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January 7, 2009

Thanking 2008...

Hellow there pups and kitties!

I am finally back from my surprisingly rewarding vacation. I say that with pride not only because I came back a “healthier”, (manang prefers “fat”, but really what does she know?) “wiser” and more mature dog.

How can I say I am healthier? hehe… That’s because my kuya Emer a.ka. Holiday Nanny was uber nice to me during my 14-day exile and took pity on the fact that I was all cooped up in my house for the entire “vacation”. He was so nice that he decided to bend the rules a little bit and give me an extra cup of kibbles “occasionally”. As you may all guess, the extra “love” settled itself prominently around my belly and gave me that extra swaggering motion when I go for walkies.

I can also say I grew wiser because I now finally broke ‘the spell’ binding my hoomans and their pockets. The “stingy spell” had been hounding me for months and now I’m free of it... yay!

If you recall these little numbers…

Well, they are no more!

Chewed to oblivion!

Why? It’s not because I’m a naughty boy. I definitely am NOT. I just wanted the hoomans to enjoy themselves and embrace the things that they love to do i.e. pamper us in whatever way possible and permissible. And so, as 2008 drew to a close, I bid goodbye to some of things that formed integral parts of my 2008.


To my old bowl,

I thank you for your almost 12 months of service. You had been with me since I was too young to make a dent on your matte surface. You saw me through changing diets, falling and growing teefies, pasta celebrations and growing families. What we had was special but I felt that keeping you would only restrict my diet. I am a big boy now and I am befitting of a bowl fit for an adult.


To my old harness,

I thank you for accompanying me throughout my walkies. We may have not spent as much time as your bowl counterpart but please know that you are special for you came from my Mommy Lilli and for that you will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for the extra support that you lent me when I needed it most, having you was such a welcome change from those nasty collars I was used to. You were indeed my friend, yet a growing boy’s manly chest needs to grow out into its full size- you will only restrict that.


To my rambunctious alter ego,

I did not really say goodbye to you. You will always be a special part of me because you gave me the power to make the hoomans speak a little louder, run a little faster, move a little quicker and forgive and forget more frequently. Without you, I could not free the extra inner angels of my hoomans. Manang and manong will never know the extent of their patience and love for me. Only you can do that, that is why I plan to keep you around for a bit although maybe not as frequent as before. This is a new year for me and I too want to show my hoomans that I intend to lead a glucose-free life.


Having said that, I can feel at ease with myself and my so called wrongdoings. (I have heard manang attributed my actions to boredom and sadness. yeah right.). Truth be told, that was actually my way of “de-cluttering”… of freeing myself of the negative energies to make way for the positive ones.

I don’t know if my hoomans have opened their eyes and accepted the wisdom in my reasons but even old folks need to grow sometimes. Surely, there are far wiser reasons behind the decisions we make. That is the mantra that we dogs live by.

This 2009, I have resolved to celebrate my dogness (the essence of my being a dog per manang’s Philosophy 1 Teacher).
I have come to peace with the fact that we are a gifted specie, who, regardless of size and strength, can bring the homosapiens to a fit and frenzy even at the slightest whim . We are gifted with the ability to soothe any tangible or intangible pain and we are given hoomans who devote themselves to us just as we devote ourselves entirely to them.

With that, I pray that dogs (as well as other animals) will flourish even in the Year of The Ox. Maybe world domination is still far ahead, but we can each work on that one hooman at a time.
For now I bid all of you A Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see you back Aki. You will be turning one sooon. Wonder what your family has planned. (Maybe you need to be "fixed" too to help the rambunctiousness.)

Anonymous said...

Welcome Back Aki! What a wonderful post! You are much wiser now! I couldn't help but to laugh at your goodbye speeches though!


Petra said...

The last picture of you, Aki, is my favorite! You sure know how to give good hugs!!

Here's to a happy and healthy new year, which means lots of food to keep us revived.

Bobby said...

Big boy now, you are becoming so wise. Good luck to you all in 2009

Sweepy said...

Woof, Aki!
Here's to BIG dog!
Hey, your bday is a few days away from the black hounds d-day!
Okay, hapibertdey in advance ;-)

Lacy said...

W00F'S Aki and Poopie, happy new year to u too...u iz a much wiser doggie than me..

b safe,

Maggie and Mitch said...

You're quite an armful, Aki!
We hope 2009 is a wonderful year for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Chow Chow said...

Have a great 2009! I hope the other doggies are doing fine. Are you able to post a pic of Guan Long now? I hope our fur grows back before February!

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

What a khool post!

Yes, we must live fur the moment - fur it is the only known we pawsess!

Hoping woo have a phine 2009!


Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Aki,
We are back! That's a wonderful post... you are such a nice pup to give thanks to ummm.. your harness and food bowl. I reckon I need to be more appreciative of mine!
I hope you get a BIG bowl fit for a big boy and a brand new harness too!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Aki!
Sure it was not easy to say good bye to those beloved things! But I understand you are a big boy now and you need bigger things too!
I wish you all the best this 2009!
Kisses and hugs

Joe Stains said...

Happy New Year and goodbye to your old friends, good luck as a wiser healthier dog!!

Raising Addie said...

Happy New Year!

We are so happy that you are back!

I just LOVE the writing of this post! Just wonderful. I hope you keep your bowl as a keepsake.


Nigel, Sola and Co. said...

Beautifully said. And Happy New Year to you as well!

Cocoa the Beagle said...

Welcome back big boy! We love your dogness and how you described your harness! You are one funny dog!

Cocoa and Barley

Asta said...

Hello Aki
So vewy nice to meet you! Thank you fow visiting me, and I would be honowed to be youw fwiend..I will link you too if it's OK.
You seem vewy cute and wise fow youw youf, heheh
Happy NewYeaw to you and youw family
smoochie kisses

Amber-Mae said...

Welcome back Aki! Sounds like your vacation was a great one. Hope there'll be more to come!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Thor said...

Great post, Aki! Oh man, you´re so wise! So nice you say thanking to things that were important to you in 2008. You are a big good boy now! Your last picture is lovely!
I wish you all have a very happy and healthy 2009! Thanks for being my friend, Aki!

Thor xx

Snowy and Crystal said...

welcome back Adorable Aki :) cute cute pictures

maltese paws


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Noah the Airedale said...

Hi Aki
Welcome back matie. We just love that last photo. What a sweety.

Just so you know, yes it was me barking in my latest set of videos.


Sadie and Geegs said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well Aki!! Thank you for stopping by my blog!! Mommy is a slacker when it comes to PC time and blogging but she promised she would try to get me on there this weekend so I can post.. Hope you have a puptastic weekend!

Dino and Family said...

Good to see you back, Aki! You have been missed! Btw, that's a great post, I really enjoyed reading it! I am definitely looking forward to more wonderful posts for 2009 from you! Love, Dino