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Why Getting a Pet is the Best Thing to Happen to Me This Year

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WMU chapter.

I bought my dog, Onyx, the Saturday after spring semester ended last year. He cost me $300, and he was the best decision I ever made.

Onyx is an Australian Shepherd- Blue Heeler mix, and when he came into my possession he was just recently 10 weeks old. He was smaller than the picture showed him, so when I held him the first time I felt like I was holding something precious- and I was.

Now here I am, 9 months later, and I love him more than ever. I look forward to seeing him when I get home, and I can’t wait to cuddle with him after I get out of work. He finally grew into his ears- they were SO big on his little head- and next month we’re celebrating his first birthday!

I think getting Onyx helped me with my anxiety. I can’t just throw him across the room when he’s being naughty. Especially when he was a puppy, he would pee and poop everywhere. He helped me learn how to put my emotions in check.

He also is a physical support for when I need someone, but there’s no one around. You have a whole life outside of your dog, but they just have you. Be there for them and show them that you’ll always care.

He’s also mine. I love being able to show off my dog to people I know and telling them all about what he does. I brag about him on all of my social media, and I act as if he’s my kid.


In short, I think if you get a pet you’ll also be really happy, too. Onyx makes me look forward to the day, because he looks forward to seeing me.

I'm studying English and Art at Western Michigan University. I aspire to be an author. I want to move to Australia after college. I love reading, writing, and working out. My favorite artists include Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Highly Suspect, Modern Baseball, and The Front Bottoms. I currently waitress, but I'm hoping to get an internship next summer for editing. I'm from Paw Paw, a small town about half way between Kalamazoo and South Haven. My favorite season is summer, because that's when my birthday is. 
Johanna is the campus correspondent for the WMU chapter and a senior at Western Michigan University. She is studying journalism and political science. She hopes to spend her life writing and influencing the world around her with her words. A member of the Western Michigan University Marching Band, Johanna has been in love with music for as long as she can remember and tries to balance out her busy life between writing and playing music.