Since moving in with one of my roommates in 2017, I have been fortunate enough to be known as “Aunty Em” by our ‘family’ dog Diesel. Over the last couple of years, Diesel and I have become the best of friends. We’ve created many memories together, we’ve built an unbreakable bond, and [somehow] he brought me little sparks of confidence within my every day life. So far, these are just some of the main ways Diesel has helped me feel like a much more confident, liked, and well-rounded person:


Dogs are always happy to see you, no matter how long you’ve been gone

Dogs still want to excessively lick your skin after days of not showering

Dogs always look at you like you are a gift from god

Everybody wants to be your friend when you have a dog

Because you walk your dog, you get to tell people you are “moderately active” which sounds better than “not active at all”

They are always down to hang out with you when everyone else thinks you’re annoying

They always love your cooking, even when it is questionable

Strangers kindly stop to talk to your dog, which makes it look like you have a lot of friends

You can usually always blame a fart on them

You go from avoiding social interaction to asking a total stranger if you can pet their dog while simultaneously dropping to your knees in premature anticipation

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