6 Reasons Every Woman Needs A Dog

6 Reasons Every Woman Needs A Dog

It's the partner in crime you've always dreamed of.

Whoever said a dog was "man's best friend" clearly never met a woman. I've had dogs all my life, granted I was deathly afraid of them until the age of 6...BUT that's beside the point. Point is, this is the first time I haven't had a dog to come home to every day and I no longer no how to function. I'm the woman that falls in love with every puppy she sees at the shelters or the stores.

Seeing as how I'm away at college and out of the house most of the day, I currently don't have time to manage a little nugget running around; however, if I did, I'd probably have four by now. On that note, here is 6 reasons every girl needs a dog in their life.

1. The Endless Loving.

Everyone who has had a dog can agree they were put on this Earth to make life a little more bearable. No girl will need a man to be happy when all she has to do is walk through the door and see a little pup waiting to attack her with kisses. There is nothing better than coming home to a puppy that is always happy to see their human.

2. Cuddle Buddy.

No matter the size of your pup, you can bet they're always perfect at cuddling up at the end of the day. Some may be a little more hyper than others, so let them run around for a bit. I guarantee when you head off to bed, you'll hear the jingle of a collar following close behind.

3. Wingman/Wingwoman.

Need help landing a man? You'd be surprised at how much men actually fall head over heels for fluffy dogs! With the amount of attention my roommate's dog has gotten, it's safe to say they're great sidekicks in the dating department.

4. Vent Sessions.

When it's been a long day and you just want to get in bed and cry, your puppy will be there to lick the tears off your face (yes, my dogs have done this). They can tell when you're upset and they'll be there in the blink of an eye to wag their tail and make your night a little less stressful.

5. Never Alone.

As women, we go through highs and lows with our emotions. So when the day comes that you feel like there is no one there for you and the entire world is against you, have no fear! Your pup will be there to get you through it. You are their human, and they enjoy seeing you happy just as much as you enjoy having them around.

6. Constant Activity.

Even if you didn't feel like hitting the gym one day, getting a dog will force you to be more active. Dogs have more energy than we realize and even if they have to tug at your foot for hours just to go to the park, they will. Hey, at least you'll be in more shape!

So whether you just want to be a couch potato all day or go run a marathon, your dog will be more than willing to spend the day with you. Dogs are made of love, joy, and tiny miracles. So next time you stop by an animal shelter, consider the happiness both of you could possess by adopting. Heck, I might come home tomorrow with three new puppies (WATCH OUT PARENTS).

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A Goodbye To Paul Ryan, I Guess

An Open Letter To Paul Ryan.

Saying goodbye to Paul Ryan is a troubling and confusing thing to do. He has been around for me since he joined Mitt Romney's ticket back in 2012, and was thankfully smashed by Obama and Biden, the super friend duo of Washington. I was introduced to Ryan as I was introduced to Romney; rich white people who have had a fortunate run of life, and don't seem too crazy or gray to put their name in the hat for President. Now, call me cocky but in 2012 I was certain they were not going to win. I knew Obama had the black vote, and once Romney said that unbelievable stuff about "47 percent of America" I knew we were safe. I thought that was the damage Ryan would cause, and that's all. He would be complicit to one of the rudest most out of touch things a presidential candidate would say in my lifetime. I was wrong.

No one saw Trump coming, really. If they say they do, they are lying to sound informed and interesting, don't buy it for a second. Rather than focus on Trump and his mess like the collective United States seems to do, I want to say something about Ryan, and give him my goodbye, as he has decided to retire at the ripe political age of 48. A young age, really. Especially for a congressmen. There are congress members in their 80's after all. Ryan is ending his tenure in 2019, and will not seek reelection. Goodbye Ryan, and good riddance.

I can't say I truly hate you, Pauly boy, but boy do you make me uncomfy. You are like the uncle at the cook-out saying awful stuff I can't imagine agreeing with, and getting louder with every hour that goes by. You are the one who name drops their church, slyly implying that it is just a bit more holy than the one most of the family goes to. Even worse, you aren't the racist uncle, really. Or at least not the racist uncle that wasn't invited to the cook out due to last years alcoholic outburst, but you don't denounce him either. When you work with him, you say that neutral and infuriating cop out stuff about how "he is allowed his points" while not commenting on them yourself. Sure, Pauly, Trump and yourself can have your own points. However when you say you are grateful for Trump, it will raise some eyebrows.It will break some hearts too man, really. Who is supposed to be normal in the GOP these days?

I have watched you dismantle as many things set in place to eliminate social assistance to the poor as possible. I have seen you quietly post your thoughts on neo-nazis on Facebook while Trump was refusing to damn them on television. I saw that all white intern hire too, whew. That was awkward. I watched you pass tax laws that benefit essentially only your tax bracket. I watched your bug eyes push farther and farther out of your head by Trump's bull over the past year, and I worried. I worried you were going use him to get more done, and I guess you did.

I watched Cameron resign right after Brexit and thought "Wow, they made such a bad call the leader feels unable to continue taking part of the country. Holy cow." And I never thought I would see that here. I never thought Trump was capable of admitting he was unable to do his job, and I still doubt that. I never even thought of you, Pauly, but here we are. What do you know? What is coming buddy? Why are you getting out when the getting out is good? You gonna run in 2020? I wouldn't put it past you. I don't know what will be destroyed by the tax plan you put through, but I am worried. I don't know exactly how to feel with you retiring. I am not proud of you, I honestly don't think of you much. I think you're weak, Pauly. I don't care how often you work out.

I know you are connected, and I know your day is a storm of trying to get as much of your own policy through the kindergarten playpen of racism and entitlement that is Trump. I can't seem to bring myself to see you as anything but a quiet affiliate of his, running off when his storm gets to be too much and praising his ability to say yes to the hurtful classist policies you have backed your entire career. I feel like you cuddle your free weights at night and mutter to yourself "at least we appointed a Supreme Justice." Well, you did. You denied Obama his clear Presidential right (well the senate did but you get my drift) and now you are exploiting all you can while dealing with how integrally horrid Trump is. I guess I would quit too.

I don't respect you Pauly, but I can't be too happy about you leaving. I don't know what comes after Trump, after you, after any of this. Just get the hell out of my Congress, and get ready to get smashed in the mid terms.

Go vote. If you read this far, you probably care also. Go vote. Shake Pauly harder than he is already, and stop the orange giggly fat man in the White House. Thank you.

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What Makes You Think Your Juul Is Healthy?

The Risks Of Using E-Cigs

In a world where the old becomes new again and technology use is rampant, nicotine addictions are all the rage once again. With virtually unlimited products to use and flavors to choose from, use of e-cig products among college students and teenagers is growing exponentially. In this article, O will be exploring the risk factors of using e-cigs, as 2.5 million people in America do some experimenting with this as well. I will also acknowledge other nicotine vapor delivering products to help people make a decision that is safe for them and those around them.

Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that work when a user inhales from them, which heats and vaporizes the e-liquid, that usually contains nicotine, other chemicals, and flavorings. “The e-liquid is composed of a mixture of water, propylene glycol, glycerin, and flavorings with and without variable amounts of nicotine” (Lowe). E-cigs come in Vape pens, mods, Sourin air, cigarette-look a likes, JUULs, and even more. Unlike traditional cigarettes, the vapor that is produced from e-cigs smells good and comes in virtually any flavor imaginable.

Electronic cigarettes are promoted as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes.They were marketed to try and get adult smokers to quit. They are not supposed to mimic the visual of a cigarette, but more so the delivery of nicotine and the puff of vapor. There may be some benefits to switching from tobacco to e-cigs, but for the majority of college student, they were never traditional smokers; “Twelve percent of young adult e-cigarettes users reported never smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.

In addition, these users frequently report that their e-cigarette use is not related to a cessation attempt” (Copeland). College students also report a high acceptance level of e-cig usage and a common understanding that e-cigs are not nearly as harmful as traditional cigarettes.

Research has also shown that there are positive expectancies with e-cigs, high ratings, and high acceptance rates of e-cig usage among college students. The perception of e-cigs among young adults continues with the trend that they have been getting more and more popular.

Much of the users don’t realize what is in their e-liquid besides nicotine; some juveniles don’t even know it contains addictive nicotine. Besides nicotine, they contain heavy metals (tin, nickel, lead), flavoring (which contains diacetyl- a chemical linked to lung diseases), harmful organic compounds (benzene, which is found in car exhaust), and other materials.

Nicotine exposure when the brain is developing (up to age 25) causes severe effects that last for a lifetime. Nicotine exposure causes a risk of mood disorders such as depression or anxiety, permanent lowering of impulse control, addiction, and a disruption of the way neural synapses are formed which effects the prefrontal cortex, dealing with attention, focus, and learning (Surgeon General). As memories are formed, synapses are also formed. This means there are stronger connections between brain cells being formed.

Using nicotine creates memories, which builds synapses, which primes the brain for addiction. This not only primes addiction for nicotine, but also other drugs such as cocaine. Developing brains also form synapses more than adult brains, priming teenagers and young adults to be more apt for addiction. Inhaling nicotine also increases heart rate and blood pressure, adding to the list of detrimental health effects never seen on teenagers before.

There have been instances of the lithium-ion battery exploding or creating fires. Since e-cigs are not regulated, there are no hazard warnings to their consumers or information from the company on how to prevent this. The electrolyte that is in the battery mimics gasoline. “So when these batteries short out, there’s a surge of heat that causes this flammable electrolyte to combust and explode” (Viswanathan). Combined with the battery acid that can catch fire easily, an explosion like this causes third-degree burns and usually warrants skin grafts. This injury combines a burn injury and a tissue blast.

Even though lithium ion batteries have a small chance of failing, since there are little regulations, companies may take shortcuts and not have proper safety testing. These batteries have been shown to explode when a user uses a different charger than the one it came with, over charges it, undercharges it, or the temperature of the device gets too cold or hot. Users need to take caution about this issue as there are rarely precursors to an explosion (Weisbaum).

Diacetyl, the chemical contained in most flavorings in e-liquid, is associated with Bronchiolitis Obliterans, formerly called popcorn lung, which is a rare lung disease.

This disease came to public knowledge when workers from popcorn plants developed this disease from the chemical diacetyl in the flavoring of microwave popcorn. This disease obstructs bronchioles in the lungs and is irreversible.

People suffering from the disease experience shortness of breath, feeling tired, dizziness, and wheezing. Diacetyl is currently approved by the FDA, but large amounts of inhalation are shown to be dangerous. Just recently e-cigs have started to be regulated. Severe cases require a lung transplant, and bronchiolitis obliterans may even redevelop with the transplant.

Propylene glycol and glycerol are the main components of e-liquids that create the viscosity. While they are not thought of to be harmful, when heated and vaporized with high wattage heaters, they can be transformed into toxic materials such as formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen (Surgeon General). High wattage vaporizers are more common now, as they produce vape that users like better.

There is also a potential household danger of e-cigs. Children and pets may accidentally inhale the e-liquid because of the attractive flavors (including cheesecake, bubblegum, mango, salted caramel), causing even younger and more influenceable brains to be affected.

Nicotine poisoning has increased significantly the past few years, and accidental ingestion of e-liquid has risen 1,500% in the past three years (Ross). Although less than cigarettes, there is still a concern about second-hand vapor. When a user exhales, the chemicals and nicotine comes out with the vapor. This increases the concentration of nicotine, heavy metals, potentially formaldehyde, and diacetyl into the air, all of which are harmful.

Whether someone chooses to use an electronic cigarette or not, there are chemicals in there just as there are with everything else. The harmfulness is decreased when compared to tobacco cigarettes, but not completely eliminated. This makes e-cigs a better option for someone trying to quit smoking, and to eventually stop, but a terrible idea for preteens and young adults to voluntarily start to develop a nicotine addiction.

Any time a user has a question about the risks of e-cig usage, they should visit the Surgeon General’s website and not something like vaping101. E-cigarettes are an emerging threat to our nation’s health and safety.

Where I got my info:

Weisbaum, H. (2016, March 8). What's Causing Some E-Cigarette Batteries to Explode? Retrieved April 16, 2018, from https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/what-s-c...

Ross, J. (2016, July 08). E-cigarettes: Good news, bad news. Retrieved April 16, 2018, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/electronic-cigarettes-good-news-bad-news-2016072510010

Modesto-Lowe, V., & Alvarado, C. (2017). E-cigs . . . Are They Cool? Talking to Teens About E-Cigarettes. Clinical Pediatrics, 56(10), 947-952. doi:10.1177/0009922817705188

Know the Risks: E-cigarettes & Young People | U.S. Surgeon General's Report. (n.d.). Retrieved April 16, 2018, from https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

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