When I got back to our apartment, I noticed two new things. We had new neighbors (in the 4th & last apartment door) and they had a dog tied to a kennel near their entrance.
I've always been afraid of canines and don't really associate well with pets, in general. Dogs bite and attack people, they also stink, have fleas and bark incessantly ergo disturbing my peace and quiet time. Irregardless of the fact that a number of jeeps and tricycles pass by our street during the day so it isn't really that quiet in my neck of the woods.
So I asked D "how come you didn't tell me the new neighbors have a dog?" He merely shrugged and replied "If I did, would you refuse to return home?" Good point. He further added "Mabait siya, nasa dulo naman at hindi siya tumatahol" ("It's a good dog. He is tied up at the far end of the compound and hardly barks".)
Well D is wrong!
He doesn't know (since he is at work till early evening) that the pet dog does bark. It is barking now as I type this post about him or her (I'm not sure and I don't intend to find out its gender). It barks whenever its owners leave for work at around 9:30 every morning! Worst of all, it managed to break itself free from its reins and walks around the common area, barking. I almost fainted when I went out to hang the towels to dry and the dog suddenly walked towards me without a sound (mind you! such a sneaky one!) and barked at me. I fled and ran inside our apartment, still cowering in fear.
So yeah don't tell me he is a good dog, he ain't, ok!