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Named for their heart of gold
Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.
1. They are beautiful!!golden retriever on gray rock during daytimePhoto by Enis Yavuz on Unsplash
If you don't know a thing about Goldens, you at least know how beautiful they are. Their shiny, long-haired coat is a distinct trait that ranges from a very white, cream color all the way to deep red. Their dark noses, fluffy ears, and deep brown eyes make them a sight to fall in love with.
2. They are extremely gentle.woman in black t-shirt and brown shorts sitting on brown grass field with white dogPhoto by Helena Lopes on Unsplash
It is a true fact that a Golden Retriever can hold an egg in its mouth without breaking it. Their nurturing nature and calm demeanor is a very comforting quality that makes Goldens a joy to be around.
3. Goldens are very easy to train.adult golden retriever with cookie bone on nosePhoto by McDobbie Hu on Unsplash
While they may be stubborn dogs, they are incredibly easy to train. This is mostly because they are people pleasers at heart! (And they'll do anything to earn themselves a little treat for being a good doggy!)
4. They love to cuddle!a woman kissing her dog on the cheekPhoto by Nicholas Brownlow on Unsplash
This may come as a shock to Goldens, but they are not lap dogs. While they may like to think its okay to lay on their human's lap and cuddle, they don't realize that eighty pounds of pure fluff can be a little harder to cuddle with. Even if they can be huge, cuddling with Goldens is worth the pain.
5. Goldens are America's favorite family pet.golden retriever lying on floorPhoto by Eugene Chystiakov on Unsplash
Golden Retriever's make the best family pet. They are very patient and loving with babies and kids, and their love knows no bounds. Every person in the house is apt to adore their Golden, and their Golden is just as likely to love their family as well.
6. They love the water!golden retriever in water during daytimePhoto by Marina Helena Muller on Unsplash
Because they carry a heavy coat, the summer heat can be hard on Goldens. As a result, they are quite the swimmers. They love to play around in the water and feel the cool sensation on their long hair, as well as dropping all their toys in the pool and making you dive to the deep end to get them.
7. They are obviously very photogenic.golden retriever puppy on grey wooden fence during daytimePhoto by David Moynihan on Unsplash
As you can see, Golden Retrievers are very photogenic. They love to be the center of attention, and always want recognition. That means trying to get a great shot for the 'gram won't be a problem.
8. Goldens are super playful.golden retriever biting white and pink ballPhoto by Isaac Mehegan on Unsplash
Any time is play time! Goldens are professional fetchers. Whether it's a lacrosse ball, tennis ball, field hockey ball, soccer ball, or bowling ball-a golden will try to play with it. Except, sticks, leaves and other animals serve as great distractions to the great game of fetch.
9. There is no argument that they are the CUTEST puppies.selective focus photography of short-coated brown puppy facing right sidePhoto by Berkay Gumustekin on Unsplash
Golden Retriever puppies are essentially balls of fluff with big brown eyes that scream "hug me". The little rascals will get into anything, but its SO hard to say no with that little puppy dog face!
10. Golden are extremely loyal.man standing near Golden Labrador retriever viewing bridge and high-rise buildingsPhoto by Pontus Wellgraf on Unsplash
Goldens will lay by your side when you're sick in bed, they'll bark when a strange car pulls into your driveway, they'll even cry when you arrive home from the grocery store. No other dog shows so much affection and loyalty as a Golden.
11. A Golden Retriever will always love you more than you love them!golden retriever puppy on focus photoPhoto by Bill Stephan on Unsplash
To any Golden Retriever, you are their whole life, their whole world. They live for when you come home from work/school, and they grieve when you leave. Golden's are a gift sent from God as a reminder that there is good in the world-in the form of your dog.
Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.
Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.
A girl could never have enough lotion or perfume. You could never go wrong with some Bath and Body Works.
Well, obviously, we're too young to get married, but if you bought me an expensive engagement ring, I would never ever expect you to spend any more money on me for an extra gift. 😉 🙊
How could I get mad at you for getting me a ring to show our love for each other? 💍
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Any sort of ring is expensive and thoughtful and I would most certainly wear it with the utmost appreciation.
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Not only are bras and underwear expensive, BUT any guy who braves going into Victoria's Secret by themselves deserves an award. LOL! 👀
6. Any kind of exercise gear
7. ...or any kind of clothing at all
I get you clothes sometimes, so it would be perfectly reasonable if I got some from you too. Again, any guy who braves any type of dreadful clothing store deserves an award too.
A girl can never have too much chocolate, and a guy who gets a girl chocolate obviously knows the way to her heart. 🍫
9. Anything that can't be exchanged for store credit
I love everything about your style, and since we even have similar style, I am sure I would love whatever you pick out.
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10. A gift card
11. Something handmade
How adorable, nice, thoughtful and utterly fantastic it would be if you gave me something handmade. It would surely be a present I would never forget and keep forever.
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Walking to class in winter is never fun, more gloves would be much appreciated.
13. Fake earrings
To be honest, I would much rather you get me fake earrings than spend way too much on diamonds.
14. A picture
Any picture you would give me, whether it's of us or you or a place we've been, I would hold very close to my heart.
15. A watch
Again, why would I be mad if you got me a watch? Another perfectly reasonable gift that I would be more than happy to receive.
Michael Kors Women's Pyper Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel-Plated Strap, Rose Gold, 16 (Model: MK3897)
16. Anything you also bought your ex
How would I know every present you got for an ex-girlfriend? You may think we know. Trust us, we don't.
Another expensive brand that I would be more than grateful to have.
18. A book
As an avid book nerd, I would be more than happy to receive a book. That's a golden gift in my eyes.
City of Thieves: A Novel
A jersey, comfy sweatshirt or sports team t-shirt I would definitely put to great use.
New York Yankees Women's Ballpark Distressed V-Neck T-Shirt (as1, Alpha, m, Regular, Regular) Navy
Maybe even fuzzy socks? Is this Heaven? 🧦
21. Donations to charity
How could I get mad at you for donating to charity? Someone who gives back to the community, especially during the holidays, is a true angel.
22. Stuffed animals
Bringing out our inner child is something we both can't hold back from. Having a soft, stuffed animal to cuddle with when you're not there is a perfect solution. 🧸
Aurora® Playful Pompom Penguin™ Mini Stuffed Animal - Vibrant Companions - Endless Fun - Gray 6 Inches
And I would still love you. 🥰
All in all, my point is that any gift that is given should be greatly appreciated by whoever is receiving it. Whether it's from your boyfriend, best friend or parents -- knowing that someone gave their thoughts and spent their hard-earned money to get you something is more than enough. Remember to thank those who gave you gifts this year during the holidays.
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The highlights of your childhood.
The 2000s were a time that many young adults today can look back on, joyfully reminisce and somewhat cringe at the trends and the fads that we all used to love and adore. Here's a list of things from the golden 2000s that will have one feeling nostalgic about all of those times.
One of the best candies that always seemed to catch your eyes at grocery store checkouts, leaving you begging your parents to get one.
2. iPod Nanos
The coolest and most colorful way to download your favorite boy bands and Hannah Montana jams.
This magical shoe that made it fun to run errands with your parents.
4. Dance Dance Revolution.
The game that made the ultimate slumber party.
5. Silly Bandz
The more you had, the cooler you were.
6. "I love boobies" bracelets
The breast cancer bracelets that caused quite the controversy in middle schools.
7. Crimped hair
Because why wouldn't you want your hair to look as stylish as Lizzy McGuire's?
So stupid yet so funny.
9. Club penguin
You had the best pet puffles.
10. Skip Its.
Every garage had one.
11. Bratz Dolls and Polly Pockets.
What's better than oversized eyes and rubber clothing?
12. Baby Bottle Pops
Everyone's favorite cavity-causing candy.
Where you lied about your age to get on and frequently rearranged your "top friends" lists accordingly.
14. Abercrombie models
Pictures like these were hanging in your room or your Razor phone background if you are a girl, and your inspiration if you were a boy.
That creepy animal thing that everyone seemed to love.
16. Nerf guns
17. Game Cube
Where you played Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, and more.
18. Slip 'N' Slides
The most fun you've ever had took place on one of these things.
19. Easy Bake Ovens
Where real baking did not take place.
The sugary snack that fit perfectly in your lunch bag.
21. Nintendo DS
The life changing device you probably used to play Nintendogs.
22. Drake & Josh
You strived to be as cool as them.
A parent's worst clean-up nightmare.
24. The Sims 2
A legendary computer game.
25. Razor scooter
There was no cooler way to get around.
You wish you could be #5, but you know you're probably a #6.
There are thousands of universities around the world, and each school boasts its own traditions and slogans. Some schools pride themselves on sports, while others emphasize their research facilities. While there is a myriad of differences among each and every school, there will always these seven types of students in class.
1. The one who sits in the front rowStableDiffusion
2. The one who is always online shoppingGiphy
3. The one who always falls asleepGiphy
4. The one who never pays attentionGiphy
5. The one who never studies (but still aces the class)Giphy
6. The one who is always stressedGiphy
7. The one you've never seen beforeGiphy
God will never leave us nor forsake us
Life is hard. There is no surprise there. It’s confusing and scary and hectic, but there are some amazing qualities, too. Sometimes you feel alone and don’t know what to do. School gets in the way of what you want to do or you’re dropping friends you thought you trusted. Everyone has their moments. Everyone has felt in the lowest place and couldn’t find the strength to get back up. But I want to help with that. Here are 10 Bible verses I hope will brighten your day, or at least make you feel stronger and happier.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.’”
It is hard to know what will happen in our life and sometimes it’s scary to think about how we lack that knowledge. But God has said He has great plans for us. He knows what will happen and it is our job to trust and obey Him.
“We have this anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
Faith can be a tricky thing. “Do I really believe in this? I can’t see God. Is He really there?” These thoughts pass through everyone’s minds at least one point in time. Faith is a huge jump. But the outcome is amazing. Faith can move mountains. We just need to challenge it and figure out what we truly believe.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I think it’s easier to say we all get a little fearful in life. Not everything goes as planned and it shakes us up. But it’s important to remember who we’re living for and why. If we’re too afraid to do what God has commanded us to do, we might not get to this place where He needs us to be. He won’t fail us. He won’t leave us. Instead of focusing on fear, try to focus on trusting Him. I know it’s hard, but trusting Him brings us one step closer to Him and where we need to be. And in the end, it will lead to a remarkable gift.
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is there for us in every little moment of every day. He cares for us and loves us and wants us. It’s always difficult to sit still and let God do His work, especially in a really tough time where we think we can handle things. But the truth is, we can’t. Not without Him.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
This is an amazing reminder to be still and trust in God. He has blessed us and sometimes we take it for granted without realizing it. We need to trust that He will fulfill the promises He has given us. If we take a step back and look at the whole picture, we will realize He has been there for every little thing. He is there and wants us to hear Him. If we believe with all our heart that God will forever and always be there for us, then we will be able to trust Him. What is a better gift there than God? Let go and let God.
“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
We all grow weak and weary. We need rest and faith that whatever we are going through, God will guide us. When we’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to shut our emotions off. But instead, we should give it to God. That doesn’t mean give it to Him and forget about it and think it is no longer our problem. Give it to Him and continually pray for it. Ask Him to guide us to that rock and help us defeat this trial.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
It is easy to worry and focus on the things going wrong rather than the things going right. When we worry, we are draining ourselves, leaving us tired and weary. And that is exactly what the devil wants. He whispers in our ears all the negative aspects of a day, which can easily lead to anxiety and worry. Be strong and try to focus on the positive things. It’s better to focus on at least one positive thought amongst a thousand negative ones instead of focusing wholly on the negative.
2 Corinthians 5:7
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Faith is built on trust and love, even if we can’t see anything. In some cases, we might not think God is there simply because we can’t see Him. But He is there. We just need help looking at the bigger picture. Having faith isn’t something we say to try and convince ourselves that God is real and alive. It means we are taking a leap into this world, His world, even if we don’t know all the information. It’s okay to doubt sometimes, just as long as it doesn’t keep you from believing in our Savior. Faith is a heart thing. Why say we have a faith when deep down we know we don’t? We need to take that leap and remember that God will be there to catch us. He always has and always will.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign