Why Daniel Matsunaga thinks giving dogs as gift is a no-no

Daniel Matsunaga reiterates his belief on how to treat dogs: "They should be treated as humans."


It's been a week since the Valentine's Day weekend, but that doesn't mean gift-giving has stopped.

Apart from the cliche of roses and chocolates, some couples go the extra mile and give their partners a pet.

But dog lover Daniel Matsunaga prefers not to give pets to his girlfriend Erich Gonzales.

At the recent Spay / Neuter campaign launch with PAWS (The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, Inc.), Daniel explains why giving dogs as a gift is not exactly romantic.

"You don't give human as a gift, di ba?

"They should be treated as humans.

"If the person really knows that she can take care of it, [that] she's really going to work and she can provide for the dog, then it's on her if she wants or not.

"It's on the person itself to know if she can take care of it because it's like a human.

"It's something you have to be responsible [for].

"It's not just, like, 'Okay, I have a dog but even if I am busy, I'll just leave the dog there in the house or whatever, he'll survive.

"It's not like that."

For the Kapamilya hunk, it matters to him that dogs are treated as an actual part of the family rather than being treated as a means for a person to bounce off their negative energy to.

"If you just want a dog just to bark at other people or to fight, to be stressed or, you know, your stress, your work, you have to really separate from a dog.

"A dog, he's so positive. Everything you do, doesn't matter if you're angry or whatever, he's just smiling.

"He just wants to play with you."

His rule of thumb: the person must be ready to have a pet.

"You love the dog if you can provide for his food, for his shelter, you know, if you can take care for it properly."

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