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For as long as I can remember, I've always asked my parents for a puppy. It didn’t matter what kind, as long as it had paws, a tail and it barked. I first remember asking for a dog after I got a puppy game for my "Nintendo DS." I know what you’re thinking, who wants a responsibility as big as a puppy based on a game? But hey, I was only six! The feeling of a virtual dog satisfied me for a little while, but it’s not the same as having the real thing. Anyway, my parents always told me that I would get one when I was older, but I knew that was just code for, "Stop asking and go do some homework."
After a while I got the hint and just got the idea about ever getting a puppy out of my mind. At least until March 18, 2018, when my brother walked through the door with a six-week old German Shepherd! I think my jaw actually hit the floor when he walked through the door with a little pile of love and fur in his arms. My dad has always loved dogs, so he was just as excited as I was if not more, and my mom was... well let’s just say she's indifferent. His name is Tyson, and he loves, tummy rubs, walks, and his squeaky ball! He has also had a slight foot fetish since we’ve brought him home. He likes to sniff and lick people’s feet when he first meets them. For instance, when my friend Lauren came to my house for the very first time he licked her toes so hard and so much that her nail polish almost came off! But I think that’s just his way of getting to know someone new rather than just sniffing them. I actually think that’s its kind of cute… and slightly weird. I've always imagined what it would be like to have a dog, but the reality is much better than my imagination. If I'm away from him longer than a day, he jumps on me when he sees me, and whenever I get off the bus from school, he's always at the gate waiting for me to come inside.
If you're ever considering getting a dog I highly recommend it. Having a dog is like having a best friend who will always have your back. However, having a dog isn't all fun and games. In fact, it’s actually a lot of hard work and a lot of money! A dog has to be fed regularly, bathed, groomed, taken to the vet, etc. There are also two words that can describe having a non-house broken dog. Those words are, poop and pee. More specifically, poop and pee everywhere! Being woken up in the middle of the night by a puppy’s feces isn’t the most pleasant thing in the world. That’s a factor that most people don’t think about. I know this is something that parents tell their kids to make them reconsider wanting a pet but, this piece of advice is actually very true. Having a pet of any kind is a huge responsibility. If you know you're irresponsible then maybe having a pet isn't for you. But if you decide to get one anyway I think it'll be one of the best decisions you ever make.
I’m currently a freshman in college so I haven't seen Tyson in over a month, which is the longest I’ve ever been away from him. So, when I come back for Thanksgiving I'll be expecting his puppy love and paws to be all over me. I seriously can't wait! Tyson isn’t just a pet to me. I think of him as my four-legged baby and I love my Tyson with all of my heart!