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Rescue: Why It's The Best Breed

When you rescue, they rescue you right back.

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In many households, a family revolves around the favorite child. In my household, the favorite child isn't a child, but a pet. My dog Honey is a medium sized lab mix who is playful, loveable, and of course, sweet like honey. When I was 15 years old, my family adopted Honey from a rescue organization, giving her a chance at a new life, a chance to be rescued. Before my family, it's anyone's guess as to what Honey's experience on this earth had entailed, but since my family, I can say for certain that Honey's experience has been nothing short of euphoric.

As the "favorite child" Honey has a huge backyard to run around in, plenty of her own toys, and of course an endless supply of pets and cuddles. Honey is one of the lucky ones; she gets to understand what it feels like to be loved and to be happy. For too many animals the feeling of a warm blanket or the sight of a human's smile is foreign concepts. For too many animals the idea of neglect, abuse, and abandonment are feelings that are all too familiar. Animals have always proven to give unconditional love, and it's time humans start giving them some love back. It's time to start helping them, for there are far too many that desperately need our help.

When it comes to pets, most kids in the US can say they have them. In fact, over three-quarters of kids in the United States live with pets. But when it comes to rescuing pets, most kids in the US can't say they've ever had one, because most parents don't think getting one is a realistic option. The misconception around the difficulty of rescue animals hurts their chances of getting adopted, and because of people refusing to rescue, statistics show that 2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States each year. The fact of the matter is that in the United States there isn't enough room in our shelters. That's why people should rescue because when someone does, they not only give one animal a new home but open up room in a shelter for another.

Organizations like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States work every day to save animals, but they can't help if people don't find the animals worth saving. Animal neglect and abuse is a real problem, and rescuing is a real solution that everyone should consider. Take it from me, someone who found she could be happy forever after her family gave an animal a forever home. Honey is one of the lucky ones, and if humans start to take action and start to give back some of that unconditional love, Honey won't just be a lucky one, but one of many.

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To The High School Senior Feeling Like They're Losing Their Hometown Friends

Don't fret to much, if they are truly your best friends, you aren't gonna lose them.

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When you grow up and leave home to go to college or whatever your plans are after high school, you and your hometown best friends promise to make time for each other. You promise to always get together over breaks and to visit each other if you aren't going to the same schools or living in the same town.

But you realize over time that maybe those promises aren't gonna be kept.

Life gets complicated. School starts to become harder and harder, there are extracurriculars and work, and trying to figure out the rest of your lives; things start to get in the way. Visiting starts to happen less and less, getting together over breaks gets more complicated, you try to stay in contact but the hours in the day seem to get shorter and shorter. There are too many things that you have to accomplish in one day that it's difficult to know if you can even get together.

You start to ask yourself "Am I losing my closest friends?"

And the answer to that question is no, your lives are changing and things are starting to become real but they will always be there. Just because you don't talk all the time or you go a few months without seeing each other, they are still your friends. They will always care and always be there. Don't stress about it too much, they are always gonna be there, it's just that your lives are pulling all of you in different directions and it can get hard to keep up with everyone because you are all so busy.

You are growing up but you're not necessarily growing apart!

If they are truly your best friends they will always be there, and you there for them. As time goes on, your lives will continue to change but you are always gonna be friends. Just know that they are there when you need them, and when you do get to see each other, it's like nothing has changed and you pick up right where you left off. Your friendship is important to all of you. Don't let a little bit of silence or a busy life cause problems. You haven't lost them, trust me, you all are just figuring out life. Don't take it personally when you don't talk for a while.

"Amigas, Cheetahs, Friends for life" — Cheetah Girls

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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