The celebrity chef and cook Poh Ling Yeow wrote a heartfelt essay about losing a close relative. The well-known cook said in April that her beloved black Scottish terrier, Rhino, had pἀssed away, leaving behind only her other Scottie, Tim.
A diagnosis of sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) left Rhino nearly blind, and he pἀssed away just a few months later.
Having thanked her followers for their sympathy after Rhino’s pἀssing, Poh has now shared an update on the health of her second doggo, Tim.
She wrote, sharing a photo of Tim sitting on a chair cushion-
“Thank u, everyone, for your hot messages Tim is doing great.”
“If I were to be completely honest, (Tim and Rhino) made odd companions. Many moons ago, when (husband) Jono & I were doing long hours at the cafe, I thought Rhino was lonely and would enjoy a friend, but they never quite gelled because from the day Rhino was determined to pretend Tim didn’t exist.”“They slept together, but they didn’t talk to each other much.
Rhino was soulful but demanding, and Tim has always been laid-back, so in many ways, he’s always been second in line, but right now it’s Tim’s turn to shine!
He still eats his food very quickly and walks all the way across the dining room to the other side to get a drink after dinner, even though the boss is no longer here to use the water bowl next to his food.
“But now that he is such a good boy, he can walk at full speed without a leash. When Rhino went blind, we had to go very slowly.”
Poh said that she missed Rhino “so much,” but she could see the “bright side” of his leaving because it gave Tim a chance to “finally shine.”
“Next week when I feel up to it, I will put together a reel and some hilarious stories about the International Man of Mystery that was Rhino & the legacy he has left behind.” Fans of Poh loved her new post.
One fan said-
“It’s Tim’s world now, and we are all just living in it.”
“Shine away a little sunny loaf of floor. You are a divine boy bringing important joy to your mum.”
Said a third-
“You’ve been super patient, Tim! Enjoy your new life.”
One follower wrote-
“Reading your post is beautiful and heartbreaking simultaneously.”
Fans of Poh have been able to follow both her cooking and the activities of her pets, Rhino and Tim because she regularly posts pictures and videos of them on Instagram. Many talked about what it was like to lose a pet they loved.
“So glad Tim is doing ok one fan wrote. I’ve been through this adjustment period too – with one of my cats coming out of her shell after my other beautiful (but tyrannical) cat pἀssed away. Animals are just the best.”
“This sounds exactly like our two dogs! wrote someone else. Our 13-year-old son Oscar had to go to sleep late last year. Our six-year-old dog Holly was sad for a week, but now that she’s the only dog-child, she loves her new life!”
“She gets to do things and go places that she couldn’t when her immobile big brother was around.”
When Poh first told everyone that Rhino had dἰed, she did so with two heartbreaking pictures. In one, Poh is holding her dog’s paw, and in the other, Rhino’s grave is covered with flowers and ribbons. The first person to say something nice about Rhino was Dr. Chris Brown.
Chef Stephanie Joy de Sousa said-
“Oh, Poh. I’m so incredibly sorry. But what an extraordinary life you gave him,”
“Sending you so much love, added model Megan Gale. Thank you for sharing him a little with us over his happy life. Send you much love,”
In February, Rhino’s cook said that the animal had SARDS and was 90% blind because of it.
“2023 has brought with it a few ‘new normals’. After many weeks of peculiar behaviour, Rhino was diagnosed with SARDS.”
“He is justifiably very hesitant about being on the leash and prefers to slowly find his way by getting into the car for a one-minute drive to the local park.”
The video showed Poh carrying her dog, making a “proper spectacle,” but realizing she was grateful for the “new closeness we have in the absence of sight.”
“As I grow older, a certain theme that keeps emerging is, often, profoundly good things cannot happen until a bad one proceeds.”