I Was a Dog Mom for Only a Day

Light brown dog behind a rusted cage with only upper face showing
Image by Valerie Blanchett on Unsplash

On March 5th, 2020, days before the world exploded into a deadly pandemic, I woke up and decided I had to get a dog. I thought about getting a dog for years, actively searching animal shelters and national rescue websites for months. Last year, I decided my waiting a long time meant I was somehow prepared or deserving. I was not deserving of or ready for the responsibility of a dog. No one is entitled to anything beyond fundamental…