In life we all have something that has changed the way we perceive things. Most things that change a person’s perception happens to be an experience that they have gone thru and learned from. In my case it wasn’t necessarily an experience, it was a dog that changed my perception on life. My mind and heart was opened in a whole new way. I never thought I could love an animal just as much as I loved the people in my life. I always thought it was strange that pet owners loved and treated their pets the same way they treated their children. My perception on dogs or pets in general definitely changed. Throughout this paper you will see why I am a totally different person because of a dog that entered my life. People say a man’s best friend is his dog, and a women’s best friend is her jewelry. I agreed with this statement until 1996- well into my adulthood. In 1996, I became married and soon found myself a dog owner, (my husband’s best friend was his dog). At first I was really skeptical about letting a dog into my life, being that I had never owned a dog and never cared to. My mind was soon changed, when I met Tacha (that was her name). Tacha was an Akita bread dog. Akitas are dogs who are native to the country of Japan. They are usually vicious by nature and used as hunting dogs. All of the above details made my skepticism grow even larger; I was a new dog owner, soon to be sharing living quarters with this 4 legged animal.
I must say that when I first saw Tacha, my heart melted. She had small triangle shape eyes, a tail that curled high over her back and a coat that was more beautiful than any other dog I’d ever seen. The first few weeks were interesting having Tacha as a live in family member, but before I knew it, having her there was second nature. I found myself treating her just like part of the family. Akita was my families’ first dog, but all of us welcomed her with open arms. There are a few memories that stick out about Tacha. Everyday...
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