QS, Yogavaraj Banu, Zhen Wei DESIGN Creative Director: Prasad Pekchan Layout Artists: Archon, Hiwatari Rika, Kato Minoru OPERATIONS: Lee Kit Wai, Venetia Ho EMAIL: editorial.icsj@gmail.com WEBSITE: edboard-icsj.blogspot.com


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Did You Know...

Editor’s Note Welcome to the April & May edition of the newsletter!

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet!

A cow can climb up the stairs, but cannot climb down. This is because her knees cannot bend properly.

This issue, we’ll be doing a cover on “Pets”. Few of the things we’ll be offering include a special topic, “Cow as a Pet” under Random Musings. We have secured a special interview with Dr. Chan and a good look on the last Council Camp held by INTIMA. Also, for those wanting to get a pet, we talk about what pets are suitable for you in our Feature. We also have two special recent cases under Bizarre News. Under Career, we talk about the qualifications to be a Veterinarian and in Something New, we take a look at Doggy Doge - Pet Grooming and Training Academy. We’re also doing a special review on pet toys for dogs and cats in our Review section for those of you who would like to get the right toy for your pooch and feline. Lastly, we’ll be getting an insight on horse riding in Sports. We hope you enjoy our special newsletter on Pets. Thank you! Managing Editor, Joey Tham

A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.

The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby’!

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The weirdest cat on record was a female called Mincho who went up a tree in Argentina and didn’t come down again until she died six years later. While treed, she managed to have three kittens with equally ambitious dads.

Cat urine glows under a black-light!


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Cow, As A New Pet?

Cow, is a fascinating creature by nature. Scientifically, cow is categorized under Bovine, and believe it or not, a species under the genus of Bos. Collectively, cow’s scientific name is Bos primigenius. Having “boss” and “genius” in your name is really cool for starters, having THAT big creature as your pet is going to be way cooler. Unless, you are staying in an apartment or condominium. Usually, cows are only domestically owned. They are wanted for their meat, milk, even dung, can you believe that? What I am trying to imply here is that we human rear them for our domestically needs, not for pure-company. I have always wondered how it feels to have a cow as a pet.

As you can see, cows, make really nice pets. They are gentle, useful, harmonious and give free milk occasionally. Clearly, nothing is better than free dairy, unless you are lactose intolerant. I tell you, cow as a new pet is a grand idea. But realistically, for those who consider having cows as pet should really think about the care and environment they can provide to the cows. A small living capacity like those crampy apartments is a total no-no when it comes to having a cow as a pet. If you happen to live in a condo and want a pet, get yourself a cat instead, or an iguana, they would not take up much space. For now, I am signing off, good luck with your pets people.

Usefulness aside, they are pretty cute. I am serious. They have these pretty little horns, and they moo. I tell you, the sound of “moo” is contagious. Hearing a cow moo can be surprisingly relaxing. Ever imagined days of vacation on a country farm? Skip that thought and buy yourself a cow, your holiday starts at home! Besides the “sound effects” that one cow can provide, their warmth can also be quite useful. If you are a dog person, and NOT allergic to furs, I suggest you to start cuddling a cow. I mean, have you ever tried that? Man, it is comfortable and really soothing.

APR & MAY 2011


Interview

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Dr. Chan Who

& by Yogavaraj

Yoga interviews INTI International College Subang’s very own lecturer, Dr. Chan Kah Yein who is also the founder-coordinator of AnimalCare, a charity fund for stray animals.

Hi, Ma’am! Can you please introduce yourself to our I2 Readers?

May I know the number of targeted strays for your first year?

Hi there! I’m Chan Kah Yein and I teach Mathematics at INTI International College Subang.

In our first year, my target was only to help 10 animals since we were so new but in the end we managed to help about 660 animals in our first year itself! This was realized through my blog and the support of the Buddhist community in the Klang Valley. I get a lot of support from the blog that I created for AnimalCare: www.myanimalcare.org

Could you tell us about educational background? I did my secondary education in Kuala Kangsar and my Form 5 and 6 in Ipoh. I completed my first degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang. Then, I obtained my Masters and PhD from Deakin University which I did part-time while teaching at Inti.

We know that you have a special interest in animals. So, may I know how it first started? I grew up with a lot of animals. I started Animal Care, which is a charity fund to help in the medical needs of animals, because of the Pulau Ketam tragedy which happened in May 2009. What happened was that stray dogs bred uncontrollably in Pulau Ketam and the people did not know what to do. So, they started dumping them in some nearby islands and the dogs eventually died of starvation. The dogs tried to swim back to the island but sadly, many drowned. What happened in Pulau Ketam can take place anywhere if the stray animal population is not kept under control. The best way to help these stray animals is to get them spayed and neutered so that they don’t breed anymore. It is more compassionate as you are not killing them. What our government does is they capture the stray animals upon receiving complaints and then place the animals in a pound. After one week, they will put those animals to sleep. I always believe that killing is not the answer to solve problems whether it is an animal or a human being. So, I felt the need to get these stray animals neutered and rehomed. I started this fund to help rescuers who feed and look after stray animals. Many of them do not have the financial means to pay for the cost of neutering their animals as well as the required medical treatment. The fund addresses this need.

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Can we know the operational flow of the organization? It is not an “organization” per se. This is a one-woman show. It’s just me alone. But whenever I need help, I will blog it and volunteers will come forward to help. I coined the ‘CNRM’ process. CNRM stands for Care, Neuter, Rehome/Return and Manage. First, start by caring for the animals, ie. feeding them. Then take them to the vet to be neutered. After that, try to rehome them to somebody who wants to adopt the animal but if we can’t find a home for them, we return them to where we found them. That’s not all, we continue managing their welfare by feeding or taking them to the vet whenever they fall sick.


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How is the support from your family?

How do you feel when you spot and save these animals?

My family is supportive. They are fine as long I don’t bring back too many animals to the house! Presently I have one dog and six rescued cats. The rest have been adopted.

Sometimes I get emotionally attached with the animals I rescue. There was a time when I saved two young kittens, I held them to my heart for 24 hours because they were very young and needed the warmth. I still remember rushing to the veterinary clinic at 3a.m. because they were really weak. After many weeks, the kittens finally showed signs of recovery. There have been so many other cases. It feels good when you are able to serve.

How about the support from the government and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? Occasionally we work together with other NGOs but primarily, I’m a one-woman show. YB Hannah Yeoh, the ADUN of Subang Jaya, is very supportive of what I do. My biggest support comes from the Buddhist community and readers of my blog.

Are there any criteria for students or anyone to volunteer for AnimalCare? No, there are no specific criteria as long as you love animals and you genuinely want to help.

Last but not least, what is your message to our I2 readers? If you have the passion to do something that will benefit others, just do it. Don’t wait.

How about the awareness in the society? I’ve managed to spread the awareness through my blog. I have written five books so far and three of them are about my rescue work. The books are distributed worldwide and it is published free, thanks to the support of friends and well-wishers. So far 36,000 copies have been distributed locally and internationally. I have also converted every book into an e-book so that it can be downloaded free from the internet at the following link: www.tiny.cc/paws. Isn’t the work tiring? What keeps you moving? It’s not tiring if it’s something you like to do and it benefits the community. The passion to help and serve the animals and the community gives me energy and this is the factor that drives me.

We would like to thank Dr. Chan Kah Yein for spending some time with us to share her opinions and thoughts in this interview. If you would like to know more about Animal Care or share your views with Dr. Chan, visit her blog at http://www.myanimalcare.org/. APR & MAY 2011


Events

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“Going Green” Events by

The CAE recently had a Green Technology Forum and Exhibition, as well as a talk related to Going Green on the first week of March. The Green Technology Forum and Exhibition 2011 was held on the 2nd of March 2011. The exhibition was held at the concourse, North block, while the forum at the multi-purpose hall (MPH) from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We even had a mascot, made out of cardboard only.

During the exhibition, each exhibitor will have a few minutes on stage, promoting what the company is doing or selling for the sake of being environmentally friendly. Big companies that participated are Dulux, Ricoh, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Amway, Rinnai, Electrolux, and many more. They showcased products that are tied in together with their idea of going green, such as Ricoh producing a chair made out of recycled printer cartridges. Dulux gave about two talks, at least an hour for each.

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At 2.00pm, there was to be a forum located at the MPH. The speakers were: Dr. Kevin Petrosky from Northwood University, the U.S.A, Mr. Alwin Long from Johnson Control Sdn. Bhd. , and Mr. Gurmit Singh K.S., an non-governmental organization that is a strong advocate of going green. The moderator was Madam Sharifah from School of Business (SOBIZ). The forum was basically about how going green would affect the economic sector, the political sector, the education sector, and, how future generations would be affected. During the forum, students were allowed to voice out their questions and get answers in the forum. The audience had a few laughs from Mr. Gurmit Singh for he cracked a few funny comments on certain topics.

The next day, at 2.00pm, there was a talk given by Dr. Kevin Petrosky entitled “350.450.2125: What Do the Numbers Mean?”. The numbers made people curious, acting as an attraction getter. Dr. Kevin Petrosky has been under the care of Ms. Janitha, a CAE lecturer who teaches Economics. He explained that the numbers have a meaning: 350 is the amount of carbon dioxide gas, in parts per million (ppm), in year 1970, that will cause the drop of 2oC in temperature, 450 is the amount of carbon dioxide gas, in ppm, that is the tipping point, that causes a rise of 4oC to 6oC in temperature, and 2125 is the predicted year of our grandchild’s life span. Currently, our level of carbon dioxide gas, in ppm, is at 399. The entire week was filled with information and attention towards going green. It is no wonder why going green is becoming such a major trend throughout the world. Even INTI International College Subang has organized events to create awareness among the students. So let us all pitch in to going green.

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Council Camp

by Yogavaraj

The Council Camp is back! Council Camp is an annual camp organized by INTIMA Council to foster the bonds among the Council members and club leaders. This year, it was held at Awana Genting Highlands from 25th till 27th of February. More than 40 participants (presidents and vice presidents from every club and society) from INTI International College Subang as well as INTIMA committee members participated in the camp. The journey for the camp began with registration of participants at the campus itself. The bus left Inti at 12.30pm. It was a sunny Friday afternoon yet surprisingly, many were taking nap in the bus! Perhaps they were charging up and getting hyped for the camp as it was a two-hour journey after all. Upon arrival at Awana, we were separated into six random groups. After checking into our respective suites, we engaged into the first ice-breaking game of the day - ‘Poison parcel’. We had to pass around the parcel while music was being played and the person who got the parcel when the music stopped would have to peel off a layer to reveal either a prize or a dare. Then we proceeded to another game where we had to surround the person whose characteristics were voiced out. After having fun chasing one another, we then went back to our suites and refreshed ourselves. Dinner was served with beverage sponsored by Revive at 8p.m. by ‘INTIMA room service’ (thank you!). It was then followed by a brainstorming session for every single group to think of their name, motto and cheer. The clock struck at 12a.m. and lights were off (not for some groups which had worked so hard on their theme and performance, bravo!). On day two, some of them woke up early and strolled around the area while some even jogged in the mist. After a light breakfast, participants were mingling around. Then, we went through a short bus ride to the cable car station before heading to the Genting theme park. The journey of 15 minutes

was not wasted as each team must snap a crazy photo in the cable car itself. At the top, we had a very amusing time finding our way in the treasure hunt. The game ended at 3p.m. and every team had their late lunch in the theme park. We got to enjoy the breathtaking view once more during the cable car ride on the way back. At the evening, all groups gathered at the open field outside our suites to reveal group cheer or performance. Some sung, while others performed sketches. It was followed by the long- awaited barbeque session! What is a Genting trip without ghost stories? So, Mr. Bryan from Student Service Department shared some creepy yet funny encounters with other entities, in the dark (literally). Then, it was bedtime but not for the occupants of second suite- they indulged themselves in the game of ‘Mafia’ till 4a.m.! Sunday, the last day of the camp, each of us received free goodies by sponsors and a small piece of red paper for words of appreciation. After having breakfast and packing up, we then evacuated our suites and waited for the bus at lobby. To spend time wisely, we took group photos in front of the lobby. The bus showed up at 12.15p.m. and it was time to bid Genting farewell. We reached Inti Subang at 2p.m.. After our final bus ride together, we reached Inti Subang at 2p.m.. Although tired and exhausted, we still think that the camp was awesome, thanks to 35th INTIMA!

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Pets for All by JowyT Ever wanted a cool superhero dog sidekick or a mysterious scheming villain cat? Or maybe even a fitness trainer of a hamster? Either way, we have all come to love domesticated animals of all sorts. But what comes as a suitable pet for different individuals should also be taken note of. Having a pet requires dedication, commitment and love. Not to worry if you happen to have a busy schedule, different pets are suitable for people with different lifestyles that they can adapt to.

Dogs and cats are popular choices for pets. However, much is to consider before getting one. If you happen to be a sporty athlete or an exercise freak, it would be nice to go for a daily jog and walk with a dog. Dogs are very loving companions for those who want a loyal friend and confidant. They can be taught tricks and are very willing to learn. With extra effort, they can even join international competitions! As caring friends, although not knowing of words, they understand the tone of their masters’ voices and give comfort. Cats on the other hand, are adorable attention-seeking creatures. The feeling of a furry friend curling up beside you with their adorable antics and playful demeanor is as rewarding for any pet owners. Cats have better hygiene too as they learn to use the sandbox and do not require baths as often as dogs do.

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If you think keeping a cat or a dog is too much work and still intend to get a pet, why not get a small animal as one? Some fish or turtles could serve as an amusement and do not require as much effort. A change of water every few days and daily feeding is all that they need.

If you prefer furry over “slick and wet�, hamsters are the commonest and most popular choice. They are cute and fun little pets to have and can keep you entertained to no end. They also bond quite well with their owners and are similarly easy to take care of. Hamsters are nocturnal and perfect for people with a busy afternoon schedules and inexpensive to care for. Guinea pigs are similar-looking to hamsters and are as popular as pets. Although they are bigger than hamsters, they are also friendlier and more approachable. However, they are not nocturnal like hamsters and will need more attention. Hamsters and guinea pigs are also very portable animals that you can take around with you in small travel cages if you happen to travel more often. Another alternative would be gerbils. They look similar to hamsters, but have big kangaroo-like feet! These creatures will hop around a lot so space allocated for them must also be considered. But otherwise, they are very friendly, sociable and considerably easy to take care of. Gerbils are desert animals and will require very little liquid to go by. They do not smell as much either and will only require cage cleaning on a weekly basis.


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9 Chinchillas can also be considered if you are looking for a friendly rodent friend. They are plump little creatures that will melt your heart as you set eyes on them! They can also be trained to do tricks and are very smart little creatures. They have a long lifespan but a higher degree of need to be cared for. For those who prefer cute and timid creatures, it is wise to consider rabbits as well. Rabbits are preferred pets for those who dislike brash and rough animals. They are also quite tame and bond well with their owners. Rabbits are also more flexible and can be kept both indoors and outdoors.

If you admire birds, you could also get a parrot or smaller breed of birds such as lovebirds and canaries. Birds make good pets as they are pretty easy to take care of and are similarly easy to train. They are also quite inexpensive to feed and can be kept in smaller spaces. Thus, it would be easier to own if you happen to live in a condominium or an apartment. Perhaps you have seen people carrying pets on their shoulders everywhere they go? Iguanas are cool reptiles to own and can be carried around on your shoulders while they are still young. They also have a long lifespan. Unfortunately, iguanas are not easy to take care of and will need a more experienced pet owner. But if you happen to be an exotic pet lover, put in some dedication and you will definitely succeed. Don’t like scaly lizards? Why not try sugar gliders? Sugar gliders are marsupials and like kangaroos, carry their babies in their pouches. Also known for their big round eyes, sugar gliders are adorable pets to have. They also recognize their owners and can be carried around easily in pouches. However, care must be taken as well when owning small reptiles and animals.

So why not pick a pet today if you do not have one? A visit to the local pound and adoption centers would be a good place to start looking for a pet. But bear in mind that a pet needs love and care. So choose wisely! And good luck!

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Bizarre News

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“Even the great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami can’t stop these dogs.”

Towa (Left), a two-year-old Sheltie, and Melody (Right), a one-year-old Golden Retriever.

I am certain that most of us know of the recent Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami which occurred on Friday, 11th of March 2011 (more commonly known as the Japan 2011 earthquake and tsunami), which involved the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked the very foundations of Japan, followed by the enormous tsunami waves towering up to the height of a 7-story building. At least 10,000 people were killed and half-a-million people left homeless after the massive waves hit the northern coast of Japan. Many lives were lost and many properties were destroyed. However, be it a miracle of nature or just street smarts, these dogs managed to beat the odds. Let us begin with the story of Towa, a two-year-old Sheltie, and Melody, a oneyear-old Golden Retriever, both owned by Masaki Kikuchi of Arahama, Miyagi Prefecture. After the massive earthquake struck Japan and the tsunami warnings sounded shortly afterwards, Mr. Kikuchi rushed to grab his sleeping 12-year-old daughter from her bedroom, fleeing the scene to escape the oncoming waves. As he escaped the gushing waters, he left behind Towa and Melody, both of whom were tied to a small shed in the backyard.

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Meanwhile, Kaya Kikuchi, Mr. Kikuchi’s 20-year-old daughter, was riding on a bus home when the earthquake struck and a power line fell in front of the bus. She rushed to her cousin’s house which happened to be nearby. In an attempt to save her dogs, she asked her cousin to drive her home, but was stopped within a half-mile of her destination by the police, whom would not let her go any farther because of the oncoming tsunami. Ms. Kikuchi was crushed by the thought of her dogs perishing in the disaster. However, Towa and Melody had other ideas. They managed to break free of the ropes holding them and ran up the outdoor stairs to the second floor of the house. Two days later, when Mr. Kikuchi ventured out to his house to check the scene of the disaster. To his surprise and relief, he could hear the barking of the two dogs. “I was happy to see them because I felt badly about leaving them behind,” Mr. Kikuchi exclaimed. He gave them food, water and brought them inside after cleaning them up. Ms. Kikuchi was later re-united with her two beloved dogs, too. “When my father told me they were alive, I was so excited,” she said. “It’s been so stressful. It’s so good to see them.”

Moving on, we have the story of the brown and white coloured spaniel-cross dogs, showing us what true loyalty and devotion is. A video gone viral shows a brown dog barking at reporters in an attempt to protect his friend, a white dog. Even after surviving a natural disaster, the dog shows no fear as he guarded his friend with his life. As the brown dog returned to the side of his friend, reporters focused on the scene, noticing the white dog lying beside some rubble. Believed to be dead at first, the reporters kept the camera rolling as the white dog began to show some signs of life. Although injured, the dog had survived the disaster. The two dogs had since been rescued. These two stories certainly have inspired a lot of people, be it the victims or the onlookers, to continue believing in hope, that miracles are possible even in the darkest of times.

Miracle: The weaker dog begins to stir and his friend puts a comforting paw around him.

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A Rewarding Job for Pet and Animal Lovers

by Anis

When we were little we were often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. And there is always at least one person who will say, “a doctor”. But what about being a veterinarian? A doctor for animals? Even though it is not as common for students to consider a career as a veterinarian compared to a general practitioner, it is becoming one of the highest sought-after jobs in the world. With more and more households having pets today, there are always lovable pets to tend to.

To become a veterinarian, one must first obtain a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a license to practice. Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine must graduate with either a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree from North America; the equivalent degree for veterinarians who graduate in the U.K. or other commonwealth country is a Bachelor of Veterinary Science/ Surgery/ Medicine (BVS, BVSc, BVetMed or BVMS) degree.

As a result, only about one in three applicants were accepted into veterinary school in 2005. In the United States, the average veterinary medicine student admitted into 28 veterinary schools, has an undergraduate GPA of 3.5. What does a vet do all day, you may ask? In addition to consultation, there are tests to do, treatments to give, surgeries to be performed and then there is the cleaning up and ringing the pets’ owners to let them know how their loved ones are getting on. While being a vet can get you a huge paycheck, with average salary ranging from $20 000 to $50 000 according to American Veterinary Medical Association, this job requires a lot of emotional strength. Yes, you get to cuddle with a lot of adorable kittens and puppies, but you also have to see a lot of sick animals and that can be heartbreaking. But the rewards of seeing animals get better, up and running, the smiles from the pets’ owners, the gratefulness in their eyes? Priceless.

The competition for admission into veterinary school is stiff, with the number of qualified applicants admitted varying from year to year. This is largely due to the fact that the number of accredited veterinary colleges has remained largely the same since 1983, but the number of applicants has risen radically.

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Something New

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Groomed to Perfection

by I-May

A place to groom your pamper and groom your pets would definitely be Doggy Doge. What is Doggy Doge? Well, Doggy Doge is a grooming and training academy for dogs that recently opened on 7th of March. It opens every Tuesday to Sunday, 10a.m. to 8p.m.. Its sole owner, Mr. William Loke from Ipoh is a graduated groomer from Taiwan 3 years ago. All the ideas and concepts are by William. Reasons as to why he started in such an industry? Well, William says that pet grooming is a growing industry in Malaysia. Grooming means to beautifying and taking care. The types of grooming service for all breeds of dogs offered are: 1. Basic grooming consisting of nail trimming, bathing, brushing of fur and ear and anal cleaning that will usually take one hour or more. 2. Full grooming which is made up of basic grooming and also overall fur trimming. This type of grooming service usually takes up to three hours! Therefore, reservations have to be made in advance. Service rates differ and are based on the type of breed of dog. Factors like size and the length of the fur of the dog are also taken into consideration. The average price for a basic grooming would be around RM40 while for full grooming the price is usually RM80. Doggy Doge also provides training courses for dog grooming. There are two types of courses. The first is a full- time

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course that is for 6 months and is on Tuesday to Friday. The second is a part- time course on Saturdays and Sundays for a year. Each course costs RM 9000. Doggy Doge plans to provide more courses and even night classes in future. Currently, the trainers are William and his wife, who is a certified trainer that graduated from Japan, and another dog trainer from the United States. The course syllabus comprises of the basic grooming technique, a talk by the veterinarian and business course for opening and running a pet shop. The target group for their potential students taking up the course ranges from students to home makers with the basic requisite of loving dogs. So far, the grooming shop has received pretty good response from the public. There are even students from the East Malaysia (yes, both Sabah and Sarawak!). Doggy Doge has publicized itself with flyers within the Subang area, advertisement in pet magazines, promotion in the upcoming education fair and also in Facebook: Doggy Doge Grooming & Training Academy. You can find Doggy Doge at: 92 GF, Jalan SS15/4, 47500 Subang Jaya. (Nearby Taylor’s Pre-U School)


INTI Experience

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Pongalo Pongal

by Yongming

Most of my friends and family were in disbelief mode when I announced to them I was taking a challenge in being the Head Organizing Chairperson of the Pongal Charity Festival last February. Why were they startled? Simply because I am a true Chinese organizing a true Indian Festival.

material abundance. This is why when cooking the sweet rice, the Tamils have to make sure their milk overflows the pot. My string of overflowing problems continued as I progressed in organizing this event. From having a drama regarding the proposed date of the event to the low funds that suppressed us from advancing and to inviting Dennis Yin, the second runner-up of So You Think You Can Dance Malaysia Season 1 to perform.

Being part of the pioneer committee of the Pre-University Club, it is only my share of duty to bring something new to INTI International College’s student-body, and the traditional Indian Festival, Thai Pongal, came at the right time at the right moment. Although my past experience in organizing events were not in a herculean pile but I think it is fair to say, even if I say so myself, that I do have a decent amount of organizing experiences for a 19-year old college boy.

Fortunately, thanks to the Pongal Committee specially selected by the Assisting Organizing Chairperson, Jocelyn, we tackled every roadblocks and I am proud to say, WE DID IT! The outcome proves worthy as well and we decided to spend the RM200 profit to Japan Relief Fund. I would be lying if I said I did not have fun in it as the reason I organize this event in the first place is because of the challenges that come with it. I would also like to express in my INTI Experience that is okay to be Chinese and still do other races’ tradition and vice versa as that is what One Malaysia is all about.

Despite my accomplishment back in the high school days, managing this event that is so far out of my previous organizing standard proves a challenge worth accepting. My first bump was my minimal knowledge on the event itself. Based on the information I gathered, Thai Pongal is the Indian’s version of Harvest Festival where the Indians cooked sweet rice as saying thanks to the Sun God and farmstead livestock for bringing material abundance into their home. Pongal is ‘boiling over’ in Tamil which symbolizes

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Pet Toys

Review

by JowyT

Being loving pet owners, we want the best for our pets. This issue, we’ll look at toys for your pets and what toys to get them. Dogs Dogs are popular pets of today and various toys have been created for different reasons. The first thing you would have to consider before getting a toy for your pooch would be the size. You do not want to get an oversized toy for a smaller breed and neither do you want a tiny toy with the risk of your dog swallowing and choking on it. The product itself should also be safe and easy to clean. After that, you will want to move on to the type of toy you would like to get. For busy owners, it is suggested to get a toy that produces noise. Noisemakers can stimulate the senses of your dog and create fun interactive play. Colorful squeaky fun your dog will have a ball with!

Your dog will need a good chew toy to sooth its chewing tendency. There are toys made out of cloth and rubber. Chew toys made out of cloth are good distractions for dogs who like to chew on household furniture or have destructive behavior. However, they do not last long and can be difficult to wash. Cute, cuddly toys are a favorite!

Hard rubber chew toys are good for hearty chewers and can last longer but can get boring after a while.

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wobbly. An enjoyable rubber bone that acts as a toothbrush too!

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is important. One way to do that is to make your dog work for its food. Toy manufacturers then came up with treat toys where owners can insert treats or food into the toy and let the dogs retrieve it. Who says you can’t have fun while eating?

Interaction among owners and dogs are important. Toys like Frisbees and balls are good ways to interact and have fun with your dog. It does not hurt to get a variety of toys to try out and see which suits your dog best. But most importantly, safety and quality should always be looked at before getting a particular toy. Cats Next to dogs, cats are also a very common addition to the family and are known for their playful demeanor. They have a hidden inquisitive nature and are very loving. But the downside of owning one of these wonderful creatures is the destruction of your household furniture. One thing to consider is where to put their claws on instead. Scratching posts are the most fundamental of cat toys. Felines need to remove nail sheaths and one way to do it is to scratch. It is also important to ensure that the post is sturdy and not

Put the scratching post next to your furniture with added catnip* to distract your feline from clawing that sofa!

An upcoming popular toy is a “loofa toy” made out of plant fibers that is perfect for chewing-prone kitties. It cleans your cat’s teeth and is light enough to be carried around easily. It also comes in cute and colorful designs!

Squeak!

Cats get amused by the smallest of things such as light and pretty much anything that floats. Laser pointers can be makeshift toys that are easy to operate (and no picking up required) as well as interactive. Other household objects can also be easily made into a cat toy. Just need a little creativity. Pen for your use, and the laser tip for your kitty!

Change your pets’ toys every few days to keep things “fresh” and new. Also be sure to check the reputation and the condition of the toy before buying one.


Sports

15

Horse Racing

by Alexandra T.

The horse is a subspecies of the family Equidae. It is also commonly known as a member of the huge family that comprises horses and related animals, including the currently extant horses, donkeys, and zebras, and other similar species. In the past, horses were used in a variety of work-related fields such as law enforcement patrolling, agriculture, entertainment, and therapy. Horses were used for they were practical animals in different terrains and the only mode of transportation allowed in wilderness areas. Today, some horses are trained for competition purposes, in a more specific example- horse racing. However there are other horse related sports including such as dressage, endurance riding, eventing, reining, show jumping, tent pegging, vaulting, polo and rodeo. Under horse racing, there are three sub-categories, namely: flat racing, steeplechasing and harness racing. Flat racing is a form of race held in an ovallike track with a pre-determined distance, testing the speed, stamina and skill of the jockey; steeplechase involves jumping fences and ditches while avoiding obstacles. Harness racing is developed from ancient chariot racing and two-wheeled carts called sulkies are pulled by the horses during the race.

During the early British colonial era, horse racing was introduced to Malaya and remains until today as a gaming activity. There are three race courses in Malaysia: 1. Penang Turf Club 2. Perak Turf Club 3. Selangor Turf Club In Malaysia, horse racing is a legal form of gambling in the Turf Club along with betting (only available in the Turf Club) to all non-Muslims. All activities on the race track are conducted and governed under the Rules of the Malayan Racing Association while gambling booths are operated and organized by Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd. Updates on dates and tips can be found on: http://www.winner21.com http://www.turfonline.com More information can also be found on: http://www.penangturfclub.com

Horse racing has been practiced over decades and watched in every continent in the world. Historically, equestrian sports were a form of entertainment for crowds and were tests of horsemanship that would lead in battle. Today, horse riding is directly related to gambling and entertainment. In all forms of horse racing, specialized and demanding skills are required by both rider and horse.

APR & MAY 2011


Happening: Campus Events

Grand Finale Date: 22 April 2011 (Friday) Time: 6.30p.m. - 10.30p.m. Visit our booth at lift lobby or call Jay at 016-2090068 for tickets!

Participation: RM 80 per group (3 - 8 persons) Audition: 25/5/2011 (Wednesday), 11a.m. - 4p.m., IICS Final Showdown: 17/6/2011 (Friday), 7p.m. - 11p.m., IICS Prizes up to RM2000 for the winners Contact Lee Yuen Shyan at 016-6622293 for more information.

The Bowling Club is a platform for students to experience, enjoy the sport of bowling. Along with the coaching provided, the bowling club aims to improve the bowling techniques and skills of our members. To join, please contact Jian Liang @ 012-9207622 or Chung Zhun @ 012-9629267.


INTI Insider Apr-May 2011