by Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato, student-producer
Episode 77, March 29, 2012
- Edward Castro, student-producer of this episode
- Angerica "Anj" Hainto, student, University of the Philippines - Diliman
- Renson "Rens" Sioson, student, Technological Institute of the Philippines
- Leng Velasco and her dachshund, Duke
The struggle to get through finals week is an experience that is very familiar to most college students, and such an experience often overtaxes the body due to the stress that it causes. Students who own pets, however, may find themselves at an advantage. Find out how pets help their owners--students and everyone else who feels stress--get through their dilemmas.
This episode was produced by Prof. Khrysta Rara's broadcast journalism students, Edward Castro and Vince Nonato, for their final project, and was actually conceived at the last minute. The original guests unfortunately had to back out the night before airtime, so Edward and Vince had to change topics within twenty hours.
Fortunately, Anj and Rens agreed to share their experiences with their pets despite the short notice! Anj shared her experience living in a dormitory that set her apart from her beloved dog, Donkey, proving that pets and owners can feel the love despite the distance. Rens, meanwhile, shared how his Pomeranian helped him with his studies, an aspect he once neglected after suffering the trauma of losing a beloved childhood pet.
Surprise guest Leng Velasco also related the story of her dog, Duke, a survivor of bone cancer, who would have been euthanized. Duke was even able to grace the show and was receptive to the people around him, despite being blind and lnot being able to close his mouth due to his affliction. Duke and Leng's case is a heartwarming story that proves that even through times of distress, pets and owners can be there for each other.