Baguio City is probably one of the best tourist destinations in the country. Located in the highlands in Northern Luzon, Baguio and its nearby towns experiences cool temperatures the whole year round even in the months of April and May, thus the city became known as “The Summer Capital of the Philippines”.
There are a lot of things to do in Baguio City. You can go out and have a Baguio food trip and explore different uses of strawberry like in taho or ice cream. For brave souls, ghost hunting during night time in places such as Diplomat Hotel is a must.
But for most tourist, one of the must do things when in a Baguio Vacation is to take pictures of you and your group in Baguio’s top tourist spots like in Burnham Park, the Mansion, Session Road, Camp John Hay, the Lourdes Grotto and Mines View Park.
And speaking of picture taking in Mines View Park, a visit to this Baguio tourist destination is not complete without your picture taken with probably Baguio’s biggest dog, Doglas Baguio!!!
Group Picture with Doglas Baguio
Doglas, Baguio’s most famous dog
Douglas or Doglas Baguio is the most famous dog in Baguio City. He is a 6 year old St. Bernard and is probably the largest dog in town. He is the local celebrity in this parts where even stars like Manny Pacquiao stopped by Doglas’ spot in Mines View Park to have his picture taken with him.
St. Bernard dogs are a breed of giant dogs that originated from the Italian and Swiss Alps. I remember watching cartoons and documentaries years back where these dogs are featured in rescue missions in the ice covered mountains of Europe as they search and ration stranded travelers with whiskey or chocolates (to provide warmth) which are placed in small barrels strapped in their necks.
People in Mines View Park waiting for their turn for their Doglas Baguio Photo Shoot!!!
St. Bernards and other furry breed of dogs can actually live comfortable in Baguio City due to its cold weather.
Doglas is one giant dog. Though there are other St Bernard dogs in Mines View Park, they still pale in comparison to Douglas. A fully grown St. Bernard dog can reach a weight of 140 to 260 pounds and looking at this huge dog, he can easily reach the scale at 200 pounds or more.
I wonder how much does it cost in maintaining and feeding these kind of dog. A whole roasted chicken might not be enough for this dog’s lunch… heheheh. Plus owning one can be expensive. The owner of Doglas is selling one of his pups and one person in the crowd ask if how much it is and the owner answered, “55 thousand“… wow!!!
But St Bernards are also tamed and very gentle that’s why it is safe to be near with them even if you are a complete stranger to them. And since Douglas is very friendly, it is possible for a person or a group of people to sit with him and have a photo taken. Just remember not to hug him so hard or touch his face for you might accidentally poke his eyes.
Cecille and Doglas, the Giant Dog!!!
But having a picture taken with Douglas is not free. The dog owner charges 20 pesos for one shot while 3 shoots will cost you 50 pesos. But the fee is all worth it. Sitting beside this huge animal and have your pictures taken as one of your best Baguio souvenir is one great experience especially if you have your kids with you.
Even I can’t resist having my picture taken with Doglas. How can something so huge can be so cute at the same time? Parang mas cute pa sya sa akin?!!! hehehe
Doglas and Field Trip Boy: Sino mas cute?
Other dog owners charges a cheaper rate at 50 pesos for 4 shots, but Doglas being the “Alpha Dog” in Mines View, we opted to have our picture taken with him.
I really don’t know if Douglas can be found in Mines View Park everyday or just for the weekends. Cecille and I visited Mines View Park on a Saturday afternoon, and the dog handlers at the time are so busy taking pictures of tourists, thus making it hard to ask them questions. But if you want to find out more of this giant of a dog and see his other pictures, just Google his Facebook Fan Page.
Another Fan Page that you might want visit and Like is our very own FB page at Field Trip Boy!!!!
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