Stella Rae

Even if you’re new here, I’m sure it’s easy for you to tell how much I love my dog. Stella is a 2.5 year old golden retriever, and she’s the most playful and cuddly dog I’ve ever met.

I got Stella in March of 2018, at a time in my life where I was feeling very alone and depressed, right after a college breakup that at the time I thought was the end of the world, and after I got kicked out of my sorority. I won’t dive into that, though. Stella dug me right out of the hole I was in, and brought so much light to my life. She’s been with me through so many highs and lows…moving multiple times, new jobs, my college graduation, breakups, and so much more.

I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for many years now, and having her makes me a better me. There are days that I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, but I have her and the responsibility to get her outside and exercised, which makes me get up and do things with my life. And when I don’t want to do anything, she is there to cuddle me and give me endless kisses. Since losing my job and having my life take a turn, I’ve been putting her as my focus. We’ve taken so many hikes and walks, and we recently started running together. If you know me, you know I hate running, but she keeps me going and motivated. Since quarantine, I didn’t realize exactly how attached she was to me, but I seriously can’t walk anywhere around the house without her right under my feet. She is my little guardian angel, my support system…my #1 in life. Impulsively getting her (no really, I decided I wanted a dog on a Friday and got her that Sunday) was the best decision I have ever made.

So for anyone contemplating getting a dog, debating whether they can handle the responsibility, you make it work and it’s so worth it.

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