An­i­mal Ap­peal

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by Crissy Baluyut

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It all started for him with a sci­ence ex­per­i­ment. There was a project that re­quired his grade school class to bring gold­fish, or gup­pies, or what­ever fish one could get one’s hands on. Af­ter that class, he took home most of the fish that his class­mates brought. He re­mem­bers, “There were Red Sword­tails and Black… um, some­things.” For Itchy­worms band mem­ber and ABS-CBN’S Show­time reg­u­lar TV host Jugs Jugueta, it was love at fish sight! It was per­fect that his elder brother Den­nis had an aquar­ium at home. Thus started his cu­rios­ity and car­ing for pets.

“Maram­ing fish ta­laga (There were re­ally so many fish),” he re­mem­bers. What at­tracted him to hav­ing pet fish were the be­guil­ing col­ors.

He also liked the idea of min­i­mal main­te­nance. Grow­ing up, their fam­ily al­ways had dogs, “not re­ally as pets, but rather more as guard dogs.” His first “real” pet dog was a mini Pin­scher who passed away af­ter 13 years of com­pan­ion­ship. To­gether with his wife Andie, they now care for four dogs: Turbo who is a Malte-poo (cross­breed be­tween a Mal­tese and a Poo­dle) and 3 Shih Tzus named Wookie, Pan­cho, and Momo. Think­ing about it, Jugs muses that car­ing for the fish was so different from car­ing for dogs. “There was no need to walk them,” he ex­claims.

So, as the story goes, one sum­mer, all his ex­otic fish died. A friend of his who was into ex­otic an­i­mals as well kept urg­ing him to get a tor­toise. Jugs’ think­ing then was that they might be hard to main­tain, so he de­clined. The en­ter­pris­ing friend then clev­erly ap­proached his then­girl­friend and lovely wifeto-be, Andie, who de­cided it would be a per­fect gift for Jugs. On Valen­tine’s day of 2016, Jugs’ pas­sion for tor­toises be­gan when Andie gave him a Sul­cata Tor­toise.

Pho­tos by REG HER­NAN­DEZ

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