Friday, October 31, 2008

AVA's Responsible Pet Ownership Roadshow 2008

Date: 7 - 9 November 2008
Venue: Singapore Expo, Hall 6B
Time: 11 am - 9 pm
Admission FREE!!!

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Make a date with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) at its Responsible Pet Ownership Roadshow from 7-9 Nov 08 at Hall 6B.

Expect a host of exciting activities such as dog obedience training demonstrations, pet care talks, games and quizzes. Visit the booths put up by the various animal welfare groups, seek expert advice on caring for your pets, and participate in games with our celebrity hosts. Children can learn more about pets through fun activities at the Kid's Corner. Attractive souvenirs are also up for grabs. So, come join us at this event for the family!

For more information and activity schedule, click HERE

Organizer : Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority
Contact Details : Tel : +65 6325 7625 Fax : +65 6223 5383
Website :
Click here for Full Schedule for the Event.

For Japanese Spitz Club Members who would like to attend, please email us so that we can gather all the Japanese Spitz together during the event.

Compliments from Serene

Friday, October 24, 2008

Singapore Kennel Club's 169th Championship Dog Show

Singapore Kennel Club's 169th Championship Dog Show

Date: 2nd November 2008 (Sunday)
Time: 9.00a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4B

Public - Admission by Ticket
  • $6/adult and $1/dog.
  • Free admission for children below 12 years old.

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The Singapore Kennel Club is organizing back-to-back Asia Kennel Union (AKU) Championship Dog Shows and the 169th SKC Championship Dog Show on 2 November 2008, Sunday, 9am – 6pm, at the Singapore Expo Hall 4B.

The AKU Championship Shows is a prestigious canine event held once a year and judged by Asian judges. It's the "beauty" part of the Show and dogs are judged on conformation, movement and temperament. Renowned judges from Japan, Australia and Malaysia will be adjudicating at the Championship Shows.

There’s something for every dog and dog owner!

Even if you do not have a pedigreed dog, the Companion Dog Section will have fascinating competitive events open to all dogs. E.g., Best Dressed Owner and Dog, Champion For A Day, Fastest Eater and Happiest Pooch. No matter whether your dogs are cross-breeds, mongrels, non-pedigree or purebred dogs, all can have a fun day and win prizes too!

The Obedience, Agility and Jumpers Trials will be judged by a New Zealand judge and features the dogs in action. It’s the "brains" part of the show. Watch them obey man’s commands and manoeuvre obstacles. There will be thrills and spills!

Being the final show for 2008, this show will determine the Annual titles - Dog of the Year, Obedience Dog of the Year and Agility Dog of the Year.

A good selection of trade stands will be present to show case and promote their merchandise. Good opportunity to pamper man’s best friends with treats, toys, apparel etc.

Judges of the Day:

Mr. Minoru Fujita (Japan)
Mr. Larry Yuen (Malaysia)
Ms. Lynne J. Lee (Australia)

Organizer : The Singapore Kennel Club
Contact Details : Tel : +65 6469 4821 Fax : +65 469 9118
Email :
Website :

Compliments from: Serene

Thursday, October 23, 2008

*~*Photo Album of your Pooches*~*

Dear Members,

Japanese Spitz Club Singapore had created photo albums especially for our members to share the wonderful pictures of the pooches other than just the profile pictures in our Members' Page.

You may view the pictures by clicking here. An icon specially for the photo albums will be updated soon. *Icon Updated*

To put pictures in the albums, please email us the pictures that you would like to share.

Thank you!

Friday, October 17, 2008

*~*Halloween Picture Sharing*~*

Halloween is around the corner. We would like to take this chance to have a fun event - Halloween Picture Sharing.

Shiro started up by posting his picture first using Blingee to do up the image as his Mummy is not with him, therefore cant dress him up. But if you can, dress up your spitz and send us the picture or you may bling your pooches up too. We will post up the picture and arrange for a poll to vote for the best picture.

Participant #1: xShirox
xShirox Halloween

Participant #2: Miru
Happy wuffeery

Participant #3: Georgi

Participant #4: Mashiro
Happy Halloween

Participant #5: Snowy
Snowy Halloween

Participant #6: Lele

Participant #7: Baobei

Thursday, October 16, 2008

*~*Hachiko the Akita*~*

Today Georgi's Ma shared this information with Shiro and as usual, Shiro's Ma was so touched watching the video and started crying again. And would like to share this story of Hachiko the Loyal Dog. Shiro's Ma would like to thank Serene for sharing. Definitely going to catch it once it's out.

Hachiko the Loyal Dog

10th November 1923 - 8th March 1935 Akita Inu born in the city of Odate, Akita Prefecture remembered for his loyalty to his master.

In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesamurō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. During his owner's life, Hachikō saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno didn't return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day. He died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting.

Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. After time, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return. And each day he didn't see his friend among the commuters at the station.

The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day. Realizing that Hachikō waited in vigil for his dead master, their hearts were touched. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.

This continued for 10 years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.

Here's a video extracted from the movie Hachiko Monogatari [1987].

In April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II. After the war, Hachikō was not forgotten. In 1948 The Society for Recreating the Hachikō Statue commissioned Takeshi Ando, son of the original artist who had since died, to make a second statue. The new statue, which was erected in August 1948, still stands and is an extremely popular meeting spot. The station entrance near this statue is named "Hachikō-guchi", meaning "The Hachikō Exit", and is one of Shibuya Station's five exits.

The Japan Times played a practical joke on readers by reporting that the bronze statue was stolen a little before 2AM on April 1, 2007, by "suspected metal thieves". The false story told a very detailed account of an elaborate theft by men wearing khaki workers' uniforms who secured the area with orange safety cones and obscured the theft with blue vinyl tarps. The "crime" was allegedly recorded on security cameras.

A similar statue stands in Hachikō's hometown, in front of Odate Station. In 2004, a new statue of Hachikō was erected on the original stone pedestal from Shibuya in front of the Akita Dog Museum in Odate.

Hachikō died on 8th March 1935 of, of filariasis (heartworm). His stuffed and mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.

They're remaking the movie renamed as Hachiko: The Dogs' Story starring Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer.
It is currently in post-production.

Here's a video of the making of Hachiko: The Dogs' Story

Akita is banned in Singapore as this breed is classified as dangerous which falls under the same category as Pit Bull. Shiba Inu looks like the smaller version of Akita Inu. Akita Inu is bred for hunting purposes, therefore their instinct for hunting is quite strong. They tends to be aggressive and dominant towards other dogs of the same gender and will show aggressive tendencies towards smaller animals. Maybe that's the reason that Singapore banned this breed. Akita Inu too fall under the Spitz category but of different characteristics.

Information extracted from
Wikipedia - Hachiko
Wikipedia - Akita Inu
Georgi's Ma

Saturday, October 11, 2008

*~*Happy 7th Woofday to Boy Boy*~*

Today is another JS's WoofDay!!!
Presenting our BOY BOY, little boy of Brenda's.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

~World Animal Day~

World Animal Day

Date: 5th October 2008
Time: 10.30 am - 6.00 pm
Venue: East Coast Park (Near MacDonald's)
Meeting Point for JS Owners: MacDonald's near Coffee Bean

World Animal Day is a day where animal lovers acknowledge and give thanks for the way in which animals enrich our lives. Also, we take a moment to think of all those animals that still need our help.

We are taking this chance to spread the messages of being kind to animals and being a responsible pet owner. These are very important issues because right now, we take in more than 800 unwanted animals (pets and strays) each month.

Highlights of the Day

  1. Star Appearance
  2. Stand up for Whale Sharks
  3. Exhibition
  4. Find an animal to adopt
  5. Games on stage
  6. Face-and-hand painting, animal balloons for children
  7. Pet-care advice corner
  8. Contest for Pooches
  9. Etc
Stage show times
12pm - Best Kept Pet Competition
12.30pm - Meet Utt (MTV VJ) who will be introducing three of our SPCA dogs currently up for adoption
1pm - A skit by Underground Theatre titled The Crow's Lament
2pm - Fastest Tail-wagging Competition
2.30pm - Come watch the amazing Kunalen perform magic right before your eyes! Be spellbound!

Credits from: SPCA

For Japanese Spitz Owner who are attending this event, pls do drop me an email.

Note: This is just to gather the Japanese Spitz Owners together but I would need somebody to help out in organizing the gathering at the venue as I won't be able to attend as I'm not in Singapore. Such a pity!

Welcome to our newly joint Members~

~A Warm Welcome to our Members~

I'm very happy to see Japanese Spitz owners popping by, and hope you will email me the details of yourself and your pet as stated in our first post.

Details of gathering will be posted up here and hope you will register with us in order to keep track of the no. of people and dogs attending.

We're considering of a gathering for Christmas 2008 which is still under consideration and hope that suggestion of places can be given so that we can vote for it. Would prefer a place whereby the dogs can roam around and have Fun for both the owners and pooches.

I would suggest the gathering to be 1 weekend before Xmas which will be on the 20th December or 21st December. Venue will be further discussed. Time will be mid day till evening or late.

Thank you for all your support and hope that we will see more Japanese Spitz Owners join us.