Jungwon recently talked about his dog and the importance of treating his pets well.
While far too many people are still leaving their pets today, the member of ENHYPEN gave an interview to Weverse Magazine on the occasion of the International Puppy Day, which takes place on March 23rd.
Weverse Magazine revealed an interview with Jungwon in which the ENHYPEN member tells us about adopting Maeum, an abandoned dog he adopted a year ago.
Find Jungwon’s statement below:
“Maeum was an abandoned dog that we adopted. My sister and my father went there very early in the morning to pick it up. He was only four months old when we got him and he was in incredibly bad shape. Her tear stains were so naughty that I was sure she was a four year old dog.
But when my sister applied treatments around his eyes and trimmed his fur, he looked younger and younger. (Laughs) It was as if his fur became whiter and more beautiful the more we took care of him. I saw him in late January, but he is eating better now, so he has grown twice as big.
Since he was going to stay with us forever, we wanted a puppy that had been through some tough times. People used to call these animals pets, but now that has changed and we say pets. I think our family leans towards an abandoned dog because we wanted to live together as a family.
In fact, even before I adopted Maeum, I was concerned about the trauma experienced by the abandoned dogs they show on television. Maeum is scared when he is in the car or when he also goes out. It really seems like he had some kind of traumatic experience with a car. So we try to take him on many trips and my dad gets up early to go for walks with him. Even when I’m not around, my family gives him treats in the car and we try to erase the bad memories he has. I think Maeum is getting over it.
The interesting thing is that I feel like Maeum already understands how we feel about him. As we played and he bit me lightly, he quietly looked at me with big eyes when I showed pain as if he was upset. If I play ‘fetch’ with him, then get tired and lie down, Maeum approaches me and also lies down next to me. It’s sweet and interesting how he understands my feelings and nods in response to words he knows as “treat”, “walk” and “hyung”, but there is no way for me to know exactly what he wants. So I wish there was a way to teach him to express himself for things like “I’m hungry” or “I’m sick”.
Everyone says raising a dog is like having a new member of the family. I could never understand that saying before, but I kind of understand now. My family was five people living together, but I think Maeum is replacing my absence now. It makes me feel much better. It’s also cool to think that regardless of Maeum’s age, the ENHYPES are also old as they are the same age.
I’m Maeum’s favorite in the family. He jumps around excitedly every time I get home. Although he has not seen me that much, he follows me everywhere I go and is said to sit at the door for an hour when I return to the ENHYPEN. I try to spend all my time with him when I go to my family and know that’s how he feels: giving him treats, playing with him, sleeping together. But it’s cold if we sleep together. Maeum loves to steal the cover and I have to let him. He even takes my whole pillow and he runs off with all my socks, to the point that I have to go home to buy new ones.
But I can see how much he loves me, so it all sounds sweet. Even just playing with Maeum is kind of a break for me. I had a very nice trip with Maeum in the snow in the winter. It was almost the first time he had been in the snow. Maybe the third time? So I could see how excited he was. He walked in the snow for a while, then later, when his feet froze, he just stood there with one paw up and asked to be carried. It was so sweet.
I spend a lot of time choosing the best pictures of Maeum that I will post on Weverse. Maeum knows when he will get his picture taken now. He avoids the camera as soon as I tell him I want to take a picture. I had fun looking at all of Maeum’s photos with my sister and choosing the best ones to upload. She takes care of Maeum more than anyone else and even chooses clothes to buy for him. There are so many – to the outside and the inside. Interestingly, he knows he goes out when he has certain clothes on.
They say that human food is also really bad for dogs, so he has his own dog yogurt at home, and I would like to provide him with some healthy treats for his birthday, which dried tough. In fact, when I go to my family, they give Maeum as few treats as possible because I give her so many. I think that may be part of the reason he likes me more than the others. (laughs)
If you only have a passing idea that you love dogs and are not sure you can raise one forever, I recommend that you think a little more about it before adopting one. Of course, I can not always be with Maeum either, but raising a dog means loving it for a very long time and continuing to take care of it, even if it does not feel like it.Good enough for that, or if you have to bring sacrifice.
I have heard that the reason why dogs in many cases end up being abandoned is that their owners are in financial trouble or that the dog is getting sick and the person is leaving them. And that’s why I want to say this: Think things through first and learn more about it before you adopt. You need to figure it out in advance to get an idea of how difficult it is to raise a dog.
Happy puppy day, puppies. Do not have too many treats, do not bite your owners, do not stay in bed too long, go a lot of walks and hopefully you will live a long and healthy life. Be happy, be healthy. And since Maeum was abandoned and already had to suffer once, I hope we will be together for a long time and that he will never feel pain again.
Maeum, the vet says you’re normal weight now, so why not cut snacks out a little. You get rid of this trauma if we take more walks and walks, so let’s do it together. “