10 Reasons I Love My Dogs

10 Reasons I Love My Dogs

Why you should love them too because FYI-- they're perfect!!

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Hello, Hello, this is a public service announcement: my dogs are perfect. Enough said. I can honestly end this article right here. Why are they perfect? Well, the simple reason is that they're my dogs so of course they're the best, and is that bias? Yes, but is it untrue? No.

Anyway, if you can't tell already, I love my dogs. Especially being in college, I miss them so much and I get so excited to go back home so that I can see them again ( :( yes I know, woe is me!!). I have 2 more weeks until I go back home and I cannot wait-- I honestly can't wait til finals are over so that I can finally get to see them! But until then, I'm here writing, listing the reasons why I love my dogs (AKA, why they are perfect).

So a bit of background, my dogs are both Shih Tzu's but before you go "Oh, Shih Tzu's are so ugly..." blah, blah, blah, like excuse me NO, you have not met my dogs! Like yeah, most Shih Tzu's are ugly, I agree, BUT not these Shih Tzu's!

Anyway, they're Shih Tzu's, they've just turned a year old this past January-- which also means that they're brothers, so cute! They're brothers but they honestly don't look like it. They both have white fur but their spots are different-- one has black/brown spots and the other is more of a reddish/brown.

Also, this numbering is going to be slightly off, since I can only show pictures through listicles, so the actual reasons won't start until #3.

So let's start with pictures of the two

The one with the black spots is Steven and if you don't think Steven is the best name for a dog, then I don't know what's wrong with you...

He's such a shy dog, but he's so loving too. He's also kind of hilarious because he thinks he's tougher than he actually is but gets scared so easily. He also appreciates his personal space a lot which means going in his cage when he really wants to take a nap during the day and really doesn't like to be disturbed at that time (which honestly he's just acting like a grandpa, which is okay, not judging!). He's also pretty skinny, which is funny since he eats the same amount as his brother but whatever.

Next is Pepper, which I honestly don't know why his name is Pepper, but again it does suit him, I don't know why though...

This is a picture of him when he was a few months old and before he got a haircut, but still cute nonetheless (in the last picture with Steven, they've both have recently received a haircut). Pepper's the most outgoing of the two and loves attention, especially from strangers which I think is weird but go off I guess. He also isn't a big fan of being outside, like he'll happily be outside for 10 minutes, but then quickly wants to come back in, whereas his brother loves staying out for a while.

1. Even with different personalities, they complement each other so well

Even if they get annoyed with each other from time to time, they also love each other so much. They love playing with each other, sleeping next to each other, and it's honestly so sweet!

2. They're quick to learn new tricks and are eager to please

3. Although one of them does have a tough time warming up to people, once he does, he honestly enjoys your company

4. They're not picky eaters! And they like fruits/vegetables on the occasion! 

5. They love to walk around/play which helps with staying physically active

6. They're so soft! 

Almost like blankets! And they like to cuddle (especially Pepper) so it's honestly just nice, like one cannot fully explain the feeling.

7. They follow you/look for you, especially in the morning when they get really excited to greet you.

8. They love sleeping by your feet.

My feet anyway so I don't know if this means that my feet smell or if they just love me. Let's hope it's the former.

9. They sleep with their belly exposed or they're feet up in the air.

If you're a dog owner, you know. This also may not seem like a big deal to non-dog owners but this pretty much means that the dog is comfortable in it's environment and doesn't feel the need to protect itself.

10. They love you unconditionally.

They're honestly so sweet, and look up to you because you're their owner! And honestly that's so sweet that they put so much trust in you (talking for dogs in general) that there should be no reason why they shouldn't!

I could honestly go on listing all the things I love about my dogs (and dogs in general, because who doesn't like dogs?), but there's only so much you can list until it starts getting annoying...

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12 Things You Need To Know Before Getting A Corgi

They are NOT fat dogs.
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When I was 12 years old, my dream of owning a dog finally came true. After begging my parents for two years, we finally started the hunt for the dog I wanted so desperately- a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

After searching half a dozen places across two weekends, we finally found what would become my corgi, Ozzie, a big-eared puppy smiling and nipping at my hands from a baby crib. Keep in mind that this was before the world became obsessed with corgis, so finding one was a pleasant surprise.

Since getting my dear pup, many people have asked what it's like to own a dog from this adorable breed. Here are some important things to remember when dealing with a corgi.

1. Never stop scratching/petting them.

As I type this, I have one hand on my computer keyboard and one hand on my dog. There is nothing corgis love more than being pet, and I can assure you you'll get tired of it before they do. They'll turn to mush when you start scratching them, but if you stop, they'll either take it as a sign you're done and walk away, or they will nudge your hand for more. Seriously, I always have to explain to friends when they come over that when he sticks his nose under their hand/arm and nudges it to try to pick it up, he's trying to get them to scratch him more. If you could, you'd be scratching him all day, and he would never move.

2. They're very smart dogs.

While, like all other dogs, they will take some time to train, it's a relatively painless process. Yes, there were some accidents, but he did pick up on where he was supposed to do his business pretty quickly. He has also learned tricks like shake, sit, high-five, and spin, each of which took only a few hours of teaching and some treats (or lots of them). He knows when he's done something bad, knows what words like "out' and "walk" mean, and if you tell him to go see one of our family members (such as saying "go see Laura"), he will walk into our rooms and sit next to our beds.

3. They can be VERY food-motivated.

If there is one thing they may love more than being scratched, it is any kind of treat/food. When my dog even thinks you have a treat in your hand, he'll sit and stare expectantly until you actually bring your hand down to him, where he'll stiff wildly for a few seconds before realizing there's nothing there. His ears perk up whenever you say "treat," and he actually licks his lips when you ask him if he wants "nummies," a word we use instead of food, which was a tip we learned when we first got him, so that he wouldn't go wild whenever we use the word "food." While he's not the type to beg at the table, he will sit under the table quietly waiting for food that may fall on the floor.

4. He is NOT a lapdog.

When I got my dog, I wanted him to be my little lapdog. I always wanted to hold him, and unlike many dog owners, I wanted him to sleep in my bed. Shortly after getting him, I realized that this would be my only wish that would not come true. My dog hates being held, and if you pick him up he'll squirm until he's out of your grasp or you just give up and put him down. He also doesn't sleep in my bed-or anyone's bed- ever. Since he's a herding dog, he likes to sleep where he can "stay on guard" and watch over us. He'll sleep out in the hallway, on the couch or next to our beds depending on what mood he's in.

5. He doesn't like heights.

You can't blame him with those short little legs. He doesn't like stairs or being on elevated surfaces (such as beds). The highest he goes is onto the couch, and he won't go down or up the stairs if there are more than four or five steps.

6. They shed. A LOT.

If you are a clean-freak or hate dogs that shed, then you should probably shy away from getting a corgi. Since this breed has a double-layered coat, they have to shed off some of that heavy coat in the summer and grow it back in the winter. When we got our dog, we were told he only sheds twice a year, but no matter what time of the year it is, you will always have hair on your clothes. Don't even bother trying to pet them when you're wearing all black, because you'll end up wearing all of the fur they shed off.

7. They thrive in cooler weather.

I'm not saying that you can't own a corgi unless you live in England (the breed is from Wales), but if you live in an area with hot summers, make sure you have a cool place for them in your home, and don't leave them out for a while because they do get really hot with that double coat. I've noticed that on cooler, rainier days my dog will want to stay outside for hours, but if it's a hot summer day he will run outside, do his business, and run right back in.

8. They have the cutest butts.

Not to sound weird, but have you ever seen a corgi in full excitement mode? Not only does their little stump of a tail wag, but their whole butt shakes. No tail + short legs + big ears = the perfect cuteness cocktail (no pun intended).

9. They do grow into their ears.

When corgis are puppies, their ears are noticeably ginormous in comparison to their bodies. But, as the puppies grow, they do grow into their ears (Although, they still stay big throughout their entire life.).

10. They can be loud.

Yes, they do bark, and it can get kind of loud. Whenever my dog hears the doorbell, fireworks, the word "walk" or when he just wants you to play with him, he'll bark. If you're the kind of person that can't stand barking, once again, corgis may not be for you. Although they are smaller dogs, they do not have the yappy bark of a small dog.

11. They are NOT fat.

I can't stress this one enough, and this is a personal pet peeve of mine. My dog is not fat. There have been so many strangers that try to backseat-raise my dog by telling myself or my parents that we need to feed him less or take him on more walks (this once coming from a woman while my mom was at the dog park). I mean, hello, when did dog shaming become a thing? Corgis are not naturally fat dogs. They are known to be a stocky breed because they were used to herd cattle, hence why they have very short legs, no tail and are fast runners-to be able to work in an environment with animals that are more than ten times their size.

12. They're very good boys (and girls).

Corgis are such lovable, caring, friendly dogs. They make great companions, and although they may not like to cuddle, they'll always be there waiting by the door for you to come home to love you and show you endless affection.

Cover Image Credit: Laura Guerriero

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Losing My Pet Was Like Losing My Best Friend

To the girl who lost her best friend, from somebody in your shoes.

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This isn't about your diamonds or your human best friend, this is about your dog.

The one who sat next to you while you were in tears that one night. He or she was the one who cuddled with you when you were alone at night, ate your nasty leftovers, made you feel welcomed in an unwanted home, and gave you all the love in their heart that they possibly could.

From the moment you got them, they gave you nothing but love.

Like Mary J. Blige once said, what you and your dog have is "REAL LOVE."

When you lost them, it felt as if the whole world came to a crumble. It hurts a lot and makes you cry for such a long time. They will bring so much joy while they are here, yet when they're gone it'll bring such pain. They may be gone due to death or even having to give them a better home. We must remember that all dogs go to heaven and we can't always do something to stop it. It's best for us to say our proper goodbye, and move on and wish them well.

We must do our best to move on at least. I am here to say it is okay to talk about it with someone. It may not seem a lot to others but trust there are many people who may understand exactly what you are going through. It is okay to set up a memorial for them. It is okay to be upset for a couple of days. Go out, find a hobby, write about it, draw, or anything that can help you cope properly. What is not okay, is dwelling on what happened, or what you could've possibly done or changed.

This is because everything happens for a reason. There was a good reason why this is happening or has already occurred. No, you do not need to buy another dog or pet or adopt. You need to face what happened and move on properly before you decide you want another pet. I wouldn't want to pass away and someone immediately replace me with someone new.

So, as for your pets, you shouldn't replace them as soon as they're gone.

For those who have never lost a pet, this may seem like a very insignificant, but once you had a pet whose grown with you, been there when no one was, or showed you love and care in different ways, it'll tear your heart at their loss.

As a recent member of my family who lost our Great Dane, Titus, it has taken some of the light out of the household. Although we had a memorial and it has been two weeks, there hasn't been a day since that I haven't thought of him. I would like to tell him one last time I love him, and hug him. I want him to greet me one last time at the door, jump on me and my boyfriend in the morning, and be his crazy, hyper self once again.

I wrote this one for those going through the same type of heartbreak. Thank you, Titus, for the greatest memories I have from my home.

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