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A Dog's Life in the Philippines

May 12 | By David_Roxas | Views: 474 | Comments: 13

In the Philippines dogs are routinely neglected.  Owners let their dogs roam free to dig through trash and mate with any other dog that comes by. Unrestricted mating leads to a plethora of puppies no one wants and no one cares for. They become strays and the cycle repeats itself.


Stray dogs frequently run and play near the highways so it was no surprise when I found a dead dog laying next to the curb while I was waiting for a jeepney.


20 April 2017

On closer inspection I could see that the dog was breathing. Barely. A conundrum arose: should I continue on my errands or should I try to save this dog's life?  Was he able to be saved?  There was no blood or sign of physical trauma but surely this dog was on death's door. 


I headed back to the house to retrieve the animal carrier so I could transport him home.


Physically the dog was fine. No broken bones, no cuts, no bleeding from the mouth or the anus. The problem seemed to be severe dehydration. Not knowing what to do and not wanting to take the dog to a vet just yet because the dog was too close to death we decided to call the vet for advice and he recommended we feed the dog liquids  We filled a syringe with water, sugar water, gatorade, yakult, anything with nutrients and forced it down his throat.


All of a sudden, after about 5 hours, the dog woke up and started screaming in the most mournful dog screams ever heard.  A real low painful howl that crawl up your skin. The dog was in shock and most certainly suffering psychological trauma. This was a good sign.  It showed the dog was reviving and could be saved.  So we took him to the vet.


20 April 2017


The dog came back with an IV in his paw and with a full examination done. The vet said there was evidence of broken bones in the dog's front shoulder but that the bones had healed. He also said the dog was severely dehydrated but that he was going to survive.



21 April 2017

21 April 2017


The difference between this picture and the very first picture is not so remarkable as might be imagined.  In the first picture, when I found the dog, he looks like he is hairless.  But he is not.  He is just wet. Someone tossed water on the dog to cool him off.  This means that the dog was likely placed on the side of the road and left to die. That is incredibly cruel.


The dog stayed in this condition with the IV in his arm for a few days gradually regaining his appetite and his strength.  Throughout the night the dog would emit the most dolorous howls because of the IV and the psychological trauma.


Eight days later the IV had been removed and the dog was able to sit up and eat normally.


29 April 2017

You can see the shock in this dog's blank thousand-yard stare.  He is back from the precipice of death.  He has seen and experienced things no dog should ever see or experience.


His legs were not very stable and he was still weakened from the being dehydrated but it was necessary to get him fully rehabilitated so we placed him a large open place where he could test his legs.



29 April 2017

Fast forward to May 11 and you can see that the dog is fully recovered from his ordeal.  His coat is colourful and he is walking around sniffing and exploring his new home. He even has a brand new collar.


11 May 2017


11 May 2017 

11 May 2017


I do not know for sure who this dog belongs to but I do have a very good idea. This dog will not be going back to them.  He does not deserve to be placed back in a home that will neglect him.


While this puppy has gotten a second chance at life many dogs are not so lucky. 


Stray dogs roaming through neighbourhoods eating trash, spreading trash all over the roads, biting children, pooping everywhere, unrestrictedly mating, barking and disturbing the neighbourhood, is huge problem in the Philippines.  What's needed in the Philippines to curb the stray dog problem is the same kind of public awareness programs as in the West.  Dogs need to be neutered and spayed. Dogs need to be kept inside fences and fences need to be patched up and strong enough to contain a dog.  A flimsy fence that a dog can easily knock down endangers both the dog and the community.


The stray dog problem is solvable.  It starts with proper pet ownership.


For more information on proper pet ownership please contact the Philippine Animal Welfare Society.


http://www.paws.org.ph


https://www.facebook.com/pawsphilippines/

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85andbelow
May 12
A good deed well done indeed. That said, the dog is pinoy and at some point is bound to bite you or steal from your or just run off.
85andbelow
May 12
All joking aside the Philippines has far worse things that the dog problem. I've seen crazy people wandering the street including naked old women and no one pays the slightest attention. A dog thrown aside to die? Dude, you just stole someone's merienda for the next day.All joking aside the Philippines has far worse things that the dog problem. I've seen crazy people wandering the street including naked old women and no one pays the slightest attention. A dog thrown ...See more
DingDong
May 12
David,

You have done a Fantastic Job! I adopted a ‘Saluki Cross’ from the Dubai Municipality Dog Rescue back in 2011. He was on ‘Death Row’ – Due to be ‘Gassed’ the following day! He was Malnourished, Dehydrated and had Relentless Diarrhoea. Huge chunks of fur were also missing. To be honest, I was not expecting him to survive. He joined the household, and soon fitted-in with the Pekinese, and the two cats. A full recovery took 3 Months.

When I moved here, all of the pets came with me. The Saluki is one of the best natured dogs I have ever had to deal with, and he follows me like a shadow around the house. The Cats and Dogs also have unrestricted access to the office too.

Friends here were surprised with his general demeanour, and the fact that he walks (unleashed) with me to the local shop, and is very obedient. The dogs make no noise either, and are NEVER put into cages.

Later, I was introduced to PAWS who accepted him as a ‘Doctor Dog!’ The Doctor Dog Scheme is for Terminally Ill Children. The dog has to be capable of being left unaccompanied with a child for 20 Minutes. The children are then encouraged to ‘Talk’ to the dog, and tell him things that they would not normally tell anyone else. ‘Fox’ (The Saluki) is collected each week for the Doctor Dog Sessions, and is returned later in the day. PAWS does a fantastic job, and is well worth a visit!
David,

You have done a Fantastic Job! I adopted a ‘Saluki Cross’ from the Dubai Municipality Dog Rescue back in 2011. He was on ‘Death Row’ – Due to be ‘Gassed’ the following day! He wa...See more
CaptainPFB Admin
May 12
Great job David. So glad you rescued that dog. And well, you know it's sort of the same with children. Plenty of stray children on the streets too. But it seems their President decided killing people was a priority over bringing some relief to the neglected and abandoned children of Philippines. If you ask me, that is a MUCH BIGGER problem than drugs. It's like nobody wants to see them, acknowledge them, or do anything about the problem. It's like it doesn't exist.Great job David. So glad you rescued that dog. And well, you know it's sort of the same with children. Plenty of stray children on the streets too. But it seems their President decided killing people ...See more
ControlNumber
May 14
Yep, well done Dave! That tells a lot about your character mate! Thanks for sharing the story. Now to the original owner, maybe Duterte will allow me to shoot him or her and throw them in the gutter where they belong?
Jackson
May 15
In texas there was a mutt dog who walked into some rednecks place.. said redneck fed him and taught the dog tricks.... now they are fairly well off and even on the oprah winfrey show.. they are n you tube too
Mike
May 16
Capt,
You know the filipino mindset. If they do not admit there is a problem then there is no problem. If the ignore the problem it will fix itself or go away.
Backintherealworld
May 18
Thank you for saving this beautiful little creature.

I HATE how dogs are treated by so many people over there. In
Backintherealworld
May 18
I have 2 of my own, a beagle and a small terrier, and always had to walk them past what I call the "Cujo Chorus" of big, chained up and/or caged up dogs that it seemed never got properly exercised. I was always scared that one of them or more would break free and attack, and in fact that happened twice in the years I was there, and fortunately everyone escaped in one piece.

A good friend of mine has rescued innumerable stray dogs and cats in Manila and found homes for them through PAWS and veterinary offices. Also I am happy to have observed some shift toward respect for animals in my time there. But they do have a long way to go.
I have 2 of my own, a beagle and a small terrier, and always had to walk them past what I call the "Cujo Chorus" of big, chained up and/or caged up dogs that it seemed never got properly exe...See more
schindle
May 19
Keeping a dog in a cage for it's entire short life is not only sadistic but a crime and these people should go to jail to see what it feels like being locked up.
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