Adopted Dog Makes Law Student Feel at Home in Her New City

When Laura met Stoney, she knew she could feel at ease in her new journey as long as they were together.

Laura + Stoney

Beginning law school in a new city at the start of a pandemic was daunting for Laura. Then a dog named Stoney helped quell her anxiety, find joy in her new surroundings, and make the most of their fresh start together.

"I felt lost in the new city, trying to meet people and begin a new endeavor all while the world was shut down. That all changed the day I met my Stoney. "


I graduated from college in 2020, during the beginning of the pandemic, and moved straight to Atlanta to start law school. Between losing the last few months of college, my graduation ceremony, and being far from home, moving to a new city with new people felt impossible—especially on top of struggling with generalized anxiety disorder. I woke up every day feeling anxious and spent most days worrying about anything and everything I could think of. I felt lost in the new city, trying to meet people and begin a new endeavor all while the world was shut down. That all changed the day I met my Stoney.

I went to the shelter looking for a calm, quiet dog who wouldn’t have a problem sitting through Zoom law school with me. I walked down all the aisles of the shelter and finally came across Stoney—a 5-year-old Pitbull—who was quietly wagging amidst all the chaos and noise from the dogs around him. He shared a crate with another pup who was waiting for his forever family, and he was staring at me with the most beautiful golden eyes. I knew in that moment that he was the dog for me, that we were meant to find each other that day.

Stoney is the most unbelievable dog I’ve ever met. I’ve had him for a little over one year now, and I can’t remember what my life was like without him. Within that year, he moved apartments with me, became my emotional support, accompanied me on long road trips back home, patiently sat with me at my makeup graduation ceremony, and filled every day with unconditional love and comfort. Stoney adores every human and animal he meets, and he never leaves anybody feeling unloved. He wags in his sleep, his favorite food is peanut butter, and he could play fetch all day if I let him. 

When my anxiety starts creeping in, all it takes is a good hug and kiss from Stoney to remind me why I made it here to begin with. After a long day of class and work, I get to come home to the sweetest, wiggliest, waggiest boy who reminds me that everything will be okay. I thought that I came to Atlanta just for law school, but I know now that I was always meant to be here to find my Stoney.

Each year, Petco Love Stories invites adopters to share how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations that they’ve adopted from the chance to receive grant awards. This story by Laura won LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta, Georgia a 2021 Love Stories award.