When pets are family

When pets are family

When Primila Ganash and her partner took her in, she was already eight years old and blind. It wouldn't be easy caring for her and providing for her every need. But it was love at first sight and they were prepared to shower her with all their love.

"It was her first soft touch that melted our hearts," said Primila, 31, better known as Philo.

"We knew immediately that she would be a perfect addition to our family. And that was how an eight-year-old shih tzu dog Fifi came to rule their home and hearts.

An animal lover, Philo finds immense joy in adopting stray animals to give them a happy and loving home.

It's no wonder then that Philo considers her pets part of the family. Many pet owners, too, share her sentiment, showering their pets with the love, care and devotion they would on their children.

"Fifi isn't our only pet," says Philo. "There's our cat Tofu and Cotton, a little Pekingese, to complete our happy unit.

"Of course, due to her condition, Fifi is given a lot more attention and is very pampered. We are her seeing-eye humans!" said Philo, appreciating the humour in the little pooch's unfortunate situation.

"It hasn't been easy caring for Fifi, but it has brought us a lot of joy.

"She hardly ever barks and is very mild-mannered. Some of her likes are running around in circles and sunbathing!" shares Philo who speaks of her pets like they are her kids.

According to Philo, even though her two dogs share the same living space with Tofu, all three get along well and behave like siblings.

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