10 Reasons Why Dogs Are A Woman's Best Friend

10 Reasons Why Dogs Are A Woman's Best Friend

They say "dogs are a man's best friend," but I beg to differ.
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The saying goes that "Dogs are a man's best friend," but I disagree. They also say that "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," but I'd rather have 10 dogs over 10 diamonds any day.

I'm pretty sure we can all agree that dogs are just as easily a woman's best friend, if not more. Women, by nature, are more nurturing and more compassionate; two qualities which are necessary for every dog owner. Since when did dogs become associated with masculinity? Dogs are loyal, fun-loving, energetic companions and all of those are traits which both men and women possess. Here are ten reasons why dogs are in fact a woman's best friend as well:

1. They are always there to greet you.


When you first walk through the door, your dog is the first to greet you. they jump on you and wag their tail as if you have just been away at sea for seven years. Even if you just went to the grocery store and back they will greet you as if they have missed you like crazy. No one else is going to greet you like that.

2. They don't judge you.


They will watch you eat that fourth slice of pizza. They will watch you pretend to be Mariah Carey when you're home alone. And they'll sit there as you click next on Netflix to round out an entire season in one day. All of this, they'll do without judgement.

3. They make for the perfect date.


No one to eat with? Your dog will join you. No one to watch TV with? Your dog will join you. No one to go to the park with? Your dog will join you.

4. They have the same taste in food as you.


By same taste in food I mean anything that falls off the table.

5. They will make you feel better when you're sad.


Dogs know when you're feeling sad and they are the perfect companion to cheer you up.

6. They're always down to have fun.


Your dog is always willing to play fetch, go to the park, or wrestle with you. Whatever it may be, they are always willing to have fun.

7. They are (sometimes) willing to cuddle.


Your dog will cuddle with you one minute and lay its head across your legs and the next it will run out of your embrace when you show affection. Either way, some cuddling is better than none at all, right?

8. They will defend you.


Your dog will bark at anyone or anything that seems like a threat. Some dogs are better watch dogs than others though, let's be honest.

9. They'll help you clean up.


Dropped some food on the floor? Your dog will help you. Need some help clearing your plate before you wash it? Your dog has got your back. Don't act like you've never done these things before.

10. They love you no matter what.

The best thing a dog is good for is loving you unconditionally. No matter what happens, your dog will always be there for you. Some people are not even as loyal as your dog. That's why a dog is easily a girl's best friend.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Yes, I Have A Pet Snake And No, I Am Not Crazy

Deciding to get a ball python as a pet was one of the best decisions of my life.

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Three summers ago, I started volunteering at The Toledo Zoo and I fell hardcore in love with animals. I had always loved them, but when I started getting more involved and eventually got hired I started seriously thinking about getting a snake as a pet.

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When we started looking for a baby ball python from a reputable breeder, we already knew we wanted a young male with some kind of abnormal color markings. We also knew that we were going to name him Kluber after Corey Kluber, the pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. We searched long and hard for a unique animal that didn't completely break the bank, and thanks to Morphmarket we stumbled across Twin City Constrictors. They had a fresh group of baby pastel 100% albino ball pythons for sale (which basically just means they are lighter in color and will have albino babies) and we immediately fell in love with one of them.

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There are a lot of things that make owning a snake fun, like seeing their personality develop, watching them explore, and seeing them shed. For us though, Kluber has been a family bonding experience. I got to share my passion and love for these incredible creatures with my family and educate them on the proper care necessary for reptiles. I saw my once-apprehensive stepmom, Melissa, form a bond with Kluber and become genuinely interested in him and snakes in general. We all gathered together in awe the first time we watched him eat, shocked that something without arms or legs was able to devour a mouse that fast. But most importantly, we all have developed a love for a creature that extends beyond anything we could have predicted.

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