A Month of Observance

A month ago, I met this interesting creature in our garage.  For the past several years, we’ve had lots of cats residing outside our house.

And then came a time we’ll have a dog! Who would’ve thought this would happen? None of us in the family dared to take care of one before. And I was wrong.

Funny that it took me a couple of days before I realized there was indeed a dog staying with us for quite some time.

At first, I was amused that the dog kept following my father and my brothers every time they’re going out. I even tried to walk farther from our house just to see if it’d also follow me.

To my frustration, I realized that it didn’t. I just laughed it off afterwards. This led me to a realization that the dog is very choosy! And I haven’t tried again to avoid embarrassing myself further.

Since it was the very first time we have a dog, I became observant of her. I began to recall the advices made by Dog Whisperer’s Cesar Milan about owning a pet dog. I never thought time will come I’ll also be checking out on him again.

The first thing I noticed about the dog? I find it odd it’d always howl when it returns our house. There were days when my ears got irritated because it howls disturbingly to think it’s still early in the morning and we’re watching a TV show.

And so I searched in the internet and looked for answers. I learned that some dogs howl because of separation anxiety. It’s their way to communicate for their pack leader (or the owner) to return safely.

I had to do a psst sound to prevent her from howling incessantly. Good thing it stopped.

Then after a few days, my younger brother noticed that the dog became territorial. From being meek and scared, the dog began to bark continuously every time someone comes nearer to our house.

Another problem came up when the dog is dealing with the other cats staying at our house. She went aggressive mode when it’s eating time. She became selfish she thinks all the food was all hers when another set of food is for the cats.

I got affected when she fought off with the lone cat she became close with. And I can’t afford to see the situation to worsen so I opened a hose to silence the dog from her aggressiveness.

And just recently, the dog became sickly. I thought she had recovered from diarrhea but her situation worsened. She looked helpless that I felt we had to let her go. And she has not returned home.

It’s been days since she left us. I heard the dog followed my father for the very last time. I interpreted it as her last goodbye.

Indeed, it was a short stay but her presence was something special. She created an undeniable impact that I cannot forget.

Her stay with us taught me how to extend my patience to connect with her. I was amused and envious at the same time when she’s being playful every time she sees my father. When I tried to approach her, the response was different.

And I just let it be. I did not force myself to be so close with her. We’re like casual beings. I see her and she sees me when I go out of our house.

What I especially like about her is when she found an unlikely friendship from one of the cats who I find very sweet to develop such closeness.

And the dog’s wagging tail and calm face! Those will just be beautiful memories.


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