A 57-year-old woman walked for two weeks with her pet dog to return home in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.
It was rainy Friday night when teacher April Rose Ubaldo found the woman, who introduced Areta Sausa with her dog, Rex, in Barangay Rizal in Silay City, Negros Occidental.
Ubaldo immediately became fascinated with the clothes that Sausa put on Rex.
Incidentally, she was feeding stray dogs outside their home when she met Sausa and her pet.
The woman then told Ubaldo how she and her dog walked 80 kilometers for two weeks from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, before finally returning home to EB Magalona.
According to Ubaldo, Sausa recounted how she endured the hot and cold weather on her way home. The woman said perhaps no one wants to let her ride because of her physical appearance, her things, and her dog.
Sausa is grateful each time they receive food from police guarding the border checkpoints.
“She never left her dog. So, that touches me,” said Ubaldo.
Ubaldo and her cousin even asked Sausa and Rex into the car so they could bring them home.
When they reached the EB Magalona municipal hall, the woman refused to be brought home. Ubaldo eventually let the barangay tanods to bring Sausa and Rex home.
April Rose immediately posted the story on social media, so many netizens were touched and praised the teacher’s generosity.
“She was a model for dog lovers,” said Ubaldo, who is also a volunteer of a pet advocacy group in the province.
“It shows how much she adores her pet which she considers as her own friend naman siguro because anywhere she goes ay dinadala niya si Rex. Her dog is a part of her already. I just hope that with Manang and Rex many people will be inspired to also advocate for kindness not only with other people but also with the strays because they also need us especially during this quarantine. Its very fullfilling and its worth it,” she added.
Ubaldo’s group has launched the Pawssion Project responsible for feeding stray dogs in some communities.