Dogs are a man’s best friend, as the cliche goes. For dog owners, it’s more than just nurturing a pet. It’s nurturing a life that is considered a valuable part of the family.
We have two female dogs and three puppies at home. Gala, our 7-year-old askal, was found astray by my parents one rainy day when she was still a puppy. She’s the mother of our three 3-week-old puppies. Then Kyla, the chocolate brown dachshund which seemed to have a problem conceiving.
Last April 15, I was invited by one of our friends from JCI Lipa, Inah Alejandro, for the Let’s Paws for a Cause Dog Show Competition held at Robinson’s Place Lipa. Because the schedule permitted and being a dog lover myself, I agreed to be one of the judges.
The dogs were so cute! There were shih tzu, chow chow, a dog that kinda looks like a mix of Angel Locsin’s alter ego in the teleserye Lobo and the famous Japanese akita, Hachiko, among many others.
I know dog owners out there would agree that dogs can bring so much joy in the household. And keeping a dog requires you to nurture a give and take relationship. If you take good care of your dog, it will remain loyal to you for the rest of its lifetime.
Having a pet dog develops our sense of responsibility. Like what I’ve stated earlier, you nurture a life. It’s like having an extended family member to raise.
Getting a pet dog just for the sake of having one is not enough. You have to take full responsibility of it. Basic things to do for your dog include feeding, bathing, exercising, grooming, spending playtime together. These are so elementary but for a first time dog owner, it really requires time, effort, money, and lots of TLC.
I often start my day looking for Gala or Kyla and have a little ‘good morning chat’ with them. They both love being touched on their bellies which I find cute. Having them around gives us a different kind of happiness only they can provide.
There are more benefits of owning dogs than we could think of. If you treat your pet dog well, you are not just being a responsible pet owner, you’re being a kind and considerate individual.
Soon, I’ll be welcoming a beagle! I’ve been doing research on how to take care and how to train one and I’m just so excited.
Photos from JCI Lipa’s Let’s Paws for a Cause Dog Show Competition courtesy of Jason Lachica
If you’re planning to get a pet dog for the first time, the video below could help you out.
Video uploaded by msanitamartinez on YouTube