Gong Xi Fa Cai

Chinese New Year has passed. But to Rachel and family, “Gong Xi Fai Cai” will bear a deeper sense of meaning when they celebrate the occasion every year.

 HOW DID YOU CROSS PATH WITH MOMMY & GONG XI FA CAI?

Mommy, Gong Xi and Fa Cai ran into our factory on Chinese New Year (hence their names!), looking skinny and hungry. My parents pitied them and felt they have not had a proper meal for a long time. The least we could do is to give them shelter, food and clean water.

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Hello Fa Cai. You are impossibly adorable!

"You promised to make my ears stop growing....."

“You promised to make my ears stop growing…..You promised…..”

Sadly, a week later, Gong Xi was knocked down by a truck. He was already dead by the time someone spotted his body.

Gong Xi, a young boy, gone too soon. Such is life for our street dogs. And many who try to survive at farms, construction sites, factories.

HOW ARE MOMMY AND FA CAI AFTER GONG XI CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE?

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We call mommy Ah Girl. She is a very well behaved, doting mom – always leaving food for Fa Cai and eating only after Fa Cai is full.

Mom and daughter - inseparable.

Mom and daughter are inseparable. Fa Cai likes to rest her butt on mommy’s head!

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We suspect Ah Girl was abused by humans before. Whenever anyone holds up a stick or piece of wood, she is so scared. She will shiver, sit on the floor and dare not move an inch.

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Just watching the big world go by.

Then one fateful day, Fa Cai was also knocked down by a car….

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19 May: The impact from the accident caused Fa Cai's diaphragm to rupture. Her liver and intestines were pushed from the abdominal area up into her chest cavity.

19 May: The impact from the accident caused Fa Cai’s diaphragm (muscular separation between chest and abdominal cavities) to rupture. Her liver and intestines were pushed from the abdominal cavity into her chest cavity.

One of her lung lobes was also torn and bleeding into her chest. Fa Cai also suffered tears in her spleen and liver.

One of Fa Cai’s lung lobes was torn and bleeding into her chest. She also suffered tears in her spleen and liver.

Dr Lesley Teo and Dr Estella Liew of Mount Pleasant Central Veterinary Clinic (Whitley) performed an emergency surgery to repair Fa Cai’s ruptured diaphragm. Her liver and intestines were placed back into the abdominal cavity, a chest tube inserted to drain excess fluids from the chest cavity, and a feeding tube to maintain the level of proteins for healing.

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Autotransfusion was also done where blood was collected from Fa Cai’s chest in a sterile manner, filtered and administered back to her body.

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Fa Cai was supported with oxygen therapy for 2 days after surgery.

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Fa Cai may be scarred for life. But she lives to enjoy the love from Rachel and family.

HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED AFTER MEETING MOMMY & FA CAI?

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Having Ah Girl and Fa Cai at the factory makes my day so much brighter. They are the reason I can wake up so early! I  reach the factory at 7am to feed and walk them before starting work. I give up my free time to play with them and keep them company. Seeing them healthy and happy makes everything worth it. They are coming to stay with us and Muffin, our Dachshund. Our home is going to be so much more lively!

TODAY, Dr Cheryl Ho examined Fa Cai and gave her a clean bill of health. Fa Cai also had a mini reunion with Amanda and the other vet technicians.

Mommy is a very sweet, petite-sized mongrel. Looking at the video below, Fa Cai is going to outgrow Mommy very soon!

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Awww….Thanks Fa Cai for your Thank You card! After Gong Xi passed away, everyone has been calling her Gong Xi or Gong Xi Fa Cai.

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Rachel with Ah Girl, Dr Cheryl Ho with Fa Cai, Rachel’s mom.

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There are many street and shelter dogs like Ah Girl and Fa Cai waiting for homes. If you are ready for a best friend, CHOOSE TO ADOPT from shelters like: Animal Lovers League, Mutts & Mittens Community, Gentle Paws, SPCA Singapore, Three Legs Good, Causes for Animals, HOPE Dog Rescue, Mercy Light, Save Our Street Dogs, Proj DormSix, Exclusively Mongrels, Action For Singapore Dogs, Mdm Wong’s Shelter.

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