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Loraine Balita-Centeno, Contributor
October 08, 2010

Getting a Dog is Just Like Getting Married: 10 Things You Need to Consider Before Adopting a Pooch

He might be cute, but are you ready to commit? Check out FN's ten reasons why getting a pup is just like getting hitched. By Loraine Balita-Centeno
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Never has been a dog more like a guy as when you decide to have one as a pet. The dog, I mean, not the guy. To paraphrase that unforgettable Tagalog movie line: "Ang pag-aalaga ng aso hindi parang kaning isusubo na pag napaso iluluwa!" If only people would treat dog adoption a lot like tying the knot—with much thought, preparation and all that fuss just to make sure they’re really ready—then maybe we wouldn’t have as many neglected, abandoned and homeless canines around.

Come to think of it, getting a dog companion is a lot like getting a male companion, and I mean that in the best way. They both need lots of love, time, affection and ultimately, commitment.

So before you take that big plunge and head on to the nearest dog shelter, why not spend a few minutes of your time to go through FN’s list of things to consider before you bring a furry pal into your life.
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  • Bubblin Oct 08 2010 @ 10:54am Report Abuse
    very's actually one of my requirements in a future husband to be an animal lover,otherwise it's a no-no
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  • neena Oct 08 2010 @ 11:17am Report Abuse
    great tips! oo nga naman, dogs aren't toys, sana other people think about it carefully.
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  • n1na_p0k3r Oct 12 2010 @ 10:21am Report Abuse
    there are a lot of people who owns dogs but doesn't know the responsibility of owning a dog. giving food and water is not enough... :) let us promote responsible dog ownership. :D
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  • Ruthsie May 09 2011 @ 01:40pm Report Abuse
    Topnotch information and advice. The #10 is especially important - no matter how well one does with #1-9, as it's disheartening to see pets that are chosen to be abandoned due to these circumstances of moving around. Our dog has moved around with us through US interstate moves, then overseas (Japan), and we hope to have her retire in comfort in the Philippines.
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  • luisacart May 11 2011 @ 07:55pm Report Abuse
    thanks for this article. sana basahin ng mga gustong magka-pet. some people just don't realize how big of a responsibility owning a dog is. A dog is not a toy that you can discard kapag tapos na ang pagka-novelty niya. it's a lifelong responsibility. when u get a dog u have to make sure that u can take care of it for as long as it's alive.
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