Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted April 22, 2014
I really didn't plan to raise a native dog. When it comes to dogs, I really like the golden retriever. But I knew that raising foreign-bred dogs like the retriever comes with a price. Retrievers need special care for grooming and hygiene. They also demand a special diet.
But one day, back in 2003, a stray female dog found its way at our gate. It surely wasn't a retriever. It was a Philippine mongrel or native dog. I took pity on her and allowed her in. She was suffering from rashes and some sort of skin disease that emitted a foul odor. My parents disliked her and suggested to throw her away. But I didn't. Patiently, I took care of her and several weeks later, her rashes healed by themselves and she took on a fine white fur. By that time, I already developed an emotional attachment to my pet dog. She wasn't a foreign purebred. But for me, she was special. I do not know her real pedigree but I am amazed by her ability to learn and be trained.
She learned simple commands such as "eat", "sit", "fetch" and "go out" (whenever it enters the bedroom). All it takes is some time and effort. She also needs to be trained to poo outside the house premises.
Philippine native dogs easily contract lice and other pests. They need to be bathed at least three (3) times a week using special soap to kill lice. If left unattended, lice infections can cause serious skin problems like those experienced by my dog.
Their mouths do smell bad sometimes. Vet shops sell some mouth candy (in the form of a bone) for dogs to chew and bite so that mouth odor can be minimized.
Dogs can also contract rabies when allowed to mingle with other stray dogs. A rabies infection from a dog bite can kill. In the Philippines, dogs must be brought to the city veterinarian for an annual anti-rabies shot. This will make sure that the family is safe when playing with the pet dog. When outdoors, dogs must be placed on a leash. The dog owner must ensure to keep them away from other stray dogs.