What It Means To Lose A Childhood Pet

What It Means To Lose A Childhood Pet

If you've ever lost a pet, you're familiar with the empty feeling you feel when they pass away. Here are a few things I continuously noticed after I lost my childhood pet.

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When I was surprised with my puppy when I was nine years old, I instantly fell in love. We grew up together. She was by my side through everything until she became sick. I never anticipated the pain that would follow. In the months after her death, I noticed my life would never be the same. You don't realize the impact your childhood pet leaves behind after they're gone.

1. Your house is a lot quieter

You miss the sound of them running around all the time, barking at the mailman, and the jingle from their dog tags.

2. You no longer have a sidekick beside you during everyday tasks

You are suddenly lonely when you go on walks because you no longer have to hold a leash.

3. You no longer have a cuddle buddy

There was nothing better than your dog snuggling up to you underneath a blanket in the cold weather.

4. You don’t have to share your meals anymore

I could always count on my dog to finish my scraps, share my meals, and clean up any food I happened to drop on accident.

5. Your passenger seat tends to be empty more often

My dog used to love car rides and sticking her head out of the window, enjoying the ride. Now, my passengers can't possibly be as adorable. (Sorry!)

6. You don’t get greeted at the front door

For years, I got used to hearing my dog leap out of bed and run to say hi as soon as I got home from school.

7. Your heart breaks when you have to stay goodbye

You're never prepared to let them go, and realize how much you miss them after they are gone.

8. You no longer have someone to grow up with

As I grew up, so did my dog; we both learned new things over the years.

9. You lose a best friend

A pet is always there for you whether they want to or not, they listen to you talk, lick your face when you're sad, and enjoy your happy moments alongside of you.

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Top 10 Cutest Cat Breeds

These cat breeds are super cute and underrated.
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It seems that the only breeds anyone can actually recognize are those of dogs, cats really don't get enough recognition. There is just as much of a variety of cat breeds as there are of dog breeds, almost anyway, and they deserve love and recognition as well. So, here are the top 10 cat breeds I've deemed as the absolute cutest!

1. Exotic Persian

Exotic Persian cats are one of the cutest breeds in my opinion. Theses are the squished faced cats. The cats that perpetually look grumpy and disappointed. They're also super high-maintenance and believe you're supposed to cater to their every whim. Which, to be fair, you are.

2. Scottish Fold

Scootish Folds are super adorable because they're very unique. They're ears fold over, making them always appear to be begging you for something. They also always look a little bit sad, which, of course, only makes you love them more.

3. Himalayan

Himalayan cats are just magnificent and so prestigious. These cats are fluffy, deserve the best, and expect nothing but the best.

4. British Shorthair

I'm not sure what it is about these cats that makes them so adorable, but my roommate has tried to describe them as "fat and sassy." - Delaney Pulice. She's not wrong. They're pretty chubby and look like they're just a little bit too good for you. In all honesty, what cat isn't too good for us?

5. Maine Coon

These cats are particularly wonderful because they can be giant. I mean, giant. These cats can grown into the sizes of large dogs, which, of course, if everything we could all ever ask for in a cat. Who wouldn't want a giant cat that could probably double as a pillow?

6. Persian

These cats are only a little bit different from Exotic Persians, but there's a difference. Persians tend to have less squished face than Exotics, but every cat is different. The one above is a Silver Persian. He had to eat his food off of a plate because his flat face couldn't fit in a cat food bowl.

7. Munchkin

These tiny little guys never really grow much. Their legs are perpetually short and stubby, making them the ideal cats, because, if you had a choice, wouldn't you want your cat to be either giant like a Maine Coon or tiny like a Munchkin cat? Of course you would.

8. Siberian

These cats are just generally beautiful. They have long, shiny, fluffy coats and are just pretty cats. Plus, they look super cuddly, like they might purr for hours if you brushed them.

9. British Longhair

Another just simply beautiful cat. When you see those posts online that say "This cat is prettier than I am," yeah, that's these cats. They have long, soft coats as well that they like to keep clean. And as all cats do, they look like they're just a little bit above us and we have to cater to them.

10. Ragdoll

Finally, we have Ragdoll cats. These cats look a bit like fluffier Siamese cats. Which, let's face it, Siamese cats aren't necessarily the cutest. However, if you just add a lot of fluff, because the fluffier the better, they become much cuter.

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15 Lessons We Can All Learn From Cats

Cats are the most majestic creatures on the planet; they can definitely teach us a thing or two!

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My cat is the love of my life. She's an ESA so she helps me get through life a little easier. But beyond that role as a pet and not-quite service animal, she inspires me. I know it sounds goofy, but hear me out.

1. Keep yourself well-groomed

You'll feel better about yourself! Take that bubble bath, use the fancy conditioner, or splurge on whatever self-care items you enjoy because they'll improve your mood, outlook, and even how others view you.

2. Being alone is not a bad thing 

As surprising as this may be, it's true! You need to be comfortable with yourself because at the end of the day you are the only one who has to put up with you on the daily.

3. Enjoy the sunshine while you've got it 

We have all had a rainy or snowy day when we regretted not taking more advantage of the sunshine and nice weather when it was there.

4. Learn to chill out 

Nobody knows how to be mellow and let things go like a cat.

5. Stay curious 

Don't lose your sense of adventure or wonder- life gets boring without them!

6. Be present 

Focus on what's at hand -er- paw. If you're up high, look around you, not back down.

7. Hold onto your independence 

Even the laziest indoor cat can more than take care of himself. It's okay to lean on someone, but don't lose sight of who you are. There's a predator inside each of us that dare not be reduced.

8. Persistence pays off 

Ask for what you want and do not stop until you get it. She got a piece of my pepperoni - there is no reason you can't achieve your dreams too with a little extra persistence!

9. Aim high 

Cats don't worry about falling, they just keep climbing towards the top of whatever they set their sights on. When you're unsure if you can do something, adopt this mindset!

10. Love yourself first 

I know my cat loves me, but not as much as she loves herself. If you lose sight of who you are or put others before you, your world may just crash down around you. But if you know yourself and love yourself, everything else will fall into place.

11. You decide how you are treated 

Know your worth and do not take anything less than you deserve. You deserve nothing but the best - don't let anyone make you think differently. Cats sure don't and we still love them; if people are worth their time they'll still love you too.

12. Keep going even when you're afraid 

Once again, cats don't think about the possibility of failure; they think about the possibilities for success. They push forward even with fear in their eyes, and somehow they always land on their feet.

13. Take naps 

It's hard to accomplish things well when you're tired, so don't be afraid to take a snooze when you need it!

14. There's always time to snuggle.

You can snuggle while awake or asleep, just don't forget to show the ones you love that you care.

15. Be yourself 

My cat plays fetch and spills water but I still love her. She greets me with hugs like this every night when I get home. She is utterly herself and I love her for it. Be yourself, because the right people will always love you for it.

It's okay to be like an aloof or shy cat instead of an outgoing one like mine, but just remember what all of these majestic creatures can teach us about living our best lives!

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