Kristen Hong

Although this Covid-19 outbreak has many spirits down, my magical moment happened in this time period, on March 19th, 2020. My boyfriend Owen and I had been talking about getting our own dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, for about 2 years. We wanted to wait for the perfect time to get him to make sure we had enough resources, energy, and time in our schedules to train him properly and provide him a good life.

On March 19th, a few days into the quarantine, I was casually looking online at puppies for adoption. We went to visit (our soon to be) Nacho that night for the potential to bring him home. When we arrived at Nacho’s birth location, he instantly ran towards us and the moment I picked him up and held him in my arms, I knew he was meant to be ours. I felt a warmth inside my body and a spark of joy that overcame me. I was finally holding a puppy that I could call my own and love unconditionally. At that moment in time, I didn’t want to do anything but hold Nacho close to me. I was overcome with happiness.

Now, we have had Nacho for 2 weeks and the feeling of holding him for the first time hasn’t dissipated, even when Nacho is testing our patience. This outbreak has challenged a lot of people in many different ways, but I’m so happy we were able to bring a light into our lives and use this time to give Nacho all the attention he deserves. Right now, nothing brings me more bliss and love into my heart than having Nacho by my side.