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Here’s an update on our two fur babies, Oreo and Cookie. They had their furs trimmed last week. It is a regular thing now. Yesterday, Cookie has her pneumonia vaccine. Just like humans, they have their regular check -up with the vet. Our other four dogs stay outside. The three of them are adopted from the dog pound. We haven’t learned to pet Lassie yet. She is too elusive. She now mingles with the other dogs but when I try to pet her, she turns around. Maybe before we got her, she was a victim of torture. Even animals feel the hardship of trusting humans if they experienced something bad.

Here are photos of Oreo and Cookie.

This is how Oreo looks now. He is half the size of Cookie.
Our playful dog Cookie. I love her trim.

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Yesterday, we got worried about Cookie. Her bowel movement was frequent so at around 8:30 pm last night, Josef and Jovy had to bring her to the vet. She has Parvo, a contagious virus affecting dogs. She was given several medications and seven days injections which cost sky-high. She probably got it when they usually go out for a walk inside our village.

Oreo stayed with me last night and he’s now asleep at the foot of the bed. When Jovy and Josef came home from the vet clinic today, they sanitized everything inside the house. Jovy did the fogging and floor cleaning while Josef disinfected the garden. After a while, a veterinarian and his two companions arrived. Noki has three shots, anti-rabies (which we do every year) immunity and deworming. Nika and Niki had immunity, deworming and anti-rabies vaccine too. They could not catch Lassie, the elusive one so they were not able to vaccinate her. Oreo had his 8 in one vaccine months ago while Cookie had her 5 in one at the same time. I guess Parvo vaccine is not included in the latter.

As I have said before, our fur babies are family members so if one of them gets sick, we worry. I hope Cookie will get well soon. I asked the vet why some dogs seem to be always afraid of human and he said, they might have been maltreated in the early years of their lives.

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Nissa, Nate and I had an early video chat this morning. It is so nice to see them again.

Nate was cuddling a dog, it was quite big. I was surprised that he is no longer afraid of dogs. He used to be with Oreo, maybe because Oreo was so playful when he was a puppy. So that big dog is a three-month old pure breed Labrador which they adopted just yesterday from Obet’s sister. How nice to see them all together.

Finally, I was able to pet Nika, our other dog from the pound. I am afraid of the other one because he is not so friendly. Although he visits the garage now and then, he turns back to the garden when he sees me. He destroyed three pots of my Amazon lily.

My little Jennifer flower

I ordered a pack of rice hull the other day. It was only P30 pesos but the plant vendor had no change. I was forced to buy another pot. This plant is called Jennifer (Jenny Creeper). First to have one like this. I’d like to buy more once they have re-stocked their supplies. It has tiny pink flowers that resemble a daisy.

I have so many plants to repot but I don’t want them to be exposed to too much water, maybe I’ll do it after the rainy season.

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Three days or four days ago, Josef and Jovy found Noki at the pound. That was the second day that we were looking for him. They approached the police and they helped them to secure Noki back since he was not at the pound. Those in charge of it know healthy and nice breed dog so they didn’t bring him there. I guess he was also traumatized. My kids would have to buy him back.

The other day, they decided to adopt a dog, a Jack Russell. I was amazed that he is a good dog. He was wagging his tail when we fed him. Noki was jealous of course, he kept on barking but when Jovy finished bathing the dog, they were already friends. We decided to call her Niki.

Yesterday, I was surprised when the small truck of the pound arrived at our gate. As soon as Niki saw it, she readily hid herself under our dining table and she was shaking. She was afraid of those men she saw at the gate. Even dogs know who cares for them and who does not. They brought with them two more dogs. Jovy paid 1k for both. I guess they are Aspin (native dogs). A female and a male. She said the male would be given to her brother. One stayed in the rain yesterday. He won’t budge. They are now in the garden but they haven’t adapted yet to their environment.

I pity the poor dogs, those in-charge of the pound euthanize them after three or four days when nobody claims them. I bet they eat them too. They sell those which other dog lovers like. Josef and Jovy took pity on the two dogs. We cannot pet them yet because they are still afraid of us. They need baths too. It may take sometime before we could even play with them. The male one destroyed my Cosmos seedlings which I planted at one corner of the garden. He slept there last night.

So now we have five dogs in all, Cookie, Oreo, Noki, Niki and the new one. Dogs are family members too. The last three are our guard dogs.

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As soon as the door opens,

She does cartwheels

Then reach out her two front paws

She wants a cuddle

That’s our lovely Cookie.

Oreo comes next

Burying his head on my lap

A few back rubs is enough.

Noki gets jealous at times

He wags his tail

But Oreo barks at him

A bigger dog that he is

He just keeps quiet

Trying to say, “give me a few moments please”.

When it’s just the two us

He raises his four paws

Up in the air

Swooning over a few touches.

They say dogs are man’s best friends

Certainly, I do agree.

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I had the chance to take more  shots of Cookie early this morning. What a joy to catch her in different poses.

She is quite behaved here.

Practicing looking at the mirror….haha! Are you vain Cookie?

Clingy type. She always wants to be cuddled.

She has definitely grown. She is three weeks with us now.

Look at that fan-like fur. So smooth to the touch.

Would you believe that she cries when Jovy washes her face and her bottom.  She couldn’t take a full bath yet at her age.  Both she and Oreo have more shots last Saturday.

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Josef and Jovy were on leave today from work. They bought some groceries for us and the Samgyupsal grill. I had chicken, pork, and several kilos of fish and some veggies delivered today with no extra charge. I am glad that the seller took time to make a price list of what I ordered and printed it. They have vacuum-sealed everything except the veggies. That’s what I call good service. At last, I found a seller who is also after the convenience of the buyer. I haven’t eaten fish for almost two months now because I could not find someone who sells them fresh at least…. until this morning.

We enjoyed a yummy dinner with everything grilled. The samgyupsal tasted so good with all those side dishes and sausages plus the fresh Romaine lettuce. The thing is, it is a little hard to clean the grill.

This afternoon, Josef and Jovy brought the three furry loves to the animal clinic. They have to go back to fetch Noki for his anti-rabies injection. Cookie has her five in one shots and they told me that the vet calls her Taba. During the week that she stayed with us, she gained weight. Taba means fat…hehe! Oreo is now done with the eight in one shots. Actually, all three of them have gained weight especially Noki. He is not used riding in the car so he held on to Josef on their way to the vet’s clinic. Cookie just went to sleep when they reached home. She is well-behaved unlike Oreo, short of opening the door by himself, he keeps jumping every time the two arrive home. He knows the sound of the gate opening.

I was busy, haha! Busy reading.

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He had his fur trimmed late this afternoon. they have to go to the vet’s clinic late so there won’t be so many people around.

It’s the best trim I’ve ever seen so far. Before, he had shorter trim than this because his hair had lots of tangles when it stays long. Hmm…he smells so good. The dog shampoo they used smells heavenly. Pet grooming at its best.

Best pose Oreo?  The whiskers are defined…haha!

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What About Me?


Hmm…never mind the humans as long as Oreo has his stock of dog food. He just love Dentastix.

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I was quietly reading when he came barking his heart out. Then he noticed our glass sliding doors and he saw two dogs, he stopped for a while and faced me. He went out of the room and  got his small doggie toy.

“A peace offering”? I asked.

He then positioned himself at the edge of the bed and looked at me.

“Oh, you’re sorry you are barking out loud”, I said. Look at his eyes, he seems sorry enough. I have to cuddle him and he licked my arms.

We’re friends again.

That’s Oreo….bow!

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