My family recently made an addition: a 4-month-old puppy named Everett. After we met Everett on a trip to the Humane Society, he captured our hearts and we decided we had to bring him home.

I’ll admit that I was skeptical about owning a pet. It’s a lot of hard work and responsibility, not to mention the financial commitment. We all know that. Yet I had other reasons for being cautious about it as well.

Everett the puppy

Everett takes a walk in the yard.

Brian Johnston lives in St. Joseph with his wife and two children. You can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/brianjohnstonwriter.