21 Things Animal Lovers Know To Be True

21 Things Animal Lovers Know To Be True

Cats, dogs, possums, axolotls-- if there's a critter around, chances are you're already talking to it

I am a self-admitted animal freak. As a child, I dreamed of being like Eliza Thornberry so that I could talk to each and every critter I came across. I had a stuffed animal collection that I could practically swim in, and spent more time playing with my pets than with other children. Today, I am a much more social person, but my love for all creatures big and small has not diminished. I still behave like an unsupervised child when I come across animals, but as an adult I now have the power to adopt and snuggle every critter I see.

As a true animal lover, these are some things you can probably relate to:

1. You probably have pets…several of them

The more the merrier, right?

2. And you treat your pets like human family members

And you embarrass them accordingly, as all great parents should.

3. Your friends and family know better than to take you into a pet store

Accompanied with each trip is a plentiful amount of high pitched squealing, hand flapping, and happy-tears. The phrase "CAN WE GET IT?!" comes out of your mouth many times.

4. …and forget about the humane society

This place is full of sadness. All the animals are sticking their paws out, reaching for you to adopt them. And because you're the Dark Knight of the animal kingdom, you leave with a new friend every time.

5. You regularly go to petting zoos even though you’re a grown adult, because you know that it means you’ll be doing some of this

Move over, Timmy, I have goats to pet.

6. The phrase, “I’m just taking care of it until someone else adopts it!” has come out of your mouth before

Not even the rescue animal is fooled. They know you'll get attached--they always get attached.

7. You have brought your vehicle to a complete stop more than once because there was an animal crossing the road

Keep honking, commuters. I have to make sure this lady gets her kids home safely.

8. You’ve also made friends or family stop their cars so that you could get a better look at an animal

Because these are the kinds of selfies you want to take, not selfies with your lame human friends.

9. You try to pet even the seediest members of the animal kingdom, which really weirds people out

Raccoons are just like chunky cats wearing bandit masks, right? Despite their bad rep around the animal world, you think they're kinda cute, and (if you're like me) you would definitely approach one should you see it begging for food in a park. And let's not even get started with on the adorably misunderstood opossum.

10. And while the other people on the beach are trying to avoid the seagulls, you’re probably laying on the sand trying to feed them Cheetos

No guys, they like me for my personality. Really.

11. When you go to someone’s house for the first time, you immediately ask if they have any pets

And you sincerely hope they do, so that every moment of awkward silence can be filled by you repeating "such a good dog/cat/armadillo" in a high pitched voice until it's acceptable to leave.

12. While your peers consider a room packed full of sweaty young adults a party, your ideal party looks more like this:

Yep, this is a Corgi Party. AKA the best kind of party there is.

13. While other people go to the spa for relaxation, you’d prefer something like this instead:

14. You’ve caught yourself saying this more than once:

Animals won't judge you for eating the rest of that Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in your freezer. Animals don't care if you wear socks with Crocs. Animals won't rear end you at an intersection because they were texting and driving. Let's just say, scoreboard.

15. Someone has compared you to Dug because of how often you draw attention to squirrels

No matter how many live in the area, they just never stop being cute.

16. Everybody has that friend on Facebook who constantly shares tear-wrenching animal rescue videos, usually involving an abandoned kitten or a starving baby bird. You are that friend.

But you had to share it. And you made this face the whole time you watched it.

17. You’re also the first person to get misty-eyed during ASPCA commercials.

Curse you, Sarah McLachlan!

18. While your friends weren’t looking, you secretly became a member of the ASPCA or a similar organization.

Until you don this shirt a month later.

"It came from Goodwill, I swear."

19. I Am Legend, Marley and Me, My Dog Skip, and Old Yeller are off limits during movie night.

Great movies? Yes. Great for maintaining my dignity? No.

20. This is one of your most frequently visited webpages

There's enough depressing news out there today, thank you very much. If you'll excuse me, there's a pelican photo shoot that needs my attention.

21. You follow more animal accounts on Twitter than you do celebrities

Because kittens > Kardashians

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45 Things Day Care Workers Say All Too Often

Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.

Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Every one find a buddy."

16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.

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Some People Want To Ban Pit Bulls And I'm NOT Having It

Not all humans are bad. The same goes for pit bulls.

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today when I saw a tweet about banning pit bulls. This tweet disturbed me almost as much as the creator of the tweet is disturbed by the breed.

This person claims to be an "advocate for victims of vicious/dangerous dogs/pit bulls" according to her Twitter bio.

Now, let's break down her tweet.

She states that putting flowers on a pedophile still makes someone a pedophile... But what, exactly does that have to do with the happy dog featured in the photograph? She calls it sick, yet it's an innocent picture of a dog, by him/herself, with a flower crown on. What???

She is also making a generalization, with no actual support, that dogs wearing flower crowns are also dogs who have mauled/killed a person or animal? What is going on?

Her tweet sparked a major controversy. People began to attack her for her harsh words against such a sweet breed.

Like DT says, it really is on the owner how the animal acts. If you neglect, beat and train your pet to be aggressive, the odds are your pet will be aggressive. However, if you raise your pit (or any other dog/pet) in a loving environment, then it will more than likely be a sweet and well-behaved puppy.

Coming from someone who has grown up with a pit bull who is thankfully still alive, I can attest to the fact that not all pit bulls are aggressive. The majority of pit bulls I have met have been absolute sweethearts.

Here are a few pit bulls that people have shared in response to Laura's tweet.

Not all humans are bad, and the same goes for pit bulls. There are a good bit of people out there who are absolutely terrible people, but they don't define humankind as a whole. I am not going to be naive to say that all pit bulls are great, because the sad truth is that they aren't. But it isn't their fault.

Dogs, overall, are super obedient and will do as they are told. If their owner trains them to attack, then it should come as no surprise to them if they do attack. People need to learn it's not the dog's fault, it's the fault of their environment.

So, stop advocating for a ban on pit bulls!

Cover Image Credit: Liza Joudeh

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