Honestly, The Only Thing That Excites Me About Going Home Is Seeing My Dog

Honestly, The Only Thing That Excites Me About Going Home Is Seeing My Dog

Okay…and maybe my parents too.

Going to school in Chicago is pretty awesome. DePaul has a cheesy saying that the city is your campus, but in reality they are kind of right. So while I’m so excited for finals to be over I’m kind of bummed to be leaving my city and going home to my small town.

There isn’t much there for me anymore. All my high school friends have moved on and most of my friends are here in Chicago anyway.

However, there is one thing in Ohio that will keep me coming back no matter what: my puppies.

I miss those little (and by little I mean big because they are both lab mixes) bunches of fur so stinkin’ much!! If there is one thing I could use during finals week it would be the opportunity to snuggle with my dogs. I am constantly asking my mom to send me pictures of them and I think I annoy her sometimes when I do that.

So let me introduce you to my babies AKA the only reason I’m excited to go home.

This is Cooper!

He is the oldest of my two dogs. He’s a chocolate lab mix and he is a pound puppy. He’s absolutely terrified of thunderstorms and has scratched up my bedroom door a few times because he tried to scratch his way into my room during a storm when we weren’t home. He’s my baby and the biggest snuggle bug.

This is Jake! (AKA chubs and yes he is an Emotional Support dog. Look at his adorable vest!!)

He’s pretty fat. When we got him from the pound a few years ago he was literally just a ball of fur and we are shocked at how big he has gotten over the years, but we love him dearly. He is also a pound puppy like his brother.

So now you see why I’m more excited to go home to see my dogs than I am to see anyone else. Don’t get me wrong my parents are pretty cute too, but my puppies are cuter. I'll definitely miss being in the city for a while but I'm grateful to be able to see my dogs for a little white!

For anyone considering getting a puppy this Christmas, I highly encourage you to check out your local animal shelter! There are so many adorable puppies that need homes desperately. Adoption really is the best way to go when it comes to bringing a little fur ball into your lives.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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