10 Reasons Why Having A Dog Is Better Than Having A Kid

10 Reasons Why Having A Dog Is Better Than Having A Kid

How many years does it take for a kid to actually become toilet trained?

1. They’ll never want to stop cuddling with you.

No matter how old a dog gets, they’ll always want to sleep in your bed, sit on your lap, and cuddle with you. Personally, I know I developed the idea of free will when I was around 2 years old, at which point I stopped letting my older brother hug me. 20 years later, my mom still talks about how upset my brother was when this happened. So – case in point.

2. They’re always happy to see you.

Even in their “troubled teens” years, your dog will always greet you with joy and a wagging tail. They won’t put headphones on and ignore you as much as possible.

3. They don’t demand expensive technological “necessities”.

A dog is never going to claim that they need the iPhone 7, a new computer or for whatever reason, an iPad. They also don’t demand cars once they turn 16. Think about the thousands of dollars you will save NOT buying all of these things.

4. The ease of potty training.

How many years does it take for a kid to actually become toilet trained? I have no idea, because I don’t have a child. But I know you have to change diapers for literally YEARS, and then the kid finally moves on to training potties or something before they finally hit the big T. A dog? Your dog will probably have house training down way before they even hit their first birthday. So…really? Who’s the more intelligent species?

5. They’re not picky eaters.

No need to worry about that phase where your baby likes carrots one day but not the next. Or you go through the effort of cooking a nice meal, only to find out that your grouchy teenager just wants pizza for dinner. Your dog is always SO excited and grateful for breakfast and dinner time, no matter what kibble you put in their bowl...they'll even get excited about broccoli.

6. They will forever play “catch” with you.

Dads, you never have to worry about missing that phase in your child’s life when you toss a ball back and forth in the yard. Your dog will ALWAYS want to play ball with you, no matter how old they get. And it’s not like they’ll ever grow out of a catcher’s mit.

7. School is optional.

A lot of parents get upset when their kids start school, because their kids are gone all day, five days per week. Plus there’s extra curricular commitments that you need to be in charge of, like driving them to athletic practice and games on the weekends. But school is optional for your pooch! Unless your pup tends to be a particularly feisty breed of chaos, they probably don’t need to go to obedience classes. You can master that stuff right at home, and forget about separation anxiety!

8. You don't have to have "the talk".

Easily the most mortifying moment in a parent's and child's life is having to explain the birds and bees to your kid. And puberty...yuck. Let's NOT relive that horrible time through our children's suffering. Luckily with dogs, that whole thing is a non-issue.

9. You can dress them up however you want and they can't say sh*t.

Alright...your dog may not love wearing a pumpkin Halloween costume and Christmas sweater every year, but there's really nothing they can do about it. Kids generally start dictating what they want to wear once they realize that's an option. Oh, and just wait until they're old enough to buy all of their own clothes...say goodbye to your fun hilarious outfits that they used to look SO cute in.

10. They love you unconditionally.

In the words of John Grogan, “A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.

There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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The Victim Of The Jaguar Attack Honestly Deserved It

Thankfully, it will NOT be Harambe Pt. 2


This event has been the focus of many media outlets such as NBC, ABC, CBS, The Today Show, etc. A woman had climbed over a barrier in order to get closer to the jaguar's cage to take a SELFIE. The woman has recently came forward and admitted that she was in the wrong, but that the zoo should take more precautions to make the jaguar enclosure safer. (WHAT?)

"I'm not the first and if they don't move the fence, I'm probably not gonna be the last." "I never expected. We're all human, we all make mistakes, and I've learned my lesson." -The idiot who crossed an enclosure barrier.

As far as I can recall, I've seen nothing on the news about someone getting attacked by an animal in such a way; unless they were provoked. However, within the past year, this particular jaguar has attacked before because ANOTHER individual had crossed the barrier and provoked the animal. This woman is in the wrong, as was the previous person, but she wants to place blame on the zoo because of their enclosure design. As far as "I never expected", it's a wild animal in a zoo enclosure. Keeping the obvious in mind, she also had her hand in the paws of the jaguar. What did you expect? That it would act like a domestic cat and lick you while purring? No. Even house-cats can be provoked and claw and bite their owners. Why should a wildcat be any different?

The zoo has came forward and made a statement saying that the jaguar, Sara, will NOT be euthanized because she was provoked, but instead is not out for public display for the time being. The zookeepers do not blame the jaguar for the incident because it was the fault of the visitor. The zoo also stated that they are up to USDA standards and regulations with the enclosure. Since a jaguar is a predator, they are required to have two barriers between the predator and the visitors, which this zoo and other zoos have in place.

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These barriers, with any animals, are there for a reason. They're meant to keep the visitors safe from any incidents that could happen. That only gets tossed out the window when someone decides to disregard safety in order to get a picture. The zoom functions in our cameras are there for a reason, everyone.

The fact that zookeepers, officials, news casters, and so forth have to remind people to not cross the barriers of a zoo enclosure is foolish because you would think it would be common sense. This woman, the person before her, and others clearly don't have this not-so-common way of thinking have paid the price for it. Yet, this woman has the audacity to try to place even the tiniest bit of blame on the zoo because it's "not safe enough". Most children, obviously aside from the Harambe incident, know better than this grown woman. Isn't that funny?

So what lesson did we learn from this? Don't be stupid. Use your zoom function.

If you want to disregard safety with a wild animal, go to a safari or travel abroad to an African savanna. Don't cross a barrier at a zoo or you'll be made into a laughing-stock to those with common sense.


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