To the Dog I Lost While I Was at College

To the Dog I Lost While I Was at College

You were and are the hardest dog to lose.

Losing a pet is never an easy thing to go through let alone try to go through it when you were away at college.

I apologize for not being there when you were at your weakest point and that I wasn't there to lay with you and say goodbye; to hold you in your final moments.

Part of me knows you were wondering where I was and the other part of me likes to think you were glad I wasn't there to see you like that. I wish I would have been though.

You were and are the hardest dog to lose. You were the last dog in the house so I will be arriving to an empty house this weekend. That will be the hardest part.

I won't hear your paws attacking the floor when you hear my voice in the house. I won't be jumped on and have millions of kisses planted on my cheeks. Nor will I have you to sit with me out the deck.

Every owner goes through the pain of feeling like they didn't do enough or didn't play or love their dog enough.

The truth is, I know you knew just how much I loved you.

I remember that day we picked you out; you were something special. You didn't care about playing with your brothers and sisters, you were more interested in me. In that moment I knew you were the one we were taking home.

You refused to stay in the box that we had in the bed of the truck with toys and a blanket for you, you wanted to be with me. You jumped through the small back window and curled up in my lap and fell asleep.

The next months were enjoyable yet a pain as we tired to train you. You destroyed all of your stuffed toys we got you so we quickly stopped buying those; our house looked like it had just snowed.

We would spray you with water to get you to stop barking and truth be told you weren't much of a barker but you knew you got water when you did so when you were thirsty you would bark.

I always wanted you to sleep with me when I was younger but every time I moved you thought I wanted to play so you never stayed still.

I remember coming home from school and you waiting for me at the door or even in the car when I was picked up because you wanted to go with.

I remember all the times I would sit on the deck with you while you played and then quickly tired yourself out and you'd lay by my feet.

Then you got older.

You grabbed your toys whenever you were happy and didn't want to play, just carry them around. You learned a few more tricks like how to back up when you knew you were too close for us to throw you a treat.

You went through a phase of not being able to make it up the stairs on your own but you over came that.

Your nose started to show your age, turning white. However, you weren't moving slower.

This coming weekend I was excited to come home and play with you since it wasn't supposed to rain and give you your first spring bath. Little did I know you'd go downhill in a matter of 17 hours.

To the dog I lost while I was away at college, I'm sorry I wasn't there with you but I hope you know that I love you and I am going to miss you. No dog will ever replace you but I hope you're up there with your partner in crime.

I'll see you again someday.

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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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Let's Cultivate Papaya And Earn Millions

Papaya is mainly consumed as a fruit, but it is also used for making money


Papaya is a nutritious and delicious fruit. In the fruit of papaya, various nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, calcium, sodium and vitamin A, B, C are found. Papaya has medicinal properties and after the mango, this is a great source of vitamin A in the fruits, which is important for the eyesight. Regular consumption of its fruits reduces to stomach-related diseases.

Papaya contains a digestive enzyme called Papen which is used to make many types of medicines. In India, papaya is grown in about 132 thousand hectare area so that approximately 5667 metric tons of papaya is produced in India. Jam, jelly, fruity, etc. are made from the fruits of papaya.

Papaya is a fruit grown in 9-10 months, and production is also high, so its cultivation is becoming very popular among the farmers. It is cultivated mainly in Bihar, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh in India. Many species of papaya are found in India, among them, Red Lady Papaya is very famous.

While cultivating papaya, some important things should be taken care of, so that there is no loss of any kind of produce due to which there is economic benefits.


Hot and humid climate is considered good for successful production of papaya. Low temperature affects plant growth and fruit development, which results in the sweetness and taste of the fruit. The dry season enhances the sweetness of fruits during fruit maturity. 21-26 degree Celsius temperature is considered good for papaya horticulture. Frost is harmful for papaya.


For the cultivation of papaya, loam soil is considered to be the best in which the organic material should be in good quantity. PH of land Value should be between 6.5-7.5. The farm should be a flat and proper arrangement of drainage in the field should be done as the situation of waterlogging increases the chances of disease.


Pusa Minha, Pusa Dwarf, Coorg Honeyide, Pusa Delicius, Pusa Masti, Solon, Wichchington, Coimbatore-2, Coimbatore-3, Coimbatore-5, Red Lady , Surya, Taiwan etc. are some of the good varities.

Land Preparation:

While selecting the field, it should be noted that there is a proper system of drainage in the field. Papaya should not be planted on the water logged place. Before planting the plants, the field should be well ploughed with the MB plough.

Nursery Preparation:

About 100 sq. M space is required to prepare the nursery for one hectare planting, the nursery beds should be 5 meter long and 1 meter wide. Beds should be made approximately 15-20 cm ridge from the ground. After this, mix well-rotten cow dung manure, sand and soil. The seeds to be sown at distance of 10-15 cm RxR and should be sown at a depth of 1-2 cm depth. To prepare the plant in polyethylene, 200 gauge of 20 X 25 cm Size bags should be used.

Seed Rate:

250-300 gms of seed is enough for a hectare area.

Seed treatment:

The seed of papaya should be treated at a rate of 2 grams per kg seed from the fungicide Captan.

Time of sowing:

Best time to prepare the nursery of papaya is July-August.


Plants should be planted when the plants are 4-6 weeks old. The spacing of the plants can be kept according to the varieties. The distance of the dwarf species should be 1.25 × 1.25 square meters and the length of long varieties should be kept 2 × 2 square meters. 15 to 20 days prior to the transplanting of the plants, the farmers are advised to prepare Pits of 50 × 50 × 50 cm and the well mixed soil and FYM to be filled in the pits. For the control of termite, the pits should be treated with the Chlorpyrifos. Neem cake should be applied at the rate of 1 kilogram per plant, Neem cake is a good pesticide and fertilizer.

Manure and fertilizer:

Papaya is a fast growing crop and it requires more nutrients for speedy growth. Since papaya continues to produce fruit after its flowering for almost one plus year hence it consumes more nutrients from the soil. Plants require 250 grams of nitrogen, 250 grams of phosphorus and 500 grams of Potash throughout the year. Besides, the plants should be given 50 grams of sulfur, 50 grams of boron and 2.5 kg vermicompost per plant. Nitrogen should be used in 2-3 times and phosphorus and potash should be used only once in the form of basal doses.


Papaya requires good no of irrigation but water should not be left in standing position in the field or pits.. Generally, irrigation should be done at intervals of 4 to 6 days during summer and 10 to 15 days in winter. Drip irrigation system is the most suitable irrigation system for Papaya. In winters if there are chances of frost, the crop should be immediately irrigated to reduce the damage from the frost

Weed control:

The weed management is very important in the crop of papaya. Weeds are the host for many diseases and pest hence it is important to keep the field weed free. Glyphosat is the chemical that can be used to control the weeds in the field of papaya. The doses of the Glyphosate can be keep 1-2 ltrs/ hectare. At the time of spray of glyphosate, keep the stem of the plants covered and make sure that the chemical should not be touch to the plant stems.


After 9 to 10 months fruits get ready for harvesting. Just to check if the fruit is mature enough to harvest, just give a little scratch to the fruit. If the milk is replaced by water, it is understood that the fruits has ripen and ready for harvest


Production of papaya is 30-40 tonnes per hectare which depends on the variety to variety too.

Major Diseases & Pest Control:

Major diseases:

Collar Rot:

This is a serious disease in the nursery. The newly born plants get affected by the disease. The seedlings get rotten at the base and die.


1. Treatment of the soil should be done with 5 percent solution of pharmalin before sowing of the seed and should be covered with polythene for 48 hours.

2. Seeds should be sown after by treating with Captan or Thiram at the rate of 2 gm per kg seed.

Stem Rot:

In this disease, watery spots are seen on the stem. A leaf of the plant gets yellow and the plants starts drying and finally the disease kills the plants.


1. There should be proper arrangement of drainage in the field.

2. Root, stem, and surrounding soil should be well treated with the solution of 0.2 percent of diethane M-45 or Bavistin 0.1 percent.

3. There should not be standing water near plants

Leaf Curl Virus:

This is a serious disease of papaya. The disease spreads with the vector white fly, with the increase of the vector the disease spreads throughout the farm. Due to this disease the leaves become twisted, the size becomes smaller and the leaves become clustered.


1. Pull the affected plants out from the field and buried them deep in the soil.

2. For the control of white fly, spray Acetamiprid or imidacloprid in the plants.

Major pests:

Major pests which affect papaya are white fly, Aphid and mites etc. These can be controlled with the proper management & effective use of pesticides.

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