I was reflecting on my life the other day and began to think about how my dogs have impacted my life and how each dog has come along right when I needed them.
I got Gracie the summer before I started high school. She was exactly the dog I needed during high school and college. She has such a sweet and loving personality, but she is very independent. Gracie was perfectly happy being home without me while I was in school, but also was there to play and cuddle in the evenings. Gracie was the companion that I needed during those years. We would go hiking, to the park, and to many festivals. Having Gracie during that season of my life is the reason I became so involved with dogs and she is the reason I fell in love with Siberian Huskies. When I think about Gracie’s impact on my life, I think about how she is the reason for where I am now in life and the reason I am in school to become a vet. She is my inspiration and I will always remember how she was by my side during such an important time in my life and introduced me to my passion.
I got Echo a month before I graduated with my undergrad degree. He, too, came along right when I needed him. Not even six months later my mom became very sick. Echo is a very loyal and caring dog. He is very sensitive to others’ feelings, whether they are mine, my husbands, or even other dogs. He is the peace keeper in our house. If two dogs have a disagreement, he is there to check on both and make sure they are okay. Echo is always by my side. He follows me everywhere around the house and just wants to be near me. The year I spent with my mom during her sickness was not easy and losing her was extremely heartbreaking for me. She was my best friend. Having a dog like Echo by my side has been such a comfort. If he sees me hiding in my bed or crying, he will be there cuddling in the bed with me or licking away the tears. I look into Echo’s eyes and I see his loyalty and dedication to me. Echo also brought me a step further into the dog world. Together we have learned so much more about dog training, sports, and the professional dog world. When I think of Echo, I think of the term “heart dog.” Before he came into my life, I did not truly understand the term. “Heart dogs” are supposed to be a dog that you share a bond or connection with that is unlike any other dog you have owned. Echo is my “heart dog.” I know the bond I have with him is something special and doesn’t happen with just any dog.
Considering the impact that Gracie and Echo have had on my life, I can’t help to wonder how Yoshi is going to impact it too. Yoshi is a very happy and energetic dog. I have worked with him on training some already and he is a lot of fun to train. I enjoy having him around. Seeing his happy face and getting a million kisses from him constantly makes it hard to ever not smile! I know the future holds something special for Yoshi and I am excited to see what that future is.
How have your pets impacted your life? Leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading,
Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi