9 Reasons Everyone Should Own A Pet At Least Once In Their Life

9 Reasons Everyone Should Own A Pet At Least Once In Their Life

You'll never be lonely again!

A large population of the world owns or has owned a pet at one point in their life. These pets provide constant loyalty, friendship, and love no matter what the circumstances. Here are a few reasons why everyone should own a pet at least once in their life.

1. Constant companionship.

Even when your friends and family members are busy with work, school, or other friends, a pet will constantly be there to hang out with you. You'll never come home to an empty house. You'll always wake up to a friendly face. With a pet in your home, you will never have to feel lonely again.

2. Loyalty.

Friendships and relationships, unfortunately, are easily destroyed. You could be friends with someone one day and enemies the next. A pet, however, doesn't work that way. As long as you take care of them and show them love they will be loyal to you and only you. Your pet won't ever end their love for you.

3. Pets can keep you active.

For example, a dog needs to be walked. This is a way for you to get out of the house and explore the outdoors while also taking care of your animals. If you're lucky, you may even be able to get your animals to go on a run with you!

4. A routine.

Owning a pet can give you a daily routine and provide purpose and structure in your daily life. Even on days when you don't feel like getting out of bed, you'll do it and be somewhat productive in order to take care of your animal.

5. Joy.

Pets seem to make everyone happy. Owning a pet will make you happy and when you're outside with your pet, they will make others happy as well. This is a way to create joy in your own life and other's lives as well.

6. Entertainment.

Sometimes pets do goofy things. Who needs a television when you can watch a live-action version of entertainment in your own living room? This is simple, own a pet.

7. New knowledge.

Adopting a pet that you don't know much about provides you with the opportunity to learn more about the species and their care. You could end up gaining more knowledge than you ever thought possible about the animal.

8. Adoption is saving a life.

There are many animals that need to be adopted. By adopting them, you are essentially saving their lives and giving them a home. You could be their hero!

9. They're just so cute!

Who could resist when you're looking at their cute little faces? Who wouldn't want to come home to those faces every single day after work, school, etc.?

The love, joy, and companionship that pets provide are only a few simple reasons why everyone should own a pet at least once in their lives. So, let go of your boring lonely life and bring home a pet of your own right now!

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

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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Reflections: Losing The Dog I Grew Up With

This is the first time I've lost a pet, and it feels like losing a family member.


Yes, she was an animal who couldn't talk and wasn't a blood relation to any of us, but pets can become as significant as human family members, after enough time has passed. There's something so special about an animal's love––it's unconditional and uncomplicated. Gracie, our fourteen-year-old schnauzer and poodle mix wasn't at all aggressive or unpleasant. She played rough at times and believed her growl was the most intimidating sound around, but when it came down to it, she really just wanted to be loved and accepted. All she wanted was to be with her humans.

My mom was her favorite. She was the only person capable of picking Gracie up without getting bitten. Ever since Gracie got sick as a puppy and nearly died, she'd sleep on my parents' bed next to my mom, remaining loyal to the spot she rested in during some of the roughest times. I was always jealous of their bond. Whenever I tried to get Gracie to spend the night in my room, she would throw a mini fit, barking and scratching at the door until she was reunited with my mom.

There were a few other people who were ranked pretty highly on Gracie's favorites list, like my aunt, my friend's mom, and the dog sitter. These individuals were lucky. Gracie let them pick her up and pet her for hours, while other friends and family members didn't have those privileges. In fact, she was afraid of some of the people who passed through our house,

We couldn't figure out what it was about certain visitors that made her go wild and throw barking tantrums. Bob, a man who has done work on our house throughout the years, was probably Gracie's least favorite person. He was a loud, towering, intimidating presence for her, and we often had to let her out back in the yard or keep her upstairs while he was doing work on the house. She was stubborn and territorial, and would not let anyone mess with her family or her house.

For the most part, she didn't like other dogs. In fact, I only ever saw her get along with two dogs in our neighborhood, over the course of her fourteen years of life. She had a special connection with Wesley, a newfoundland puppy who lived at the end of our street. He weighed about one hundred pounds more than her and could easily crush her with a single tap of his paw, but he was a gentle giant. I think she liked his quiet nature, and the fact that he wasn't constantly yipping and yapping like some of the other dogs she had encountered. After he passed away, she didn't make many other dog friends, only ever spending time at home with us, playing tug-of-war, sleeping, and eating. Her energy loss happened gradually, but even during her last months, she was a bright and positive force in our lives.

Grieving a pet is hard for many reasons, but for me, it's mainly just frustrating how many people think animals don't count. A few of my friends have grieved fairly quicking after losing pets, seeming fine after a few days of initial sadness. My family is the opposite when it comes to the grieving process. We don't bottle things up; we lay it all out on the table once it starts bubbling at the surface. This means crying during movies when we remember that Gracie's spot on the couch is bare, or that she doesn't greet us at the door anymore when we come home from long days at work. It's an ongoing process, and though it certainly isn't linear, I will encourage my family and myself to recognize the memories and associations that linger, without suppressing the importance that she held in our lives.

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