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Resident ensures adopted dog doesn't scare or annoy others

Published on Oct 15, 2012 6:00 AM
Ms Ramasamy makes it a point to keep Maya away from young children and neighbours who may be averse to dogs. “It’s not about whether the dog is small or big, it is about how you take care of and train it,” she said. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

Whenever Ms Celine Ramasamy takes Maya, her recently adopted stray dog, out for a walk, she waits for an empty lift. The 51-year-old executive also makes it a point to keep Maya away from young children or neighbours who may be averse to dogs during the daily jaunts.

"Some may be afraid of dogs and we don't want to make them feel uncomfortable," said Ms Ramasamy, who lives in a five-room Housing Board flat.

HDB dwellers like Ms Ramasamy who have adopted stray dogs need to observe a strict Code of Responsible Behaviour, mainly to ensure that the dogs do not scare or annoy others in the neighbourhood.

Maya, however, was hardly the picture of aggression or danger when this reporter visited Ms Ramasamy's Telok Blangah flat more than two weeks ago. The dog was sitting comfortably on the couch with the family, but retreated to hide under the dining table when I tried to pet it. Nary a bark was heard.

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