Written by Celine Quijano
Edited by Alya Honasan. Photos by Elsie Araneta and Sherwin Castillo
THE DOGS knew someone was approaching, and a barking frenzy commenced. One dog managed to keep his calm amid the excitement, however, lazily turning his head. It was the quiet and dignified Emil, estimated to be about five years old, and a long-time resident of the shelter.Emil moved closer and looked at me curiously. His white coat was mottled with soft brown patches in the sunlight. His beautiful green eyes stood out; when I first met him, I thought he had one of the most unforgettable stares I had ever seen.
Suddenly, I saw scaffolds forming at the corners of Emil's mouth. Emil smiled lazily—and such a handsome smile, too. Was he remembering a good memory? Or imagining a future to look forward to?Emil is a wonderful dog. He also happens to be one of my own adopted dog Mario’s best buddies, back when he was still a resident of the shelter. They were always together—and it pains me to see Emil still searching for his forever home.In the months that I have known Emil, he has grown lonelier and more indifferent with each visit. Won’t you please keep the light burning in this gentle philosopher’s eyes—and welcome him into your heart and home?