These are scenes from the first ever Dog Parade held in my town. The event was held to promote responsibility pet ownership and rabies awareness.
Admittedly, I'm not a dog lover. This may have stemmed out from my years of being chased my neighbor's dogs. I recall a lot of fence-climbing, dodging and sprinting to avoid a dog's bite. But lately disdain for this creature has mellowed. I can now go near a very small dog like the Shih-Tzu. Medium-sized to extremely large dogs are still a no-no for me. Sad to say, I can't control my natural instincts to run or hide from them.
The reason for my softened stance on dogs in because of "Bimbo", he's a Shih-Tzu that I came across when I stayed in Manila almost two years ago. He was Trin's pet. This wonderful creature was the first dog that was friendly to me. I can recall him licking my feet to my horror, afraid that he might bite me. Thankfully he didn't. In my two days at Trin's house, Bimbo was a constant fixture around the house. Seeking anyone's attention just to get a belly rub. I too joined in massaging his belly or his stomach. He loved those belly rubs. Oranges were also his favorite dessert. Also, he was the first dog that I encountered that has a birth certificate. I miss Bimbo.