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To The Little Dog That Made My Family's House A Home Again

Forever grateful for this little guy's presence...

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Following my family and I's dog, Oscar's passing, the home in which we live was sad and uncompleted compared to when we had Oscar. When I would return home from college the overall vibe in the house did not feel the same.

My dad and I started to discuss possible options for getting a new dog and that included going to one of the local shelters and adopting one. I really was particular about wanting a puppy, however, it did not work in my favor and that I am grateful for. Chip " was my mom and dad's choice via the internet.

When my dad visited the shelter he knew immediately that "Chip" was the right fit for our family. He is an 18lb mix between a Jack Russell Terrier and a dachshund. He is around one year old and he is the most spunky little guy you'll ever meet. He embodies every single quality you could possibly aspire to have in your new found pup.

His background includes him being found in a food lion parking lot abandoned by his previous owner. He loves his home and I believe that he is grateful that we found him as well. It truly angered me as to why someone would want to abandon such a worthy pup. He has an immense amount of qualities that make him both low maintenance and easy to adore.

With all of this being said, I am all for finding a breeder and selecting a dog that you want. However, finding Roscoe was the most exciting and rewarding process ever. The thought of Roscoe being put down or placed into a home that is not suited for him breaks my heart.

I would advise if you are looking for a new pup to check out your local shelter before you look to scope out breeders!

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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1. What are you doing here?

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2. Why do you think it's okay to just come and going as you please?

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3. My human is back!

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4. Now that you are back, let's take a nap! Too much excitement for one day.

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5. I'm so excited I don't know how to control my emotions

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6. I guess since you are here...where are my tummy rubs?

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