Friday, April 01, 2011

The Story of YULA ....

~The Story Of Yula ~

I arrived in my hometown last March 26 , Saturday from Perth, Australia. My home in the town of Sta. Cruz , Laguna was situated in Lynville Phase 3 Subdivision. My mom and my son live in our two-story home without a pet.

1st Day- Sunday, 27th March ~

 10am ...I had just finished my late breakfast and I was outside the main door sitting on a monoblock chair when suddenly a tiny, dirty sick looking creature started pushing it's nose and mouth thru the bars of our iron gate.

Crying and barking at the top pitch of its tiny little voice for attention. I came to check on it and it was excited to see me coming .

It continously wagged its filthy, scabbies covered tail while
it's fur had mostly dissappeared from its skin covered with rashes. Poor little thing .. it looked like it's not even 3 months old!
 I gave it some food and water and it was happy to leave after awhile to go back on the streets where it had been wandering around for weeks accdg to my neighbors.

The afternoon passed without seeing it again . Night time came and I was about ready to sleep. It was about 9pm and our main door was closed while I was on the sofa dozing off from time to time while watching tv. I though I was just dreaming when I heard a little crying sound outside by the gate. I peeked thru the slightly open glass window and I saw the little puppy by the gate again. I turned on the light outside and went out to check on it. It was shaking in the windy chilly night. It's been raining and drizzling at night since I arrived in my hometown. So poor puppy had been out there on the streets feeling cold and wet all the time. I felt so very
  sorry for it that I took it in and put it on a clean mat outside our main door. I couldn't bring it inside our home coz I saw it has lots of fleas. She was scratching all the time too.
Oh My GOD!

2nd Day - Monday, 28th March ~

She fell asleep really good that when I woke up the following morning, she was still sound asleep & curled on the mat. I found her to be very smart and very sweet. Her cute eyes stares at me like as if telling me " please don't let me go back to the streets... " . I asked my neighbors around about her. Where she came from and who owns her. They just tell me all the same answer. She's been abandoned and been on the streets for a while. Kids try to take her home but since she's sick and stinky and dirty, noone wants her at the end of the day. It broke my heart. So I decided to keep her. her name "YULA" was given to her by my neighbors. So I just considered it as her official name from now on.

3rd Day - Tuesday , 29th March ~

I gave her a quick warm bath  before I took her to the Vet for check up.

I used liquid goat milk soap to clean her troubled skin. She didn't resist much when I started scrubbing her with my soaped hands. Her skin felt so horrible. It was really very rough and full of bumps especially under her arms and belly. After the bath, I dried her with a small towel and she felt so relaxed that she fell asleep under the sun !

 I put her in a rattan basket after her nap and off we went to the vet that same afternoon on board a pedal push cart costing Php8.00 for a 5 mins ride! She enjoyed the bumpy ride to the clinic  ha-ha !

 She was given a shot for her rashes / skin problem but not anti-rabies yet coz she's below 3 months old.
So over a week from now, she'll be going back to the clinic for anti-rabies injection. I don't think she will ever like the idea of going back there coz she was screaming after the vaccine shot. Uh-oh ! Got no choice Yula.... you need that injection for your own good and other people's safety as well !
After the vet and after I had taken her home, I went to the nearest mall to find her puppy dog food and food bowl. She needs her own stuffs to start with!

4th Day - Wednesday , 30th March ~

Today Yula was happy to eat with her new stainless food bowl filled with Alpol Puppy food.

She is now being fed 3 times a day . But gradually would be lessened to twice a day. She's eating everything and drinks a lot of clean water too. She's on her way to gaining a bit of weight real soon !

5th Day - Thursday, 31th March ~

I had noticed that Yula was enjoying her sleeping time even more than the last couple of days. Now she doesn't need to keep walking on the streets constantly looking for water and food anymore. Now she's more secure and contented and has more time for resting & sleeping needed for a tiny puppy of her age. but I need to disturb her from time to time coz I need to walk her out to poo n pee as part of her training. Sorry Yula ...

She did her toilet training well and she can now obey the "SIT & COME " commands easily. My neighbors were so amazed of how she had changed and behaved. Yehhheeeyyyy ... Good girl !

It's been only 2 days I had been doing Obedience training with ( which I had learned from my 2 previous Shar-pei dogs being trained back in Singapore )  her and she'd been very attentive and obedient. Very smart puppy ! I'm very happy with her too. She even tries to get on my lap which she doesn't do with anyone else here in the house. She thinks I'm her mom I think !

She follows me really well and stays with me coz I suspect she feels more comfortable if she's beside me. She's one very loyal buddy ...

6th Day - Friday , 1st April ~

It's already 9am and Yula was still sound asleep in her basket. But I guess she heard my voice and she readily opened her eyes. She saw me but she didn't move out of her bed. Hmmmnnn . Lazy Friday huh ! Well, today is no lazy day little puppy ! Coz today I'll try to put the leash on her small collar.

She has to be trained to walk with a leash. It was a bit of pulling and resisting on her part and even harder on my side to show her I'm the boss. Well, this part of the training would take more time I guess. Coz she'd been used to being so free wandering on the streets for quite a while without any collar and cord. But for sure, she'll learn how to walk with leash on ... it's just a matter of time and patience.
I only have today and tomorrow to train her as much as I can coz I'll be going back again to Perth real soon. In about 2 days from now.. I reallyjust hope, all my efforts with YULA would be given attention by my son and mom so it doesn't just go to waste. Coz they'll be the one who'll have to handle her and continue to train / look after her while I'm gone. By the time I'm back here in my province would be the time she's already a grown up dog. Well... hoping for the best for everyone . But most of all ...

Welcome to Your New Home YULA !!!

APRIL ... Fool's day ?

~ Happy April Fool's Day to Everyone ~

Bye-bye March !
'Coz today is another start to a whole brand new month.
Where actually, April starts with an interesting day full of fun and surprises.

April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day

April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day occurs annually on April 1. The day is generally observed by playing a practical joke on a "victim" who soon becomes known as an April Fool. This custom is thought to have started in France during the 16th century but the British are credited with bringing it to the United States.

April Fool's Day is a "for-fun-only" observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but a holiday on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool!
Practical jokes are a common practice on April Fool's Day. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes are played on friends or relatives that last the entire day.
It's almost noon and I'm starting to get wicked here thinking of what joke I could play on someone who's not suspecting anything for today. Hmmmnnn the day is just starting anyway so I still have time left to find something ... we will see later LOL!

Any April jokes / pranks suggestions ?