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Monday, January 21, 2008

The latest addition to the family

We have another addition to the family, the youngest. He, yes, he's a boy, did not come after having stayed 9 months in my wife's belly but only in a day! Last Thursday, my wife sponsored a wedding at Tagaytay. It would have been just another one of those weddings my wife attend but this one was different. When I got back home, I saw my daughter tenderly patting him on the head while he remained steadily lain on the garden table. He was very quiet, not a sound came from him, not even a whimper. IT turned out that my wife has returned with a puppy which she intends to give to either her brother or a friend, as she knew I didn't want any pet in the house. She just couldn't resist taking his one home!

I had always been adverse to having pets in the house for several reasons. First and foremost is that having a pet is a huge responsibility. Uncared for pets turn out with mighty, disgusting fleas, can be ferocious and bite the neighbor's child and put us into trouble. You have to clean up after them and cleaning poop is not one of my favorite chores.

And yet,there is something unique with this puppy. He's just so lovable. I did not want my emotions get over me so I ignored my daughter's plea to keep the dog. HOwever, that night, when my eldest, and later on, my other son came, I saw how bright their smiles were upon seeing the dog. They excitedly went to where it was, petted it and my heart melted. Nothing in this world could ever give that kind of happiness to my children. And so, the following morning, I gave out the simple rule that they should all have their share in caring for the dog, otherwise, he will have to go. And so my friends, I would like to present to you the latest addition to our family, Yogi!



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27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love him already. And we're not even related. I guess he reminds me of my brother. hyuk hyuk hyuk..

-colleen gadon

6:22 AM  
Blogger Panaderos said...

Let me just say that I'm very happy for Yogi for becoming part of such a loving family! Thanks to you too, Rolly, for your change of heart. I'm sure your family, now along with Yogi, will spend so many happy moments together. Now, I look forward to future blog entries that would include him. :)

Cheers!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Joseph D said...

being in a family where the number of animals outnumber the humans in the household, dogs are good company. you'll get the hang of it ^^, just give the pup its annual shots and deworming, the right food, plus lots of love and care which i think your family has plenty of :) must make sure though that the dog knows whos the master as dogs are cunning creatures and can turn things around wahahaha

11:48 PM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Sumuko din si Tito Rolls! Lovable nga, I agree. Sana lovable pa din pag lumaki.

2:28 AM  
Blogger cathy said...

ang cute titorolly.

3:52 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

colleen renunds you of your brother? He must really be cute then. haha

panaderos he's very much loved by the family.

joseph d I told my wife to take him to the vet already but she said after three months pa daw. tama ba?

doc emer sana nga. nasa palaki siguo yun

cath parang ako no? thanks.

6:34 AM  
Anonymous bertN said...

Good luck with the conditions you set for your family in allowing the dog to be a member of the family LOL.

I was put in the same spot years ago and like you, I caved in - I wound up cleaning after the dog's mess, quarreled with neighbors over her constant barkings, spent a lot of money for her medical needs, etc.,etc,....

You know what? She was worth all the troubles she gave me. I enjoyed her company immensely and when she died of old age I felt I lost a family member. This is coming from a guy who laughed when I was told that my former boss took the day off because his dog died LOL.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Tito Rolly, ang cuuuute! Alam mo, there's really something about a puppy's eye that really touches you. Ang hirap hindian. And if you look really close, they do not outgrow this look even when they grow to become big, menacing dogs. Andun pa rin ang puppy eyes nila.

Pareho tayo Tito. I used not to like pets. When I was young, the puppy that my Dad gave me died and it hurt me so much. Since then ayoko na mag-pet. Until fafa Jay brought home Datu and you know how he just lords it over the house... hehe.

2:53 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

bertN Medyo nag-isip akong bigla ah. Hmmm, if i will end up cleaning after the dog's mess, I will have to potty train this one the moment I get home. hehehe

jet Exactly! it's the eyes and it's innocent look that made it.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww.. he's adorable! Having a pet really changes the aura around the house. Cats are easy, though but not everyone is a cat person. Cats are independent and no training needed (at least from our experience having an indoor cat)

Yogi has a lot of love.. I hope that the affection for him lasts and isn't just a phase as some people I know.. once the pup grows out of its adorable baby stage, it's like he's day old bread and his time is up.. neglected :(

Congratulations, Yogi for having a new loving family =)

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Joseph D said...

sir, according to my aunt you have to deworm him first (asap i think), then (if my memory serves me correct and got my facts straight) about 8 weeks or so he should be ready for his shots.

there's basically two shots that you give - one anti rabies and the other is an all-in-one shot (5-1 or 6-in-1 there's even a 10-in-1 lol!) but the basic-est is the 5-in-1 which covers problems like distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvo (haha not really sure kung tama pero mga nabanggit ito ni tita wahaha nainformation overload na kasi ako!!)

anyways, we usually don't bring our pets to the vet annually for their shots (rabies and a 5-in-1, but we have one dog with a 6-in-1), because we buy our pet's shots from my cousin, and every christmas during the family reunions, he administers them shots to our dogs and cats, we save on having to pay a professional fee!

but its more convenient to take him to the vet for the deworming and they can guide you through the other processes, although they'll charge fees like any normal doctor would ^^,

7:24 PM  
Anonymous toni said...

SO ADORABLE!!! Now I'm wondering how you got to choose his equally cute name!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous bingskee said...

awww... he's so cute! how can anyone resist those eyes? i like his name, too!

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Maistra said...

It's good to find another blogging teacher around this corner. ^^ Just reading your November post about double negatives. I need them for class. :D

8:57 PM  
Blogger Miki said...

i have officially fallen in love with yogi. he just might persuade me to become a veterinarian. :p

our new puppy brooklyn is as askal as they come, but i love her anyway, sobrang kulit po eh.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Your new family member looks like a baby that needs protection when he is asleep but when he is awake, he looks like, "Hey I can protect all of you!"

I used to have 13 dogs but one by one they died until it was time for me to move to this building where pets aren't allowed. It was as if they were bidding me goodbye because I had to go somewhere where they couldn't be with me.

I miss having pets.

5:35 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

anonymous i hope so, too. This is the first pet for the family. We used to have a cat but then, these are cats that "adopted" us.

Joseph D Thanks! We're taking him to the vet na.

toni The first impression my children had was that he looked like a bear. "Sige, ang pangalan na lang niya 'Bear-to'." Ayaw naman nila. So, yogi the bear! Makes sense naman diba?

bingskee Yes, the eyes are just so adorable

maistra Welcome to my blog, then

miki Wag naman. I'd rather you take care and look after me than my dog. Mas mahal ang doctor ng tao eh. hahaha

bugsy And that's how the family treats him. Just like a baby. Kakatuwa

8:30 AM  
Anonymous JMom said...

omgosh, ang cuuute!!

That's what I've always told my girls too, that having a pet is a huge responsibility I didn't want to tackle. Plus, husby is allergic. great excuse, since they always say they will do all the work. I know better. hehe!

8:53 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Jmom yun din inaalala ko eh. Sabi ko nga sa mga bata, it should be a shared endeavor.

3:42 AM  
Blogger ipanema said...

i don't like pets at home as well. i can only remember having that kind of puppy when i was small. but most of the time we keep birds. that was all.

up till now, one can't find pets in any of my sibling's houses. they all live in houses and are capable of having one.

but you're right! your wife's puppy looks cute! hindi nakakatakot at mukhang malinis. am sure your children are happy that you let it stay. :)

7:19 AM  
Anonymous siu said...

tito rolly, this surely has got me thinking - i might just take a look at that labrador my client's been egging me to buy. I love dogs, i had one when i was a kid, but somehow it got lost on me for a very long time.

12:04 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

ano lahi ng aso mo sir? mukhang german shepherd. hirap nga mag-alaga ng aso. it's a 10-15 year commitment kaya good luck.

i'm sure he'll give you a lot to be happy about even though you'll have shit on the floor and bite marks on the furniture.

6:09 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ipanema It seems like I am enjoying him more now after having to go out my way learning how to train him. Gugulat nga mga anak ko as I am sending them a lot of literature about puppy behavior :-)

siu a lab seems like a good choice for a pet. Right now, pass muna kami sa mga me breed. I'll see first how this pet will go.

batjay I don't think he's a breed dog. Of course I am just guessing as I never saw the mom or talked with the former owner. My best guess is that he's a mongrel if not a pure askal! But we love him just the same. :-)

8:43 PM  
Blogger ipanema said...

it would be helpful for those of us who have grown children. pets would make us happy. may sasalubong pagdating mo. ibang babies. :)

11:14 PM  
Blogger failed misanthrope said...

Oh my God, sobrang cute!

9:16 PM  
Blogger failed misanthrope said...

Tito Rolly I remember you wrote something about Filipinos and reading . Now I can't find it...

10:19 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

ipanema Sinabi mo pa. Ang cute nga pag dumarating kami.

FM It's here

3:35 AM  

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