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A Canine Prodigy
A Closer Look to a Philippine Dog Breed
Here in the Philippines, Filipinos are fond of having companions in their homes since they portray the value of closed family ties. A family is commonly extended up to the grandparents, Aunts and Uncles plus the great guardian of the house-- an aspin (Asong Pinoy), the Philippine dog breed. It has been a Filipino custom to buy purebred dogs and let them stay inside the house while the native dogs which is also termed as askal (Asong Kalye, which means street dog) are outside the house because they guard the house from thieves, etc.
The irony is seen on how purebred dogs and native dogs are treated. Purebred dogs get the most affection--are fed lavishly of high quality dog food, have walks on parks, are allowed to roam around the house and are brought to the vet for complete vaccination. On the other hand, Bantay (a native dog's common name which means "guardian") is treated as a guard dog staying outside the house, is fed only of left over foods, is leashed in a corner of the house's front yard and is never allowed to enter the house because Bantay never received any vaccine for its protection.
Change Is Coming
People are becoming more aware of the native dogs' role in the household is quite the same that of the purebred dogs. Thanks to some concerned agencies like PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) from which one of their goals is to uplift native dogs' morale. They have campaigns like "See Beauty Beyond Breed" encouraging people to use the term Aspin (Asong Pinoy) instead of Askal (Asong Kalye). The campaign also reminds dog lovers that native dogs and purebred ones are just the same.
Because of this, I decided to adopt my very first Aspin. I got Summer (because she was born during the summer season) from my friend's Aspin who gave birth to three cute puppies including Summer.