Ok, so – yes – there are a plethora of Dr. Meemersworth posts lately. Sorry! We’re super excited, that’s all! We didn’t initially plan on doing this topic for the TL;DR, though, but it got a lot of thumbs up, so we figured it’d be appropriate to answer it now. Trust us: this site isn’t going to become nothing but kitten videos, ok? *shifty eyes*

Anyhow, we’re worried that some people thought that we caved into the temptation of a kitten mill, but we didn’t! We asked our Korean friend to help us find a kitten from a home owner, rather than a pet store or breeder. She found lots of RIDICULOUSLY cute kittens, some even a ten minute walk from our apartment, but they were being sold in pet shops. We’d either adopt a cat, like we did with Spudgy, or we’d get one from a home overrun by kittens. We just happened to find one in the latter category.

Also, some people are concerned about Spudgy and how he’s holding out with the kitten. Some also believe that we’ve been neglecting our wonderful dog. FALSE! We still take care of Spudgy and love him. In fact, I think we pay more attention to him now than before. See, Dr. Meemersworth doesn’t understand that jumping on things with her claws out is not pleasant for those jumped upon. The two of us can handle the pain, but Spudgy doesn’t understand why he’s felt a sudden burst of agony on his tail. So he has barked at Dr. Meemersworth, but it was a single short “BARK” which we interpret as “WHATTHEFUDGE!?”. When she’s walking by and minding her own business, or even sleeping or playing near Spudgy, there is no problem, but when she pounces upon our sleeping dog…he tells her where to go. So, to protect Spudgy from Meemersworth, we keep a vigil eye on them both when she’s in crazy play play go go go gogogogogGOGOGOGOGOGOG MEEEEEEEWWWWW mode. If she’s got the crazy eye on Spudgy’s tail (which, let’s face it, is a waving feather of blue fluff – super tempting to kitties of all ages), then we cover his tail with a small blanket and the problem disappears.

Last quick comment: we forget to mention in the video that – yes – four years ago there were no dogs around our area, but currently our city has the awesomest collection of Korean dog owners! Big dogs, small dogs, show dogs, dog trainers: they all hang out in the big park near our home. There is an actual doggy party meeting time on the weekend where the dogs learn to socialize and terrify all the Korean onlookers that don’t have dogs. It’s good fun to see a happy golden retriever bounds towards a horrified Korean girl in un-runnable huge heels! Haha! Good times. Has anyone else experienced this with their dogs in Korea? Or have you seen it happening?

Yeah! So that’s the story of how we got Dr. Meemersworth. How she got her name, though, is another long story. Where did she get her degree from? She must have a real first name, apart from Dr, so what is it? One day we will tell you. Oh yes. One day.

  1. My question for you guys is… What do you think of 2012 London Olympics? Have you seen what has happened with all the incidents involving South Korea? What are your thoughts on the incidents with Park Tae Hwan, Shin A Lim, and Cho Jun Ho?

  2. Hey guys …i know you’ve done a video about dating in korea but do koreans date foreigners?? is it common or do they tend to stick with their own race?

  3. What were some of the worst dates you guys ever had?

  4. Yeah, I’m quite surprised as well. I grew up having had 13 dogs over 5 years and innumerable puppies. I did live in a house in a Seoul suburb, where most houses had at least one dog.

    As for the cats, you’re totally right. I still remember the story of the cat that ate the baby’s 100th-birthday fete food. The images from the comic book version still remain vivid in my mind. Shudder.

  5. so how manyh cat do u have??

  6. Dr. Meemersworth is the perfect age to train her to play fetch!!! I’ve done that with my Russian Blue kitty and he loooves playing fetch (like a dog!) :)

  7. its ok martina, i totally understand what you’re going through. my puppy will only ever sleep on my legs/feet. never on my boyfriends! evarrrrr…..and she knows JUSTTT how to place herself so that no matter what, i have almost no leg room. she’s just a little 15lbs. westie too! i can’t imagine if she were a bigger dog. :)

  8. why are you guys against buying from pet stops and breeders? just curious.

  9. How is the TV culture about foreign shows? Are the non-korean channels and their shows as watched/popular as the korean ones?

  10. I just find it funny that you guys are going through the exact same thing as I am. I just got a new kitten as well (I adopted her from one of my college librarians who found her as a stray) and we didn’t know the seemingly unending energy she would have. She just doesn’t stop! She gets into everything, and she terrorizes our older cat (who is not taking it nearly as well as Spudgy…) We still love her all the same, ’cause she’s so adorabibbles, but…she can still get crazy at times. And her CLAWS!!!
    Anywaffles…I’m still curious about Dr. Meemersworth’s name! Please tell us soon!

  11. You know you don’t have to apologize for sharing your incredibly cute kittie with us right?? If anything, after I saw your first vid I was like… is that all? I wanna see more vids of the kitty :p But I have two of my own… i’m lucky I didn’t end up with a ton more ;)

  12. i don’t know have someone ask about this already..but i heard that lots of korea shop open 24-7..and there is also a cafe that open 24-7..and there is shop where you check the item by yourself..when i was in korea, i didn’t get the chance to visit one and most of the shop at that time close at 10..soooo…..can you share it with us..thanks… ^.^

  13. Martina you look so cute with that hairstyle ^^

  14. I have a kitty too and he sleeps in my room , he have has own bed and even he sleeps there in the night he sleeps with me (maybe he feel lonely ) he take all the pillow and in the morning I’m in the corner of the pillow and he’s over my head or in my shoulder so I UNDERSTAND YOU MARTINA

    • I had two cats when I lived with my parents and back when they were allowed to hang out in the bedrooms, I’d fall asleep with just me in the bed. I’d wake up to what felt like a bed full of cats, which was cozy at first, but when the heater’s going full blast and i had my goose down duvet it was like, “I’m HOT! Get OFF of me!”

  15. Meemersworth will not stop ruining your videos. XD I’m pretty sure she’ll pounce on spudgy for some time until she learns that she’s not supposed to.
    Will a Scottish Fold grow up to be as big as Spudgy? I don’t own any pets so I’m curious yeahh. *ahem*

  16. Why are pet shops and mills bad? I’m not too familiar with them.

    • I thought so too but since I became a dog groomer I’ve learned a lot more about where to get pets and where you shouldn’t. One of the other things that get me is that “breeders” will breed different kinds of dogs together and then sell the puppies for a ridiculous amount of money even though they are essentially mutts.

      I love mutts but we should be rescuing them instead of breeding more of them only to have someone spend $500 or more on it just because someone marketed them with a cute name like a “Teddy Bear” dog or a “Daisy” dog O.O That’s nuts.

      I flat out told a friend that was considering a mixed breed puppy that she not only was spending way too much money on a mutt but that also keeps irresponsible breeders in business! If you want a mixed breed dog go to the pound! There are so many good dogs that need homes and are just as good as any expensive mutt out there.

    • Unfortunately it is probably more common in the U.S. :(

    • No, this is common in North America.

    • simply because of the atrociously bad living conditions and treatment the animals are subjected to. Mills are only for breeding. They are not raised to be pets, just to reproduce. It’s awful. :(

  17. Man, if your neighbor was like that to your dog, she might’ve straight up clawed out of the elevator and had a heart attack once she got out if she met my pitbull. Glad you guys got a kitten the way you did. Our dog we rescued from a kill shelter. He is a big baby who loves tummy rubs!

  18. They’re always so cute when they’re tiny but my calico is tearing my drapes and matresses now =_= Still, their baby videos are adorable! <3

  19. I’ve only been to one cat cafe in Seoul so far. It was lovely being surrounded by so many cats but most of the were rather exotic breeds: siamese, abyssinian, scottish fold, rex, etc. The kind of cats you get from a pet store. I’m not sure if there’s any laws in place about having adopted cats in such an establishment, but I was extremely disappointed in them for not taking the opportunity to get cats out of the animal shelters. Tsk tsk…

  20. Martina, your pillow will forever below to Meemersworth. My cat takes over my pillow ALL THE TIME, even though I have a pillow for her to lay on so she’ll leave mine alone.

    Apparently, unless I want it, it’s not good enough for the cat.

  21. oo if you want dr. meemersworth to stop scratching specific pieces of furniture or something else (door frames, windowsills), rub vaporub close to that area, cats hate vaporub!

  22. Really happy to hear that you didn’t buy her from a pet store or breeder~ ^^ There are tons of puppy mills around here (Pennsylvania – Lancaster is infamous for them) and I can’t believe more people don’t know not to support them :(

  23. WHOA!!!!!!!! Spudgy is originally from Korea??? didn’t know!!
    haha Dr. Meemersworth sure don’t seem lazy!!!
    i’m afraid of dogs, but the ones that are HUGE and just don’t look fluffy and friendly!!! Spudgy looks cute!! i like Spudgy! and i LOVE cats!!!!

  24. I’ve noticed that about Korea only being new to pet culture and animal rights. I’ve seen ahjummas completely freak out at adorable puppies and abuse the owner because the puppy dared to come near them. It was quite bewildering to me. Some of my Korean friends, when they first come out to Australia, are surprised at my joy of seeing dogs (usually accompanied by exclamations of “doggy!”) because they are very wary of dogs at first.

    I’ve also seen some really sad scenes and situations in rural Korea in particular, of dogs tied up their whole lives, not having access to food and water and in very poor condition health wise. This is really because of lack of education about pets and animals but hopefully things are changing.

  25. I was watching your kpop music mondays and I thought it would be really cool if you could review kdramas as well.Think about it please.

  26. Now you’re going to have to make a Dr. Meemersworth cartoon version to end videos with like the humping Spudgey one.

  27. Dr meemers needs her own song! seeing as spudgy has junsu…also Martina’s kitteh voice suited Dr meemers I vote for meemers to have that voice!

  28. What I was wondering is how are dog-owners here about strangers asking to pet their dogs? In the States, usually it’s all good. But I know in Germany it’s usually not done. I’ve been seeing so many cute dogs (with, erm, cute owners sometimes too…) and I’ve been a bit afraid to come up to them and ask them about their dog. Is it frowned on? Or do they like it?

  29. How did you came up with the name Dr. Meemersworth?

  30. Ah! This reminds me of a video of TOP in London that I saw a while back. He was amazed by the size of some random massive dog in the park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM4Mb3PKjDg

  31. aaaw!! widdle meemers! she sounds like a little baby mewing for you guise. You’re like new parents fretting over her reminds me of my cat when she was a kitteh…I’m sure spudgy will have no issues or meemers for that matter. My kitteh who is now a cat grew up to adore my puppy who is also very chilled and they have licking sessions and lots of rubs and snuggle together..they’re cute sisters!

  32. I live in hong kong currently, and hong kong is a hell of dog lover society. You will see dogs everywhere in the morning, evening or even at night. I wouldn’t run if I see a dog. Seriously, I would run if I saw a cockroach. Like basically scream and run and shout, with the expression “GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE”.

  33. Oh you doting parents you :p

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