I can still remember the day I found out about my diagnosis. I was overwhelmed and it felt like my world was spinning. It didn't feel real. In order to cope with some of the stress, I went dog shopping with my parents to some local places around the area. I knew what I wanted, a male German Shephard!
When we walked into the first store and I saw this adorable little black lab female with "Clearance" written on her crate, I knew that she was special. Little did I know just how much she I would come to love and need her.
Thankfully, the housing company that I rented my house from at Michigan State allowed pets, and if you had a doctor sign off that it was needed for medical or emotional support reasons, the $500 fee was waived. This made it easy for me to decide that I had to have her.
I know now that Luna knew what was going on with me during my treatment. She knew I was weak, and too tired to play. Despite being the active, hyper black lab puppy she is, she would calm down on those couple of days after treatment when I needed to rest. She would snuggle with me in my room for hours while I slept, sometimes sun up to sun down, without having accidents or asking me to play.
There were days I cried. I hated my situation and the life I was living. Then I'd look over at Luna and she'd look at me with her eyes, and within seconds she was climbing all over me licking me everywhere. Bursts of laughter erupted out of me. There were days I relied on her to give me joy and hope, and she gave it to me.
I never knew I could love a dog as much as I love her. Her loyalty and compassion surprises me every day.
I know the situation to just go out and buy a dog may not always be ideal, but animals honestly bring a joy to life that is so amazing. If anyone is ever in a hard emotional or medical situation, I definitely suggest to consider buying or rescuing a dog, or to spend time with a friend or relative's dog. They are incredible, loving beings.
Happy First Birthday Luna