The Pros And Cons Of Getting A Brand New Puppy

The Pros And Cons Of Getting A Brand New Puppy

There are pros and cons of having a new puppy, but I think it's all worth it.

Did know that "dog" spelled backward is "god"? Dogs are a reflection of God because of their unconditional love. There is a special place in my heart for dogs, especially because I grew up with a sweet golden retriever. I understand what it's like to raise one and I've even recently come home to a new family puppy, a golden retriever we named Mabel. This past week I have been helping take care of her and it's been very exciting, but I have also realized the amount of work it takes. Having a dog is a big responsibility, so it's important for anyone to consider the pros and cons before committing to dog ownership.

The Pros:

1. Dogs make people happier and compassionate

2. So much cuteness

3. Dogs teach responsibility and an active lifestyle

4. Dogs and especially puppies are great to snuggle with

5. A new companion for years to come, especially when feeling lonely or sad

The Cons:

1. Having to take the puppy outside all the time

This is hard considering how cold it is outside right now and when you don't want to stop what you are doing to go outside.

2. Cleaning up accidents in the house

Mabel has already gone in my bedroom three times.

3. Puppies chew on literally everything

This includes us, humans. Mabel has already ripped holes in a pair of my pants and always chews on my zippers.

4. Having to constantly watch or entertain them

This can be seen as a con at times, but can also be considered a good thing. It can be fun and entertaining for yourself.

I 100% believe that owning dogs makes my family happier and healthier and that the positives outway the negatives!

I mean...just look at her!

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Why It Is Scientifically Proven That Golden Doodles Are The Best Kind Of Dogs

No matter what color you have, they are awesome.

Let me first say that golden-doodles are golden retrievers and a poodle mix. It's a big difference from other doodles. This is a new, popular kind of dog, that is known worldwide. It has been proven (not really but let's say it is) that they are the best dogs ever, in every color. Here are some reasons why:

1. They are great with kids!

2. Especially sick kids or kids with disabilities!

3. They enjoy the party life!

4. They love every kind of weather!

5. They can help you pass the hardest levels on Candy Crush.

6. They think they are humans.

Or just big babies.

7. They have the best manners!

8. They give the best hugs!

9. They make great therapy dogs! (Plus they are hypoallergenic)

10. They make everything a treasure!

11. They make the best snuggle buddies.

12. They make you laugh on your worse days.

* Basically all these pictures*

13. They are superstars!!

14. They make great study buddies! (Very important for college students or middle/high school students)

15. But most importantly, they are the cutest.

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Do Fish Really Reduce Stress? Stay Tuned To Find Out

In the high stress environment college students live in, its quite surprising that more students do not have fish.


As of yesterday my roommate and I have the tank set up for our new fish friends. We waited until the weather cooled down a bit so our new aquatic friends wouldn't boil to death in the heat and did some research on what kinds of fish would do well with our ten-gallon tank limitation. Due to space and university rules, you cannot have a tank larger than 10 gallons in the room which means that goldfish or fish in the goldfish family are unfortunately out of the running for living tank side.

I thought maybe we would be getting a beta fish as is standard for a majority of college fish, but seeing as my last beta fish jumped out of his tank to his doom and my roommate's last beta also met an unfortunate demise here we are.

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With a ten gallon tank, we have quite a few options and we seem to be leaning towards more smaller fish rather than fewer larger fish. I think it would be pretty cool to have a whole little school of fish. The key though is to find fish that will stay little. Anything that can grow up to four inches or larger is not an option. Just because the fish are small now, does not mean that they will stay that way for long.

Even though most fish will only grow to accommodate the size of the tank they live in, the goal is to provide enough space for all of our new friends to live comfortably. This means providing plants, rocks, and other decorations to hide in as well as ensuring that there are just enough fish in the tank so no one is lonely and not too many in the tank to cause sanitation issues. Often-times the more fish you have in a tank the more often you have to clean it, especially if you are reaching the limitations on both number and size.

Here we are with a tank full of water. The heater is set up. The filter is running. In four days we go to get our new buddies.

Pretty soon the experiment will begin to test and see how having fish affects both of our stress levels.

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