Updated: Mar 18
A few months into dating my girlfriend, the subject of getting a dog came up. While the dog would be mostly for her daughter, she let me know I would be taking care of him from time to time. At first, I was very skeptical of being responsible for a pet. I didn’t really want to take care of a dog, even if it wasn’t totally mine.
When I was growing up, our family had a shih-tzu (pronounced sh-eet-zu.), but since I was a kid, I never had to carry the full responsibility of owning a pet.
But, since the decision was both of ours, I found myself going with my girlfriend a few days later to pick up the new dog. When we got there, I had to admit he was pretty cute as he ran around inside the dog fence, playing with another three-month-old puppy.
We had talked about a name, and we thought Teddy Roosevelt would be a good name for a dog. We ended up going with Teddy to keep it simple.
Taking care of Teddy has really taught me a little about what it would be like to have a child. I think because of all the companionship, love and loyalty that a dog brings, this might be one of the underlying reasons why young adults seek out pets when they are first living on their own. Owning and taking care of a pet helps us realize that we are capable of caring for and nurutring another being.
But before I make it sound too rosy and you run out to get a dog, I just want to warn you: it really is a lot more work than I expected. Despite the work though, Teddy adds so much to my life because of his simple love and affection. When he actually, (okay, occasionally), listens to me when I talk to him, and when I'm lying down and he hops up on the bed and lays his head on my chest, I wonder how I ever enjoyed hanging out at home without him.