Social Situations: Pets

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Claire Marvin, Staff Writer

When I come home every day, there is always someone waiting for me. He’s big, lovable and kisses me all over. Unfortunately it’s not Ryan Gosling or Channing Tatum, like in my dreams, but he’s a pretty close second. I’m talking about my 102 pound goldendoodle, Drew. He is literally the light of my life and can make me smile even on my worst days.

That’s the thing with pets; they don’t even have to say anything to make you feel better. All they know is that they love you and are unconditionally happy to be with you. They aren’t caught up in your drama and don’t care what you look like. As long as you love them, they will love you back. Wouldn’t it be nice if that worked on everyone?

Pets don’t judge you when you sing to them, don’t give you weird looks when you walk around half-naked, and make the best listeners.

Whether you are a cat, dog, bird, fish or any other kind of pet person, the way our most loved pets affect us is generally the same. There’s just something about that little ball of fur or those sad eyes that makes our hearts melt. It’s no coincidence 90% of us get emotional every time that ASPCA commercial with Sarah McLachlan singing “In the Arms of an Angel” in the background comes on. It’s just human nature to love animals.

I know that I would not be the same if it were not for my pets. My dog, rather my best friend/closest thing I have to a brother, has taught me that true happiness comes from the simplest things in life. If he can be happy just by sticking his head out of the car or chasing a frisbee, then I can be happy without all the material things society says I need to have. My borderline-diabetic and slightly obese cat, Brooke, has taught me that stress eating and sleeping all day is not the solution to my problems. So really, I am more indebted to my pets now than they ever were to my family for rescuing them. They have come to make me, me.

I think sometimes that we as people often overlook our furry best friends. It’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives, and teenagers especially are constantly running on life’s mental “hamster wheel” so to speak. When we finish one thing, we are right onto the next, without time for hesitation or time to rest our tired feet. So go take the time to play with your dog, pet your cat, hold your hamster or just pay attention to your pets. No matter how dumb, ridiculous or annoying our pets can seem, they are always there for us. For being animals, they sure have a way of bringing out the humanity in all of us.