People Blog for a Reason, this is Why I do:

He makes me so happy. Photo Credits to my mother, Julie Olvera.

What do I get out of this? Well, to be honest, the class credit is nice. But earning credit for blog posts is how I began doing this, not the main reason why I continue.

It’s comforting. It’s freeing. It’s therapeutic. It’s euphoric. It’s, in one simple word, nice. I am a journalism major, so I suppose interviewing comes easy to me. I enjoy asking questions, and finding out the sweet stories behind the shelter dogs living in Reno. It’s truly inspiring. I find myself in a happier mood after conversing with someone about their dog/s.

Writing these posts are fun for me; however, I do not think I am the only one who benefits. I see the smiles that reach across faces, as I remind them of how grateful they are for their furry-legged family members. In a world where everything can seem so negative, or scary, it’s nice to have a reoccurring positive light in your life. Dogs do this for us. They give us a reason to smile, laugh, and maybe yell — from time to time. But even when they do chew the carpet, get into mail, or have an accident in the house, in no time you find yourself back cuddling with them. Am I wrong?

Rescuing a dog from a shelter, as I’ve stated in one of my first blog posts, brings happiness to your life. It’s an act of kindness. But more importantly, it is a heroic act. One that doesn’t take much courage, but instead takes compassion. It’s an act that will benefit both you and the dog you rescue.

No, I am not a crazy dog lady. Well, maybe I am. But that’s beside the point. I just think I see the significance these animals have on us. Living in an apartment restricts me from having a dog. And I have noticed the difference. Every couple months, I visit my family. If Kody was not there to greet me with a wagging tail and a million kisses, it wouldn’t feel like home. It may be obvious, or overstated, but going home knowing there’s someone there waiting to greet you with so much love is a satisfying feeling.

I feel it is important to mention that this blog was never meant to come down on those that buy their dogs from breeders. It was meant to highlight how shelter dogs are not dogs to be afraid of. I write these posts to inspire others to adopt. I have experienced the feeling, and I want others, like you, to also feel what is like to take a dog home from the shelter. I heard this quote one time, from a friend of mine who’s family adopts.

She said, “You won’t change the world by saving a dog, but you will change that dog’s world.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. I hope you enjoyed this brief insight into why I write these posts, and why I will continue.

Kody is home. Photo Credits to me, Kaitlyn Olvera.

Also, check out this awesome rescue story site! Each story has a sweet video! I recommend visiting it: BarkPost Stories

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