Boboy Garrovillo, my APO buddy told me this amazing story which I would like to share with you.
Boboy’s brother Rene had a friend who was in Shanghai recently. Like all tourists, she wanted to go pass by the market there. She saw a lot of things that attract all tourists but what stole her heart was a litter of ‘chowchow’ dogs that a vendor was selling. They were so cute and furry and lovable and she decided on the spot that she would buy one and take it home to Manila. She also bought a small cage to go with it and so she took the pet on the plane back to the Philippines.
The pet took to its new habitat quite easily. But it was hardly two weeks in her home when the maid rang her up in her office one afternoon sounding quite distressed. In an alarming voice, the maid said, “ATE! Yung tuta natin, nasapian yata!’ (Our dog, it seems it has been possessed by a spirit). She asked the maid why, what made her say that. The maid, in her agitation simply urged her to come home and see for herself what was happening.
Lo and behold, when she got home, they saw the puppy walking upright on its hind legs around the house! Could it be ‘possessed’? Shocked and distraught at the unusual sight, they decided to bring the pet to the veterinary clinic nearby.
The young doctor, examined the pet thoroughly. After awhile, he went to the two women who were awaiting the diagnosis. The doctor said, “There is nothing wrong with your pet’. The two women were wide-eyed and confused! The doctor clarified his statement by saying, ‘It’s actually not a dog’.
“It’s a bear!’
The woman ended up donating the ‘dog’ to Manila Zoo.