Getting a dog in college and what to consider

You Need To Consider These 4 Things If You're Thinking Of Getting A Dog While In College

Trust me, I know how hard it is to go for so long without a dog in my life, but if you want to get a dog, you have to make sure that the dog will be happy too.


To start off, let's be honest. If you grew up with a dog at home, you probably at least had an inkling of a feeling of wanting to get a dog in college, and I can't blame you.

I have personally seriously considered getting one as well. They can make you laugh no matter how bad of a mood you are in, they force you to exercise at least a little bit, even if you're lazy like me, they don't judge, they're comforting, and they are just amazing companions, or as many people say, man's best friend. All of these reasons make the idea of getting a dog even more compelling, but you also need to consider how this will affect the dog.

1. Do you have enough time to take care of the dog?

If you want to get a dog, you need to have enough time to take it on walks, bathe it, buy supplies for it, train it, and just simply give it attention. If you don't spend enough time with your dog, it will almost definitely result in a bad living situation for the dog, also often resulting in the said dog getting destructive due to frustration.

2. Do you have enough money?

It's been said that the least expensive part of owning a dog is the actual purchase of the dog. This is very true. After getting the dog for likely over $100, you have to buy it some food, toys, treats, annual vaccinations, a collar, a leash, extra cost of having a pet in an apartment, and then there are also those surprise visits to the vet when something goes wrong with your dog. This can add up to hundreds of dollars per year, and often times over $1000. That plus college expenses can be very difficult to manage, even with a job, so it's definitely an important aspect to consider.

3. How often do you like to go out?

Do you like to go out at night to party a lot or do a lot of activities away from home? Well, while you may be able to bring your dog with you to a few activities, not many allow dogs, and you can't just keep a dog locked up in an apartment or crate for multiple hours on end all the time. So, in other words your social life may be a little more limited. Of course, sitting on a couch watching TV with a dog sounds pretty great too though.

4. Do you have enough energy?

No matter what breed or size a dog is, they need exercise. They need to go on at least one walk per day and/or play with a ball for a good amount of time per day. As mentioned before, if they don't get their energy out, they get bored, leading to them becoming destructive. This may sound harsh, but if you don't think you'll be willing to exercise your dogs then getting a dog in college may not be the best option for you.

If you think you can handle all of these different aspects, then go for it! There is a reason dogs are so commonly used as therapy and emotional support animals, and it's because if they are taken care of, they will be one of the most loyal, loving companions you will ever have.

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Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Snakes... There are 1000's of different types of animals in the world, some made for being pets and some take a great deal of effort to legally own. One thing almost every pet owner should be able to admit is that their pet helps their lives in some way. Animal loyalty between animal partners and even different species are examples of how trustworthy they are.

1. Dogs

Human beings don't deserve dogs, not at all. Dogs, when they are loved and respected have proven to do remarkable things like save babies from fires and sniffing out mines in war ridden countries. They stay extremely loyal and show how much they care and appreciate their owners, dogs will give you love the moment you come home from work everyday.

2. Cats

Cats can be considered one of the weirdest but most lovable species on planet earth, there has been ancient paintings depicting cats existence with humans for 1000's of years. The same look they have when they want love could be the same one they have when they want blood. But from the day they are kittens it's hard not to fall in love with the connection you get with some cats.

3. Wolves

Wolves are an amazing specie for several reasons. They are very loyal to their family and their packs, and either as a team or on their own wolves are a dangerous force. Wolves relationships can be considered better than that of humans because of their loyalty, once mated they tend to stay with that partner for life. When traveling in packs each wolf has its own duty to ensure the protection an well being of each member.

4. Bald Eagles

When you think of bald eagles you may think of the United States of America and the freedom it represents, but I also think of the beauty and strength the bird possesses. Bald eagles usually tend to keep their mating partners for life, they even build monstrous nests to show their fidelity.

5. Horses

The bond between horses cannot be measured in most cases. Horses are brilliant animals and look majestic, which is why humans are so interested in them. They can be used for a lot of different reasons like pulling plows, racing for sport, and transportation that is gas free. Horse ranchers usually take very good care of their animals with special food and exercise and social interactions with their kind. Horses have also been used in time of war for as long as it's existed, some have been know to lay flat and still against their nature to give people cover and protection.

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The Grief Of Losing A Pet Is Like Losing A Child And It's Never Easy To Say Goodbye

When you've been best friends since middle school, it's hard to say goodbye.


Losing a best friend is hard no matter what species they are. Friends are the family you get to choose and sometimes their deaths are worse than others. With pets, you're used to seeing them daily and they are the friends who love you more than their own lives. The loyalty of a pet surpasses those of human friends more than half the time. For those who can't have children, it feels like you've lost a child. They say don't blink and your child is an adult, it's the same with pets and their greying faces. I blinked and lost my best friend the next day. The last I saw him, he was sleeping in his doggie bed. People go through experiences differently and sometimes you pour that love into that animal or human then you lose them. Pet parents have the right to grieve as human parents.

My family lost our dog on April 2nd and he was around 15 years old. When I was in sixth grade, we were looking for a family dog. My brother and I had convinced my parents that we were ready for a dog. My mom had grown up with small dogs and my dad had grown up with large dogs. The compromise was that we would get a small dog because my other brother is afraid of dogs and it would make him uncomfortable due to him having Autism. We searched for months; we went to animal shelters. We knew we wanted a small dachshund, and we weren't going to compromise on that. Fast forward to the day we saw our dog. My cousin had told my mom that a friend of hers was giving away an adult dachshund. The dog came in and sat down next to my autistic brother then my brother started to pet him. From that moment, my mom knew that was our dog.

Losing a special dog like that is like being shot in the chest. I know that he's in a better place where he is running around as if he is a puppy again. I've lost a lot of pets over the course of my life, but that dog has been a constant in my life. Having my family and my dog is like having my security blanket and now part of that blanket is torn. No matter what people say, it's okay to grieve over a lost pet. People go through experiences differently and sometimes you pour that love into that animal or human then you lose them. Pet parents have the right to grieve as human parents. I wished could have hugged him one last time.

I know he was old, but up until a month ago, he was doing fine. He was eating and walking to the best of his ability. He was there to greet me every time I would come home from school, dance, and Orlando. He was my snuggle bug when I went through my first break up and my first/only broken engagement. He was there when we lost my grandma, so he's been with us through a lot of heartbreak. He was the one that we could pick up to lay in our lap and he'll let us pet him as long as we want. He would bark at bikes and random strangers in the backyard. He was a wannabe guard dog with a heart of gold.

I will say this once more, It's okay to grieve over a lost pet and the grief can be as strong as losing a child.

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