It's a dog's life

I grew up always having pets in the house. I do not remember a time as a child that we did not have a dog and cat around. As an adult I got a dog as soon as I was able to.

Then I became a parent, the dogs aged and then passed and I was just too busy as a single parent to be able to give a dog all the time they required.

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Friends kept telling me I needed to get a dog. Nope, nope, nope. No way, not a chance, I don’t have time.

Then back in February, Mocha entered our family and I realized just how much a dog was needed in all our lives.

Mocha is 18 pounds of furry, mutt love. She doesn’t judge, she doesn’t talk back, she doesn’t expect great things from us…she just loves us.

Since she joined our family we have all become calmer, our anxiety levels have decreased, we are happier.

No matter whether we have been gone for five seconds, five hours or five days she welcomes us home as though we are the most important people on the face of the Earth.

Mocha is always excited and happy to see us. She gives hugs as though she is a person. Her love is unconditional.

Mocha came from a rescue. She turned a year old the day after we got her. The bond was instant. How her previous two homes broke down is beyond me. She is the best dog I have ever owned. She comes when called, brings the ball back to be thrown over and over. And she loves to snuggle and hug.

A dog’s love is unconditional. They don’t ask for much in return for that love: a bowl of kibble, a scratch on the head and a bowl of water (heck even the toilet will do for that).

For my family, Mocha has done way more than we will ever be able to give back to her.

She comes to the kids’ hockey games and watches them on the ice. She became the team mascot for my daughter’s team and hung in the dressing room before games. Every player got a pregame paw high five from her.

And when the girls lost the championship game with 14 seconds left in the game, Mocha was there to help dry their tears and bring the smiles back to their faces.

I truly believe that Mocha was sent into our lives with a purpose. We are all healthier because of her. Not only has she changed our lives but those of others around us.

For those of you thinking about adopting a dog I highly recommend using a rescue. While there are bad rescues there are also excellent ones that are easily found with the slightest amount of research. You really do not need to spend $1,000 on a pup from a breeder.

Thank you for reading, time to take Mocha for a swim in the river!

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