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The Happiness of Having Pets

   Minsan ba naisip niyo kung anong feeling ng mag-isa sa buhay? Yung tipong everyday ka na lang alone sa bahay? Ang lungkot di ba? Lalo na kapag dumating yung mga panahong may problema ka. Ang hirap kasi wala kang maka-usap. Wala man lang nag-co-comfort sa'yo. Tapos kahit anong gawin mo para sumaya walang effect. Nakakalungkot lang lalo.

   Eh mag-alaga ng hayop, naisip mo na? Aso o kaya pusa? Nainggit ka na ba sa kaibigan mong may alagang sobrang cute na tuta? O kaya nanggigil sa nakita mong sobrang matabang pusa? Sobrang nakakatuwa. Di mo na lang namamalayan ngumingiti ka na pala. 

   Masaya. Kung natatakot kang mag-try, don’t be. There’s a lot of reason why you should have a pet. 

  • First reason is that no matter what, they can make you smile. Kahit anong problema pa yan - walang kwentang boyfriend, maarteng girlfriend, di makalimutang Ex, stalker na Ex, yung utang mo, yung may utang sa'yo, etc. - lahat yun makakalimutan mo just by taking a look at them.
  • Second reason is you’ll always feel welcome to them. Di sila kagaya ng mga kaibigan mong backstabber o kaya ng mga plastic mong classmates. Every time na dadating ka sa bahay sasalubungin ka nila, kahit na anung oras pa un. Especially dogs. They’ll come running and make you feel home.
  • Another reason is they can really comfort you. As in comfort talaga. Hindi yung kung anu-anong sinasabi na minsan eh mas nakakainis lang. Silent treatment. Minsan tatabihan ka na lang nila as if knowing that you have a problem. It’s like they can understand you more than you understand them.
  • You’ll never feel lonely. Palagi lang silang nanjan kapag pakiramdam mo pinagbagsakan ka na ng langit at lupa. Pwede mo silang kausapin. Kahit na alam mong di ka nila naiintindihan, alam mong di ka nila iiwan.

There are lots of other reasons why you should have a pet. But always remember na once you have them, you should be responsible enough to take care of them. Hindi dapat ikaw lang ng ikaw yung nag-be-benefit sa kanila. As a pet owner:
  • You should always have time for them. Kahit na sobrang busy ka, for sure naman may oras ka pa rin para magpahinga. Dun mo sila ipasok. Iparamdam mo na mahal mo rin sila kasi kahit hayop sila, marunong silang magtampo.
  • Always take care of them. Lagi mo silang pakakainin. Sino bang gustong magutom? Groom them. Paliguan. Panigurado maarte ka kaya huwag mo sila hayaang mamaho. They’re called pets, so dapat talaga inaalagaan sila.
  • YOU SHOULD NEVER HURT THEM. Hindi porque’t may nagawa silang kasalanan eh sasaktan mo na sila. Tandaan mo, they don’t have a thinking mind like you do. Always understand them.

It isn’t hard having pets. You just have to treat them right, as if they’re normal people.  Love them and I’m sure they will love you more.

© Arvin Ojano Tupil, 2012

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