5 Cute Puppies Just To Make You Smile

5 Cute Puppies Just To Make You Smile

Because who doesn't love puppies?

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Week four of the fall semester is the worst time of the year. The easy-going beginning of the semester is now over and stress and homework has hit you like a ton of bricks. Instead of focusing on the stress, here are 10 puppies just to make you smile:

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Seriously how cute is that little tongue!?

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My heart is so full.

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The best Christmas present.

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THE HAPPIEST BOY!!!!

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The only man I need.

All in all, hope this quick article made you smile! Have a great week!

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5 Ways Impulsively Getting A Dog Saved My Mental Health

Those four paws are good for a lot more than just face kisses.

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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To My Dog, I Miss You So Much Now That I'm At College

Leaving my dog was hard enough, but I realized she had no idea why I was leaving.

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Leaving you at home while I went off to college was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. You were everything to me. (Don't worry, you still are). I picked you out right before my senior year of high school. I'll never regret it, but I wish I had known how hard it would be to go our separate ways after a year together.

We spent all summer together, cuddling, going for walks, and playing with new toys. I tried to spend as much time with you as I could, but nothing prepared me for what was about to happen at the end of August. I could tell you were starting to get anxious because I was packing up all of my stuff and moving it out of the house.

I'll never know how, but you always knew I was about to leave for a little while when the suitcases came out. But this time it wasn't just for a little while. It broke my heart when you had climbed in one of the suitcases that hadn't been zipped up yet. As you paced back and fourth around all of my belongings, I contemplated every single way that I could possibly sneak you into my dorm room.

When it finally came to the day when I had to leave for college, you gave me those sad puppy eyes, whined every now and then because you knew I was headed out somewhere and watched me every time I came in the house to grab the last of my things. I almost cried when I had to shut the door on you. I wanted to let you know that I would be back as soon as I could and that I would miss you every minute of every day until I could see you again.

Throughout my freshman year, I tried to come back every other weekend to see you. It was great, you were always so excited to see me. My heart was so full every time I would walk into the house and see you run up to me. You truly are the cutest dog, and there was no better feeling than seeing your tail wag with excitement and getting plenty of your kisses.

Sophomore year I'll admit I ended up being way busier than I expected. But I want you to know that although I can't come home as often to see you, I want to. Yeah we might have grown apart a little bit, and it hurts a little to see that mom is your favorite now, but you'll forever hold a special place in my heart. Hopefully, I'll be able to take you back after college.

But until then, I just want you to know that I miss you every single day. The hardest part of this all is that you'll never truly understand what happened. Because unfortunately, for now, there isn't a way for us to communicate with our pets the way that I'd like to. But I hope everyone at home is spoiling you with lots of treats, and I can't wait to see you soon.

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