Getting a dog is a life-changing decision. It’s no easy undertaking, but it’s probably one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences one can have in a lifetime. Our four-legged companions are more than just pets; they become a part of the family, connected by a bond like no other. We think we’ll change their lives, but really, it’s the other way around.
In celebration of International Dog Day (Aug. 26), we ask some of our readers what they love about their adorable fur babies and how they’ve made an impact on them:
“I’ve always wanted to raise a dog of my own for as long as I can remember. I fulfilled that dream this year when I decided to adopt Daisy from a close friend. I’m not going to sugarcoat it by saying being a dog momma is a walk in the park. It takes a whole lot of patience to be one, and it’s twice as hard when you’re raising a mischievous puppy like my Daisy. However, she makes up for being the naughtiest fur baby on the planet by being the smartest little big lady. Daisy is such a fast learner that when she was just a little over two months old, she learned the commands: paw, high five, down, and stay. It’s honestly one of the best things ever.” - Patricia Catan, content marketing specialist
“Joy and happiness come in different forms. Our dogs may sometimes require a lot of patience, but life is just dull without them. Akiro’s calm and gentle nature complements Olly’s quirky personality. Seeing them play every day keeps my anxiety at bay during these trying times.” - Mark Rabadon, marketing communications officer
“Having Camper is like having an additional baby in the family. He might still be young, but he already changed our home for the better. He taught my boys to be responsible kuyas, who take turns in walking him around the lawn, preparing him food, and playing with him. And the “dad-who-didn’t-want-the-dog?” They’ve become so close that they take naps together on the couch. Camper brings so much joy in our lives and we can’t wait to bring him around in our little adventures.” - Rei Sarmiento-Niñal, mother of two and entrepreneur
“We got Murphy in June 2020 during the pandemic, and even if I only get to visit him once a week since he lives with my boyfriend, he has really been the ray of sunshine we needed to get through this time. What I love most about him is his consistent enthusiasm whenever he sees us, especially when we arrive home. His playfulness and warmth really make you forget your worries and stresses for the day or week. And of course, he’s so adorable especially when he does his tricks.” - Justinne Go, dietitian and entrepreneur