Athens, OH 5 October 2020 –
When I was a sophomore, I really wanted to get a dog. I was not sure how hard it would be to find an apartment that would allow me to have a dog. I went back and forth on the pros and cons and was going to wait until I graduated. Then, a close family friend emailed me about a litter of Boykin Spaniels he had. I decided to go ahead and get a puppy.
My fear of finding an apartment quickly dwindled when I started to look for options. Many apartment options in Athens allow pets, you just have to look early and, in some cases, they might charge a small fee.
There are a couple of important factors to consider when getting a puppy. Firstly, what time of the year you get the puppy. In the beginning, my puppy was a lot of work. A lot of waking up early for potty breaks, etc. What saved me is that I got him right after the semester ended, going into summer. This allowed me to work with him and to potty train him before moving into an apartment in the fall. I really think that was critical and I think it would not have gone well if I just got him in the middle of a semester.
The second important consideration is that pets require a lot of attention and exercise. My dog is now one year old so he still has some puppy energy. That means a lot of walks and trips to the dog park. It is time-consuming, but a good break from school work. Overall, I am very happy I decided to get him. Pets can take some work and require some planning, but they have many benefits and great at emotional support! The photo is of my dog, Echo.