Sam and Mizu

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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


WHO are Sam and Mizu? Or make it who were Sam and Mizu?

For quite a number of years, our daughter asked us if she could have a pet dog or cat. I have many pets at home ranging from exotic turtles to reptiles and even monitor lizards but never a dog. I cannot understand why we cannot have a dog or a cat at home.

Anyway, one night when we were planning to renovate our house, a golden furred cat came in from nowhere and stayed with us. My daughter named it Sam. From then on, every night Sam would wait for the car at the entrance of the subdivision and would run fast to our gate and wait for us there like a butler. Then, Sam would lie down on our main door as if saying "Welcome and no one could enter the house now." Sam was like a guard. One thing I noticed with that cat, he would only be in the house when we are in but when we are not around, he would not also come in.

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When the renovation started, Sam brought with him two more cats - a multi-colored female and a gray-colored male. They were always around while Sam disappeared as quickly as he appeared. From then on, I have never seen Sam. Quite a few times, I saw cats in the neighborhood that looked like Sam but they were not. Some told me that the Sam was catnapped others say that he was killed by a car. So, today Sam was just a memory to us. The other two cats stayed with us for four months until they became "takaban" and we decided to forgo with them. So, cats were no longer in our house today.

After the renovation was done, my wife's cousin gave us a cute little puppy - a cross between a Japanese Spitz and a Shitzu. My daughter was the most happy person in the universe when the puppy arrived. It was like a dream come true for her. Her wish for many years came true. She named the white little puppy Mizu.

Mizu was not just a puppy, she was an intelligent rational one. She would often stare at us for a long time and would run up and down when we arrive. She would untie the shoe laces of my daughter and would even move my shoes from one place to the other. In short, she immediately blended with the family. Soon, she was not just a puppy but a regular member of the household like Sam in the past.

Each morning, she would bark at the turtles at the aquarium. She would run back and forth when the turtles responded to her barks. She would also carry the rubber doggie around the house and would sometimes stare at the toy for a long time and then growl at it as if talking to it.

Last June 30, early morning, a man entered our house and got Mizu. The thief climbed our 10-feet tall wall and stole our precious member of the family. When I woke up at 5:30 a.m., Mizu was gone. I broke the news to my wife and my daughter. I really felt sad seeing the reaction of my daughter. She was very sad. So her mother explained to her this is how things go when you have a pet. They will not stay long. One day you will lose them.

However, I despise the act of that thief. We cannot do anything for the rest is history. My wife told us that all we can do is to pray for the thief and his family. What he did to us might have helped his family.

Rev. Fr. Delfin Castillo, OAR passed away last July 2. He was assigned at Colegio de Santo Tomas de Villanova in San Carlos City, UNO-Recoletos, Bacolod City and San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish, Talisay City. Eternal rest unto him, O Lord.

St. Ezekiel Moreno, Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, Pope St. John Paul II, Mons. John Liu and John Su, Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 08, 2014.

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