Dogs & Babies: The Whatchamacallit

(Sorry, couldn’t think of a catchy headline.)

Ever since Romulus and Remus were suckled by a wolf, dogs have been taking care of human babies. Think how different it would’ve all turned out, had they been raised by newts.

One comment on “Dogs & Babies: The Whatchamacallit”

  1. Very funny and cute video. However, videos like that would not be understood nor “resonate” with some Filipinos.

    Have you ever eaten dog? Well, if you live in the Philippines, chances are you know a Filipino or one of their family, living in rural regions that have eaten canine. I was walking down our road a while ago, and grilling meat next to the road is done all the time. I asked one man what he was cooking, “Dog” came the reply. He was not kidding.

    Dogs and cats play a different role in the towns and villages, rather than pets as in the US. Some Filipinos would find it a bit hard to understand the emotions invoked in the movie Old Yeller, a 1957 drama film, about a boy and his stray dog, a Labrador Retriever mix, as the movie builds to its climax, and the dog needs to be put down. You will seldom see Filipino’s pet or hug their dogs or cats. Indifference, coolness, and a lack of sympathy for dogs and cats is probably the best way to explain their interaction with those creatures. The temperament of a large number of dogs is also not endearing nor pleasing, as those that live in the US. Most are skittish, uneasy, and nervous. Even most of the puppies act the same, as if that personality and disposition have been bred into them.

    Dogs function as clean-up. Most Filipinos do not buy dog or cat food, since those furry four-legged beasts are fed table scraps. You will not see fat dogs, most are ill-fed, and many need medical attention, which few ever receive. They also perform guard duty, by barking. It’s not unusual to be woken in the middle of the night by the neighbor’s dogs barking. Which in turn, causes the dogs living across the canal to bark, which causes the dogs a few streets over to bark, and this chain reaction continues until you hear dogs still barking faintly in the distance, many minutes later. What is most irritating, they never hush their beasts, but allow them to bark until the dog decides to quit (which might be a minute to half an hour). Sometimes dogs are kept in cages and seldom let out, or are on a chain only long enough to allow them to stand. Others are allowed to roam and leave their droppings wherever they want.

    Cats are treated the same. And for the most part, are feral, and seldom treated as pets by most. I would say, their main duty is to help keep the rat and mouse population down.

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