I’ve been an animal lover my whole life, but it wasn’t until I was in middle school that my parents finally gave in to my relentless begging for a dog. I suppose they got sick of me taking the neighbor’s dog and hiding him in my room. I’ll never forget the day my dad took me to our local animal shelter and let me window shop for my very own pooch. Mindy was a 7-year-old black Lab whose family hadn’t been able to take her with them when they moved. After reading on her…

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