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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12 Breathtaking, Must-See Exhibitions At The Atlanta Botanical Garden During Summer

From beautiful glass-blowing artworks to purely nature itself, this visit you will not regret this visit.

Recently, I went on an art field trip with my school to visit the famous Atlanta Botanical Garden. As a dedicated photographer, I brought along my camera to snap some photos of the most aesthetically breathtaking places at the garden. Not only was the Atlanta Botanical Garden a beautiful place to take pictures, but also the environment was incredibly refreshing. The fresh breeze of the wind coursing through my hair as I walked down the paths of the various trails was relaxing.

Overall, there were so many things that were absolutely beautiful. If you're interested on visiting this beautiful sanctuary, here are 12 of the most captivating things found in this magnificent garden.

1. Grass Dog

This sculpture is truly breathtaking in real life. At first, it was difficult to spot in the vast area, but once you lay eyes on this magnificent piece, it's just beautiful. I especially love how this entire sculpture was created entirely out of grass. The way the grass is formed to make it appear like the dog's hair is truly mind-blowing. People often imagine grass as short and spiky, but this dog's "fur" was smooth and almost silky.

2. Red Flower Glass-Blowing Art

This complex art was found near the gift shop. At first, it was entirely by pure coincidence I found this amazing piece of art. As soon as I laid my eyes on this, I was practically in love. The intricate folds in the pedals were mesmerizing.

3. Extravagant Glass-Blowing Art

This art almost reminds me of Christmas time. The various shades and tints of green were so unified that I almost wish I could take this home. This was one of the most interesting pieces I saw at the garden. Studying art for almost eight years, this was the most unique piece of artwork that I have ever laid my eyes upon.

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4. Water-like Chihuly

This beautiful artwork on top of the fountain truly appears as if you're in some sort of utopia world. The way the sun reflected on the glass was truly extravagant. This is one of the main exhibits at Atlanta Botanical Gardens that I would recommend visiting.

5. Honeysuckles

This may not be an exhibition, but to me, it is an exhibition. It's almost like the artwork in the garden is the painting but the trees, flowers and ponds were the true canvas to this magnificent painting. If you ever encounter one of these honey suckles, I would go up to it and smell it. It may sound weird, but the aroma was absolutely blissful.

6. Intricate Spike-Like Chihuly

This artwork is almost like a spike ball. It appears dangerous but it is almost beautiful. I was absolutely intrigued that I would have ever thought an artwork that appears to have the image of a spike ball to be so beautiful. It was an interesting combination of danger and beauty to see in person.

7. Unique Architecture

In the midst of this garden, there is a section that has an area filled with historically-inspired architecture. It was very quaint yet so peaceful and beautiful. It's also a great place to take some pictures for social media!

8. Rosy, Aromatic Flower

This beautiful flower was found in a large vast flower garden. If you are an avid fan of flowers, this exhibition would truly be heaven to you.

9. Yellow Chihuly Tower

This tall yellow Chihuly tower is intricately beautiful. The odd tangles of what appears to be wires was absolutely breathtaking. This is a beautiful place to visit, as there is also a beautiful pond right in front of this tower.

10. Lily Pads and Small Flowers

These beautiful lily pads I spotted in a pond were absolutely breathtaking. The way the sunlight reflected on the lily pads were truly beautiful and made me realize how nature is always the best art anyone can ever see in one's entire life.

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11. Small Insect

I was walking by this beautiful minuscule flower until I noticed this unique insect on it. The way nature interacts within this garden is marvelous. And to those who are terrified of insects, don't worry. I spent at least 15 minutes taking this picture, and the insect did not attack me whatsoever.

12. Woman Nature-Sculpture

This is one of the most iconic exhibitions of the garden. In fact, one could even say this is the main exhibit. Aside from this sculpture appearing to have been made entire out of nature, the pond with shiny marble-like sculptures is truly beautiful. This is an exhibit that you must see when visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Otherwise, to be honest, what's the point of going there without seeing the main exhibition?

If you are love taking pictures, nature or outdoor walks, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is definitely one place you must visit if you are visiting Atlanta this summer.

Cover Image Credit: Jasmine Hsieh

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9 Things Every Animal Deprived College Student Knows To Be True

Going away for college is hard and leaving your pets is even more difficult.

When I left or college I had to say goodbye to four cats and five dogs. It didn't take me long to realize how much I missed having my furry pets around. There is a real struggle being a college student who has pets waiting at home for them.

1. Scrolling through endless old pictures on your camera roll and tearing up.

2. Your family rubs it in your face that they are home cuddling your pet.

3. Attempting to talk to your pets over FaceTime or a phone call.

4. Bringing up your pets in any conversation possible.

5. Going to the local SPCA and talking yourself down from adopting a pet for your dorm room/apartment.

6. You're able to spot a dog on campus from miles away.

7. Worrying that your pets won't love you anymore.

8. The happiness you feel when you reunite with your pets during a school break.

9. Gaining a new appreciation for the time you have with your pets back home.

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