A Canine Encounter

I was scared of a lot of things when I was a kid (until now, some of them still linger): cockroaches, Sadako (especially during the The Ring hype), not passing my schoolwork on time (because I’m a true blue nerd), heights, centipedes and millipedes, spiders, snakes, rats, dragonflies (almost all insects except butterflies) enclosed slides (that’s when I realized I can be claustrophobic), and dogs. Yes, dogs.

I don’t really know why I fear dogs. The first reason that comes to my head is that I’ve never had a dog as a pet ever in my entire life (until this week) and so I never got the chance to overcome. Then there are the memorable dogs in my life who bothered me and contributed to my fear. The pitbull two cousins of mine used to own was fiercer than any of Lady Gaga’s outfits and would have made a ferocious run for the musician’s meat dress the moment laid eyes on it. I also remember watching an episode in a teleyeserye whose title escapes me. Diether Ocampo was in it, and he was entering a house when suddenly, a huge Labrador knocked him to the ground and bit and beat the hell out of him (and the dog had rabies!). The canine attack was just a fake act, (Diether is vey much alive and strong today, I suppose), but it left a mark on my mind: Dogs are salivating, red-eyed, terrifying creatures. I did not want to have anything to do with canines personally.

The canine world and my world never intersected until my Mom brought up the idea a few months ago of having a puppy in our house (which, to me, was not an ideal place for a dog to live in). o____o I unabashedly objected. I don’t think I can handle having a four-legged puppy and a four-legged cockroach inside my comfort zone at the same time (but between the two, I’d rather take care of the puppy. Someone please rid this world of cockroaches!)

But you know what they say: if the husband is the head of the family, the wife is the neck (my dad never really objected to Mom’s idea, but he did assign full responsibility to her). My brothers were fine with it, so was my grandmother, and most especially my mother. I was up against five people plus God because He made those supposedly cute-looking creatures. However, deep in my heart, I also wanted to overcome my fear. Mom showed us photos of the dog that she bought and it really was cute and small, I deleted files in my head under “DOG ATTACK” and “CANINE BRUTALITY.”

Ecstatic and excited, Mom gathered the family force (except Dad) and conducted an election for our dog’s name (before he arrived). I suggested Peanut and Pudge, but the name that prevailed was Joshua’s suggestion: Po. Until we decided to change it the following day. Dad wanted the dog’s name to have the letter J, so I suggested Jedi. Surprisingly, the whole family agreed! So Jedi it was.

Last Monday, the name finally had a bearer. A four-legged, 2-month old male Shih Tzu was handed to us.

So he wasn’t scary after all. 🙂 And it is indeed cute. I used to have a stuffed toy that looked exactly like Jedi, only it’s lifeless and bathing in ague somewhere in our room. (did I tell you I also don’t like stuffed toys?)

my first time to hold a dog this way + my half scared, half really happy smile. Buttercup, Y U angry at my new friend

I hope Jedi would live up to his name one day by protecting our family in some way even with his size just like Singer in Nicholas Sparks’s The Guardian. So have I overcome my fear of dogs? Not completely–yet–but I’m getting there. Hopefully Jedi will take it easy on me. Who knows, he may just be my best friend after all. 😉


Author: Jenny J. Talam

Storyteller who actually prefers to read and listen to stories. Food fan. Budding events host. Collector and avid user of colorful pens and stack-high notebooks. Media enthusiast. Learner. Adventurer. Introvert. Child and servant of the one true King. Forgiven and loved. Hello, my name is Jennifer Grace. You can call me Jenny. Welcome to my story of grace! :)

6 thoughts on “A Canine Encounter”

    1. You are not intruding at all! Thank you for your appreciation.
      I watched the video. Sandy is so cute!! She moves a lot now, does she? When Jedi turns 6 months old, we’ll probably take him out to the park. 😀
      Have a great weekend, too!

  1. Hey, Jenny! I’m a bonafide dog lover (even after being bitten by a neighbor’s dog when I was seven and being knocked to the ground by a friend’s Golden Retriever when I was around ten). My dad refused to let me and my siblings stay afraid of dogs so we were constantly surrounded by them up until that point where we were the ones who became responsible for caring for them. Now I’m the human mommy of three big dogs: two Labradors and one really MAKULIT Golden Retriever. 🙂

    I hope that you and Jedi embark on great adventures together. If you just let him love you unconditionally, I’m sure that you’ll be each other’s best friends! 🙂

    Have fun!

    1. Hi Ate Tina!

      I’m learning to not be afraid of Jedi especially when he barks (albeit softly compared to most dogs) and when I can feel his nails on my skin. Haha! I guess I’ll just have to treat him like a bowl of fresh salad. There was once a time when I refused to eat it even with the most savory dressing, but now it’s my top request whenever we dine in a restaurant. 🙂

      I think what I have to get used to in the nearer future is Jedi’s playfulness and stubbornness. I’m excited and anxious at the same time.

      Thanks for the tip! 😀

    1. I KNOW RIGHT! 😀 And unlike chichi (sorry Evaristos haha), Jedi does not bark like a madman. He yips when he’s hungry which he never experiences with us. The Talams are against hunger. haha!

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