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Journal Writing Project: A man’s best friend


By Kirsten Ruen

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kirsten Ruen

You know how people say that a dog is a man’s best friend? Well, I think that statement is completely true. Over Christmas break my family and I had the great gift of a new dog to add to the Ruen clan. Since we got the dog over break, it allowed me time to spend hours with my new puppy, getting to know him.

Gunnar, an eight-month-old, red and white Siberian Husky became a part of our family on December 26th. I’ve learned so much about him and the ways of a puppy within the short week that we have already had him. He loves to sprint down the gravel roads, play tug-of-war, be scratched behind the head, and roll in the snow. Gunnar is how I imagine what having a little brother would be like, in some respect! But, one thing I have really noticed is Gunnar’s effect on people. He can make anyone feel like a kid again! I absolutely adore watching my dad play with him and take him for walks; it’s like he is a little boy again. My dad turns into such a softie when he is with Gunnar, too. David isn’t such a tough guy after all!

After over a year of being dog-less, it was the perfect timing for us to have another dog. I think many people take their pets for granted, but it’s true! Dogs fill that little spot in your heart that nothing else can! Studies have shown that just petting or playing with a dog can help with a person cope with depression, stress, and loneliness. Gunnar is truly a blessing to our family over this holiday season, and hopefully a blessing that we will have for years to come! Dogs are a man’s best friend.

Kirsten Ruen is a senior at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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