To The Person Who Abused The Dog I Now Love

To The Person Who Abused The Dog I Now Love

You damaged her, but you didn't break her.

The other day, my mom went to get our fly swatter to kill a bug. In fear, my dog ran into the other room, hid under a table and wouldn't come out. When we use a stern voice, her face cowers and she backs away terrified. She barks and shakes in fear when people she doesn't know or trust walk by. This is what you did to her.

I don't know who you are. I don't know what exactly you did to this precious, sweet dog but I know you messed her up. I know you used your hands to do more than pet her. And I know that your life must be pretty miserable to take your anger and your failures out on an innocent creature.

For some reason, you decided it was okay to hit a little puppy. You scarred this little pup for life. And even now when she lives with people who wouldn't lay a hand on her in a million years, she is still terrified that we will because of you.

There is no excuse for what you did. Plenty of people have bad days, years, lives and don't take it out by beating a living creature. Plenty of people have pets who misbehave and they don't train them by beating them senseless. You had an always loyal, sometimes pain-in-the-ass dog and instead of loving her and playing with her and training her, you hit her. If she was too much, you could have given her up for adoption. But you didn't.

My heart breaks to think of what her life was like for the time you were her owner. It makes me sick to think of my sweet little pup being battered and beaten for no good reason. You, sir or ma'am, are scum. You are a horrible person who deserves nothing good. If it hasn't already, this will catch up to you.

If you were wondering, she is doing well. She has a big house with a big yard and she runs around and plays all the time. She jumps and smiles when her humans get home, no matter how long they were gone. She wears a pink collar and loves when someone accidentally drops some of their food.

She belongs to people who pet her and take photos of her and play with her and laugh at her and more than anything, love her. She did not deserve what you did to her, but she is happy now and I'm sure, somewhere out in the world, your miserable self is not.

You damaged her, but you did not break her. And now nothing ever will.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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Here's your daily dose of confidence!

Whether post-breakup or just need a pick-me-up, these are some of my favorite girl power songs to make me feel like a badass.

1. “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato

Now I'm out here looking like revenge
Feelin' like a ten, the best I ever been
And yeah, I know how bad it must hurt
To see me like this, but it gets worse (wait a minute)

A classic post-breakup banger. No matter if you broke up last week or years ago, this song will make you feel like the boss you are without the ex-boy toy (who was probably a jerk tbh). No matter what you’re feeling, this song is guaranteed to hype you up.

2. “Problem” by Natalia Kills

We’re hell raising and we don’t need saving
‘Cause there's no salvation for a bad girl.
We’re rock bottom, but there ain’t no stopping
‘Cause it’s you and me against the world

…That girl is a problem.

This song. THIS SONG. Feeling sexy and powerful has never been so fun. Problem, along with many others by Natalia Kills, are notorious anthems for women who are ~in touch~ with their sexuality. If you want hype, this is the song.

3. “Miss Me More” by Kelsea Ballerini

I miss my own beat, to my own snare drum (I miss me more)
Miss my own sheets in the bed I made up
I forgot I had dreams, I forgot I had wings
Forgot who I was before I ever kissed you
Yeah, I thought I'd miss you
But I miss me more (I miss me more)

On the country side of things, Kelsea Ballerini hits the nail on the head with this one. Miss Me More was one of my favorite songs for a long time because it never failed to make me feel like I’m in control of my own life. Empowering, fun, and a great song to dance to!

4. “I Did Something Bad” by Taylor Swift

I can feel the flames on my skin
Crimson red paint on my lips
If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothin’
I don’t regret it one bit, ‘cause he had it comin’.
They say I did something bad,
Then why’s it feel so good?

This song, along with any other song on the Reputation soundtrack, is an ode to giving zero thought to what others have to say. Whether you’re feeling down, angry, or just need to feel like a badass for once, “I Did Something Bad” is one that will make you feel empowered from the first beat.

5. “Woman” by Kesha

I buy my own things, I pay my own bills
These diamond rings, my automobiles
Everything I got, I bought it
Boys can’t buy my love, buy my love, yeah

I'm a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don't need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman.

Does this song even need a description? Kesha has always been good at hype songs, but her new album Rainbow has some of the best yet. Each song is an ode to the oppressed and exploited, showing that you are more than those who hurt you. If you need an uplifting song to make you feel loved and heard, this is the song for you.

6. “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace ft. G-Eazy

You don't own me
I'm not just one of your many toys.
You don't own me
Don't say I can't go with other boys.

Don't tell me what to do, and don't tell me what to say.
Please, when I go out with you, don't put me on display.

This is a new take on an old song. Originally sung by Lesley Gore, Grace and G-Eazy turn this song into a sexy, powerful anthem for anyone feeling oppressed and downtrodden. This song breaks free of those chains and shows that nobody owns you. You are a boss, so show it!

7. “Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé

Changed the game with that digital drop
Know where you was when that digital popped
I stopped the world
Male or female, it make no difference
I stop the world, world stop…
Carry on

I think we can all relate to this song in some moments, but this song puts it into words and then some. Both Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj are acclaimed for their Girl Power movements, and their songs reflect that. Feeling Myself never fails to make me feel badass!

8. “New Rules” by Dua Lipa

One, don't pick up the phone
You know he's only calling 'cause he's drunk and alone.
Two, don't let him in
You'll have to kick him out again.
Three, don't be his friend
You know you're gonna wake up in his bed in the morning.
And if you're under him, you ain't getting over him.

This song is one of my personal favorites. Everyone knows that guy. You know, the one who you broke up with, and now won’t leave you alone? Yeah, this song is about that one. The wonderful Dua Lipa was able to put all those feelings into one amazing, empowering set of lyrics, and it always seems to help me

9. “Shout Out to My Ex” by Little Mix

This is a shout out to my ex, heard he in love with some other chick
Yeah, yeah, that hurt me, I'll admit
Forget that boy, I'm over it
I hope she gettin’ better sex, hope she ain't fakin’ it like I did
Took four long years to call it quits
Forget that boy, I'm over it

This has always been my favorite post-breakup anthem. Sassy, bold, and a little bitter, Little Mix killed it with this one, guaranteeing to help you get over that-one-guy-who-I-won’t-name and make you feel empowered to move on.

10. “Flawless” by Beyoncé

You wake up, flawless, post up, flawless
Ridin' round in it, flawless, flossin' on that, flawless
This diamond, flawless, my diamond, flawless
This rock, flawless, my Roc, flawless
I woke up like this, I woke up like this
We flawless, ladies tell 'em
I woke up like this

Beyoncé doesn’t need an introduction. Every song she creates ends up a hymn to being boss af. Flawless, in particular, has helped me to increase my confidence before a date or a night out. Whether you’re with your friends or on your own, this song can boost your mood in the first five seconds.

Go forth and live your best life. You deserve it.

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7 Reasons Why I Will NEVER See Any Shade Of The 'Fifty Shades' Series

Call me crazy, but I find the idea of these movies disturbing.

I may be one of the few people who are not obsessed with the latest release of "Fifty Shades Freed." I have not read one of the books nor seen the movies.

At first, the series simply didn’t interest me. As the hype increased over the years, I wanted to see what the big deal was. I read up on the series and watched the trailers.

From what I’ve read and seen, I do not ever want to see a single one of these movies. Some may argue that it is just pure entertainment and that’s fine. It’s whatever floats your boat. Personally, I find it all disturbing, but that’s just my opinion.

1. Christian Grey’s character is not attractive

Yes, you read that right. I do not think Mr. Grey is attractive. Sure, his physical appearance is easy on the eyes, but he has poor character. He’s manipulative, obsessive, angry and abusive. I’m sorry, but those qualities are awful.

"Mr. Grey will see you now." Hmmm... no thank you!

2. Physical and emotional abuse is glamorized

From what I’ve read, Christian is emotionally and physically abusive towards Ana. Hollywood takes this and glamorizes it. It turns into something people perceive as “fun” or “hot.” In no way should a woman being put down be glamorized.

3. The series does not show men the proper way to treat women

Men see how women are crazy about the books and movies. For some, they may think they need to act like Christian Grey to get a girl’s attention.

4. Women can become confused on how they should be treated

On the other hand, women see Christian Grey in the movies and think his demeanor towards Ana is “hot.” This leads girls to think being abused is OK.

5. I do not want to see these characters nude

Must I say more? It’s basically porn! The number of times Dakota Johnson is supposed to be shown nude in these movies is insane. Seeing her is just not at the top of my priority list.

6. It could cause disassociation from others

Let’s say you’re watching this movie with your boyfriend. Who do you think he’s thinking about? You or what is on screen? Let’s just ponder that for a while…

7. Parts of the books were left out of the movies

This part is downright disturbing. There were parts of the books that were not included in the movies because they were too explicit and graphic to be filmed. That speaks for itself.

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