dear sweet pups, thank you for being the light of my life

dear sweet pups, thank you for being the light of my life

You both are so special in your own ways, and you will always take up an enormous part of my heart.

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To my sweet pups,

Even though you both have only been a part of my life for a short while, you have brought me so much happiness. I remember each day I came home to find you both, the grin on my face extending to my ears. I couldn't even begin to imagine how much joy you both would bring into my life.

We didn't adopt you as puppies and we didn't adopt you when I was a child. I didn't get to see you grow up and I didn't get to grow up with you, but that doesn't make me love you any less. Being able to be your new family and your new home was more than enough for me. I've loved being able to watch your personalities develop from the day we brought you home to now. You both are so special in your own ways, and you will always take up an enormous part of my heart.

Coming home and having you there at the door to greet me, jumping and whining because you were so excited, could make me smile even on the worst days. No matter what was going on in my life, no matter how down I felt, you both were always the little light to help brighten up my day. It amazed me that you both could tell when I was having one of those days; I would sit crying in my room and you would come in with your tail wagging and sit next to me and just let me cry, and that little comfort was all I needed to get through those times. I wish I could tell you how much that meant to me.

One of the hardest parts about leaving for college is not seeing your two sweet faces every day. You both are family to me, and just like not seeing the rest of my family, it's hard not to be able to see you two every day, especially when I know you both won't be there to comfort me when I'm having a bad day.

You two have been everything I could ever wish for in a dog. You both are so different but I love you both the same. I wish you could read this and I wish I could tell you just how much you two mean to me. The two sweet little lights in my life, thank you. Thank you for being there for me without thinking about it. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for being a part of our family.

It hurts whenever I come home to visit and have to leave because I can't tell you that I'll be back. I hate seeing that look on your faces. I wish I could tell you I'll always come back and I wish I could tell you both that I will love you forever. I hope you both know that, even if I can't tell you.

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Top 10 Cutest Cat Breeds

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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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6 Reasons Why You Need To Own A Teddy Bear Hamster

They make great pets so watch out cats and dogs.

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Teddy Bear Hamsters hold a special place in a human's heart because they are easy to love. They are easy to maintain and make outstanding pets for a variety of reasons. Hamsters are so much more than fluffy little creatures who eat all day, they will love you unconditionally and form a special bond with you, just like a cat or dog would.

1. They are independent.

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With having an insanely busy college schedule, hamsters pretty much do their own thing. They do not demand intensive amounts of attention like dogs or other animals do, which makes it easier to go about your day. Since they're nocturnal, they will be asleep most of the day anyway and will be ready to greet you when you come home in the late afternoon.

2. They are small.

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Teddy Bear hamsters are larger than other types, but they still fit snuggly into the palm of your hand. They come in a variety of colors and sizes.

3. They are inexpensive.

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If you are just starting out with a hamster the necessary supplies. Including the hamster totals to an estimated $100. This is cheap compared to a dog or a cat. Their bedding ideally needs to be changed once a week. A package of bedding for a hamster usually lasts three to four changes. Their food and water will last quite a while, as long as you are changing it out consistently to keep them healthy.

4. They are great therapy animals.

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A lot of people have different types of clinical anxiety and depression, myself included. Teddy Bear hamsters provide emotional support for people with anxiety simply by being held. There is a calmness that radiates from these little guys that become contagious. When anxiety is at an all-time high, it helps to gently stroke their soft fur, and see their minuscule paws grip onto your fingers. They are also a great distraction from whatever might be stressing you out. When you are watching a hamster, or playing with him, it is easy to set those problems aside.

5. They are easy to maintain.

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Since these hamsters are so independent, they are naturally wired to know where to place their food, how to burrow and where their water is. They also know how to groom themselves so there is no need to give them a bath or brush their hair. They also can eat a variety of human food, just make sure to check a list of what they can and cannot have before giving it to them. Remember that their stomachs are small too, so it best to only give them small quantities of food at a time.

6. They are entertaining.

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When hamsters are awake, they are constantly running around because they have a natural instinct to be hyper. You can watch them shove an insane amount of food in their puffy cheeks, run on their wheel for hours on end, or burrow in their cage. They are always up to something. It is ideal to purchase a plastic exercise ball for them to run in as well so that they can explore your territory outside of the cage.

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