November 16 2015

An Ode To Our Furry Friends by Stefanie Sabar, University of Maryland

You know that feeling when you’ve had a really busy and stressful day, and you just can’t wait to get home, change into sweats, order in some food, and watch TV on the couch? You’re about 1 hour away from leaving class, work, or whatever it may be that you’re doing and the only thing getting you through the last hour is the liberating feeling that the light at the end of your dark tunnel is almost there. You finally get home.  You’re sitting on the couch eating your takeout food in your pajamas watching TV.

You know you’re supposed to be happy right now, but you’re not, and you can’t figure out why.  Maybe your head is still in the huge report you had to type up? Or maybe you can’t stop thinking about the conversation you had with your professor that didn’t go the way you planned? You can’t place a finger on it. But I can!
doggifIt’s because there was no dog to greet you at home. You may be thinking, so many people don’t have dogs and live happy lives. However, people underestimate how much a dog can impact your mood and lift your spirits.

There’s no better feeling than coming home from a hectic day to an huge amount of unconditional love.

Your dog has no idea what your day was like, and even if you messed up, he or she will give you love anyways.
Screenshot 2015-11-15 20.01.00Personally, my dog is more than just a pet to me. I’m sure so many people out there can say the same. Some people may call us crazy, but those people probably have never had dogs before-just sayin. My dog helps reduce my stress. Regardless of what the stress is about or how much it’s eating me up, my dog can take it away from me. He also makes me feel happier, better. I wouldn’t say having a dog directly gives you confidence,but I do believe that having a consistent source of unconditional love each day can make someone more confident. Yeah, I’m obsessed with him because he’s cute and loves to cuddle. However, it’s his personality that gives us this deeper connection.
dog2gifAll dogs are so happy and positive. When you play with them, you feel safe, loved, and care free. You forget about all your problems that you may have at the time.  I guarantee you that your day will be SO much better if you played with a dog for just a little.

It must be scientifically proven because at the University of Maryland, every semester during midterms and finals,  they have puppies come to campus for us to play with. Any dog can give me this happy feeling!
I’m not saying that people who don’t have dogs live boring, unloved lives. The absence of a dog doesn’t take away from one’s quality of life, but I strongly believe that the presence of one extremely and positively adds to one’s quality of life.  Woof!

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