Employee Pet Lover: Ma. Ericka Joyce C. Dungo

by Sharmaine D. Paglinawan, JANUARY 2021

For this month’s issue, we feature Ericka Dungo, Integrated Communications Senior Associate from the Communication and Stakeholder Management Division. Let’s meet her cute and sweet fur babies namely Chelsea, Trixie, Kobe, Pepper, Coco, Scar, Bolt, Casper and Buddy which mostly are Maltese-shihtzu, while the others are Pomeranian and Dachshund. These breeds are known to be loving, gentle and can make good companions for children and first-time owners.

Her oldest fur baby is 10 years old while the others range from 1 to 6 years old. Birthdays are celebrated with a cake their favorite dog food.

These dogs are not picky when it comes to food because they eat anything however, chicken and pandesal are their favorites.

Ericka was only 13 years old when she got her first pet which is a male dachshund which came from Davao. Her love for pets started when her brother’s friend gave them a female maltese dog, they also had one male dog and that’s how they grew in numbers.

Just like with every other dog, slippers made it on the list of their favorite toys. Playing “habul-habulan” outside is what make them wag their tails with happiness. But fireworks and of course, cats are what they hate the most.

Southlink: Do you go outdoors? If yes, where is your favorite place to go together?

“No, not really. We tried to bring some of them to the beach twice but never tried it again because they are too many and we don’t want them to feel left out when we leave.”

Southlink: What is the best thing about your pets?

“They are all clingy! and doesn’t bite. Most of the time, they want us to cuddle their stomach, play, hug and kiss them. They love kisses! They are just playful. Who needs an alarm clock when you have 9 dogs?” 😊

Southlink: What’s the funniest memory involving your pets?

“When they watch TV with us then bark as if they can understand what we are watching.”

Southlink: What is the hardest thing about being a pet owner?

“Hard to leave them because they are too adorable. Leaving them never gets easier and how I wish I could spend most of my day with them.”

Southlink: What is the most rewarding thing about being a pet owner?

“They are my stress relievers. Dogs really do know how to get extra cuddly whenever I’m not in the mood or sad. Not only can they often sense how I’m feeling but they can also empathize with me.”




About the writer:

Sharmaine D. Pinagliwana. Psychology graduate from Cavite State University. Cat and dog lover. Terrible dancer who memorizes Eminem’s rap songs.

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