What To Expect When You're Expecting A Puppy (Pt. 2)

What To Expect When You're Expecting A Puppy, Pt. 2

Raising a puppy is a bigger challenge than I ever expected.

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After spending nearly three years trying to find the perfect Pomeranian puppy, my search came to a miraculous close. On November 3, 2018, I spent nearly two and a half hours in the car on the way to a Starbucks in Indiana so that I could pick up my brand new pup. I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement at the thought of having a brand new addition to my life filled with loving energy - that was, until my new addition threw up on me the very first time we met.

Remy's car ride home.Gina Brennan

Apparently, my thirteen-week old puppy, Remy, has a bit of an issue with car sickness. I assure you that I was uninformed of this issue before my grand purchase, but it surely does not make me love him any less. Rather, I felt an utter sense of responsibility for this 3.2-pound animal, as his nerves were truly visible after leaving his parents, his siblings and the rest of his family. It was at that point that I knew I would be in for a long ride, but I was ready for the challenges to come.

At least I thought I was ready. In actuality, I had absolutely no idea that taking care of such a young puppy is seemingly relatable to the act of actual parenting. Ensuring that they eat enough food, drink enough water, and cleaning up their constant messes was more difficult than I expected. That may be because Remy is the type of puppy to sleep soundly through most of the night, but wakes up like clockwork at 5 a.m. because he decides that it is time to play outside and chew on all of his favorite toys. When I use the term "toys," this includes, but is not limited to: toys that squeak, shoes, socks, jackets, handbags, jewelry and my personal favorite, my fingers. As an owner, I am doing my best to break him of this habit.

I can only hope that Remy will grow out of his rambunctious puppy phase, though I can honestly say I love him more than I ever thought possible. He is the center of attention and the star of the show. His constant love and warmth is a treasure to come home to every day, and I am looking forward to our years of memories to come.

Gina Brennan

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Top 10 Cutest Cat Breeds

These cat breeds are super cute and underrated.
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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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Being A College Student Is Ruff And Here Are 12 Reasons Students Shouldn't Have Dogs In College

They just aren't a college pet.

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I see so many college students getting dogs and I can't help but wonder how they have time to take care of them while also going to classes, living the college experience and working. Here are 12 reasons it's better to wait to get a dog until after college.

1. They are a lot of work

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Especially if you get a hyper dog or a puppy, it's about as much attention as a child needs and most people don't have little ones and go to college for a reason.

2. They limit what you can do

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You want to go out for the weekend and go to a fraternity formal, or just want to stay out late with your friends. But your dog needs to be let out for a little bit of the day.

3. Dogs take a lot of time

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Like I said, dogs are like children. Children, like dogs, take a lot of time, which students are already limited in.

4. College students just don't have the time

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College students struggle financially and have to be in class or work majority of the time anyways, so how would they have more time to spend with a dog.

5. College students are broke already

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Dogs cost a lot of money, might be for food, toys or the vet. College students struggle financially as it is.

6. You can volunteer to take care of dogs at shelters

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I volunteer frequently at the humane society in my college town and you can play or walk as many dogs as you would like.

7. You don't get to experience college

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You can't go out if you have a dog at home to be taking care of.

8. Dogs deserve a huge amount of care

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Dogs are great and deserve to have the amount of care that they need.

9. Dogs need a huge amount of care

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Not only do they deserve the huge amount of care but they need it. They need to be let outside to run around and play multiple times a day.

10. Dogs need lots of attention

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Dogs love people and shouldn't be left alone in a house or apartment all day.

11. Dogs need someone to spend the day with

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Dogs get lonely and some even get separation anxiety.

12. Save the dog for after college

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Dogs are a great pet, just not for college students. Work hard to be able to give your future dog the life it deserves.

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