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
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