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Student voices: Kassie's best friend

A week and a half ago, my dog Scooby ran away. (Yes, my dog’s name is Scooby and yes I named him myself.)

This wasn’t the first time my little escape artist has gotten through his invisible fence to explore the outside world. I’m not going to lie. I was terrified. He has run away before, but never for two days. The longest Scooby was ever gone was a few hours. When he did his little escape trick this time I was extremely worried.

My dog is not a puppy, he is over 10 years old. I looked and looked for him.

Two days later I noticed I had a missed call from my friend Annie. I had just sat down to eat my lunch at school. I called her back and the first thing I heard was, “KASSIE I FOUND YOUR DOG!” I called my mom and eventually left to find Annie petting my dog at the end of some cul-de-sac. I laughed because Scooby was definitely enjoying being pet for the first time in two days. We scooped him up and I brought him back home.

My dog isn’t the smartest dog, but he definitely is one of the funniest. I’ll never forget the time I was walking down my street looking for Scooby right after he ran off. I was about 10 and it was a Saturday morning. I live on a fairly busy road so I didn’t go too far when I went to look for him. I just turned around to head back as I was yelling Scooby’s name. A man bicycling down the road smiled at me and all I could think was, “Why was he smiling at me. This is not a smiling matter. I have just lost my dog!” So I turned back to look at the guy again. I looked down, and guess what was behind me? Scooby, just following me home.

I can’t express how happy I am that I now have my dog back home. It’s hard to imagine something I’ve grown up with the past 10 years could just be gone one day. There is never a day I regret owning a dog. I think every kid deserves to have a pet. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, lizard, hermit crab, chinchilla, hamster, turtle, bird or even a fish, they add such great memories to every kid’s childhood.

Unfortunately, I haven’t owned 2/3 of those animals because my parents are certainly not fans of many animals. Both of them grew up on a farm. They say they “had all the animals they needed.”. With having Scooby all throughout my childhood, he is more like a best friend rather than something I go feed every day.

I love my dog and the crazy things he does. Even when if it happens to be running off.