Conventional wisdom says that dogs are man's best friends, and when I was 8 I learned that it was true.
On January 9, 2004, we got a German Shepherd mix puppy. Two of the women my dad worked with rescued her and five other puppies from an abandoned building in downtown Warren. Our new puppy was living with a pack of other dogs; two adult females, one adult male, and the litter of puppies. My dad's co-workers had noticed the adult dogs begging and searching for food around town, followed them and started to care for them. When the weather reports called for sub-zero temperatures that weekend, they knew they had to do something; they had to at least rescue the puppies. And they did.
Once the puppies were settled into a box, my dad called my mom to come see them. My mom said she took one look into the box and it was love at first sight. The puppy that would soon come to live with us had deep brown eyes, a fluffy black coat, and caramel-colored paws. That's partly how she got her name, Carmelita. The other part is she is named after a character in a Warren Zevon song.
We really aren't sure what kind of dog she is because, after all, she was born in the "wild." As she grew, we knew she was part German Shepherd because of her coloring, but not her size. She is a medium-sized dog and weighs just under 40 pounds. Most German Shepherds weigh a lot more. They're taller too.
When Carmelita was a puppy, she loved to sit under things, like table and chairs. The first picture we ever took of her was of her huddled under one of our kitchen chairs. She still likes lying under the dining room table or a living room chair. She also liked to climb into baskets when she was little.
She also is a very smart dog. She knows what is hers. She never would take a shoe and chew. She only chews her own toys. And my dad says she is very good because she lets us sleep in the morning.
Ever since the day we got Carmelita, she has acted like a best friend. Whenever you are sad, she will come and cuddle with you. Whenever you get cut or have a bruise, she will lick it to make it better. When my mom had surgery last year and had to stay in bed, Carmelita never left her side.
She also is a perfect guard dog. As my mom says, "she is all bark, and no bite." For a small dog, she has a really big bark. Whenever someone comes to the door, she will bark and bark and she makes sure no one will hurt her family.
When they say that dogs are man's best friends, they are right, because my dog is my best friend.