When we hear the word “frontliners,” we think of medical professionals, people working in the food industry, news reporters, policemen, etc. These are people who report for duty and risk their lives to protect all of us from the deadly coronavirus. Some of them have succumbed to the disease, while others continue to fight for us all.
Interestingly, in some parts of the world, frontliners come in the form of four-legged, furry, adorable beings. Case in point, Chi-chi, the dog who was declared as Metro Manila’s first animal frontliner.
The daily patrol
Chi-chi used to live a very lonely life. She used to brave the busy streets of Metro Manila to find ways to live. Chi-chi would rummage through piles of garbage to find food scraps that would fill her tummy. Things only started to look up for her when Jake Ryan Ramos decided to take her in.
Ramos would let Chi-chi join them on their daily visits around the village. Since only those bearing a quarantine pass are allowed outside the house, Ramos got one for his pup. It even bears the signature of the village chairman. The ID also serves as proof that Chi-chi is among the frontliners in their village.
Adorable and helpful
The world has been enveloped in a dark cloud ever since the coronavirus made its presence known. It has already taken away hundreds and thousands of lives, but there remains to be no known treatment for it. Medical professionals work day in and day out to keep everyone safe, but the virus only gets stronger as days go by.
Chi-chi and other frontliner animals like her have been giving people something to smile about. While she doesn’t have the ability to talk, her presence gives people comfort and reassurance that one day things will get better.
Credits to Manila Public Information Office