Sometimes, a dog can save you from yourself.
Near the end of 2016, Rachel was in her mid-thirties, and her career was her life. As a vice president for her company, Rachel managed assets for real estate funds, traveled frequently, and consistently worked 15 hours a day. Unfortunately, her lifestyle left her little spare time for her health, personal life, or any form of self-care. And, as she gained more success in her career, she found herself more anxious and more depressed.
When Rachel’s office began to allow dogs, she dismissed the idea at first. With her work hours, she didn’t think it was feasible. Besides, she had never owned a dog before. However, Rachel changed her mind after she watched a friend’s dog for a week. After a week of having a snuggle partner at night and a break-taking reminder during the day, Rachel felt differently.
So, Rachel began searching. She compared it to online dating; she kept swiping through the photos and profiles, but none of the dogs seemed like the right fit. However, that changed when she saw a photo of Doc Jones—a corgi mix with a big, goofy head. As soon as she came across Doc, she contacted Wags and Walks and scheduled to meet with him at the next adoption event.
On the day she met Doc, Rachel was more nervous than she had been for any first date. She got there 15 minutes early with knots in her stomach and goosebumps on her arms. Yet, after seeing Doc for the first time, Rachel knew he was her dog.
When first taking Doc home, to their small studio in DTLA, Rachel drove exactly 55 mph for the first time in 15 years of LA driving. And, when the two got home, they just stared at each other for a minute. As if sensing her apprehension, Doc then went to Rachel, sat next to her, and placed his head on her lap. While the apprehension began to fade, Rachel still didn't sleep for two days because she kept checking to see if Doc was breathing at night.
Rachel’s first year was filled with inner-city potty training, a few false-alarm trips to the ER, marathons of watching the dog whisperer, and a surprising eagerness to spoil Doc. And, while all that may come with the territory of being a first-time dog-owner, Doc also helped Rachel learn she could find happiness outside of work. With Doc, she finally met her neighbors that had been living near her for 2 years, and she learned to put her work phone away when walking with Doc. Rachel’s work-life balance also improved; she began to take breaks at work, she walked three times a day, and she stopped working late into the night alone.
Rachel is now closing out her second year with Doc Jones, who turned five in March. She’s living a healthier lifestyle, both physically and mentally, and she has figured out how to work and rest equally. Contrary to what she believed for many years, she can still be successful at work while investing just as much effort into her personal life.
When looking into Doc Jones’s big brown eyes, Rachel doesn’t think she could possibly love anything in the world more. With work, there is constant fear of never being enough, but with Doc, Rachel is more than enough. Doc Jones—the rescue—rescued Rachel from herself.
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