Going To College Means Saying Goodbye To Your Dog

Going To College Means Saying Goodbye To Your Dog

You will always be my best friend, my goofy good boy.

As I get ready to leave for college, I'm starting to realize more and more just how much I'm going to be leaving behind. I'm going to leave behind my room, my comfy bed and blankets, the soft blue glow of my night light. I'm going to leave behind my kitchen, with the unlimited supply of healthy, (and unhealthy) snacks. I'm going to leave behind my friends, people who've shared with me nearly every memory I have of past year. I'm going to leave behind my family, who've known me forever and know me better than I know myself. It's all got me down, got me wishing for just a few more months of summer with the people and the house I love.

But what's got me down the worst right now is that I'm going to be leaving behind my dog, Lucky.

We got Lucky seven years ago from a rescue shelter. We have no clue what kind of breed he is. He has short fur and he's black on his back and white on his belly, with little spots of brown on his cheeks and two brown eyebrows over his eyes. His ears are floppy and uneven. His eyes are a deep brown. He's a tad chubby, and he can't run very far or very fast, but he doesn't let that stop him when he sees a squirrel or a bunny or the mail lady. He gets the sweetest, goofiest, most infectious grin on his face when he's excited.

In this family, Lucky is without a doubt, the apple of our eyes. He’s always the center of attraction, no matter what’s happening or who’s visiting, and if he isn’t, he whines until he is. So many hours have passed as we’ve told stories about Lucky to all and any who’d listen, while he sat proudly in his favorite spot under the coffee table tearing apart his latest toy, happy that all eyes were on him. We’ve always treated him with respect and love and a whole lot of pampering. Where he started out his life in his doggy crate during nights, he eventually upgraded to sleeping outside his crate, and then to sleeping in a dog bed in the upstairs hall. I wouldn’t be surprised if after I left, my parents upgraded him to the master bedroom.

When he got bored of his regular dog food, we began to mix in different foods, like a chicken strip or some rice for that added, extra flavor. He wouldn’t even sniff his food bowl unless he saw those extra goodies in there. Every day, when my dad returns home from work, he picks up the mail, and our mail lady always leaves a treat for Lucky. As soon as my dad walks in the door, Lucky demands his treat and doesn't rest until he gets something. At dinner time, Lucky takes it as his birth right, as his constitutionally guaranteed right, that he will receive a piece of dinner from the table. If we ever forget to feed him (highly unlikely as he will continue to remind us that he’s there the entire time we’re eating), he sulks the rest of the night. But none of us mind. We all love Lucky.

Lucky is special. He has gotten me through my toughest moments in life. For the past seven years, Lucky has just known whenever I needed him. If I’ve been crying, he shoves his nose into my face to sniff my tears, always making me laugh. He curls up into my lap whenever I need cuddles. He stays away when he sees me angry, and he barks at me when I’m out of control. His face reminds me of where I am, what I’m doing. He brings me back to reality when I've been dreaming. He’s my faithful companion, always ready at my every call. True, most of the time it takes a treat to get him to do what I want him to do, but who doesn’t need a little motivation sometimes? Lucky understands what I need when I need it, and he’s always there for me. And I’m there for him— to feed him, take him out, play with him. Always.

But now, I’m not going to be there for him anymore. He's not going to be there for me.

He’s not going to be there at my every call. He won’t be there to hungrily lap up the egg or bread I drop on the floor when I’m not hungry anymore. He won’t be there to lick my tears away, to cheer me up. He won’t be there to share movie cuddles with, to take pictures with. I won't be there to play his favorite games of hide-and-seek or steal-the-toy. I won't be there to keep him sharp on his arsenal of tricks. I won't be there to take him out on walks, to brush him, to tell him he’s a beautiful boy. It's not like I can text him every day and ask him how he is. And he doesn't understand video chats. The bond between a girl and her dog is incomparable, and if there’s anything at all that’ll stop me from going, it’s my puppy. I'll really, really miss him.

To him, even I though I know he won’t actually read this, but to him, I promise that I will always love you. You will always hold a very special corner of my heart for yourself. Seven years was not long enough, but who says this is goodbye? I can't wait to see you again. When I do, I promise I’ll have a treat for you.

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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!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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If You Have Beef With The 'Climate Catrastrophe' Of 2030, You Need To Go Vegan

"This is not about remote science; it is about where we live and work, and it gives us a cue on how we might be able to contribute to that massive change, because everyone is going to have to be involved," Dr. Dedra Roberts.


Recently, the UN released a statement saying that our planet only has until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change. This statement further goes on to say how in just 12 years, the rising temperature could exceed 1.5 C.

Yes, we might see headlines like this every day, but this is scary.

That's 12 years away from today, but if you really think about it—it's not a lot of time.

However, there are many ways that you can help make a difference and combat climate change.

One of these is living a vegan lifestyle.

Before you roll your eyes or think that I'm about to shove this diet down your throat, just hear me out. As a vegan myself, I've heard and witnessed a lot of criticism on the diet itself, such as that it "doesn't provide a sufficient amount of particular nutrients in your diet," or that "it's too expensive," or even that there's no way it can help climate change.

I'm here to tell you that all of this is wrong, especially the last one.

Climate change has been affecting us for years now, and it's slowly starting to become worse within each day that passes. Scientists have been warning us that as a society, we need to step up and take action so that we don't have to watch our planet slowly crumble. And ironically, one of these methods of action is by pursuing a vegan diet.

There have been many studies that show how animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change. Tulane University did a recent study that shows that meat, dairy, and egg-consumption is responsible for approximately 84% of food-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. In order to feed farmed animals, forests, which absorb greenhouse gasses, are cut down to supply land to grow the crops and to pasture them, which is linked to 75% of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazonian rainforest.

Animal agriculture also contributes to water consumption and pollution. One study shows that in order to house approximately 70 billion animals annually for human consumption, a third of the planet's land surface, as well as sixteen percent of freshwater, is devoted to growing livestock. This essentially means that a third of worldwide grain production is used to feed livestock.

However, following a vegan diet can help support the fight against climate change. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, if each American replaced meat from their diet with plant-based foods at one meal per week, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off U.S. roads. Plant-based foods only make up three percent of diet-related emissions, with legumes being the least harmful to the planet. If more people could switch to a vegan diet, this could dramatically help our planet.

If we can try to start thinking more about the choices we make on what we eat, we can curb these scary statistics about our planet being in danger. I understand that not everyone can follow these diets or afford them, but the tiniest steps toward change still can help. Instead of relying on meat for protein, switch to other foods that are rich in protein, such as beans, tofu, quinoa, etc. Prepare your own meals instead of eating out at restaurants. Focus on whole foods that are unprocessed, such as vegetables, fruits, starches, and nuts, since they are usually the cheapest ones in the market. Consider buying in bulk, since big packages of food are priced at a better value compared to smaller containers.

At the end of the day, Earth is our home. And if you've got beef (pun intended) with what these scientists are calling climate change catastrophe, then maybe you should consider switching up a few things in your diet.

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