Two families leave China 100 years ago, This is a journal recording their passage, their so-journ in Borneo and then on to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England and beyond. A fascinating account of how time and place have changed the members.
Monday, April 6, 2015
What is your earliest fond memory of a beloved pet
Mum was away shopping and
when we secretly stole downstairs to
see our dog give birth to 9 puppies. It was done with my siblings
secretly because according to Chinese customs, a mother dog will
eat her puppies if watched.
Oldest Sister Rose was the ringleader. It must be because I wouldn't
have known the dog was pregnant. I was in the lower primary
Mum must have warned us not to watch. But did we listen?
We saw the mummy dog eat the placenta and I was worried it was
our fault for watching. We thought she was eating
She had 9 puppies. One died and we were very sad. All the puppies
grew to become roly polys from condensed milk. They were
According to Chinese custom, the adopted mothers have to
give a kg of sugar and two cans of milk when they come to adopt
the puppies. Thanks Yolanda Flack for memories, and now I will
blog about this.
Later when younger brother Joseph grew older in primary school, he
always adopted people's puppies.
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