7 Essential Tips For College Pet Parents

7 Essential Tips For College Pet Parents

These will save you money and ensure your pet is safe, healthy and happy.
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There is probably a small amount of us who own a pet during college. What we don't know is the stress of having a pet in college is until we actually do it. As pet parents, we have to make sure our pets are well-looked after before we go out on a night on the town. Here are some valuable and highly useful tips that new pet owners in college can use and apply to their daily life. These will help make life flow without any stress.

1. Get your pet on a schedule.

Doing this helps your pet know what is coming next. They'll know when to go outside, when they'll get dinner, and when they get to go to the dog park. They'll be on your daily schedule. This is how it is with my dog, and it makes life so easy.

2. Keep their things organized.

You can easily make a bin for your pet that will hold their leash, poop bags, medicines, and any other essentials you have in your home. You can simply take a plastic bin and personalize it with puffy paint from the craft store. A once-simple plastic bin is now your pet's storage bin.

3. Join a monthly vet program like MyBanfield.

This is a must for college students to have for their pets because it saves so much money on vet bills. MyBanField has a monthly charge, but it covers things such as vaccines, bloodwork, urinalysis, and many other things.

4. Have a list posted in your home of a kennel and an emergency vet.

If you get in a car accident, or something else equally dangerous, and your roommate can't take care of your pet, they can take them to a kennel where they'll look after them. Just make sure you keep an emergency stash of food and such so that they can grab it. An emergency vet is good to have in case they get hit by a car and you're not the one home.

5. Have extras of everything. LITERALLY EVERYTHING.

In all honesty, it's better safe than sorry. You don't want to take your dog to the vet while using the belt of your bathrobe as a leash, do you?

6. Do all the grooming yourself.

We're all poor college students. However, you can save about $30 a month by bathing your dog and trimming their nails yourself. A pair of nail clippers go a long way, and shampoo is less than $20. Plus, you get to bond with your dog over bath time, even if they hate bath time.

7. Get some connections.

If you have friends that have dogs, see if they want to take turns taking the dogs to the dog park. You can take them one day, and they could take them the next day. They also come in handy if you need a pet-sitter.

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45 Things Day Care Workers Say All Too Often

Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.
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Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Every one find a buddy."

16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.


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Some People Want To Ban Pit Bulls And I'm NOT Having It

Not all humans are bad. The same goes for pit bulls.
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I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today when I saw a tweet about banning pit bulls. This tweet disturbed me almost as much as the creator of the tweet is disturbed by the breed.

This person claims to be an "advocate for victims of vicious/dangerous dogs/pit bulls" according to her Twitter bio.

Now, let's break down her tweet.

She states that putting flowers on a pedophile still makes someone a pedophile... But what, exactly does that have to do with the happy dog featured in the photograph? She calls it sick, yet it's an innocent picture of a dog, by him/herself, with a flower crown on. What???

She is also making a generalization, with no actual support, that dogs wearing flower crowns are also dogs who have mauled/killed a person or animal? What is going on?

Her tweet sparked a major controversy. People began to attack her for her harsh words against such a sweet breed.

Like DT says, it really is on the owner how the animal acts. If you neglect, beat and train your pet to be aggressive, the odds are your pet will be aggressive. However, if you raise your pit (or any other dog/pet) in a loving environment, then it will more than likely be a sweet and well-behaved puppy.

Coming from someone who has grown up with a pit bull who is thankfully still alive, I can attest to the fact that not all pit bulls are aggressive. The majority of pit bulls I have met have been absolute sweethearts.

Here are a few pit bulls that people have shared in response to Laura's tweet.

Not all humans are bad, and the same goes for pit bulls. There are a good bit of people out there who are absolutely terrible people, but they don't define humankind as a whole. I am not going to be naive to say that all pit bulls are great, because the sad truth is that they aren't. But it isn't their fault.

Dogs, overall, are super obedient and will do as they are told. If their owner trains them to attack, then it should come as no surprise to them if they do attack. People need to learn it's not the dog's fault, it's the fault of their environment.

So, stop advocating for a ban on pit bulls!

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