My first thoughts of becoming a veterinarian started with my dog when I was eight-years-old. The dogs in my life have taken me through so much more than just companionship. Thanks to them, I learned teamwork and discipline through obedience trials and agility competitions and my first interest in diseases sparked when learning about internal parasites. I spent countless hours as a child with a dog by my side and the influence they have had on me has been enough to get me here in vet school.
They say that you will have one great dog in your life. Though all of the dogs that are in my life now are equally as amazing, there is one dog that shaped my childhood and I owe so much to her, and to that I say:
Thank you for being by my side when things got tough. You were there through the tough years of switching schools in middle school, the ever-changing high school years, the parent’s divorce, and the heartbreaks. You always had a way of knowing when something was wrong.
Thank you for letting me push you. Even as a 6-month-old puppy in obedience class, you always put in 100 percent effort. I couldn’t have asked for a more willing and attentive dog. All it took was an idea and you took it and ran with it all the way to championships. The sports we were involved in wouldn’t have been possible without the team we made.
Thank you for shaping me into a future veterinarian. I studied anatomy on you for hours and was constantly eager to learn more with you. Though I didn’t see it then, it is because of you I grew an interest in the sciences through middle school and was determined to become a veterinarian by high school.
You have been far more than just a companion to go on hikes with, but a partner. I may have taken advantage of the time we had together, and I certainly didn’t thank you enough for being there, but I appreciate everything you have done in my life.