“Dogs have given us there absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made” – Roger Caras – All my life I’ve always been very familiar with dogs, they were all around our house all the time. Eventually, I’ve grown to love them, and in return they’ve always shown such loyalty. Growing up I can remember how they always go with my father when he goes to our rice farm and at night, they’re like the night-watcher, guarding the house and the family from unwelcome guests. Although sometimes, they could get very annoying. Barking and barking all the time, but you’ll get used to it eventually. Over those years, I could only remember one dog in particular his name was “Panther”. He was kinda brutal and protective, but he was an effective night-watcher and he was very close to my heart. He lived a long and fulfilling life I supposed. Sad thing was he died due to old age, but I had to move on. Years past and we’ve adopted a lot of dogs, they just come and go really. Not until I finished college when I found a perfect puppy his name is “Hamster”.
He is originally owned by my sister’s friend – Rica. When I first met him he was that cute, little, short-tailed, brown puppy – about two months old. He was 6 inches small, he even fitted inside a tiny box. I spent the whole week with him in the city, everyday I would let him drink his milk, I tidied him and tucked him to bed every night. Week after, I took him home with me to my province, my family loved him! The time we spent together were all unforgettable, we would play all day, I fed him and at night he would settle on my tummy and sleep there. When I had to go back to the city, I left his custody to my parents. He’s been with the family for almost three years now and although we don’t spend more time together, we always have that special connection. Whenever I go home, he always welcomes me at our front gate, wiggling his tail, he’s always so excited to see me, always. I still play with him when I have time. Funny thing is, he’s kinda spoiled and he acts pretty abnormal compared to our other dogs. He’s very tame, he don’t try to wander when our gate was left open, and he likes to take bath a lot! Currently we have more or less six dogs in the province, guess my parents are very fond of adopting dogs.
Just recently I got myself a puppy for my 25th birthday. A big step for me as I know, looking over and taking care for a dog alone is too big a risk but I did it anyway. All for the love of dogs. So I bought myself a puppy from my colleague (Cynthia), sort of birthday present for myself. A pure breed Maltese, She’s four months old now, she’s covered with all white fur so I named her “Snow”. Sure did, taking care of her is quite a big responsibility. From taking her to the vet for the deworming shots, multivitamins, 5-in-1 shots for parvovirus, and anti-rabies. To walking her daily around the streets, and cleaning her mess. Not to mention providing her with the suitable food, milk, vitamins, dog accessories (toys, leash, clothes). But you know, at the end of the day when I come home from work she’s the first thing I look for some cuddle and I say to myself – “All the efforts paid off, and more”
I’ll never get over my fondness for dogs and how cute and loyal they are. Indeed, dogs are man’s best friend.
Special shout-out to Rica for giving me Hamster and to Cynthia for Baby Snow.