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Chilling by a beach restaurant

posted Aug 21, 2012, 8:20 AM by Cookie & Creme   [ updated Aug 25, 2012, 3:07 AM by Amber Chee ]
18 Aug 2012

It's been a long while since I last set foot in my favourite beach restaurant. After Vincent's membership expired, we have not patronized this place because it's quite expensive and they no longer serve water to humans and dogs. They are still pet-friendly though.

Since it's the long Hari Raya weekend and with the good company of Cookie, we thought of splurging a bit.

Immediately as we sat down, Cookie spotted a female Shih Tzu. Whenever Cookie sees her same kind, she'll become restless and give out this anxious panting sound.  

I had to pull her away by walking her on the beach.

Soon, we were able to distract Cookie with the food on our table. Sometimes she'd be good and sits down waiting for food. Sometimes she forgets about table manners and spontaneously jumps up and puts her front paws on the table, as if saying "I'm done waiting, I'm going to help myself!" 

A Japanese family later sat next to our table. The two girls were afraid of dogs. They cringed at the sight of Cookie. What their father did after that was a good example of how parents should teach their children who fear dogs.

The father said something in Japanese, moved himself closer to Cookie, and then patted Cookie's head.

Cookie, being a timid lady, backed off a little. It's Cookie's turn to be afraid, haha!

He progressed to longer strokes when Cookie was ok with him. His elder daughter was excited. She overcome her fear, got up from her chair, and went to pat Cookie. Giggles and laughter then filled the air.   

It was a heart-warming sight. With this, I resonate with Project JK's statement: "Teaching kids to respect and love animals is one of the greatest gifts you can give them".

Indeed, being able to experience unconditional love from a dog is one of the greatest gifts one can receive, rivaled only by a parent's love for his/her child.