My cat made me who I am. I know this sounds crazy and extreme, but many dedicated, diehard cat owners can agree that owning a cat makes you who you are. Owning a cat is not the same as owning a dog. Owning a cat is probably one of the most important, impactful things you’ll do in your life. From age 1 to 90, being a cat owner matters. When you’re young, your cat is your favorite play date, when you’re older, your cat is your life partner; but it’s always there. As we grow up, our cat is our first love and our strongest love. Every person’s relationship with his or her cat is different and every cat has a different personality, but a relationship with a cat is one of the strongest, most intimate, unbreakable relationship you can have. Your cat sees you coming home and leaving, even if they’re asleep. Your cat knows how you’re feeling and it may seem like they don’t care, but they do. They understand you, and you understand them. You know when they’re happy; you know when they want to be left alone. The best part of my day is when I get to unwind in my bed with my lifelong friend. My cat sleeps with me every night and has committed to sleeping with me every night since the day I got her, my first cat slept with me every night too. My cats and me have grown together and we have a relationship different than any other human relationship. My cat is there to comfort me and cry with me. No matter if it’s a new cat or an old cat, your cat is always there. They have seen you at your worst and at your best. When I look back at the past, when I’m not home and feeling homesick, I remember how it feels to have a cat. You don’t realize how dependent you are on your cat until you are forced to live away from them or be without them. You miss their presence and their steady purrs. Everyone should experience owning a cat and parents should buy a cat for their young child. Your cat and your child will take care of each other. You may not have one of those internet-famous cats, but your cat is special. You and your cat have a bond that can never be broken. Your cat has been here, your cat is part of what makes you, you.
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.
The number one question I am asked is...
Are you going to go to school to be a veterinarian like your Mom? The answer is always NO. My mom is a veterinarian for cats and dogs. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate degree as well as for Vet school. She studied at Auburn for a total of eight years! I am from a small town, and when I decided to attend Auburn University, some saw this as me "following in her footsteps" to become a vet but this cannot be farther from the truth! I have witnessed what a veterinarian's life is like behind the scenes firsthand and while I love animals, my love for them does not mean that I want to be a vet.
There are many joys that come with constantly being surrounded by animals. When I was little I would ask to see the cats and dogs at the clinic and even convinced my mom to let me bring home a stray cat or dog (on many different occasions). This is why I have always grown up having many pets! I have to admit that I still feel the need to bring home animals that do not have a home, and I always seem to find the stray cats, or as I tell my mom "the cats find me"! Now my mom still shares pictures of animals with me and tells me about patients that have made miraculous recoveries. These stories are always my favorite to hear.
Behind the scenes
While there are many joys to growing up around animals I also know that not all stories have a happy ending. There were many times that my Mom would get to work to find a box full of kittens or puppies that had been left on the front doorstep. This was always disheartening because it made me think about what kind of person would do this to sweet little kittens or puppies. Aging and sick animals were always hard to see because they are a member of peoples' families.
Dedication to patients
I see how hard my mom works to provide the best care for her patients. I remember all of the sick animals that she brought home so she could monitor them overnight to make sure they were okay. Emergency visits and surgeries are very common. If I am with her and she gets an emergency call I will go with her to the clinic, and I even get attached to the animals and always ask how they are doing. My mom genuinely cares for the well-being of her patients!