17 Reason The Bichon Frise Is The Best Dog Breed

17 Reason The Bichon Frise Is The Best Dog Breed

These fluff balls sure know how to work their way into our hearts!
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1. Hypo-allergenic

One of the most common problems for dog lovers is that they are allergic or sensitive to many breeds. Luckily, the Bichon has hair, not fur which makes them hypoallergenic.



2. Kid/Family friendly dogs

The Bichon Frise is a playful yet gentle sweetheart, making them the perfect family pet for any age. Kids will pair perfectly with the Bichon Frise no matter how old they grow.




3. Perfect size

These pups are the quintessential lap dogs, and enjoy cuddling and sleeping close by. They are big enough to withstand more aggressive cuddling and kisses, but small enough to pick them up when needed. Furthermore, if you are an avid traveler you will be able to make them a carry on item on the plane!




4. Great dogs for competition

Many Bichon dogs perform well in dog shows. Their posture and fancy fur cut put them a step above the rest. They are confident and attention-loving show dogs that oftentimes take home the first place ribbon!




5. Very people-oriented/ Social

These dogs are especially social creatures. The Bichon Frise gets along with nearly all people and dogs. New guests are welcomed with open paws with a friendly gallop to the door. They will get to know all of your friends and family members personally. As long as you like the person, so will your pooch.




6. Big personalities

Most owners would say that their Bichon pups are extremely human-like. The Bichon Frise loves expressing its emotions and has a certain way about showcasing a sense of individualism! Each pup has a different personality, just like people, and they enjoy sharing that with others.





7. Doesn’t shed

Do you love dogs but dislike the trail of fur many of them leave behind? If so, you’re in luck because the Bichon does not shed due to its short hair. This will make cleanliness fairly simple for your home and guests!




8. Therapy

Bichon Frise’s will sense when you’re sad and cuddle with you, and when you are hurt they will take care of you with kisses. They will relieve stress through soft touch. In addition, Bichon dogs are used in more serious situations as well, providing comfort and healing appropriate for a wide array of medical situations.




9. Protection

These feisty pups will alert you of any outside person or noise. Plus each Bichon comes fully equipped with an automatic mailman detector, so you will always know when your bills have arrived!





10. Loves food

The only thing that Bichon Frise’s love more than people, is food! Begging is an acquired art form. They will do anything for a treat and they know you are a softie for that sweet puppy-dog face!




11. Circus dogs

Bichon dogs are natural born performers. Bichon Frise’s are just as talented in the circus as they are at home. They are often used as circus dogs because they have a deep rooted love of entertainment. Some Bichon dogs live to pull off tricks, jump through hoops, and entertain!





12. Strong-willed

Some may call these fluff balls stubborn. They are independent in their desires. On the plus side, you will explore places you typically would have never walked before.




13. Patient

These dogs know that their humans are worth being patient for. Bichon’s will sit still and willingly allow you to dress them up for fun, or Halloween. They know that you are amused and are willing to put up with the slight inconvenience for your enjoyment. Plus, friends and kids alike will have unforgettable laughs playing dress up with your pup!





14. Expressive

The faces of these dogs tell it all. They are not afraid to show how they are truly feeling at any time. Whether they show a full toothed-smile, or a loud sigh of exhaustion, you can be sure you’ll always know how your pup is feeling.



15. Smart

Who says that an old dog can’t learn new tricks? Bichon dogs of any age can pick up tricks and remember them. They also will master the art of tugging at your heartstrings. (Mostly in order to get food!)


16. Athletic

These dogs love to explore! They will jog, walk, and sniff many new things! Although they appreciate a good nap and are considered non-sporting, Bichon dogs love to frolic and play! The “Bichon Blitz” is a burst of energy that happens when these dogs feel especially excited and ready to play. During this “blitz” you can find them darting across the rooms at high speeds, and hurdling over household items, such as laundry baskets.



17. Best friend

Human relationships are not always meant to be. People will come and go as they please. When you need a forever friend you can always depend on the loyal Bichon Frise. Your furry friend for life.

Cover Image Credit: @bellathebichonfrise

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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5 Scientific Reasons Aliens Could Exist

Yes, I believe in aliens. Here's why.
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Here’s an odd fact about me. I believe in aliens. As in, I actively believe that life exists elsewhere in the universe. Not in the big-eyes green-head martians we see on tv, but in that there is life, and living creatures, somewhere else in our universe.

I hear a lot of people who don’t believe in this, though. While that’s fair, and everyone is absolutely entitled to their own beliefs, our universe is far too big, and we have seen far too little of it, to immediately dismiss the idea of extraterrestrial life.

Within our own small observation of our universe, we have already found a couple of planets that have ideal conditions where they could possibly house life.

Now, most of these only contain conditions that we as humans know to be livable. Undiscovered alien life could live in conditions that we would never even consider. For example, we assume all life needs warmth, and oxygen, but that might not be the case.

Life on Mars: Bowie?

The first one, is our own planet Mars. Since 1976, NASA has been doing research to try to prove that life could exist on Mars. In 1976, scientists received a transmission from a spacecraft they had on Mars, whose data showed signs of life. While this was dismissed as a fluke, since then NASA has been focused on the possibility of life on Mars.

In 2015, it was discovered that while most of the water on Mars was in in the form of frozen ice, that flowing water could be found on the planet. Flowing water is a promising sign, since it could mean that where there’s water, we might be able to find something more.

In February of this year, NASA did an experiment to determine if bacteria could exist on Mars. Since the planet is so incredibly dry, they used the Atacama desert in Chile, also known as the driest place on Earth, as a reference. It’s conditions were deemed the most similar on Earth to that of the Martian surface. Previous work had been done to try to find life, and the bacteria they had found was believed to have come from somewhere else on accident. However, when the scientists were able to come to the desert after one of the incredibly rare rainstorms, they found life. Microbes had adapted to survive in the desert. So if something could survive in the desert, why not Mars?

Europa

Another subject of potential life is Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. While the conditions there are incredibly cold, NASA has gotten good news in terms of what lies under the frozen surface of the planet, good enough for them to deem the moon as “Perhaps the most promising place to look for present-day environments suitable for life.” What they found? Water. And a lot of it.

Under the thick icy crust of the planet, an ocean exists that goes deep in the planet. Incredibly deep. Scientists estimate that the total depth is somewhere between 40 and 100 miles deep. For reference, on Earth, our deepest ocean is just under 7 miles deep. If we can’t even imagine what lies on the bottom of our own oceans, there’s no telling what could exist in that ocean under the ice. But scientists are certainly excited.

Trappist 1

In 2017, NASA released an incredibly exciting discovery to the public. The discovery of the habitable conditions of a nearby solar system: Trappist 1. Located about 39 light years away from our solar system, it is far, but the conditions are deemed incredibly similar to Earth, and NASA has deemed that most of the 7 planets could sustain life on them.

It is a small solar system, with the sun just a little larger than Jupiter. Each of the 7 planets is close enough to the star to fit in between the distance from our Sun to Mercury. The orbital period of the furthest planet from the star is 18.76 days. Their year lasts a little over half of one of our months.

Nevertheless, it’s certainly an exciting find. And while none of us might live there, something else certainly could.

The "Wow" Signal

The Universe we live in is estimated to be around 46 billion light years large. That’s larger than we can even begin to comprehend, but it’s believed that universes can possibly exist past that. We have an infinite amount of space out there, and it’s too big for Earth to be the only anomaly.

There are about 100 billion galaxies in our universe. In our own galaxy, the Milky Way, there is an estimated number of 100 billion stars, each in varying size and shape to our own Sun. But each of these billions of stars could, and most are, similar to our Sun in that they have planets orbiting them. Just like our incredibly livable Earth orbits our Sun.

So in these trillions of planets that exist within our galaxy, and the trillions of billions more that exist in our Universe, we can’t be the only one with life. Somewhere else out there has to have life.

We’re not alone; it would be almost impossible for us to be.

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