An Open Letter to My Dead Dog

An Open Letter to My Dead Dog

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Hi Baby,

I know you were old, but you’ll always be my little furry baby dog. Even as you became deaf, as you struggled more when you walked, and every time it was beyond obvious that you were getting old, I saw you as my little cutie who would never go away.

I remember when we first got you and I was so surprised to have a dog- but I never could have guessed how much of an impact you’ve had on my life. I remember seeing you laying in my den, holding on to your Cookie Monster blanket for dear life. I remember getting to know and love you right away, never thinking of the day that you wouldn't be there anymore. I remember fourteen years of walks,passing you pizza crusts, giving you new chew toys that you just loved, and how you licked your way into the hearts of every member of my family. You grew up with me through elementary school, still loved me in my awkward middle school days, gave me wet kisses as I graduated high school, and I looked forward to seeing you at the front door every time I came home from college. I remember coming home from break one day, asking where you were, and my mom responded that you were gone.

Every time I drive up to the house, I think I see your face at the window like it always was when a car came up, but then I remember you aren't there anymore. Any time a pet store commercial comes on, I'm reminded that I can't spoil you with a new bone or chew toy or even some peanut butter on bread. When I was sad I would hug you, but now when I think about that I remember you're gone and I can't hug you anymore, which makes me cry every time. There's so many things that remind me of you, and so many things that make me think of the times you've made me smile and laugh.

Dogs are beloved and mourned as much as they are because they're so happy all the time. Their love is unconditional, and they attach to the humans that they keep (who are we kidding, we don't own the dog- the dog owns us). You may not have been special or famous on the internet or anywhere else, but you were and still are special to me and to my whole family.

I miss you every day, but I'm glad you didn't die in pain. I would rather have you die calm and loved than yelping and crying every time you tried to sit up. We think about you all the time, and no dog will ever be the same as you.

I love you baby, and I'll never forget you.

Kisses and treats,

Your human

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.
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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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5 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Beat the plastic pollution on this World Environment Day in five easy steps.

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Every year on 5th of June, United Nation's World Environment Day is celebrated to create awareness about and combat environmental issues. 143 countries participate annually in global campaigns with a new theme to focus on each year. This year's theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution." But why is reducing plastic pollution important?

Last month I sat writing a final paper for my university Language, Law and Ethics class about whether it is ethical to charge people 10 cents per plastic bag in groceries to decrease the negative environmental impact in the US. As I was researching, it appalled me that barely any steps are being taken towards sustainability in US, when UK charges 5 pence per plastic grocery bag. Flip-side being, that US uses over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps yearly, requiring 12 barrels of oil to create, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Plastic, in fact, personifies the threat to nature as it is made of non-biodegradable material — those that bacteria cannot break down, and is created from oil and natural gas, which are two non-renewable natural resources.

So how do we 'beat' the plastic pollution? Here are five ways you can make a difference by being mindful during this year's World Environment Day:

1. Take your own grocery bag

5 grocery bags per week equals 20 per month and 240 a year. That's a lot of plastic that goes waste in just buying food for yourself. Let alone the necessary festival gift-shopping and clothes- shopping that causes more plastic to go waste. Get in the habit of bringing your own bag with you whenever you shop to avoid plastic bags from grocery stores and shops.

2. Avoid plastic bottles

This one isn't as hard as it sounds, since there are so many alternative options available to us like Hydro Flasks and glass bottles. For every plastic bottle we use and discard, more plastic gets wasted.

3. BYOC - Bring Your Own Cup

This one's especially for the college students: every party you go to, so many plastic party-cups are used and thrown for each drink because there is no concept of refills. Bring your own cup to parties and picnics so that you can not only reduce the plastic usage, but also set as an example to others.

4. Refuse straws

There are so many times that you don't even realize that you sip your water or drink at the restaurant through a straw when you could directly drink from the glass. Not only that, nowadays brands are coming up with sustainable designs of reusable straws, which could be carried to anywhere and used at any time.

5. No more coffee cups

The one thing I have seen Americans drink every morning is coffee- without fail. A reusable flask or thermos instead of a disposable cup can go a long way in reducing plastic disposal considering how many Americans have coffee daily.

These are just a few of many steps you can take to become more mindful about sustainability. After all, what better day might there be to start than the World Environment Day itself?

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