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How I Became a Dog Person

I didn’t want to get the dog, but my daughter insisted, and she was the one who was dying

Jacqueline Dooley
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readFeb 3, 2023

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Roo, age 4 months — photo by Ana Dooley

Back in 2016, getting a dog seemed impossible. We already had so much on our plate and adding one more thing — a wild card, an element of chaos, another responsibility — was not remotely appealing to me at the time.

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Jacqueline Dooley
Human Parts

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss