Module 1_Task 1: Oberyn & Elia

by | Jun 6, 2022 | 5: Summer Course 2022, 5a Course Preparations | 3 comments

Tags: Home | Puppies

One of the states that makes me feel “home” is when I’m with my puppies — Oberyn and Elia (fans of the Game of Thrones would get this :p). They are German Shepherd and Huskie mixes, they are siblings, and they will be turning 4 years old on Halloween this year (yup, they are Halloween babies). Whenever I’m with them, I sense a huge satisfaction and happiness inside me. My mind and body would feel loose, and I find myself becoming a “kid”. Because I would talk with the puppies in a “baby voice”; ask them questions as if they could speak (most of the time they actually know what I’m talking about); mimic their behaviors and voices; play with them as if I was also a puppy. The other big contentment I receive from being with the puppies is that my tactile sense can be extremely satisfied. I enjoy cuddling them on the bed, touching their fluffy bodies, patting their heads, and giving them kisses. Sometimes, my love seems too much for them and they have to escape, but I feel so grateful for them to let me love them, and I know they love me, too.

Another positive “home” feeling I can get from being with the puppies is about taking responsibility for them. Taking care of the puppies could be tiring sometimes. I must feed them, keep them hydrated, take them to the dog park, let them out to potty, and walk them. Being a puppy mom makes me feel that I’m needed, I have the power and ability to provide for them and I can love them. All of these make me feel that I’m worthy. I believe feeling “home” is not just about getting, but also about giving.

Oberyn (upper) and Elia(below) – Jan. 22. 2022 (If you start a sentence with “Do you…”, they will tilt their heads try to comprehend what you are saying.)


  1. Phuong Minh Huynh

    Although I do not share your love for dogs, I can recognize myself in your description of the role of mother and what you wrote about the feeling of being valuable in the lives of others. I think it should be an essential feeling for a community.

  2. Katrine Sirnes Nesheim

    As a mother of two cats, I really recognize myself in what you write. My unconditionally love sometimes seem too much for my grumpy and independent kids. Although they are not always as active and present as dogs, I am just as happy every morning when they return home after being outside the whole night.

  3. Anja Nilsen

    Dear Zhiyu
    You are lucky to have such beautiful dogs.
    When I was little, my mother was allergic to dogs and cats, but when I grew up it turned out that my mother was not “allergic” anyway. She tricked me and my brother into letting go of the responsibility of having a pet in the house. I was shocked and angry when she told me when I was approx. 20 years old. So, I’ve never had a dog or cat. My children do not get a dog or cat either. I’m just saying no, since I have no experience with those pets.
    My brother and I have thus had aquarium fish all our childhood. So, I have some expertise in the maintenance of aquariums, fish and freshwater plants. I never had more than 2 aquariums at the same time. My brother has in adulthood had as many as 8 aquariums at the same time. I always had 2 fish named Mozart and Einstein (after the famous ones). I have not had an aquarium for the last 4 years.
    If I were to name a tough female fighting fish today, I would call the fish Arya. The ones I always cheered on in Game of Thones were Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, and Jaime Lannister. In Lord of the Rings, I love Gimli and Legolas.

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