I've always been an animal lover. I loved animals so much that I begged for six years and
signed a contract in order to get a dog. It's a good thing that I got one too because without my
trusty sidekick, I wouldn't have learned as many lessons as I have today. These lessons are why I
believe in dogs.
Lesson 1: Dogs have taught me not to hold grudges. I have a ten pound chihuahua that
loves to weave into my path when I walk, so I've stepped on him countless times. Yet, every time
I crouch down, apologizing profusely, I see his beady eyes light up and his black tail begin to
sway back and forth; he had already forgiven and forgotten. From this experience I've learned to
not give that person who accidentally stepped on the back of my shoe last year the stink eye, or
go out on someone who spilt soda on my shoe. Accidents happen, and that makes us human.
Lesson 2: Dogs have taught me to be sympathetic. In seventh grade, my usual afternoon
routine was to do homework and then cry: I had a pretty terrible seventh grade. And every time I
lay on my shaggy purple carpet, my body shaking with sorrow, Oscar would climb up onto my
chest and lick the tears off my cheeks. Then he would lay next to me, head on my stomach, and
wait for the breaths to even, and the sobs to die down. To be honest, it's kind of hard to be sad
when a dog is licking your face. He had never gone to school or experienced drama, but he
understood that I was hurting and volunteered to help. With that lesson in mind, I now know that
sometimes a shoulder to cry on is all someone might need.
Lesson 3: Dogs have taught me to live in the moment. With anxiety, I tend to think of the
past and the future to a point of panic. Oscar on the other hand, will go from running around the
house like a madman, trying to pick up two toys at once, and then snuggling up on someone on
the couch in about ten seconds. He doesn't dwell on the past. No, he doesn't remember that one
time he chewed up my favorite pair of vans, nor does he regret it. And if he doesn't know what's
going to happen next, why care so much about it? I took this lesson to heart and everyday, even
if it's just ten minutes of my day, I think about the now, not the what ifs or the I could'ves, the
Dogs are not only cute, soft, and snuggly, they're mentors. Integrating these lessons into
my daily routine has helped me see the world differently. If I'm thinking too much of the future, I
remember to stop, breathe, and observe what is happening. I remember to ask what's wrong if a
friend looks down. I remember to forgive because holding a grudge just adds more stress to my
already stressful life. I believe in carpe diem. I believe in compassion. I believe in letting go. I
believe in dogs.