A Dog Story
A unique encounter with a dog in a mountainous park in Northern Philippines.
Travelogue: A Dog Story
I was listening to a news the other day with my class, when we stumbled about a cat story somewhere in Alaska touted to be a town "mayor". What clicked on my distant memories was our very own canine and city ambassador in the summer capital of the Philippines- Douglas- and how my son teased me later that year.
It is located in the Northern region of the country about 7 hours drive from Manila. Up in the so called Pine city or Baguio is Mines Park View. Just after the gate one will find at least two natives with an unusual large dogs you would not missed.The gargantuan of a (St.Bernard) dog is actually working as pictorial model for tourist souvenir shot for a dollar. One particular is Douglas the bigger and arguably the patriarch of this collected pool of this uncommon breed taking the park as his kingdom. Seeing him earning a lot makes me wonder not on the money but the number of people he receives and entertained in the high peak scenic high altitude park. Definitely he is more than a city mayor! Then this question by my son that stirred some emotion in my core;" Dad what if he got a rabies when he is old or from the poor diet? Will the owner kill him like a vicious beast even he work so hard and to bring food on their table?' I pause for a moment and simply said "Son, we don't know how he was treated by his handler, we just wish he gets a 'decent' death for his service."
Year after, I wrote this poem remembering that morbid thought in our exhcange:
"Rabies maybe termites decaying his beastly memories
but lest it be said that his loyalty was erased in your own;
on the life that he gave to bestow his lifelong duties
the master that he serves, betrayed by it's throne."
Postscript: I just saw the same dog yesterday on my friend's social network profile still healthy and receiving his guest in that kingdom near the sky of Baguio.