One day after coming home from a soccer tournament, my mom told me that she wanted to get a new dog. I was ecstatic. However, it wasn't a simple love story at first. Although our new dog, Teddy, looked dazzling when he arrived to our home, he had heartworm disease; a disease that is caused from an infected mosquito, which produces larva that grows in the dog's heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels. Teddy was in a cage for more than a month being treated.