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Devoting time, effort and patience

ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - January 16, 2021 - 12:00am

Non-tangible and non-financial resources are available that our hearts love. They are part of our system and daily lives as we love them. But it really takes time before we can embrace them in our system fully.

There are situations and individuals that we encounter that will lead us to these resources. But mine is just another. It's an animal, a dog that takes our precious time and effort and builds in us so much patience, throwing a different scenario at me and the whole family.

Whitey is an astray, or a homeless dog whose true owner is unknown to us. As he waits for the people of the subdivision to feed him, a powerful figure in the streets for months. Yet we took care of him, along with two other residents, most of the time, feeding him, and giving him a bath.

But before the homeowners wanted to go over all the stray dogs in the area, the local veterinarian office figured it was their duty to take all the stray dogs. But Salee, his temporary owner, an animal welfare advocate, hid Whitey. And so, in addition to their four furbabies, Salee, wanted to take care of him temporarily.

Only last year, my family decided to accept Whitey and be part of our family. We brought Whitey into our home with an emotional turnover taking place at night. We put him just in our gate home, or sometimes in an unoccupied house just across.

At night, Whitey barks, showing us some odd circumstances, including the presence of some intruders. Every time we go home, he wags his tail and wants to be tickled. He gives us so much pleasure, a particular degree of feeling that we touch even more than everyone and anything in the family can provide.

Taking care of Whitey, our first time having a pet dog, is like taking care of a child. We have time, commitment and a lot of patience to devote.

Such a highly-intelligent being, as man’s best friend, the heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing of the dog, generates loyalty for humans that is suddenly powerful, can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings, and this paves the way for an unbreakable bond.

I feel like dogs are not the whole of our lives, but they make our lives whole. Admittedly, there are only certain hollow or unmet needs that can best be compensated by the man's best friend. It is entirely an unprecedented experience beyond compare.

ligayarabago@yahoo.com

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