March 07, 2008

My 'little brother', Qiuqiu

The title of today’s entry may confuse some of you. Yes, I am the only child in my family, whcih had been mentioned in my former entries. Here, the one that is regarded as my little brother is my dog, Qiuqiu, who is now already 8-year old.

I was born with a heart keen on keeping animals. To the best of my recollections, I used to keep two cats in my early childhood for about 7 years, and two chicken in my primary school, two turtles in the middle school, then finally came to my dog. I remember it was the winter vacation in the third year of my middle school, I was a bit bored with all kinds of revision and homework. Because both of my parents had to go to work every day, I had to stay at home on my own.( as I was a shy and obedient girl who did not go out at all when I was young) In order to make me happy, my Mum’s friend decided to give me a baby dog. The night before Qiuqiu came, I could not fall asleep at all, as I was so excited to think out a unique name for my dog.

When finally I saw the little creature trembly standing in front of me, I decided to name him Qiuqiu. (Because it looked like a ball, and in Chinese, “qiu” means a ball; the repetition is in order to make the name more pretty) The first day when qiuqiu was in my home, it must have been his big day, or maybe terrible day, as I kept to feed him with all kinds of food; for instance, I firstly gave him one boiled egg yolk, he seemed to be still hungry; then I fed him with another two egg yolks and one bowl of milk; later, I still thought that was not enough, so I fed him with more yolks, and I couldn’t remember how many yolks I fed him. Also because I was afraid that he would feel cold if I left him on the floor, I put him on my bed. But unfortunately, he had taken too much milk, he finally “drew a map”(had a pee) on my sheet. He was so pretty, so I didn’t want to blame him for the mistake he had done.

From then on, every day Qiuqiu just followed me here and there. He has then learnt to go to the toliet, to drink and eat with his own bowls. He’s also learnt to go to toliet to wait for a shower after a walk outside. Most of all, he’s learnt to watch my bedroom door for me, especially when I don’t want my parents come in to disturb. I remember when I was in the high school, I kept telling him to stop my Mum coming into my room many times, then he finally got it. Every time my Mum attempted to go into my room, he would bark and stand in front of the door, as if he was saying: you cannot get into unless you can successfully pass me. He is so sweet.

Because we had never seperated from each other before my university, when I left him, he refused to eat and drink. My Mum told me that he just sitting in front of the gate, watching carefully people passing by, he was waiting for my back. When I heard about that, I was crying, so I decided to ‘talk’ to him. It was the first time I talked to him through phone. I told him I was attending school, I would go back home during holidays. I persuaded him to eat and follow my Mum’s order, and also I missed him a lot. I don’t know at that moment how much he could understand me. But guess what, he shed tears, my mum told me he cried. No matter how much he got, at least he started to eat, but still kept waiting at the gate every day.

Now every time I give a call to home, I will talk to him. He sometimes does reply by giving me some sound, such as barking, or breathing. Sometimes when my parents are talking about me, he will still shedding tears. Also since he saw me once through the web-camera, he always jumps onto the lap-top and sleeps on it, in order waiting for me. I don’t know how clever a 8-year dog can be, but he knows he could see his ‘sister’ (me) in the screen of a lap-top. My Mum also tells me that, even till now, he is still watching everyone who enters my room, as once he sees someone moving my things, he would bark and chase them as a thief.
Pets just like human beings who have mind and thinking, and who have clear mind what they love or don’t like; most of all, pets are creatures who know the best meaning of thanksgiving.


Oh, my dearest Qiuqiu, my little brother.

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  1. Yangyu Xiao

    Before reading your story…I really want to say…I love your dog very much!!! He is sooooooooooooooooo cute.

    07 Mar 2008, 22:56

  2. Yangyu Xiao

    Dear Shuang,

    Your story is sooooooo moving. You really have a clever and lovely dog. I cannot agree ‘dogs understand people’ any more after reading this entry!!!!!

    07 Mar 2008, 23:02

  3. Thank you so much, Shirley! I do love my dog. The longer I keep him, the longer I feel he is one member of the family. Now he is getting old, I sometimes may feel quite sad about that, becuase I am afraid that one day he will die; I cannot imagine how life would be like in my family without him.

    07 Mar 2008, 23:07

  4. Natalie Sharpling

    Hello Shuang, I really enjoyed reading your story about Quiqui very much. What a beautiful dog, so elegant and dignified, and with an amazing sense of faithfulness. How wonderful that he is so protective of you and takes care of you when your mum enters your room. There’s something very special about the way our dogs attach to us. Just one thing struck me – it must be very hard for you to be separated from Quiqui and you must miss him. I wonder how hard that must be – I can’t imagine it, but it must be very difficult. What an excellent idea to talk to him on the phone – it’s really amazing what one can do these days and I’m sure that was a good solution! Thanks again for this very lovely story, which is very touching.

    08 Mar 2008, 00:16

  5. Hello, Gerard. Sorry about my late reply. That was really painful to leave my dog. Every time I feel unhappy, I will think about him. I will say to myself, if Qiuqiu was here, he will protect me all the time. Anyway, now for my family, the difficulty we cannot imangine is how we can live a life if he dies. Because the veterinary tells us that he has heart disease, he is easily to get heart attack. I know for people who don’t keep pets it might be a bit funny to talk about heart disease of a dog, but it is true. He used to faint when he was angry and barked. It took my mum and I several minutes to comfort him to back to nomal. Anyway, we will try our best to love him and make him happy as a little child.

    11 Mar 2008, 21:58

  6. Natalie Sharpling

    Hello Shuang, it’s so hard to offer advice but I am told that people attach to their pets just as much as they do to people – maybe more sometimes. Maybe the answer is just to try and enjoy the time we have with our animals and pets, in a way. I know it’s easier said than done but let’s put off those thoights and let’s not think about death just yet! Bet this doesn’t help!

    15 Mar 2008, 00:38

  7. Thank you Gerard. I will just enjoy the time with Qiuqiu.-

    15 Mar 2008, 16:18

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