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Singapore Dog - a book by Dr Lennie Lee and Ilsa Sharp

Source: Ilsa Sharp

Singapore Dog, published at the end of 2002, is the only locally written and published guidebook to owning a dog in Singapore.

Singapore Dog meets the unique needs of Singaporean and Malaysian dog owners, something that no book produced overseas can hope to achieve. It is written by Dr Lennie Lee, an experienced Singaporean veterinary surgeon and Ilsa Sharp, a Singapore dog owner.

There are some 37,000 dog owners registered in Singapore alone. This book, which is meant for both the dog owner and anyone thinking of getting a dog, is all about responsible dog ownership – how to keep a dog healthy, happy, and socially well adjusted, so that it can interact well with your friends, neighbours and other dogs.

If you own a dog in Singapore or Malaysia, you just can’t pass this book by. And the more copies this book sells, the more money will go to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in both Singapore and Malaysia.

Dr Lennie Lee is a Singapore veterinary surgeon who attended the University of Sydney on a Colombo Plan Scholarship, graduating in 1974. After working with the government’s Primary Production Department (today known as the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority) from 1974 to 1978, he went into private practice, founding The Animal Clinic in 1978 with a partner Dr James Tan. Today, the practice has grown to three clinics with nine veterinary surgeons.

Ilsa Sharp, British-born journalist and published author, has lived in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region since 1968. For many years she lived on Mount Faber with a family of three dogs, three cats and her husband, Siva Choy. Her first meeting with Dr Lennie Lee was when a black cobra spat venom in the eyes of her dog Sumi.

The book provides pointers on:

- choosing the breed of dog that best fits your lifestyle

- how to tell if the dog you are buying is healthy

- local laws and regulations and local dog organisations

- import-export and quarantine rules when your dog needs to travel

- how to manage and train your dog

- key medical problems and emergencies you may encounter

- puppyhood, mating, motherhood, old age and euthanasia

- dog grooming

- profiles of local dog owners

It also has over 150 photos in full colour as well as a fantastically useful contact and resource list.

Singapore Dog retails for S$25 (before GST) and is available at all leading bookstores.

Content Contributor: Ilsa Sharp

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