People often question me when they find out that Joey can’t have babies anymore. They tell me “sayang naman!” and though I agree that Joey would make beautiful babies, I can’t bring myself to be the cause of so much suffering in other dogs.
Joey having babies = other dogs suffering may seem far-fetched but I’ll explain why. I never thought I was ready to have a dog of my own but my sister got me Joey as a gift. You know you’re not supposed to give dogs as gifts right?! The long and short of it is that I babysat Maxx’s dog Charlie for a week and when she took her back I couldn’t help but cry because I had gotten attached to Char-Char. It happened to be our birthday week so being the generous albeit crazy impulsive person she is, she got me a black ball of fur to call my own. It was overwhelming at first, it was like an unexpected teen pregnancy! Haha! I had to make choices and adjust my lifestyle because having a dog is not a joke especially if you don’t have help to clean up after them. My point is that Joey is lucky to have gone to me because I actually did my research and did everything a puppy mama is supposed to do.
I spayed my Joey Bear at 5 months mostly because it was better for her health, partly because I can’t afford to have more than one dog and I definitely don’t want to sell/give away her babies. By not giving birth, Joey is giving those helpless pets in shelters all over the Philippines more chance for adoption !
I’m so proud of CARA Philippines for coming out with this new campaign to show what a difference a loving owner makes in a pet. I cried looking at these pictures.
Here’s one last picture of happy Joey giving me her “pet frog” as an offering
If you are looking for a pet of your own, please do consider adopting a rescue animal. Go to caraphil.org for more details.
P.S. I just checked out their website and grabe heart-wrenching ang photos and stories ng pets!!! I just sponsored this dog named Skyflakes for a whole year. You can also sponsor the other pets if you want to help but have no time (or patience) to actually take care of them. You will be sent updates on the pets you sponsor via e-mail. Please spread the word!!