Dog Tales: Stories about dogs written by the children who love them
This is the third in a series of stories written by young people. Writing encourages children to explore their relationships with pets and works to strengthen the human-animal bond. After all, today’s youth are tomorrow’s pet owners.
Stories have not been edited for spelling or grammar. Each story belongs wholly to its author.
The Dog That Touched My Life
Author: Kaylin, 11
When I was 10 years old I had to have surgery. I was scarred that something would go wrong and my ears wouldn’t heal. Right before I had to get surgery, a service dog named Sophie came into the room. I was allowed to play with her.
Sophie laid down and I sat there and just pet her and pet her. She was so soft. While petting her, I felt relaxed. By the time Sophie left I felt great and not scarred.
Today is my birthday and I have just found out bad news. My ear has not healed and I need to have surgery again. Whenever I feel sad or nervous, I think of Sophie and she gives me courage. Wish me luck with my surgery!
Kaylin’s mom told me Kaylin will not need another surgery after all. As for her daughter’s time with Sophie, “It was AMAZING how calm Kaylin was when the dog was there. She got a good 30 minute visit and was petting the dog the entire time and didn’t once get worked up while she was waiting to go back for her procedure. It was really a blessing.”
To learn more about this series, including how a young person you know can contribute his or her own story and perhaps have it published, click here.
Jacki Skole is an award-winning journalist, author and adjunct professor of communication. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she spent a decade as a writer and producer at CNN before turning to teaching. Jacki launched WRITE Now to assist students in writing the college application essays that will chart their future. Read More...