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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It is no surprise that Donald Trump loves the spotlight. To him no news is bad news. Any attention he gets he will bask in until the next scandal arises, but what if all the hit stories and “fake news” he’s always talking about was a distraction to the true destruction. Very little attention has been given to Trump’s appointed secretaries since they took over and what they have been doing in the name of “making America great again” has been tearing America apart. So incase you forgot about The President’s agenda while he has been showing his ass for all of us to see, here is what his puppets have been doing. 

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos caused lots of waves before she was even sworn in. She has no experience or education in, well, education. At the beginning of her reign she was asked about government loans and public schools where it became apparent she was out of touch with education in america. While praising private and charter schools and universities she has left public school funding and facilities in the dust. 

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Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has supposedly “humiliated” President Trump by botching trade deals. Daily News reported that he was very literally sleeping on the job. Sources claim that he botched deals with China, as well as made deals in metal markets that could possibly challenge national security. While he has made no large blunders in his first year it is hard to do too much damage when you are hitting snooze. 

Scott Pruitt, who runs the Environmental Protection Agency, has, in the words of The Huffington Post, “set the EPA back three decades”, and they are not wrong. After immediately rolling back regulations and destroying the budget our air is doomed to be filled with toxins and poisons and our water to be yellow and undrinkable. With less scientists, a skeleton staff and budget and with speculation Pruitt will scrap the Clean Power Plan which is crucial in reducing carbon pollution thus slowing global warming, he is paving a destructive path that will leave lasting effect for our great-great-grandchildren to deal with. 

Our National Park Service and the Department of the Interior is falling apart. This department is at war with itself, with head of department  Secretary Ryan Zinke being one of the most chaotic, self absorbed nuts un D.C. Let’s start with his first day, when he rode in Washington on a horse with his own flag flying, no one showed up to transitional meetings and the topic of saving the parks and climate change has been banned. Majority of the staff have reported harassment of sexual misconduct, last week there was a mass resignation because no one hired by Trump will do their jobs. Not to mention the budget has been slashed causing mass layoff of full time park employees, halted most land restoration and will ultimately stop training and upkeep of the parks.

Zinke eliminated climate science from the department, overturned the ban on coal mining on public land and has made bids for companies to drill on public lands. He has destroyed laws protecting Native Americans and their sacred lands. As a “resolution” Zinke suggested the admission to public parks be doubled while wanting to close campgrounds and facilities in order to save money. 

Keep in mind that is all just for National Parks, of which there is no executive level chairman. Majority of the department inside the interior have no chairman's which means no voice and without a voice we have no progress. 

These are just four of the departments controlled by Trump, that is only about 17 percent of the required senate confirmed secretaries. Think of what the other 19 are doing. 

Trump with all of his ignorance and vanity has been distracting us from the reality of the situation. That his secretaries have been causing real harm in every aspect of our lives and without real change we are heading down a dangerous path, one paved with hateful and selfish intentions. 

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Can every day be a snow day?

Snow days are wonderful because it’s very much a choose-your-own-adventure situation. There are many things you can do, but here is a list of the top 5 things to do on a snow day:

1. MOVIES!!

There’s something so soothing about the snow falling outside. Make some popcorn and a cup of hot cocoa (or other beverage of choice) and settle in for a movie night with your friends.

2. SNARTY!!

What is a ‘snarty’ you ask? Well my dears, it is a snow party… SNARTY. Get together with your friends and throw a few cold ones back, not that it’s not cold enough outside. Hey, you can even use the snow as a cooler!

3. SLEDDING!!

Who says you can’t go sledding at any age? If there’s a hill covered in snow and you can find something to sled on, go for it!! The lids of those plastic storage bins under your bed work great! We did this a bunch of times my freshman year behind the dorms, and it’s thrilling!

4. READ A BOOK!!

Once again, the snow falling outside creates an ambiance of peace and serenity. If that book you’ve “been meaning to read” is still sitting there, pick it up goober!

5. TAKE PICTURES!!

Did it even snow if you didn’t document it on Instagram?! Totally guilty of this myself, but let’s just say when there’s a snow day, you’ll know as soon as you tune into social media.

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