Becoming a Dog Mom

Skylar Beckford, Reporter

Throughout my life, I have always been surrounded by animals. Not a year has gone by where we have not had at least one pet. However, all of them have been family pets, which I don’t mind, but it felt like something was missing. I always wanted to experience the joy of cuddling with my very own furry friend. I was determined to finally get my own dog. My first obstacle was getting my mom to agree to a new pet. Thankfully, my mom is just like me, and all it took was one picture of some cute puppies for her to say yes.

A few weeks passed, and it was time to meet the puppies. At first, I felt disappointed, as there weren’t any dogs that stood out to me. That was, until, one puppy in particular caught my eye. She was small, and her entire head was covered in fluff. Her eyes were the color of honey, and her little black nose wiggled in the cutest possible way. The first time I held her in my arms, I immediately fell in love. The weeks leading up to taking her home were some of the slowest, and every day I grew more and more impatient.

Thankfully, the day came, and it was one of the best days of my life. We took our first ride home, and I couldn’t have been any happier. Of course, with any puppy, there comes a little bit of chaos, but her adorableness was worth the trouble. I decided on the name Amira, and she quickly took to it. It suited her perfectly, and I could not have picked a more perfect name. She was one of the happiest, funniest puppies I could have ever asked for, and to this day, she is always by my side and making me laugh. Amira is turning three soon, but it feels like just yesterday I was carrying her through the door for the first time.