The Green Corridor on National Day

Errrr. Yes I do realise it’s almost the end of the month. 😡 and this outing was done on the 9th of August, National Day in Singapore! Woke up bright and early and headed to The Green Corridor! Read about our first time here! This time, I organised a meet up with the nice group of people we met from Instagram. Reached there at about 8.15am. Was supposed to reach at 8am. 😡

Hurry hurry hurry!!!

Map from thegreencorridor.org

Above is my super simple map from The Green Corridor with my doodles to let everyone know where to meet and hour walking route. Approximately a 3km walk but we took about 2.5 hours to complete? With all the dogs and phototaking. Hehe.

L>R: @somewhitecookie / @chara_means_joy / Me / @weliveinaflat / @kookysheltie / Summer

Group photo right before the walk! Only managed to snap this using my phone as I was holding onto too many things. Hahaha.

What most of the route looked like

Most of the route was a dry dirt track, quite well shaded from the sun. A joy to walk along in the morning!

 

Although some parts were muddy as shown above… And we had muddy dogs and humans after. Donna and Summer didn’t care if they got muddy paws or not! Come let’s go!!!

Mr Muddy Paws

Chara the pretty girl

Some parts off the track is actually deep vegetation, so please watch your dog as Chara actually fell into some deep drain that was covered in vegetation and needed help to get out. But otherwise, we had our dogs offleashed here! It’s fun because the route is really straightforward (either walk down the trail or go the opp direction), so it’s not easy to lose your dog. Unless he runs off and doesn’t return on command.

Kooky

Mr Fluffball

The dogs all seemed really at ease with each other during the walk. Really happy they all got along well with each other!

Donna the sprinter

Met other dogs along the trail and generally people bring dogs that are well-socialised? (In my opinion) Because if your dog isn’t well-socialised… there’s going to be a problem when you meet other dogs that are off-leashed and friendly and wanting to sniff your dog (whether on or off-leashed).

And thus, we finally reached the old Bukit Timah Railway Station! I think we took about 1hr 15mins to reach here, but we stopped for some time to take photos so the whole journey did take longer.

Cookie and his mama

Conserved railway station with tracks

The train station itself with the tracks before it is conserved. It also makes a good photo spot. =D

Happy dogs

Chara / Mango / Donna / Cookie

Summer / Kooky / Chara / Mango / Donna / Cookie

Group photo!! So adorable, all of them sitting there. Hehehehe.

My own model

Cookie

Chara / Mango

Mango wants to be the damsel in distress

Kind of how he tells me he doesn’t want to walk anymore….. But Mango, we still have to go back the way we came!!

Furry bums

Muddy paws

Donna: “I must check this out first!”

Another conserved location just 2mins walk away from the station. It’s a bridge over Dunearn Road / Bukit Timah Road, used by trains but not in use any more and conserved!

First!

Chara the pretty girl

Kooky and Summer!

Kooky: “Mango, what are you doing?” Mango: “Can’t you see I’m trying to show my mama how much I *can’t* walk any more?”

Walked back after taking pictures and no pictures of the way back! Because we already took too many. Hahaha. But all in all, Mango and I had fun with so many people this time round! Tired dogs are happy dogs!

I wonder if we could organise our own “dog walk” here. Hehehe.

Muddy paws and happy smile

xoxo

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Photo Theme Challenge #4! #sgdogsmidautumnfest

NEW THEME: Mid Autumn Festival RULES To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG). Update your details on the pinned document there. 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is a photo of me celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsmidautumnfest photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 1 September 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 4 September 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. PRIZE To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. You can see a photo of the key chains at @pawmart *PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. ***pictures may be picked at random for inclusion by the person making these announcements :p but are not indicative of the final 9 pictures picked for feature. Looking forward to seeing pictures of you and your furry buddies! 😀 #dogsofinstasg

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Is your dog ready to carry those lanterns and eat those mooncakes?! Snap a photo and join us in this new theme challenge!!

NEW THEME: Mid Autumn Festival

RULES

To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore.

1. Follow @dogsofinstasg

2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG). Update your details on the pinned document there.

3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme.

4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption –

“This is a photo of me celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsmidautumnfest photo theme. “

You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption.

5. This theme challenge ends 1 September 2014, Monday.
Nine photos will be picked and featured from 4 September 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced.

PRIZE

To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme.

This week’s kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. You can see a photo of the key chains at @pawmart

*PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range.
**sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship.

Wordless Wednesdays #1: What a year does

Edit: Just realised I uploaded the wrong photo…… =.= 8mths instead of the 1year photo. So…. below is the correct picture!!!

 

 

#MyWritingProcess Tour

Ohai! I’ve been invited to take part in the My Writing Process Tour by JX at weliveinaflat.com. Head over to her blog to read about hers!

She’s been blogging for some time about Donna and living in a flat (thus the blog url, obviously), and writes about being a first time dog owner, adopting Donna, having a mongrel as a pet, positive training, and other interesting things I’ve clearly not put much thought into like certain dog behaviours (is lying down a submissive behaviour?).


 

This is pretty interesting because I’ve actually never done this before (blog tag). And I’m not good at answering questions much. Hurhur. Pardon the boring blog post ahead!

To be a part of the tour, we just need to answer three questions on our blog, then invite some others to join the tour, so here are my answers!:

1. What am I working on?

Only recently have I started documenting Mango’s journey on his own personal space (I’ve been doing it all along on my personal blog) via Instagram and tried Blogger but realised that the WordPress community works better for more interaction with other people. So I’ve recently done all the porting over of posts and have been trying to fix the layout/sidebar/pages/etc. I mostly update via Instagram (@mangothesheltie)

Also, I have a side ‘project’ or baby of sorts – Dogs of Instagram SG. You can read more about why I set it up here. Gist of it is, an online community of Instagram Dogs from Singapore who love to share stuff about dogs regardless of breed, pet events to attend and gatherings/meetups between members!

Group photo during Cookie’s birthday!

The Green Corridor outing!

Sentosa outing!

We even have an ongoing photo challenge! Please head over to our Instagram @dogsofinstasg to find out more!! Featured below is our current running theme.

NEW THEME: Mid Autumn Festival RULES To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG). Update your details on the pinned document there. 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is a photo of me celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsmidautumnfest photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 1 September 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 4 September 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. PRIZE To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. You can see a photo of the key chains at @pawmart *PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. ***pictures may be picked at random for inclusion by the person making these announcements :p but are not indicative of the final 9 pictures picked for feature. Looking forward to seeing pictures of you and your furry buddies! 😀 #dogsofinstasg

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Currently we’re planning our own events within the group for Halloween and Christmas!! Hopefully all goes well!

2. Why do I write what I do?

Mango during his first few days home

I have very bad memory. So blogging is kind of like extra storage for my brain. Things I’ve done, stuff I’ve seen/tried, place I’ve been to. Except in this space, it’s all about things Mango has done/tried/places he’s been to. Our journey together. I don’t want to forget anything with him. He’s my first dog (I have 3 other cats – I will introduce them here too),  so as a first time owner (though not unfamiliar with dogs), everything is a new experience!

Swimming in a dog pool

I love exploring new places we can go to in this tiny little red dot called Singapore. Because in this country, there aren’t many dog-friendly places, so when we find somewhere new, it’s exciting! I will always try to research a place before going, and searching for dog-friendly places (eating establishments/parks/shops) almost always gives me nothing, so to help everyone out there, I hope to explore such places and provide more information! (Does this make sense to you? Sometimes I type gibberish =x )

3. How does my writing process work?

I’m not a very good writer (I may have bored the socks of you by now), so I try to make up the lack of interesting text with pictures.

Mango, Nugget, Echo

My blog posts revolves around stuff we’ve done together, or more like pictures I’ve taken with Mango in them, to document his life. I want to look back in the future and still be able to see pictures when my memory fails me.

I document Mango’s life in pictures and write my posts. I’m trying to explore doing more posts more often, and writing about his adoption process, what we’ve done so far in terms of training, etc. Hopefully I won’t take too long to do so!

So it’s snap photos, edit photos, blog with photos! Hehe

“And how should I steer this thing you put me in…?”

I do have to admit that I’m a procrastinator (which explains this late post, sorry!). And I’m not very funny, although I try to make Mango sound sill

Thank you for sticking around to read this!!!

 

Next writer in this blog tour:

SomeWhiteCookie
Cookie is a 2 year old Japanese Spitz, and was adopted by Elin! She is also a first time dog-owner, like me, and documents Cookie’s life. Like cutting his nails for the first time and more recently, measuring his height using toilet rolls! This adorable Cookie will melt your heart!

 

Dogs of Instagram SG

So… I’ve been posting photos of Mango on my personal Instagram account for some time, and realised there’s actually many dogs in Sg with their own accounts. So sometime in May, I created Mango’s own Instagram account. Suddenly there’s an influx of dogs from Sg following Mango and vice versa. Such an interesting community! I was quite amazed by how everyone knew everyone else too. And so many outings!

At one point of time I realised I might not be following everyone. Or say capturing everyone in the widespread Instagram web of dogs in sg.

I’ve always been trying to keep track of dog events in here where you can bring dogs too. Missed quite a few because I didn’t know enough people who actually bothered to attend such things. Also been part of a Shetland Sheepdog group on fb for awhile, and I’ve never actually attending a single gathering. The gatherings were few and far between with not many attendees.

But the Instagram group seem to be more on the ball with gatherings/events! Doesn’t matter the breed of dog, as long as your dog is friendly (maybe humans are friendly too) and willing to meet up, who cares about the breed, right? This community seem perfect (because everyone tries to attend gatherings/events)!

So to find a way to get everyone together…..! *brainstorm* Also, partly because I started using the direct message function on Instagram and the messages got too many when trying to arrange for meetups so I got quite irritated. Fb message is way easier to manage (on phone and computer).

Facebook Group is born!


Pros:

Make announcements easily (as compared to announcing through Insta when not everyone is following everyone)
Add events visible to members only
Message owners easily
Posts won’t disappear in the swarm of Insta posts

Cons:

Not everyone has a fb account
Some owners want to remain anonymous


 

When trying to pick the 9 features and winners, we also find favourite photos that we have to disqualify because the human hasn't updated you and your pet's details on our Facebook pinned document yet. Only Singapore residents can receive the prize, and we'll only know if you qualify if we can match your Instagram feed with your Facebook profile. The document also helps us detect lurkers who may join in order to gain access to our members and spam them, etc. Basically actions that most of us wouldn't welcome. So if you haven't joined us on Facebook yet, or updated your details, please do. We regularly remove members who appear to be lurking to make the community a fun and safe one for real members. 🙂 K, that's all the community notices! Watch out for the winning entry and the new photo theme that we'll post tomorrow! 😉 #dogsofinstasg

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So with a fb group born, someone has got to manage it, right? Roped in a few friends (weliveinaflat and somewhitecookie) from Insta and tadah! We make the admin group. Since we’re new to this, we try to slowly tweak all the rules and stuff over time.

Also, we came up with photo themes! You can always refer to the Instagram account for DogsOfInstaSG for the latest theme. And weliveinaflat managed to source for sponsors for a small gift to the winner of the theme! It’s fun!! Join us join us!! And don’t we love challenges? 9 entries (including the winner) will also be featured after the theme closes!

Here are some themes so far…

Hash tag theme this week: My first day home To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG) 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is a photo of my first day at home for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsfirstdayhome photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 21 July 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 24 July 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. *keychain sample pictured. PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. This hash tag photo theme activity is ongoing. A new theme will be introduced every two weeks. Looking forward to seeing all your photos!! 🙂

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Theme 1: #sgdogsfirstdayhome

NEW THEME: National Day RULES To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG). Update your details on the pinned document there. 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is my Patriotic Dog photo for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsnationalday photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 4 August 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 7August 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. PRIZE To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. You can see a photo of the key chains at @pawmart *PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. ***pictures may be picked at random for inclusion by the person making these announcements :p but are not indicative of the final 9 pictures picked for feature. Canine citizens of Singapore, looking forward to seeing all your photos!! 🙂

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Theme 2: #sgdogsnationalday

NEW THEME: Me and My Fur Friend RULES To join, your dog must be residing in Singapore. 1. Follow @dogsofinstasg 2. Join the Facebook group – Dogs of Instagram Singapore (SG). Update your details on the pinned document there. 3. Your Instagram account must be a public account so every one can see your photo for the hash tag theme. 4. Upload a photo of your Singapore dog relevant to the theme. Include this line in the caption – "This is a photo of me and my furfriend for @dogsofinstasg #sgdogsfurfriends photo theme. " You can use old photos but the photo must be a repost with the caption. 5. This theme challenge ends 18 August 2014, Monday. Nine photos will be picked and featured from 21 August 2014, Thursday and a new theme will be announced. PRIZE To thank you for being a part of the fun, we have found a couple of sponsors who are giving out a small gift for each theme. This week's kind sponsor @pawmart will give out a dog breed key chain* to 1 selected photo. You can see a photo of the key chains at @pawmart *PawMart.com.sg will provide the relevant dog breed keychain where possible. But should a breed not be represented in their inventory, winner will get his/her choice from their range. **sponsorship of gifts is out of fun, @dogsofinstasg do not profit from the sponsorship. ***pictures may be picked at random for inclusion by the person making these announcements :p but are not indicative of the final 9 pictures picked for feature. Looking forward to seeing pictures of you and your furry buddies! 😀 #dogsofinstasg

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Theme 3: #sgdogsfurfriends

Ohai just your friendly admins from @dogsofinstasg checking in! #MangoTheSheltie

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Your friendly admins.

So far, through this, I’ve made more friends with dogs. And last year I was musing that Mango didn’t have enough friends. Now he has so many! I’ve also attended Cookie’s birthday party, met up with some at the dog run for a picnic, got invited to another party we couldn’t attend, gone on some walks together, learnt about making homemade treats from people, gone to The Green Corridor for the 2nd time with more dogs, gone swimming with them at Sentosa and now we’re planning our own private events! And all these in the span of 2months? How cool is that?

It does also help that most of the InstaDogs are quite the social people, and their dogs mostly well-socialised and well-behaved. For dogs that are not, we try to help by meeting up and acting as a socialisation group. And we share ideas and information regarding training. So far, it’s been a pretty good journey. Hope it stays that way!

Join us!

Dogs of Instagram SG Facebook Group