On Teaching Kids to Appreciate Animals

I used to hate dogs. Perhaps due to how we were taught about them. Ang alam ko noong bata ako, they are dangerous and their bites can kill. Kaya naman I never did like them so much kahit na meron kaming aso sa bahay. Isa pa sa mga unpleasant experiences ko with them is when I got so much scars kasi kinakagat ako ng mga ticks nila at kinakamot ko ito until magsugat. May impact ito sa self esteem ko sapagkat madalas ako tinutukso ng mga kapitbahay for having such horrible skin.
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One day, my brother went home with Chloe. She’s a Shih Tzu and was a pup then. Ang cute niya. Furr of ball. Pero ayokong maki-mingle sa kanya dahil nangangagat siya ng paa. My brother taught me how to stay calm when she’s around and let her bite my toe fingers. At first it was an uncomfortable feeling pero after sometime, nasasanay na ako. Doon nagsimula ang pagiging close ko kay Chloe. She became a part of our family.

Apart from that, Chloe became super close sa eldest ko, si Dominic. They play together all the time. I realized how close they were when my Son had a terrible accident and broke his arm. He was helpless. Chloe was there to comfort him and sit with him on the floor while watching TV. Everytime na umiiyak si Dominic, and rolls on the floor, she licks his tears.

My mom spoils Chloe a lot. She brings her to the best vet just to be sure that she’s okay every time we feel that there’s something wrong with her. She feeds her table food kaya naman she developed the habit of crying and begging for food every time we eat on the table. She pays for her haircut kahit mas mahal pa ito sa gupit namin. Kaya naman Chloe loved my Mom so much. When she’s away, Chloe would sit by the front door, patiently waiting for her to come home. Kapag may bumusina, agad siyang tatayo, expecting my Mom. She would lay back when she confirms that it’s not her.

Tuwing uuwi naman kami sa bahay, she would welcome us by the front door, run around and wiggle her tail frantically na tila matwitwist na ang katawan niya. Ganoon siya ka-excited makita kami. Her love for each of us in the family is a beaming bright light that warms us up at all times. Hindi matatawaran ng kahit sino pa man ang pagmamahal na inialay para sa amin ni Chloe.

Kaya naman, now that I have a new baby, I am slowly teaching him how to appreciate dogs. We have 4 dogs right now, si Brownie, isang Askal, si Chloe at Betty, both Shih Tzu at ang bagong salta na si Buddy, isang Shih Tzu rin. Puppy pa lang si Buddy kaya naman siya ang bagong paborito sa bahay. Siya rin ang ipinapakilala ko ngayon sa akin bunsong anak, si Kastiel.

Unlike other kids, hindi marahas si Kastiel sa mga aso. He is gentle to them yet medyo nagho-hold back pa siyang hawakan sila at natatakot siguro na baka kagatin siya. Kaya naman isang araw, I let Kastiel hold Buddy. At first, parang uncomfortable siya pero after a few moments, nagiging kumportable na siya. Gusto kong matutunan ni Kastiel mahalin ang mga aso at iparamdam sa kanila na hindi naman talaga sila nakakatakot.

I hope thst later on, my son, Kastiel would develop the same love his Kuya has for Chloe and treat dogs like best friends.

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