Growing up, we always have a dog or two (or more) at our home in Angeles City, Philippines. I think almost every home in our neighborhood has one, and they function not only as pets but “guards” as well. I’m not a “pet lover”. I had four Siamese cats when I was nine that my veterinarian godmother gave as presents. One of them died and I don’t remember what to the rest.
At one time, we had eleven dogs at our home in the Philippines. Now, we only have three. None of them are expensive breeds as my mother prefers to take care of street dogs. Whenever she sees a lost dog (and they usually don’t have any tag or identification), she would rather take care of it than have it found by the drunkards in a nearby store. I think pet owners now are luckier that there are services like that could assist them for their lost pets.
My husband has been telling me for some time now to get a pet dog for our son. He thinks that a child exposed to animals would grow up loving and respecting them. I thought about that too but I’m simply too lazy to take care of an animal. However when we went for a three-day weekend trip to the province last week, I was “forced” to change my mind when I saw this scene…
I took the picture about 20 feet away since I didn’t want to disturb my son petting the dog. If we’re gonna have a pet in the future (and I’m sure we will), I’d rather get a found dog at a shelter than buy an expensive one.