I talk a lot about how my transition from working at the Democrat and Chronicle to University News has affected my personal and professional life, but I usually fall short of mentioning how others in my life are adjusting. And one very important little guy has had to make a lot of changes, too.
Dylan, who just turned 2 years old last week, is on a whole new schedule now. Time for food is different, time for play is different. So are bedtime and wake-up time. Even potty time is different! And even though he spends most of the day home alone in his crate, I think he’s adjusting well.
My husband and I adopted our lab-retriever/pit bull mutt last summer, and he’s the first dog for both of us. I worried that another change in his routine so soon would cause problems — and being new at this whole pet-parenting thing certainly didn’t help our jitters. To our relief, he caught on quickly. No accidents, no illness, no problem. What a good boy!
My husband and I both agree that introducing a dog into our little family was the most rewarding decision we’ve ever made. Dylan gives us something to take care of and love, and he definitely returns the favor tenfold.
Pets have so much to offer their people—and even people who aren’t their people! Therapy dogs visited NTID students in February for a much-needed break from studying. We’ve even had a service-dog-in-training on campus!
I haven’t been here long enough to know much more about RIT’s history with our furry friends (though I did hear we had a real tiger at one point and that feral cats live around campus), so please feel free to share the stories I’m missing out on by commenting here or tweeting me @MarieDLang.