“My boyfriend had Nikki, a terrier mix, before we met.
Shortly after we started dating he got a job and was working long hours, so I was at home with Nikki most of the time. I started taking her with me wherever I went. I felt bad that she would have been home alone a lot.
I had never had a dog of my own and I fell in love with her.
My parents got a dog the year before I left for college but I had always wanted one. I’d been obsessed with dogs since I was tiny.
Getting a dog was always on my Christmas list.
Nikki is a rescue and kind of a nervous dog.
My boyfriend, and I are passionate about adopting/rescuing dogs as opposed to shopping at a pet store.
We were living in a temporary apartment while we were looking for a new place. Getting another dog was not on the table–we already had one, but one day when we were picking up her food at this pet store, I made eye contact with this puppy and I ended up leaving the store with him in my arms.”