Who Let This Dog Out?

Maldita, the mischievous she-dog
Maldita, the mischievous she-dog
Where's my playstick?
Where's my playstick?
Awww!!! says Maldita
Awww!!! says Maldita
I'm camera-shy (maldita).
I'm camera-shy (maldita).

Dogs are playful;where is my other shoe?

This was the big question of my youngest sister who visited our home in the barrio last week (that was the last Sunday of August this year 2009).

We were busy watching a noontime show in the television (my mom, two nieces, two sisters and me) when we all looked at her direction outside the main door. She's preparing to go and she's looking for left blue sport shoe.

I answered, "We have no pet dogs here in the house. Someone is doing a prank on you." As I was saying this, I quickly added, "Wait, maybe it's Maldita!" That was the name I christened to the white dog, a seven-year old (1 human year) who always play in our lawn. Maldita (Filipino word which means mischievous) is one of the dogs of our relative, just two blocks from our house along the road. Truly, one of my nieces found it at the vacant field just outside the fence of our house, undainted or without bite marks.

Dogs are normally playful. Maldita, the dog (of Japanese akita descent), is in her formative years. She can be taught a trick or two. When she lingered at our lawn again, I gave her some chicken bones and ate it with gusto. When she was finished, she tagged the hem of my shorts, which means 'she want to play'.

I threw a stick and surely, she ran for it and brought it to me for more play repitition. She never gets tired! Like a human being, I started petting her by stroking the fur at her lower jaw and in return she will give playful bite on my hands, lightly but not painfully. She's really a darling!

I cannot have a pet dog, right now, at home because I'm always out in the country (Philippines), working for a living in a commercial ship.

[Once, I had a white male wolf-like dog (of Alaskan hushkies descent). His life was shortlived because he was sideswept by a public utility jeepney (puj) in the barrio. (Sighs), he used to sleep beside me in my room.]

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Having pet dogs in the Philippines

More and more improvement in having pet dogs in Asia are being noticed nowadays.

In the Philippine scene, posh stores for dog foods and parlors for pets are sprouting rapidly in the city area.

Breeding showdogs and the like are becoming a lifestyle. From chihuahua to great dane...whether a family is well-to-do or not, they really believe the old jargon "man's bestfriend". Well, raising dogs just like having children, only more expensive.

Dark sides of raising dogs in the country involve illegal pitbull races and other abuses that dogs suffer, even eating them! That's gruesome!

Enter the PETA's campaign. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are actively promoting fair treatment to all animals. Celebrities and ordinary people alike are joining hands to stop any kinds of violence against our pets and even among us, humans.

When I heard the bark of my relative's dogs who are always guarding our house outside ( I wonder), I always feel secured and continue my dreamy sleep.

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Appletreedeals 7 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland USA

nice content. look forward to seeing more.

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Aqua 7 years ago from California

I'm glad to hear conditions for dogs are improving in the Philippines. Maldita looks like such a sweet dog.

Very nice hub here that you've written in her honor. Lucky dog!

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Appletreedeals, thanks for dropping by. I'm still adjusting to the rigors and excitement of this hub.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

She really is a lucky dog, Aqua. I always pamper the dogs of my relatives whenever I'm on vacation. They think I'm weird because I talk to them. Wagging their tails and letting out their tongues are my best consolation, as if they understand what I'm telling them. It's very relaxing.

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Travel, this was a nice hub, I like how it begins like a story. Welcome to Hubpages.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Dolores Monet, I'm glad I discover this hub that shares our thoughts and experiences through writing across the globe. Thank you also for the founders of this site.

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bacville 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

My sisters and I are planning to have a pet dog this summer.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Opps! I'm sorry that my answer is late already. We'll taking care of a pet dog can be both enjoyable but tedious. You just have to be patient of controlling his/her antics and unruly behavior. Good luck, bacville.

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