To The Victims Of Hurricane Harvey That Left Their Pets Behind

To The Victims Of Hurricane Harvey That Left Their Pets Behind

The lives of our pets are not more important than our lives, but they still deserve a voice, and to not be left behind.

Dear Victims of Hurricane Harvey,

Let me start by saying how incredibly sorrowful I am for what you are all having to go through. I am praying for you every day, and I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. No one deserves a tragedy such as this, and I am truly sorry that y'all are having to go through something so terrible.

I know there has been a lot of negativity on social media about the victims of Harvey that left their pets behind. No one can truly judge you from the outside looking in since they have no right to judge, and they are also not experiencing the tragedy that you all are experiencing. I completely understand that some of you felt as if you would have less of a chance in finding shelter for you and your families if you have pets. I totally understand that you put your families, and especially children, before your pets.

However, with that being said, I do believe that even in tragedy, our pets are still our responsibility. They depend on us. Domesticated animals are not meant to be thrown into the "wild" and survive on their own. Sure, they do still have some of their instincts but that is not enough to rely on for their survival. When you get a pet, you are making a commitment. You are saying that you will be their provider and protector until they are no longer in your care.

I know in times of danger and tragedy it is hard to think about your pets. That is probably the last thing on your mind... but it shouldn't be. If you don't want the responsibility, then it is as simple as not getting a pet.

The images of animals tied to trees and structures, left to drown in the storm, made me incredibly sad. Being a college student I can't, but I seriously wanted to drive to Texas and save them all so those animals would never have to feel unwanted ever again. I can not even imagine what went through their heads as their own owners left them to die.

I have never experienced true tragedy in my life thankfully, but even in times like that I don't believe I could leave my pets behind and live with myself. They are family to me, my babies.

So please, even in the worst of times, give your pets some thought. Please don't leave them behind. If you don't feel as if you can take care of them, get them to an organization that can.

For those of you who are taking care of not only your animals, but also rescuing the ones left behind, you are true heroes. Thank you so much for taking up for the little guys that depend on us humans.

All in all, it is a terrible thing that has happened to Texas. I pray for you every day and I encourage anyone that can to help in any way that they can. Also, a little disclaimer, I am in no way saying that the lives of pets are more important than the lives of people. I just feel as if sometimes when tragedy strikes, people are the only ones that get thought of. Sometimes our animals get overlooked, and I believe that they deserve a voice.

Prayers sent and God Bless.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

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Our Good Fortune Following Florence Should Lead To Gratitude

It is important that the fact we were spared major damage in this storm here on campus and likely at home not allow us to become complacent.


Last Monday night, sitting in my apartment with my roommates, we theorized about school being canceled. We bet we'd get at least three or four days off. An e-mail appeared in our inboxes moments later confirming that, yes, classes would be canceled indefinitely, but at least for the remainder of the week. We cheered! We packed for an unexpected week at home. We invited friends to come with us, made plans for all the fun we'd have in this free time we weren't expecting to receive.

Tuesday, professors assigned extra homework, explained that the syllabus had been changed, and said, oh yes also be safe.

We scarcely mentioned the hurricane headed straight for our state, instead fixating on all the good of the week at home.

The hurricane went from Category 4 to 3 to 2 and hit the coast. Destruction and devastation, sure, but not as much as we expected. We saw our favorite beaches destroyed, familiar stretches of I-40 covered in water, and friends' boat docks crumpled to mere splinters.

We grieved these losses. And then we moved on.

Monday, we drove back to school. Tuesday it was sunny. By Wednesday, we were complaining about the stressful and mundane aspects of everyday life at university.

It is important that the fact we were spared major damage in this storm here on campus and likely at home not allow us to become complacent. There are people all over North Carolina who were not so lucky, and students at UNC Wilmington have no idea when they will return to school or even if they will be able to this semester. Wilmington residents do not know the true damage to their homes, because the road into their city has collapsed. New Bern is under water. Dozens of small towns and coastal communities are in similar or worse condition, but receiving substantially less media attention due to their lack of commercial value.

Florence did not hit us as hard as she could have, but she still destroyed much of our state and uprooted the livelihoods of hundreds of people. Thousands were evacuated from the coast, and many of those have not returned home even to assess the damage yet.

As the floodwaters recede, it is important that we remember that we are very lucky to have a school to attend right now. We are very lucky not to have lost everything. Most of all, we are lucky to be part of a state in which the community supports others when able. There are a number of ways to get involved in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence so help where you can!

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