7 Reasons Yellow Labs Are The Best Dogs

7 Reasons Yellow Labs Are The Best Dogs

Their loving and protective nature makes the ideal pets in every way imaginable.
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Anyone who owns a dog thinks their dog is the best of them all. And while every puppy is indeed adorable, I am obviously biased towards the yellow labrador retriever. If you're thinking about getting a dog for your family, a yellow lab might be your best choice! As a proud owner (alongside my family) of Violet, our puppy who is a year and a half old, I can give you great 7 reasons why these dogs make the best pets.

1. They're wildly energetic

Especially as puppies. Yellow labs have incredible amounts of energy. It may borderline annoying at times, but you just have to remember that they just want to play and socialize with the best intentions!

2. They're great for families

Anyone who has raised a yellow lab from puppy-hood knows how affectionate and loving these dogs are and can grow to be.

3. They're always friendly

Right alongside being great for families, this is one happy dog.

4. They love to swim

My puppy may wear a lifejacket when she jumps into the water, but she definitely loves to swim. In fact, the beach is one of her favorite places ever!

5. They get along with other dogs

Yellow labs don't have a reputation for being crazy or aggressive, and they always love to play with any dog they encounter on a walk or in a park.

6. They're protective

Just because yellow labs don’t have an aggressive reputation doesn’t mean they won’t always protect their owners no matter what.

7. They’re the cutest dogs!

In my opinion, they’re even cuter than chocolate and black labs. Just look at this face!

Cover Image Credit: Annie Condodina

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18 Realities Only Chihuahua Owners Understand

Tiny tongues, toys and tummy rubs.
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Being a Chihuahua owner is a task many are not cut out for. Chihuahua hearts are big but there owners' are bigger. From constant coddling to invasive snuggles, there are some things only a Chihuahua owner understands:

1. Tiny tongue in your nose.

Be wary. Look away for a moment and your Chihuahua's tongue will slide into your nose faster than you can say stop. Just to be clear, this doesn't end at noses. Other body cavities, such as the eyes, ears and mouth are also at risk for Chihuahua infiltration.

2. Cat toys are its toys.

When your dog is tiny, it needs tiny toys.

3. Burying.

If your dog is missing, it's probably at the foot of your bed... under the covers. Oh, your bed is made? You don't think they would have been able to nuzzle down without disturbing your pillows? Wrong.

4. Claw marks halfway to your knee.

Because they want to be picked up and that's as high as they can reach.

5. Belly rubs.

Lots of them.

6. The fact that your dog is basically a cat.

They play with cat toys. They're cat sized.

7. The fact that your dog is more like a baby than a dog, or even a cat.

Okay, scratch that. Owning a chihuahua is more like having an infant that needs constant coddling. If they could talk we'd hear "pick me up, mommy" all day long.

8. The shakes.

Shakes because they're scared. Shakes because they're nervous.

9. Any miniature sized objects become toys.

Wine corks, toilet paper rolls...

10. Constant crying.

They cry when they're too excited, overwhelmed or scared which means it's always eye-wiping time!

11. Snuggles in your body's crevices

Mere cuddling is not enough for these creatures. Snuggling is only adequate when they strategically place themselves into the most irritating curve of your body- like the arch of your back or the back of your knees.

12. Being judged for the type of dog you own.

As if all Chihuahua owners participate in this type of embarrassing behavior... not saying that I don't.

13. Little dog syndrome.

14. Rain is not your friend.

Let's not even talk about thunder. There's no way you're getting your dog out of the house for a of couple hours.

15. You can't count how many times your dog has been called the Taco Bell Dog.

Yes, we get it, it's a Chihuahua. No, it doesn't need a sombrero.

16. You never go anywhere in your house alone.

Going to the kitchen? So are they! Bathroom, no problem, they'll be there to support you!

17. 'Sit' probably took you six months.

Let's just say, at least they've got the cute thing going for them.

18. The stank eye.



Cover Image Credit: Rachel C. Baxter

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Having A Pet At College Has Been A Huge Blessing

When you come home from a hard test, you can snuggle with a puppy who does not care if you have done well or not.

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Having a pet at school can seem like a huge hassle: walking it, feeding it, taking it back and forth and spending more nights at home than going out. Even though having a pet is a large responsibility, they are very beneficial.

A pet not only teaches basic responsibility like being able to take care of another living thing, but it provides a level of comfort. When you come home from a hard test you can snuggle with a puppy who does not care if you have done well or not, and if you are sick your pet will be by your side watching the newest release on Netflix with you. No matter what you are going through, a pet is there to comfort and console.

Even more so, a pet has the ability to get you out of bed when no one else can. They need you to take care of them and count on you to do so. Having a furry friend aids in socialization too. When you take your puppy out for a walk, the other dog owners will talk to you while your puppy also gets socialized. Inviting people over to meet your new cat can create the perfect situation to hang out with friends and new people.

Mostly, an animal can help improve your mood, which is especially important during finals week! They do silly things like chase their own tail and run to see you when you come home after a long day.

Overall, pets make you feel less lonely, encourage exercise and health, and decrease stress. In some ways, it seems as if there is nothing a pet cannot do for you. However, if you're thinking about bringing a pet on to a college campus, there is still a lot to consider, like the safety of the animal, if you have the ability to properly care for it and if you can afford to take care of it.

Pets are extremely beneficial for emotional help, especially when the stress of college seems overwhelming. Having a dog on campus definitely has its benefits, especially considering you get a best friend for life.

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