When Your Rescue Dog Rescues You

6/16/2016 9:47 AM

It was December 2015, and I had just come home from college for winter break. That night, my dad called my brother and I into the dining room for my mom to tell us something I never thought I would ever hear:

She had signed us up for a fostering program.

Basically, we were going to give a rescue dog a "temporary" home  until they were adopted by another family. My brother and I were both shocked and excited at the thought of us having a live animal in our house. For my family, this was a big deal, because we have never had a pet living with us.

Of course, taking care of a pet comes with a lot of responsibility. You have to feed them, give them water, take them on walks, brush their hair, bathe them, have them be seen by a vet, play with them, but above all, make sure that they feel loved and safe.

But despite all this, I can say, from personal experience, that having a dog (or any other pet) in your life makes your days a lot more brighter. They are always so happy to see you anytime you come home from being out somewhere. And, it doesn't matter how many times you leave, they will always be the ones to greet you at the door with so much love and joy. And when you're feeling down, they know. Trust me on this one. THEY KNOW. There is something amazing and magical about them that they know to be by your side and comfort you whenever you are going through something. And whenever a dog does something they're not supposed to do, they already know before you even tell them. All they want to do is provide happiness in your life, so whenever they do something wrong, they feel bad and want to make it up to you somehow.

They say a dog is a man's best friend. I've also heard that rescue dogs really rescue you. Personally, I agree with both statements. I am overjoyed that my family has decided to adopt our rescue dog, and I am a very proud owner of a wonderful, lovable, and precious new best friend. He found a home with us, and we found a home with him. Home is not always the place but the company.

My dog has taught me things that have helped me to grow as a person. He has also been there for me in both the good and bad. He never fails to lift my spirits up and always gives me a reason to look forward to each and every day.

My dog has taught me to appreciate the little things in life. Whenever we take him out for a walk, or play with his toys, or brush his hair, or feed him, he always gets super happy. A walk, toys, hair brushing, or food may seem so small to us in our everyday lives, but for him, it's everything. If you take the time every now and then to stop and smell the roses, you may find yourself enjoying and really living in the present moment.

My dog has taught me to be more assertive. Whenever I need him to do something for me such as sit, lie down, etc. I need to say it in a way that will get his attention, in a way that is clear and understandable, and in a way that he knows I am in charge. It was all about finding my voice. In life, having this skill in getting what you want is extremely important.

My dog has been a huge blessing in my life. If any of you reading this have a pet of your own, always show them how much you love them every day. Cherish each moment. Just like how everyone deserves a happy life, animals deserve one as well.

My rescue dog has rescued me. And I thank him for that.

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