The colour of pee

 “Your urine is so yellowish—drink more water!”

Sounds familiar? 😂

This is something we hear so often from our parents. Very often, the colour of our urine has been associated with the amount of water we drink—the more water we drink, the clearer it is. Have you wondered if that works the same for dogs?

Well, not exactly. Contrary to what we know, the “best” urine colour for dogs should be pale yellow! 

Clear urine may not necessarily be the best for dogs. It could be a case of over hydration or that the dog's kidneys are unable to concentrate his/her urine. On the other extreme is urine that is too dark. The reasons could vary from simply not drinking enough water to more serious issues like urinary tract inflammation, kidney problems or even internal bleeding. 

Don't underestimate what we can tell from the colour of our dogs' urine, and always consult a vet when in doubt!

Dogs' urine colour chart (Source: https://www.petcarrierverdict.com/normal-urine-color-for-dogs/)

Banjo the skeletal dog

16 years old.

Skeleton dog

While most dogs enjoy their golden years with their owners, taking slow strolls together, eating their favourite foods and cherishing every moment, this little poodle was tied with a leash to prevent him from wandering about the house because he pooed and peed everywhere. Everyone worked and no one had time for him.

Double diapers :-(

Not a long leash, but a short normal leash we reckoned, for him to sustain such injuries.

And it wasn’t for a short while, but long periods. So long that he got entangled so badly, tried to free himself and had severe rope burns.

Bad teeth 

Rope / leash burns from being tied up for long periods 

How sad for a dog to have this happen and he's 16 

Testicle sore from urine scalding 

Blind in one eye

But wait, that’s not all – there is more to the neglect; they put him on double diapers and very likely left it on for hours. We say this because he had very bad urine scalding. The poor dog’s undersides and testicles look as if someone poured hot water on his skin.

Urine scalding 

Imagine the ongoing pain and suffering. And he is 16.

The scenario made us imagine our aged parent, left in a home, diapers not changed, tied to the bed, neglected. Our hearts broke into a million pieces.

His teeth are bad, yet he had kibbles left there free flow for him. They said he was picky with food – maybe he was so entangled by the leash that he couldn’t reach his food? His frame has ribs protruding like a refugee. Maybe his teeth were so bad that he couldn’t chew on solids?

 He has been eating and drinking very well at the vet clinic, eating like there is no tomorrow.

He is blind in one eye, has vision in the other and is able to walk around without bumping into things.

You know, dogs teach us such important lessons of forgiveness and resilience. This little doggy is so sweet and gentle. He allowed the nurses to clean his terribly painful sores without sedation – or is it the fact that he has given up and resigned to his sad fate?

We have named him BANJO. Dogs named BANJO tend to be good natured, loving and resilient. And this holds true for this sweetheart.

Here’s how you can help him – he needs a foster, who can clean his wounds 4x a day and feed him 4 meals a day. And he needs help with his vet bills. Banjo needs to go back to the vet clinic every 2-3 days to have his wounds scraped and get laser therapy for his terrible pain. 

Please email us hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg if you wish to help make him feel better.

Similar case back in 2014 HOPE Dog Rescue: Cry Of The Innocent


Senior Dog Issues

We've got a soft spot for senior dogs

As a dog owner, do you know when your dog enters into senior hood? Depending on their breeds, the expected life expectancy differ and as such, their age profile differ. Small dogs can live over 15-16 years while large dogs only around 10 – 13 years old. Like humans, our dogs start to experience more and more issues as they age. Some of these may not be readily apparent to us and could oftentimes be mistaken for behavioural issues. These can include:

1. Deteriorating vision and hearing. Like humans, these senses dull with age. Senior dogs with poor vision and/or hearing will not be able to detect approaching people or hear commands as well. As such, we may see them prone to being startled or turn aggressive on sudden touches / actions by others. One way to overcome this is to approach the dog gradually, making sure he is aware of your presence and intentions before physical contact. Sometimes these senior dogs are mistaken for being stubborn. 


2. Loss of cognitive ability. This is somewhat similar to dementia in humans. You may see your dog ‘getting lost’ around the house or familiar places, or getting stuck in a corner, not knowing how to reverse and get himself out of there. This can be compounded by the deterioration in vision and hearing which makes it harder for the dog to recognise our commands to guide them out. While there may not be any proven ways to stave off this condition, regular mental stimulation exercises may help to some extent. You can refer to this post on some of the games that you can carry out with your dog here. 

3. Reduced ability to regulate body temperature, as a result feeling cold more easily. Do pay more attention to see if your dog needs an extra tee or blanket or towel, especially on cooler days or post a full grooming. Also common in senior dogs is anemia, and this would make them cold & shiver too. 


4. Arthritis and joint pain. Again just like humans, the joints get stiffer with age. Keep a look out to see if there are changes in your dog’s gait. Regular moderate exercise, with supplements and massages may help to relieve these pains. Senior dogs should avoid running and jumping.

5. Obesity which comes about with reduced metabolism and activity levels. While we want to cut down the level of activities for our senior dogs, we need to still ensure they get the requisite amount of exercise to keep them healthy and mobile. At the same time, their diets will also need to changed to cater to their new activity level.  

As it can be seen from the 5 pointers, senior dogs are not unlike our human senior citizens. Whether they can lead a happy and comfortable life as they age will very much depend on what we do as dog owners. So be aware of their needs and together, let us all enjoy their golden years together.


Feeding the Fish Farm Dogs

Do you remember the "Fish Farm" doggies? 

HOPE has been providing these fishy doggies with canned food and kibbles since 2014!

Read their story :



We chanced upon them one day long, long ago and found out the poor doggies grew up on fish food! That’s how we started supplying them with dog food.

So happy with life on the farm

Worker, Uncle Segar, who loves the very much 

What a handsome doggy <3 

There used to be a lot more dogs but because we sterilized all of them, we managed to keep the population under control. Today, there are only 10 left; many have died from old age, illness or bitten by snakes – that’s the sad reality of a stray.

Handsome black boy <3 

Loving their freedom

They get cooked food when we go visit and Uncle Segar occasionally cooks for them too

This week we are visiting them to make them happy!

We will be bringing 15 cartons of Nature’s Gift canned food and 6 big bags of ANF kibbles (15kg each bag) and our volunteers will be cooking up a storm for them, to give them a feast. 

We are sure you wouldn’t want these sweet doggies to be eating fish food, so why not help buy some canned food for them? This amount of food would last them 2 to 3 months, before we visit again. 

This handsome one has lost vision in one eye

To buy food for the fish farm doggies, you may drop us a private message or contact our regular pet food supplier, Peggy (Pet HQ) at 96616103. Peggy has been very supportive of our work for than a decade, often providing us with food even when we couldn’t afford to pay her in the early days.

All you need to do is : text Peggy, tell her how much you wish to contribute and do a bank transfer to her. Peggy will help us accumulate everything and deliver all the food to us by Friday, in time for us to bring to the fish farm.

Thank you <3 

Holly, a gentle soul (1st update)

Holly, a sweet, tired soul.

Eyes that no longer sparkle 

Holly has been at the vet since her rescue. Poor Holly must be terrified to be in a strange environment with strange humans handling her that she has been trying to bite; we don’t blame her. The staff had to sedate her in order to draw blood and do a skin scrape; we wanted to ensure she has no contagious diseases before she goes off to a foster home, which she hasn’t found.

In summary :

  • Female / 16Kg (underweight / ideal 18 to 20kg)
  • Anemic
  • Heartworm (Larvae and Babesia)
  • Tick fever (Ehrlichia / Anaplasma)
  • Severe Demodex infestation

Basically poor Holly has the whole package ☹

Exhausted from years of running & living on the streets 

Avoiding eye contact, not too used to humans and attention

Many of you have been asking about her puppies. The vet has confirmed she is not lactating / nursing, and has no puppies. Her dangling tits are from having given birth countless times. 

Such is the sad life of a stray. We will sterilize her when she is stronger.

Their sufferings are so hard, it is only something we can imagine

When our volunteers visited her at the vet, she was curled up in a corner of the cage, exhausted from years of running and living on the streets. Her eyes stared blankly ahead, eyes that no longer sparkle.

Holly allowed our volunteer to stroke her head, and we sensed that she liked it and it was the first time that someone had ever touched her or shown her love. Poor Holly, her entire body is bleeding from severe skin problems, and to think she has been living in this state for years.

Her very first human touch <3 

We hope to be able to find her a foster home within a week, while she is still recuperating at the vet; a family that has time for her, to cure her skin and heal her broken soul. The foster family might initially need to separate the dogs (if they have a resident dog) while Holly learns to trust, and also to help apply meds on her skin etc. 

Holly has just started on her heartworm treatment. There is a risk that she may not survive the treatment. We have no choice, but to proceed with it, before it gets even worse.

Please help Holly. Foster, share her post, or help with vet bills.

Email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg


Holly - The Camp Dog


We got the camp dog!

A friend, Karen, had linked us with Ling from SOSD and after Ling contacted the relevant army personnel with suggestions on how to assist in trapping the dog, their team were very helpful in luring the dog into an escape proof enclosed room. Ling and trapper Mark then managed to secure the dog; a tired, battered soul, she was.

We would like to thank the military personnel for their kind assistance in this matter. We apologize if we unintentionally got people into trouble.

We have named her Holly.

Holly is at the vet and will have blood works done as well as a skin scrape to ensure she does not have any contagious skin issues before going into a foster home. From the looks of it, she just has extremely bad skin and had scratched herself till her skin bled. Her thin frame is a bag of bones.☹️

Holly will stay at the vet for 2 days, as we buy time looking for a foster. HOPE does not have a shelter and we rely on fosters to care for our dogs till they are adopted.

We need the following help urgently :

1) Foster – please fill this foster form http://goo.gl/forms/2SF2X06AMh

2) Help with dog trapping and vet bills

Our email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg if you wish to contact us.

You showed your concern in our earlier post and now we need your help for Holly.

*Photographs courtesy of Ling


Fostering for HOPE

Taking care of senior dogs is not easy. But, it would mean the world to them.

You may have seen our constant posts for fosters, and some of you have written in. Yet, we continue to post for fosters, because we can't find the right fit.

Pet fostering provides temporary care to rescue dogs who get to live in a safe home environment and begin their rehabilitation. It can be from a few months, to years, depending on when the dog gets adopted, and the foster's tenacity. Our minimum fostering period is 4 months as we try not to disrupt the dogs schedule by moving from one place to another as this might make them anxious especially since many of them were abandoned / given up.

Here are the facts:

1. Many are senior dogs – so they should not be left alone for more than 4 hours a day. Some have poor vision, and may not be able to find the water bowl, or pee / poo all over. There are others who need to go down to pee, require medications/ wound cleaning, or small meals throughout the day.

2. Some, like Malcolm, have severe separation anxiety and will go berserk if left alone for long hours.

3. Our foster must be willing to provide at least 2 to 3 home cooked meals a day, and monitor fluid intake. Senior dogs tend to dehydrated, and generally have to be coaxed to drink.

4. Some dogs require experienced fosters who can provide injections or subcutaneous fluids (subcut).

5.  We work closely with the foster who is expected to observe the dog and give feedback constantly. This is especially so for sick dogs, like Olive who has cancer.

6. We would need the foster to pay for food, while we can help with pee pads, diapers and some dog essentials. HOPE pays for the vet bills, although any help from the foster is very much appreciated. 

If you have the above criteria and wish to help our dogs, please email hopedogrescue@singnet.com.sg or fill out this form  - http://goo.gl/forms/2SF2X06AMh