Pets are a great source of joy. Not only are they loyal companions, but they also help ease stress and feelings of loneliness and isolation.
It's not always happy times, funny animal videos, and Instagrammable moments, though. Being a pet owner is a huge responsibility. Siargao-based businesswoman Ruan Mac knows this well. Her dog Nougat, a Siberian Husky born and raised on the island, would often go missing. "Naging favorite place niya talaga yung market. Kilala na siya ng mga vendors doon," Ru told Summit OG in an exclusive interview.
She added, "Tuwing nawawala siya parang, 'Oh my God, ito pala yung feeling ng nanay ko 'pag wala pa ako ng dis-oras ng gabi.'" Ru said Nougat wanders off often and comes back after 30 minutes, but there was one time that he did not come home. "Feeling ko kasi, nadi-distract siya," Ru explained. "Pupunta at pupunta siya sa beach. Umuuwi siya dito na basang-basa siya at puro siya sand. Nae-enjoy niya na nagbe-beach siya on his own," she mentioned.
Ru admits that Nougat's ~independence~ also stresses her out sometimes. She tries to take him with her when she does her errands so he doesn't go wandering off on his own out of boredom. "May time pa na sa sobrang desperate ko na nawawala siya, binilhan ko siya ng AirTag. Nawala yung AirTag," she revealed. "I got really scared. What if he gets run over? Or what if mag-cause siya ng accident? Or what if may kagatin siya?" Ru thought.
A quick Google search will show you that Siberian Huskies really like "escaping" because they easily get bored and restless. They're also very curious. Ru told Summit OG, "Ganon daw pala talaga sila. They're escape artists." To prevent Nougat from escaping, Ru reinforced the fences around their home. She no longer leaves Nougat unsupervised too. "Alam namin na as soon as he gets bored, he will find ways," she said.
The Facebook group Siargao Business Classifieds really helped her during the times Nougat would go on his little adventures. Group members would post about Nougat's whereabouts and even offer real-time updates.
"He taught me patience. Hindi ko mapabayaan. Kahit inis na inis ako sa kanya kapag nawawala siya, at the end of the day, love ko pa rin siya. Hindi ko ma-imagine yung life ko ngayon without him," Ru shared.
Watch the video below to follow the adventures of Nougat, the super cute dog in Siargao island.
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