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One of the more memorable countries Bella and I have visited is Malaysia. I’ve got several relatives living there. They were kind enough to put us up for a couple months back in 2016. Malaysia’s population is more than 60% muslim, which means it’s generally not dog friendly and getting a drink is expensive (my solution is this online whisky store in KL).
While we were there, we did manage to find a few dog-friendly havens. Because of the general unfriendliness towards dogs, these havens attracted a large population of canine enthusiasts and families. These places hosted dog events, and in general a broad range of breeds. If you’re ever in Malaysia, I highly recommend going here:
- Central Park, Bandar Utama
The Central Park in Bandar Utama is probably one of the most well known pet-friendly parks in Malaysia. You can easily catch other pet owners with their dogs walking and strolling around. You can even join in by signing up in the dog obedience training sessions every weekend by the Canine Sportzclub.
Location: Dataran Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
- Desa Park City, Kepong
Another favorite among pet owners is the Desa Park City Waterfront. You can take your furry companions here to bask in the glory of weekends. What is more, you can even hang out in nearby pet-friendly cafes and restaurants surrounding the park. You won’t definitely miss any opportunity to spend with your beloved canine.
Location: Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Pets Pavilion, Setia Eco-Park, Shah Alam
As the name says, this park is truly every pets pavilion to enjoy a number of activities with other furry friends. Pets Pavilion is equipped with a number of facilities that are completely designed for pets—from obstacle run and play pond, to bathing area, and more interesting and fun features.
Location: Setia Eco-park, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
- Taman Tasik Cyberjaya, Cyberjaya
If you want a more serene and relaxing place to comfortably enjoy with your pets, then the Taman Tasik Cyberjaya is the perfect place. So keep them on a leash and enjoy quiet walks in the park together.
Location: Persiaran Bestari, Off Persiaran Semarak Api, 63000, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
- Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya
Unlike the rest above, the Bukit Gasing is not a park. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your dog their and enjoy the fresh air. Just make sure to keep them on a leash so as not to disturb others.
Location: Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
- Casa Permai Central Park, Tanjung Bungah, Penang
If you are living in Penang, then take your dogs out and visit the Casa Permai Central Park. Make sure not to forget to keep a close eye on them. And also, take with you a poop bag just in case. This is to keep the pet-friendly places even more favorable around Malaysia.
Location: Lorong Lembah Permai 1, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Japanese Garden, Penang Botanical Gardens, Penang
Sharing the beautiful scenery in a relaxing place with your dogs is now possible here at Japanese Garden. Walk through the trails and take in the breathtaking view. But take note that dogs are only allowed in Japanese Garden and Moon Gate.
Location: 673A, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
- Lebuhraya Rose Park, Georgetown, Penang
Take a stroll with your canine pals at Lebuhraya Rose Park, otherwise known as Rose Avenue. And since this is a residential area, always make sure to keep a close eye on your dogs.
Location: Lebuhraya Rose, 10350 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Choosing the kind of food you feed your dog or anyone for that matter, is a very important choice to make. A healthy diet determines how long you live. It may sound difficult to be completely healthy, but to be healthy in some ways is better than nothing at all. The goal here now is to encourage all of you to create your own meals for your dogs.
Before Bella, I had Sparky. He lived to the ripe old age of 16. These are some of the ways I took care of his health:
- Ignore the marketing and advertisement, check the label.
These advertisements should not be used as a basis to choose your food. The most important thing to consider is the ingredients on the product label. Research on these ingredients to check what suits your dog best!
2. Avoid processed and shelf-stable products.
These type of food usually have preservatives which make them last longer. It is best to eat foods that are fresh and newly made. Canned goods, biscuits and other processed food make our lives convenient and it is understandable to eat these when we are in a rush. However, we should not include these foods in our diet if there is no need to.
3. Consume fresh whole foods
Fruits and vegetables are the best whole foods for their health reasons. They provide nutrients which help in digestion and will have a distinct effect on the over-all health.
4. Add different ingredients rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidants to the diet.
Try to avoid diseases by eating anti-inflammatory food. There are many ways to get inflammation such as eating processes food which is what we should avoid. Inflammation also causes premature aging. To combat these, whole foods are the best for the diet.
5. Avoid cooking meat.
Cooking meat in high temperatures removes its nutrients. When the meat is heated, it releases chemicals which are harmful and can cause cancer. When serving meat, it is better to serve it raw.
6. It is best to use organic fruits and vegetables.
The common fruits and vegetables today are genetically modified which means we do not know what nutrients exactly they bring. It is better to serve organic to ensure the best quality and nutrients for a healthy life.
7. Wash non-organic products in apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar should be used to wash off the pesticides of the fruits and vegetables since we do not want to put them into our dog’s system. Soak the products in 1/5 apple cider and 4/5 water for a minute and rinse.
8. Avoid gluten.
Dry pet foods contain gluten. Gluten is to be avoided since they can strain the liver and kidneys.
9. Use organic green lentils instead of rice.
Dogs don’t need grains to be healthy. Lentils are a good substitute since they have the greatest amount of protein and are rich in iron and magnesium. They also help boost the immune system.
10. Use raw coconut oil as a source of fat.
Raw coconut oil is rich in healthy saturated fat which goes directly to the liver to create energy which is beneficial for the dogs.
11. Provide a sufficient amount of food and limit treats.
Provide an amount of food that is needed for your dog. If he needs to gain weight, provide more and less if otherwise.
12. Give attention to teeth and gum health.
Just like people, dogs also need to have healthy teeth and gums. Use raw coconut oil as toothpaste because it has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. This also helps dogs with bad breath problems.
13. Choose your water.
Water is the most important in anyone’s health. It is important to know where the water is from to see the elements in it. It is best to use alkaline water. A substitue to alkaline water which is cost-effective is Willard water. Just add a few drops of this to your water and it creates alkaline water.
14. Wash your bowls using vinegar.
Vinegar is a chemical free substitute for soaps since soaps have different chemicals which may harm the dog incase they are not washed and rinsed really well.
15. Take charge.
Since you know your dog best, take charge and make decisions that will be beneficial to your dog.
Bonus Tip 1: Do not put anything on your dog’s face that is not edible!
Bonus Tip 2: Exercise for a healthy lifestyle! Walk your dog everyday for about 20 minutes.
Bonus Tip 3: Consider your dog’s toilet breaks!
In the last 3 years, Bella and I have made 4 trips, totaling a duration of 10 months spent in Australia (evidently, the both of us like Australia a fair bit). Our time in Australia was split between several major cities. Generally speaking, Australia is a very dog friendly nation (win). Below I’ve put together Bella and mine’s favorite parks in Australia. Do check them out if you’re ever nearby.
- Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt, New South Wales
This leash-free dog park also has a café, Cafe Bones, which offers food for both dogs and dog owners!
2. Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Queensland
Dogs are allowed on the beach! Perfect for people who love to surf, swim, or boat with their dogs.
3. Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
This park has a lake and has cycling tracks for your dogs to walk around. They also have a leash-free area.
4. South Beach, Fremantle, West Australia
This beach is surrounded by a grass area for your dogs to really have some exercise.
5. Otto Park, St Peters, South Australia
This is a 24-hour off-leash park with no time limits. There is also a playground for children.
6. Sirius Cove – Mosman, New South Wales
Ideal for the family to stay in the sand for a great picnic or BBQ! Dogs are allowed on
7. Elrundie Avenue, Marlow Lagoon, Northern Territory
Developed by Palmerston City Council with Pedigree which has 8 obstacles for your dogs to try out. They are open 24/7!
8. Pet Park, Golden Grove, South Australia
This park has some obstacles in a citcuit for your dog to try and run around the place.
9. Scarborough Dog Beach, Scarborough, West Australia
A 1.5km beach length which will definitely make your dogs run, play, and have fun!
10. Observatory Hill Park, Sydney, New South Wales
This park is famous because it gives an amazing view of the Sydney harbour. It contains the heritage listed Sydney observatory. This is also a leash-free park.
Be sure to mind the rules though. Irresponsible dog owners have gotten in trouble with park rangers and the authorities for not leashing their dogs in non-designated areas, or not picking up after their dogs.
Final thoughts: Australia is a very very dog friendly nation. It’s evidenced from the amount of time we’ve spent here over the past couple years that we both love it. We might consider moving here on a more permanent basis down the line. Pet health care is plentiful, with vets in nearly every suburb. Land space is abundant. Australians take their parks very seriously. Western Australia in particular, might be one of the most beautiful states I’ve ever witnessed.
What are your thoughts? Do let me know if you have been to any of the parks above, or if there are any parks that I missed!
Bella and I travel together a lot. We’ve been travelling since she was a pup. Travelling with pups poses different challenges to travelling with adult and elderly dogs. This post is mainly about the tricks I used to make our journey’s a less grueling one, when Bella was much younger. These tips were compiled by consulting various parties, including authorities, consultants and seasoned travelers. So here are 16 tips that I used while travelling with a baby Bella.
- Bring a squeegee. Squeegees are easy to carry and they will help you get tidier by having less hair everywhere.
- Look for the nearest vet in your destination and save the address. Don’t wait for something to happen before searching the nearest vet! It is better to be prepared.
- If you are riding a plane, it is advisable to call your airline to enquire about pet regulations. These differ from plane to plane, not airline to airline.
- Ask the experts. I was referred to a friendly Australian migration agency, based in Perth. They went out of their way to help bring Bella into Australia for the first time. Bringing a pet into certain countries can be truly challenging. Asking the experts saves a great deal of time and pain.
- Exercise your pup to make him/her tired the day before you are leaving. If they are tired, they will be sleeping and resulting in a quiet and relaxing trip for you.
- Pet travel carriers on wheels. This just gives all the convenience! Check out The Uncommon Dog for different sizes that will suit your pup.
- GPS Locator Apps for Pups. There are plenty of hardware and software for pets these days. Purchasing and downloading one is a breeze.
- Car seats for pups. Car seats are great! The shedding just stays on their seat, and it keeps your pup safe, secure, and calmed.
- Let your pups look out the window. This greatly helps in calming anxious pups in strange new environments. Pups tend to be occupied and it will lessen their chance to have motion sickness.
- Pack a dryer sheet. If the weather starts to be cold, run the sheet on your pup’s fur and it will help them be relaxed.
- Put all your pup’s medical and ID in a Ziploc and label what is inside. Make sure to keep these documents safe and dry in an accessible place!
- Ice Cubes. These ice cubes help your pup by keeping them hydrated which is good for your trip!
- Pack spares. Prepare spare collars, IDs and toys! You’ll never know what might happen.
- Baking soda. This helps with pee stains on the carpet. Baking soda paste also helps swelling down and easing the pain if anything happens to the pup.
- Tweezers, liquid soap, and cotton balls. These come handy when removing a ticks! Make sure to clean the area with the tick and sanitize them. Don’t forget to wash your hands!
- Get a pupsitter. A helping hand would be great for a trip! Find a pupsitter and make your travel easier and almost hassle-free. The website DogVacay.com is also available to help you find trustworthy pupsitters!