A few weeks ago, the heartwarming story of a poor man, his cart, and his adopted dogs went viral on social media after netizen Mikko Ramos shared photos of them.
“You could see he has almost nothing yet he still could care for these dogs,” Mikko wrote in his post.
According to the netizen, he spotted the man’s cart and wondered why so many dogs were surrounding it. Curious, he stopped to speak to the guy and thus learned the reason behind this unusual yet touching scene. The heartwarming story he shared on social media became an instant hit for all the netizens.
The popular site “When in Manila” had the chance to speak to Mikko and the netizen was able to share the longer version of the story we all adored. What he had to say made us bawled our eyes out.
“I took this photo last March 11. My sister and I were driving along Quezon Ave when we spotted an old man pushing a cart, and there were a lot of dogs accompanying him. She and I were touched with what we saw so we thought of helping him because we also love animals, especially dogs.
My Ate, who was driving, pulled over in front of a grocery store along Quezon Avenue, and on my end, I went to talk to him to know more about him.
I think yung iba, anak na ng in-adopt niyang dogs. Kasama niya sila kapag nagkakalakal siya kasi itong lang yung means para makakain sila. Sa gabi nga lang niya daw napapakain yung mga aso and whatever he eats, kinakain din nila.Nakakaawa din yung dogs kasi may mga scabs na din at sugat.
That night I thought of posting this photo because I kept thinking about him and the dogs. I realized that iba yung pagmamahal talaga ng aso sa tao. These dogs, it didn’t matter whether their owner was rich or poor, what mattered was the owner’s love. It was obvious sight to see that the dogs love him back because he was the only one to really adopt them when they were left alone in the streets. I was also moved by that fact because dogs will really love you no matter what you look like or whatever your status is in life.
The netizen shared that despite the man’s unfortunate status in life, “he took it upon himself to take care” of his canine friends. Although Mr. Ramos was admittedly not an avid user of social media, he felt obligated to share the post to show everyone how deep the love animals have for us humans.
Many netizens were touched by the photograph and its accompanying heartwarming story:
Some noted that the old man’s cart even had the palindrome GOD-DOG painted in it. Mikko admits he only noticed this after uploading the photo, but admits he thinks it makes the photograph and heartwarming story all the more meaningful:
“My friend did say that the photo has so many layers, as if there were a lot of stories behind the photo. I realized that after uploading the photo, a lot could relate to what my sister and I were feeling. I hope, more than anything else, people will not only be able to help him and the dogs but also to create an awareness to love animals talaga – not to kill or abuse them but to make them your lifelong companion.”
What do you think of the story? What can you say about the man who doesn’t have much but still cares for other creatures this much? Are you also a dog person? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!