11 Things I've Learned From Having A Puppy

11 Things I've Learned From Having A Puppy

Besides that being a puppy mom is the best job ever.

Getting a puppy while still in college was the best decision I've ever made. Before I made the decision, everyone warned me about how much work, time and effort I needed to put into a puppy. Apparently I couldn't possibly find time in my busy schedule to have such a commitment. I'm glad I didn't listen to anyone because coming home to my best furry friend, makes it all worth it. Along with the commitment, he's taught me some things that never would have realized without him.

1. Never forget to smile.

Whenever you're having a bad day, just stop and think. Is whatever's bothering you going to matter in a year from now? A month from now? A day from now? If the answer is no, than stop worrying about it.

2. Take time to stop and look around.

As Ferris Bueller would say, life is short. There's moments that happen daily that we don't take the time out of our busy lives to appreciate. We need to smell more roses, take more walks, put our phones down and see the beauty that surrounds us.

3. Nap time is the best time.

Adults seem to forget about the magic of napping. A power nap could give us the energy to fight off the rest of the day. Sometimes we all just need a break.

4. Sometimes it's okay to bit off more than you can chew.

I seem to get caught up in the cycle of getting involved in more things than I can handle. However, I've made it through all of them. Even if it didn't seem like the ideal situation at the time, I still did it. Long hours and hard work pay off, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there.

5. Shoes shouldn't be laying around anyway.

I've gotten to be a neat freak, and I can thank him for that. He keeps the house spotless, even if it's just due to the fear of him eating things he shouldn't be.

6. Exercise is important.

For humans, and for puppies. Going outside and being active has made me feel both happier and healthier. Even if it's just for a few minutes every day, it sure helps blow off steam and boost concentration.

7. You're never too tired (to play).

Even when it's been a long day and all I want to do is go home to sleep, I know that there are still things that need to be done. I can't give up just because I'm at home. He's taught me that the day doesn't end when you take off your shoes.

8. Shot-gun seats are meant for puppies.

They are the best listeners, the best co pilots, and the best backup vocals to your favorite songs. They also don't judge you because your singing voice sounds like an alley cat.

9. Adventure is all around.

We often think that just because we live in a place where there's "nothing to do" that we should just sit at home and complain about it. Well, there's plenty of places to explore. There's a big world out there to discover, and the adventure can start in your backyard.

10. The answer is always "Yes".

Maybe this is just because he's super adorable and I can't say "no" to him, but I learned that no matter what I want, I need to put myself out there and go get it. I need to be just as determined to reach my goals as him trying to get the food off of my plate.

11. Take lots of pictures.

Time goes by way too fast. Puppies grow up way too fast. There's little moments that you don't want to ever forget.

Cover Image Credit: Zierra Treshock

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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