This is Hotdog, the Dachshund dog. She is yet a puppy and the sweetest puppy I’ve ever seen. I would call her and she would run to me and feel the comfort of my caress. Haha. It was as if we have met for a long time already. Holding her in my hands made me realize the joy that my niece and nephews have when they play with their dogs.
Hotdog is my childhood friend’s dog. This short-legged, long-bodied dog belongs to the hound family. The miniature dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In our country, this dog stays at home and spoiled to perfection. 😀
I traveled 3 hours from Metro Manila to Dasmarinas, Cavite to finally see and meet my childhood friend again after more than 20 years of not seeing each other. Maria Ana used to live in the house in front of ours in Baybay City, Leyte and we used to play Chinese garter, cartwheel, barters, and jack stone together. We also used to study basic math together.
That was back when we were 6 years old until we were 9. Their family moved to the big city just before we started the 3rd grade. As a child, I was totally devastated. She was the childhood playmate that I considered as my childhood best friend too and she left for good. I didn’t even have any slight idea if I would see her again.
Fast forward to January 2011, she added me on Facebook. My joy was overwhelming. I was fascinated by how technology connected us. Since then I kept on plotting to see her again live in person. It took another 4 years before we’ve finally met. But it was all worth it.
We had a good time catching up and enjoying the food she prepared. The salad mix of carrots, turnips, cucumbers, lettuce, tuna, and beef loaf strips in Vietnamese spring roll wrap was fantastic. I ate two of those and it was a total gastronomic treat. We shared stories, filled the gap of those years that we missed, shared jokes, and shared photos. It was a blast.
I’m glad I didn’t allow laziness to stop me from travelling that day. It was the best travel yet that I did for this year. One that connected me with my childhood friend again and her family after 26 years.
It was fantastic.