This is my story about HOME!
Meet Lexie, she is our first pet back home in Davao City, Philippines. Sadly, when we moved here to the United States in July 2015 [because my wife got her working visa as a Physical Therapist], we were not able to bring her with us. She is such a loving and sweet little dog and we treat Lexie as part of our family. Applying for dog’s papers like passport, visa and certifications would take a lot of time and it is also expensive in our home country, hence with a heavy heart, we decided to just leave her to one of our trusted friends, who is also a dog lover, to take care our pet Lexie while we are away and fulfilling our American Dream. This is a challenging decision but we need to sacrifice something to grab a new opportunity because my wife wanted to fulfill her profession and passion as a Physical Therapist here in the United States, as this profession is of high demand and they are well compensated here, unlike in our home country [Philippines].
True to what they say, a Dog is “A Man’s Best Friend.” Aside from being an adorable and sweet dog, Lexie would always wait in our front door whenever she hears my car coming and she would wiggle her tail and show excitement whenever I arrive home from work. Having her at the front door doing a welcome gesture was such a great feeling and it brings so much joy. The stress from work slowly faded and a feeling of gladness and love was felt. She is indeed “A Man’ Best Friend.” In fact, I can relate to the 2009 movie entitled “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.” I am sure a lot of people are familiar about this hit movie. When I watched it with my wife and daughter via Netflix, we all cried together and a feeling of loneliness were felt. At that very moment, we have a yearning of hugging our Lexie.
My daughter was only 8 years old when we left the Philippines. She was so emotional when we bid our farewell to Lexie and almost everyday she would mention Lexie and wish that someday we would reunite with our beloved pet. My daughter loves Lexie so much and Lexie is her playmate when she gets home from school. Time flies, my daughter is now 10 years old and basically we have been longing for Lexie’s presence for 2 years already.
A Home for me is not just a physical place, but of emotional state, it is not limited to humans, but also for animals especially to your beloved pets. Our home here in the United States will only be complete once we have Lexie with us; she is an integral part of our family. With her in our home, we can totally call it a “Home Sweet Home.” The only question is: When will be the right time that our beloved pet Lexie will complete our HOME again?