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Column: Why Raising My Dog is Like Playing a Sport

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Picture this: It’s May 25, 2019, and as a ripe 19-year-old I decided I wanted to adopt a dog to add a bit of extra love to my life. Enter Finlay: the 30-pound dachshund terrier mix that now serves as my best friend and emotional support animal.

I initially got Finlay to help support me through my struggles with mental health. I’ve had some adverse reactions to medication, and my doctor said getting a dog might be beneficial for me. Finlay has helped my mental health in so many ways and he never fails to bring a smile to my face.