With that, I asked about treatment and was told that they could provide Panda with the necessary immunity and antibiotic shots she'd need to recover at 200rmb a pop taken every 2 days over 2 weeks. 'Damn, more money out of my pockets', I thought. But hey, a proud poppa has to do what he's got to do!
Having a pet dog during my stay in Kunshan was definitely an enjoyable experience. Let's be real; Kunshan can get very boring at times, and even as I had a girlfriend and a good group of friends to hang out with, there was nothing like having that consistent and reliable companionship to come home to everyday. In addition, having to be responsible for something living, breathing, and actively learning, that wasn't an actual child, was a fun, engaging, and challenging activity that kept me busy.
In conclusion, yep, it can sometimes get boring, lonely, stressful, and emotionally draining while living and working abroad in Kunshan, or anywhere for that matter, so why not consider taking in a pet—fish, turtle, rabbit, cat, dog, etc.—just for the hell of it? Well, not 'just for the hell of it' of course, but if you're in a stable situation, can afford it, and see that you're pet is taking care of even if you should change cities or move back home, then why not consider the extra companionship?
1. There is a pet and flower market at No.1080 Bailu South Rd. If you buy a dog, cat, or rabbit from there or any back alley shop, though, you should take them to the vet to get any immunity shots.
2. Most supermarkets carry generic food for cats and dogs. Many of the pet shops on the street carry premium brand food but expect to come out of your pockets more.
3. When I needed to go on vacation and couldn't find someone to watch my dog in Kunshan I'd take her to the vet and they could keep her for 30rmb per day. They fed her for free and I'd have to pay all the money when I picked her up.
4. It took a VERY long while to practice having my dog sit down and keep still while driving my E-bike. Many people do that across China, after all. I did practice in a remote area before going out into traffic so make sure you do that first.