How to Deal with Pet Separation Anxiety in College

How to Deal with Pet Separation Anxiety in College

A guide for those dealing with the pain of leaving a pet for college

As anyone with pets knows, leaving them for an extended period of time is unbearable, and leaving them for months on end to selfishly pursue a higher education is nearly impossible. As a first year college student, I have begun to experience the constant pang of longing to cuddle with my doggos greater than ever before. Every new dog milestone they experience without me there to document it is like a stab to the heart. From this struggle, I have emerged with a list of ideas to help cope with the pet separation anxiety most college students must go through unguided.

1. Get a stuffed animal

Like a really big one, preferably.

2. Accost dog owners on the street

Cherish every dog you see in college, they are a rare site to see.

3. Volunteer at a pet shelter

Surrounding yourself with cute lil animals can help distract you from those special ones at home.

4. Become a dog-walker

Turn your love for puppers into a financial opportunity; the only problem will be finding the dogs, because they are quite scarce in college.

5. Get a fish

At least it’s something?

6. Desperately plea on Facebook for dogs to pet

Definitely seen free-and-for-sale posts here and they're begging to hang out with dogs.

7. Call or FaceTime your pets to reassure them that you’re still alive

9.Secretly own a pet and avoid your RA at all costs

Tell no one and hide your precious baby

10. To all the high school readers planning on attending college and leaving your dogs at home- it’s not worth it just hold on to them as long as you can

11. If all else fails to relieve you of the pain of missing your pups; give in to your sadness, look at pictures of your sweet incredible dogs, cry a little bit, and realize nothing will ever supplement the love you and your doggo share

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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How getting a hamster has Helped me cope with anxiety and depression

Gus is one of the friendliest, funniest and cutest hamsters you'll ever meet.


I've loved all sorts of animals ever since I can remember. Having a pet of my own was on of my biggest dreams, although I knew it would never come true meanwhile I lived with my parents. My dad has never been much of an animal lover so anytime I would ask him for a pet he just gave me the hand and said no. I've always been the only one out of his 6 kids that liked animals the most which is pretty surprising because I'm not sure where my love for animals came from. My favorite types of animals have always been reptiles like turtles and lizards because they are so easy to carry and rarely bite, well atleast me. Don't get me wrong, there are a few animals I am deeply afraid of which takes away from he beilef that I am great with ALL animals.

There came a time where I began to feel lonely and sad. I dreaded going home after school and work because there was nothing to really do. Getting a pet hadn't really crossed my mind until one of my friends messaged me and asked me if I would like her pet hamster because she no longer had time for him. Without thinking about it or what my dad would say I just automatically said yes and asked her where I could pick it up. To be honest, I knew nothing about caring for hamsters at that time and I surprised myself because i'm usually on to overthink things before making a decision, but this was a decision I had made in the spur of the moment.

Meet Gus-

Gus is one of the friendliest, funniest and cutest hamsters you'll ever meet. He's a little under a year old, he loves to sleep and eat. (Don't we all!). Gus is a Campbells Dwarf Hamster which means he is not very big and has beautifully soft and greyish brownish fur. His favorite snacks are sunflower seeds and hamster yogurt balls. He occasionally bites but only when he feels threatened, you know he feels threatened when he stands and raises his hands. Gus is also potty trained and likes to have a rag set on the upper level of his cage where he does all his business on. I had a rough few days when I first got him because he still wasn't use to me and felt as if I would hurt him. He would constantly try to bite me and would screech anytime I would put my hands in his cage whether it would be to fill his food bowl or clean his cage.

Ever since I've owned Gus coming home has actually been something I look forward to now. Once come in my room I can see his little face just waiting for me to hold his from the inside of his cage. I spend countless time playing with him and watching him run as fast as he can on his wheel.

Many might say a hamster isn't enough to make one happy but if you're like me and get fascinated even by the simplest things, I can guarantee you a hamster is more then enough. I didn't have the option to get a dog or any other type of animal. My hamster doesnt get in any bodies way and isn't dangerous in any way whatsoever.

He's very gentle and lovely to be around. I upload many video of him on soial media and I recive countless messages from people saying how they look forward to seeing Gus's adventures everyday. I understand there are also people that are scared of small rodents but just like Lucas the spider that is suppose to help with peoples arachnophobia, I believe Gus helps people with their musophobia and cricetophobia because he's so cute.

I've struggled with anxiety and depression for some time now but I can honestly say that Gus has really helped me cope with it all and has helped me avoid feeling lonely anymore. I strongly encourage anybody that struggles like I did to consider getting a pet (No pet is to small.)

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