The best decision I ever made was to get a puppy. There are many people you will encounter in life who let you down but dogs are full of unconditional love. I remember driving home after getting my new Cavapoo puppy. Immediately after backing out of the driveway, he just cried and cried and cried. The whole way home I was thinking, “What did I just get myself into?”
Well, I can tell you with 100% honesty training a puppy is hard work but no amount of words can explain how much I love my dog and I got myself into a life with a new best friend.
Through all of the tough times, including disordered eating, social anxiety, and just stress from student teaching, Elmo has given me smile upon smile and laugh upon laugh when I thought I could not go on.
Although there were days I did treat him horribly because I was in a bad mood (which I regret), he still loves me unconditionally. No matter what. Unlike friends, family, etc. who eventually get tired of mood swings and crumby moods… He never let me go and never gave up on me.
I owe so much to him. Words cannot describe how much my life has changed since I got him. He got me through one of the toughest times in my life. It sounds ridiculous but it is 100% true. He made life worth living for me and he gave me a reason to get out of bed each and every day… Something I began to struggle with my last few months of school. He allowed me to forget things and move on when something does not go my way. He made me realize people and situations, like animals, cannot make perfect decisions and be perfect. He made me realize I cannot be perfect and it is OKAY.
I love you more than anything.