Ever since I was a young girl, I dreamed of having my very own dog. One that I could play fetch with and cuddle with like every other kid my age. As each Christmas and birthday went by, I hoped and prayed that a dog would be patiently sitting in my living room awaiting my arrival. I waited for this day for years, until one random Saturday in 2017 when we got our dog, Penny.
That day, when my dad said he was going on a “business trip,” I didn’t think twice, but when he came home that very same night with a puppy in his arms, I knew that the day I had yearned for my whole childhood was finally here!
Ever since Penny entered my life that afternoon in 2017, she has been – and will always be – my family’s little bundle of joy. Her smile and unconditional love light up a room, and it amazes me how well she can sense emotions.
Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to the way Penny reacts and her little quirks. For example, Penny will take full advantage of splashing in puddles, and playing in the rain, but when it’s time for a bath, she immediately wants nothing to do with water. The mere act of taking a towel out of the closet will cause her to play her little game of what I like to call “pup and seek.” While she can be a handful at times, nonetheless, she has always found a way to communicate her love through endless cuddles.
One of my favorite pictures (on the page) is this photo of my sister, Erin, and I walking Penny at Cheslen Preserve, a landmark with miles of walking trails and picturesque scenery in Coatesville, PA.
In just a few weeks from now, I will be heading back to college, which is always a hard transition considering I have to be away from Penny for months at a time. Every time I leave the house, even if it’s only for an hour, Penny makes her puppy heartbroken eyes. She understands precisely what it does to my emotional stability when she stands by the front window looking at me drive away. She knows how to whine loudly, and every time I return home, she knows how to lay her head on my lap for sympathy. She wins every time she performs this “guilt game.”
As one of the biggest dog lovers around, I was nothing short of elated when finding out that I would get to work on projects for the National Dog Show (www.nationaldogshow.com) as a Vizion Group PR intern. As someone who watches The National Dog Show on NBC, I would never have imagined that I would be part of something that matched my personal passions. Join me and thousands of other dog lovers at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks (www.nds.nationaldogshow.com) to celebrate dogs from all over the world this November!