Almost 3 years ago, I had to leave my cherished friend, Jacob, a 2-year old shihtzu, with a city neighbor in MetroManila due to very hard, difficult times. My mother had osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease in the province of Batangas, and I had to go home to help take care of her, leaving my job and selling my belongings for the long hard grind ahead. During the last 3 years, whenever I had to go to MetroManila, I make it a point to pass by the front of the house where I left Jacob just to get a glimpse of him. More often than not, he would catch me passing by, stare at me and whimper longingly, probably wondering what he had done wrong for me to give him away. And I would turn away with watery eyes.More than a year now, my dear mom passed away, leaving my finances in the red. I thought it is about time I pick up the pieces, and that included retrieving a long lost friend and companion. A soul who had kept me company for 2 years, never demanding, content on what food we can share. Two months ago, I mustered enough courage to speak with my neighbor to ask if I could have him back. Sadly, they would only hand him back if and after I shell out an amount for food, board and vet fees. And that is P 12000. Some would probably say I could easily get another dog for that amount. What they don't realize is that this cause is not for me, it's more for Jacob. Help me. I would like to be able to say Hello Friend to Jacob everyday.