St Bernard dogs: "They are not suitable for our tropical climate "

The Electric New Paper :
Alpine dog breeds in Singapore
They are not suitable for our tropical climate
I VOLUNTEER with an animal shelter which recently rescued a St Bernard that was about to be put down because the owner was unable to afford the dog.
08 July 2010
I VOLUNTEER with an animal shelter which recently rescued a St Bernard that was about to be put down because the owner was unable to afford the dog.

A St Bernard is known worldwide as ‘the dog that rescues people’.

One website describes the dog as ‘perhaps somewhat clumsy in the confines of a suburban home, but with a big heart and friendly demeanour that reflects its origin as a hospice dog from the Swiss Alps’.

The owner of the rescued St Bernard had lived in landed property when he got the dog. But a change in circumstances resulted in the owner moving to an HBD flat.

Big dogs like the St Bernard are not allowed in HDB flats. So the dog was placed in a commercial boarding facility till last month, when the owner wanted it put down.

The dog, named Bernard, is nine years old and has difficulty walking.

But it displays the patience the breed is known to have with both children and other animals.

The photo above shows it with a kitten that a family found by the roadside. The kitten was brought to the clinic where Bernard had been taken for treatment.

Unfortunately this breed, which is more used to the Alpine cold, does not cope well with our tropical climate.

It has been said that even a warm room can be too much for this well-insulated creature.

The authorities should seriously consider banning ‘climatically unsuitable’ dogs such as the St Bernard from being imported or bred here.

FROM DR TAN CHEK WEE

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