My Strongest Supporter
When I was an undergraduate, I adopted a
high-energy shepherd mix named Addie from a local shelter, and she
quickly became my partner in crime and strongest supporter.
I had plenty of time to expend her endless energy, even between
work and school commitments. But I knew going into veterinary
school that I was going to assume a lot more responsibility and
have much less time to spend with her; I was worried that it would
add extra stress to my life and not be fair to her.
Soon after beginning veterinary school, however, I realized that
having a dog while in vet school was the best choice for me.
Even after a long day, she constantly manages to make me smile
when I get home. She’s the best kind of study buddy because she’s
always supportive and doesn’t judge if I get it wrong. She has also
helped me build relationships with other students with dogs.
And, most importantly, she reminds me to make time for brain
breaks, whether that be taking her for a run or just throwing a
ball in the backyard.
She’s even helped me with my classes; I’ve been able to practice
physical exams on her and, a couple of weeks ago, I even used her
for a palpation exam in anatomy!
Though I still have to make a conscious effort everyday to
ensure she gets the attention she needs, I wouldn’t change it for
all the positivity she brings.