Growing up with dogs: How I became a dog lover.

Dogs! We love them, we get annoyed by them, we talk in a weird baby voice to them and why do we do all this? Because dogs are such a wonderful an amazing blessing that each human can have the opportunity of the joy that comes with owning them.

This is my first dog named Pooh Bear.

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Pooh Bear was a mixed breed collie who came into my family’s lives, before I was born. Pooh Bear was pretty old by the time I came a long. He couldn’t go up the stairs very often, but when he could I would have him sleep with me and he didn’t really enjoy that, but I sure did. My dog Pooh Bear was the first dog to make me a dog lover.

After Pooh Bear had to be put down due to his health and old age, our family adopted a new fur buddy named Buster. Buster was a beagle mix and he was the dog who I loved to tease with.

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Buster instantly became my favorite buddy. He easily captured my heart, but he would always sneak out and cause trouble in the community. One time, the door was left open when I was off to my crochet lessons and Buster and my other dog Ralphie snuck out and Buster accidentally bit a kid who was riding a bike. That was the last memory with Buster because he unfortunately had to be taken away by the dog catcher for his rebellious deeds. I was very heartbroken over the thought of Buster being taken away from me, but I was grateful to have my other fur buddy Ralphie by my side.

Ralphie, where do I even start? Ralphie was a Rat Terrier Whip It Mix and he was a one of a kind dog. He had such a fun personality. He would howl at the chimes of the clock, beg for licorice, take your spot on the couch and sneakily eat your ramen noodles.

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I had Ralphie in my life since I was 9 I believe, till I was 19 years old. He spent a good portion of my life with me. Growing up, I discovered that I had a mental disorder which is known as anxiety. Anxiety has affected the way I think and feel towards pretty much everything and anything. Ralphie, was always there to comfort me during my panic attacks. He was also there during the biggest battle of my life, which was my battle of depression during my junior and senior year of high school. He had always had a way of sensing when I was upset and anxious. Ralphie was also my walking buddy. He loved walks and I would often take him for walks during the highs and lows of my high school career.

Back in 2014, Ralphie passed away due to having a tumor in his lungs. The night before he had to be taken to the vet to be put down, I stayed up with him to make sure he was okay. Seeing him to only keep standing up on four paws all night because that was the only way he could keep breathing was the hardest thing for me. I am eternally grateful for that last night with the dog who was always there for me. I still miss him a lot and I am so grateful for the role he played in helping with my anxiety and depression.

Currently, the dog in my life right now is my dog Charlie. Charlie was my first puppy I ever brought home. All the rest of my dogs were a few years old when my family adopted them, but Charlie was adopted two months after he was born. I got Charlie back in 2007, when I was in 6th grade. Charlie is a Goldendoodle, which is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. Charlie become one of Ralphie’s new buddies and mine as well. Charlie is obsessed with playing fetch and he loves licking little toddlers because I think he thinks they’re puppies. I always love sneaking and taking photos with Charlie because he absolutely gets annoyed by them. He hates selfies and I find it very funny. He is not the most social and cuddly dog, but he will always wait up for me after I get home from a long night out with friend’s so we can go up to bed together and I love that.

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Overall, having dogs in my life has blessed me so much. Each of my dog’s has brought me so much love, comfort and endless joy. I love the quote, “Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never owned a dog!”

I love that quote because for me that quote is so true. No friendship can compare to a girl’s friendship with her dogs. I am so grateful for all the furry friendships I have been blessed to have. Love your dogs for they are truly a gift!

— Kim

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