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Do pets really unconditionally love and unwind us, pets are choosy about who they love and don't always reduce stress..

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The Health Benefits of Pet Love By Dana Dorfman MSW, Ph.D.

"The bottom line is that a substantial majority of the 21 studies did not find that people living with pets are less lonely than people without pets. Further, only one of the eight studies conducted in the last five years found strong evidence that pets reduce loneliness ." —Hal Herzog, Can Pets Relieve Loneliness In the Age of Coronavirus? "Most research does not support the claim that pet ownership is related to lower rates of depression ." —Hal Herzog, The Sad Truth About Pet Ownership and Depression

Pets Unconditionally Love and Unwind Us: Misleading Memes

An essay titled The Health Benefits of Pet Love by Dana Dorfman attracted my attention because of my interest in all things pets. I read through it, found some misstatements that unfortunately have become memes , decided to move on to other things, and then some emails flew into my inbox raising some of the same questions I had about pets supposedly offering unconditional love and the health benefits they supposedly provide. These included, "Are pets really unconditional lovers?" and "Do data actually support sweeping conclusions that pets are really beneficial in any widespread way?" I want to emphasize that I don't in any way doubt Dorfman's good intentions nor do I want to be a killjoy, but here are a few points, based on available scientific research, that require close attention and clarification.

What do the data say about possible health benefits of pets?

Concerning possible physiological bases for the connection between the presence of a pet and one's mental health Dorfman begins: "Science indicates it is, indeed, physical. Researchers have determined that interacting with a friendly animal lowers blood pressure, slows heart rate, and has a positive effect on the body’s levels of stress -modulating hormones , particularly cortisol and dopamine . Cortisol plays an important role in controlling blood sugar and metabolism and reducing inflammation. Dopamine is a chemical mood booster prompting feelings of pleasure and motivation ."

Are pets really incarnations or embodiments of love? Dorfman goes on to write, "Pets offer unconditional love. Perhaps, that’s why human-animal interactions also seemingly stimulate the production of oxytocin —sometimes called the 'love hormone.'” Simply put, companion animals (aka pets), including dogs and cats, are not unconditional lovers. In fact, they're very choosy about who they decide to love. This is well known to anyone who's fostered or adopted an individual who previously had had a rough life. Even some potential pets who didn't previously have problems can be difficult to home.

When one looks at the data for a good number of studies, it's very clear that not all, or even close to all people, benefit from the presence of a companion animal. For example, Dorfman writes that in a study of more than 2000 participants, 90% "concluded pets were helping lower their stress. Nearly three-quarters of older respondents who, at the time of the survey, were either living alone or struggling with emotional or physical issues said pets enabled them to cope. Sixty-five percent of poll participants credited pets for enhancing their ability to interact socially with others. Meanwhile, in a Harris poll of a few years ago, 95 percent of pet owners said they considered their pet to be a member of the family."

When one does the math, it's clear that for some measures there were a large number of people who did not receive health benefits of living with a pet. And, considering a pet to be a family member does not in any way guarantee that they're living a good life . (See Jessica Pierce's book Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets for more detailed discussions.)

It's most fortunate that Psychology Today blogger Hal Herzog also wanted to know what available data say about possible health benefits of pets. He analyzed the results of 21 studies and learned that in only six (28.6%) was there evidence that "as a group, pet owners were less lonely than non-pet owners. Eleven of the studies reported no differences in the loneliness of people with and without companion animals." He goes on to write, "The good news is that only one research team reported that pet owners were more lonely than non-pet owners. It was a large British study ( open access ) that found that owning a pet was associated with a 24 percent increase in loneliness in older people (which jumped to a 50 percent increase in women who owned pets)." A number of studies produced mixed results.

Herzog also notes, "The patterns of results of more recent studies on pets and loneliness differ from earlier investigations. Five of the 13 studies published before 2015 reported that pet owners were less lonely than non-owners. In contrast, only one of the eight studies conducted since then obtained convincing evidence that owning a pet was associated with being less lonely, a study of homeless youths."

I highly recommend Herzog's excellent post and another one called " The Sad Truth About Pet Ownership and Depression " in which he reports similar trends. These include, "Eighteen of the 30 studies found that, as a group, there were no differences in rates of depression between pet owners and non-owners; Five studies reported that pet owners were more likely to be depressed than non-owners; and Only 5 of the 30 studies found that, as a group, pet owners suffered less from depression than people who did not live with a companion animal."

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What's in it for the pets?

When one considers the data, it's clear that while there is some evidence that shows that some pets have some beneficial effects for some people, sweeping and uncritical conclusions that pets are likely to be remedies for this or that problem don't match what we know. There are many details that require serious consideration, including whether one should go ahead and foster or adopt a companion animal.

Of course, for some people, considering bringing another animal into their home might sound like a good and workable solution to the situation at hand. However, the question that's essential to consider is, "What's in it for the nonhumans?" Taking another living being into your home and hopefully into your heart is a huge decision, and it's not the right move for a good number of people because they will not be able to give their new companion what they really need. Choosing to live with a companion animal is a two-way street and all participants have to benefit — it's got to be good for you and your new friend .

Furthermore, there are marked individual differences among pets of the same species, so there's always a possibility that the individual you choose might not be a good fit for your home and lifestyle. Some individuals don't like to be touched or hugged , which could be a deterrent to forming a solid and mutually beneficial long-lasting relationship. Living with a pet takes a good deal of time, energy, and money. Dogs, for example, need to exercise their noses. Being allowed to sniff to their nose's content can make them think more positively and perhaps be better companions. They shouldn't be rushed on their walks, and this can take a good deal of time.

Individuals of other species also have their own species-typical specific needs that can take time to fulfill. Knowing what your companion animal needs—becoming literate in what members of different species need—is essential for being able to give them the best lives possible. Deciding not to bring another animal into your life is a perfectly good decision if you're not ready for it.

Pets are not panaceas for lifting one's spirits

Data clearly show that pets are not panaceas for lifting one's spirits. Perhaps it's because there are marked individual differences among people who choose to bring a companion animal into their lives and the reasons underlying this decision won't be cured by the presence of a pet. Or, perhaps it's because the people aren't really ready to share their home with another sentient living being. Or, it's because the people don't get what they expect and need from their new friend, namely, an unconditional lover who'll be there for them 24/7 regardless of how they're feeling.

A practical rule of thumb I often suggest is if it looks highly likely that the presence of a companion animal will develop into a close and workable reciprocal relationship for you and for them and you're able to give them the good life to which they're also entitled, go for it because the chances are that it would be a win-win for all. If you're not sure, think about it deeply and realize that this may not be the best time to bring another being for whom you're their veritable lifeline into your home. It's okay to make this decision and to figure out how to otherwise best deal with whatever isn't going right for you.

There's no reason to bring another living being into the equation when it's likely you won't get what you need from them and they won't get what they need from you. This is a lose-lose situation and bad for all involved. All the players need support and love.

Stay tuned for further discussions about the role companion animals might play in helping us deal with life's ups and downs and what they get from the relationship. Given what we now know from some excellent research, wide-ranging claims that nonhuman companions can be cure-alls for this and that condition across the board are overblown. It's essential to carefully look at available data.

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Bekoff, Marc. Dogs Aren't Hard-Wired "Love Muffins" .

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_____. Are You Ready to Give Another Animal the Best Life Possible?

_____. Are You Really Sure You Want to Share Your Life With a Dog?

_____. Living With a Dog Is Good, If It's Good for You and the Dog .

_____. Dogs: The More I Know, the More I Say, "I Don't Know" .

_____. "Why Do People Make Up Myths and Other Stuff About Dogs?"

_____. Dogs Live in the Present and Other Harmful Myths ; Why Dogs Matter .

_____. Hugging a Dog Is Just Fine When Done With Great Care .

_____. Emotional Contagion From the Heart Between Humans and Dogs .

_____. Dogs Watch Us Carefully and Read Our Faces Very Well .

_____. Allowing Dogs to Sniff Helps Them Think Positively .

_____. Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do . Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2018.

_____. and Pierce, Jessica. Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible . Novato, California, New World Library, 2019.

Herzog, Hal. Can Pets Relieve Loneliness In the Age of Coronavirus?

_____. The Sad Truth About Pet Ownership and Depression .

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Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. , is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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The Unconditional Love of Pets

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The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their animals, influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association .

Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has spent years studying the human-animal bond.

This bond is most evident in the relationship that forms between people and their pets.

“Think about the feelings you have when you come home to a pet that is excited to see you,” Darling said. “Pets are non-judgmental and provide unconditional love, meaning, and joy to our lives.”

The relationship pet owners form with their animals can be emotional, psychological, and physical, according to Darling. Pets can help decrease loneliness, relieve stress and anxiety, and provide opportunities for exercise, play, and recreation.

“Spending quality time and doing activities with your pets can strengthen your bond with them,” Darling said. “This may include going for walks, doing training classes, participating in shows and events, and doing animal-assisted activities.”

Though all pets can provide emotional support and love for their owners through the human-animal bond, dogs have a history of being used for therapy work.

“There are some special animals such as therapy dogs that are trained to provide unconditional love, affection, and comfort to groups of people,” Darling said.

Many cities have local organizations that focus on pet therapy work. In College Station, Aggieland Pets With A Purpose teaches people how to train their pets for therapy work and takes volunteers to visit places in the community.

Darling said therapy dogs can comfort people in hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice, schools, and disaster areas.

“The dogs can help people accomplish goals in physical, occupational, and speech therapy,” she said. “People are excited to come to their therapy sessions when the dogs are present; I have seen people respond to therapy dogs when they have not responded to people.

“Residents at nursing homes anxiously wait in the lobby when our dogs visit,” she continued. “A college student studying for finals enjoys taking a break to visit with the dogs and relieve stress. Nursing staff at a hospital find a little relief from a busy day while petting a dog.”

Like therapy dogs, all pets can provide comfort, joy, emotional support, and more thanks to the powerful bond between humans and animals. They do not judge and are quick to forgive. They are always happy to spend time with you, whether playing or simply sitting in the same room.

“Think about how your pets enrich your life through your relationship with them and the activities you do together,” Darling said. “We provide them with care and love, and they share their unconditional love with us to brighten our days.”

Pet Talk is a service of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Stories can be viewed on the web at vetmed.tamu.edu/pet-talk . Suggestions for future topics may be directed to [email protected] .

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The unconditional love of pets, dogs, cats, and any kind of pet you can think of is a special angel we should cherish..

The Unconditional Love of Pets

I do love most animals (with the exception of the lizards that hang out at my front door and harass me), and I've found that loving an animal changes a person's life. Whether they are a service animal, therapy animal, or just a pet- the love you have for them and the love you receive back is one of the purest feelings in the world.

Loving and caring for an animal is an act of unconditional love. You don't have to love an animal. The animal might not even notice as long as you feed and take care of it, but for some reason our fondness stretches into love. People risk their lives to rescue their animals from flooding streets or burning homes. People dedicate novels and movies to the pain that is losing a pet (looking at you Marley and Me). People consider a pet part of their family.

And they're not wrong.

Loving a pet teaches you to be selfless. Sometimes you have to wake up early and take them on walks, clean up their tank or cage every day, or give them difficult to distribute medication. And although they might not serve a specific purpose to us, we still do it. Because we love them. They curled up into a place in our heart and now they are our babies.

Furthermore, some scientific studies show that animals feel love in the same chemical way that people do. When pet owners hold their cats or dogs, their pet releases the same hormones that humans do when they're in love.

While they may have more of a reason to love us, as we are their sole caretakers, it is still a wonderful feeling to know that they do.

There is really no love like the love of a pet. An animal, that is not even the same species as you, chooses to play with you when you're bored, cuddle you when you're sad, and sometimes even give their own life to protect you. They don't have to and they still do it. They know that you're special to them. Sometimes you're their whole world.

But whatever pet you have (dogs, cats, snakes, cow), remember to tell them how much you love them today. Remember that your love for them and their love for you is a special bond of nature. Soul mates of a different kind.

And if you don't have an animal friend, don't worry. There is a special fluffball our there for everyone.

" Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."- Anatole France

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Waitlisted for a college class here's what to do, dealing with the inevitable realities of college life..

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Don't freak out

This is a rule you should continue to follow no matter what you do in life, but is especially helpful in this situation.

Email the professor

Around this time, professors are getting flooded with requests from students wanting to get into full classes. This doesn't mean you shouldn't burden them with your email; it means they are expecting interested students to email them. Send a short, concise message telling them that you are interested in the class and ask if there would be any chance for you to get in.

Attend the first class

Often, the advice professors will give you when they reply to your email is to attend the first class. The first class isn't the most important class in terms of what will be taught. However, attending the first class means you are serious about taking the course and aren't going to give up on it.

Keep attending class

Every student is in the same position as you are. They registered for more classes than they want to take and are "shopping." For the first couple of weeks, you can drop or add classes as you please, which means that classes that were once full will have spaces. If you keep attending class and keep up with assignments, odds are that you will have priority. Professors give preference to people who need the class for a major and then from higher to lower class year (senior to freshman).

Have a backup plan

For two weeks, or until I find out whether I get into my waitlisted class, I will be attending more than the usual number of classes. This is so that if I don't get into my waitlisted class, I won't have a credit shortage and I won't have to fall back in my backup class. Chances are that enough people will drop the class, especially if it is very difficult like computer science, and you will have a chance. In popular classes like art and psychology, odds are you probably won't get in, so prepare for that.

Remember that everything works out at the end

Life is full of surprises. So what if you didn't get into the class you wanted? Your life obviously has something else in store for you. It's your job to make sure you make the best out of what you have.

Navigating the Talking Stage: 21 Essential Questions to Ask for Connection

It's mandatory to have these conversations..

Whether you met your new love interest online , through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

1. What do you do for a living?

What someone does for a living can tell a lot about who they are and what they're interested in! Their career reveals a lot more about them than just where they spend their time to make some money.

2. What's your favorite color?

OK, I get it, this seems like something you would ask a Kindergarten class, but I feel like it's always good to know someone's favorite color . You could always send them that Snapchat featuring you in that cute shirt you have that just so happens to be in their favorite color!

3. Do you have any siblings?

This one is actually super important because it's totally true that people grow up with different roles and responsibilities based on where they fall in the order. You can tell a lot about someone just based on this seemingly simple question.

4. What's your favorite television show?

OK, maybe this isn't a super important question, but you have to know ASAP if you can quote Michael Scott or not. If not, he probably isn't the one. Sorry, girl.

5. When is your birthday?

You can then proceed to do the thing that every girl does without admitting it and see how compatible your zodiacs are.

6. What's your biggest goal in life?

If you're like me, you have big goals that you want to reach someday, and you want a man behind you who also has big goals and understands what it's like to chase after a dream. If his biggest goal is to see how quickly he can binge-watch " Grey's Anatomy " on Netflix , you may want to move on.

7. If you had three wishes granted to you by a genie, what would they be?

This is a go-to for an insight into their personality. Based on how they answer, you can tell if they're goofy, serious, or somewhere in between.

8. What's your favorite childhood memory?

For some, this may be a hard question if it involves a family member or friend who has since passed away . For others, it may revolve around a tradition that no longer happens. The answers to this question are almost endless!

9. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

We all have parts of our lives and stories that we wish we could change. It's human nature to make mistakes. This question is a little bit more personal but can really build up the trust level.

10. Are you a cat or a dog person?

I mean, duh! If you're a dog person, and he is a cat person, it's not going to work out.

11. Do you believe in a religion or any sort of spiritual power?

Personally, I am a Christian, and as a result, I want to be with someone who shares those same values. I know some people will argue that this question is too much in the talking stage , but why go beyond the talking stage if your personal values will never line up?

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Even homebodies have a must visit place on their bucket list !

13. What is your ideal date night?

Hey, if you're going to go for it... go for it!

14. Who was/is your celebrity crush?

For me, it was hands-down Nick Jonas . This is always a fun question to ask!

15. What's a good way to cheer you up if you're having a bad day?

Let's be real, if you put a label on it, you're not going to see your significant other at their best 24/7.

16. Do you have any tattoos?

This can lead to some really good conversations, especially if they have a tattoo that has a lot of meaning to them!

17. Can you describe yourself in three words?

It's always interesting to see if how the person you're talking to views their personal traits lines ups with the vibes you're getting.

18. What makes you the most nervous in life?

This question can go multiple different directions, and it could also be a launching pad for other conversations.

19. What's the best gift you have ever received? 

Admittedly, I have asked this question to friends as well, but it's neat to see what people value.

20. What do you do to relax/have fun?

Work hard, play hard, right?

21. What are your priorities at this phase of your life?

This is always interesting because no matter how compatible your personalities may be, if one of you wants to be serious and the other is looking for something casual, it's just not going to work.

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Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in challah bread or easter bread.

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

A few weeks ago, I was given a loaf of bread called Challah (pronounced like holla), and upon my first bite, I realized it tasted just like Easter Bread. It was so delicious that I just had to make some of my own, which I did.

The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

2 tsp active dry or instant yeast 1 cup lukewarm water 4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 2 tsp salt 2 large eggs 1 large egg yolk (reserve the white for the egg wash) 1/4 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Combine yeast and a pinch of sugar in small bowl with the water and stir until you see a frothy layer across the top.
  • Whisk together 4 cups of the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and add in eggs, egg yolk, and oil. Whisk these together to form a slurry, pulling in a little flour from the sides of the bowl.
  • Pour the yeast mixture over the egg slurry and mix until difficult to move.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for about 10 minutes. If the dough seems very sticky, add flour a teaspoon at a time until it feels tacky, but no longer like bubblegum. The dough has finished kneading when it is soft, smooth, and holds a ball-shape.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place somewhere warm. Let the dough rise 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Separate the dough into four pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a long rope roughly 1-inch thick and 16 inches long.
  • Gather the ropes and squeeze them together at the very top. Braid the pieces in the pattern of over, under, and over again. Pinch the pieces together again at the bottom.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and lift the loaf on top. Sprinkle the loaf with a little flour and drape it with a clean dishcloth. Place the pan somewhere warm and away from drafts and let it rise until puffed and pillowy, about an hour.
  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the reserved egg white with a tablespoon of water and brush it all over the challah. Be sure to get in the cracks and down the sides of the loaf.
  • Slide the challah on its baking sheet into the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking. The challah is done when it is deeply browned.

I kept wondering how these two breads could be so similar in taste. So I decided to look up a recipe for Easter Bread to make a comparison. The two are almost exactly the same! These recipes are similar because they come from religious backgrounds. The Jewish Challah bread is based on kosher dietary laws. The Christian Easter Bread comes from the Jewish tradition but was modified over time because they did not follow kosher dietary laws.

A recipe for Easter bread is as follows:

2 tsp active dry or instant yeast 2/3 cup milk 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup white granulated sugar 2 tbs butter 2 large eggs 2 tbs melted butter 1 tsp salt

  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast; stir well. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.
  • Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add two eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each round into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the braids of dough.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place loaf on a buttered baking sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Brush risen loaf with melted butter.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Both of these recipes are really easy to make. While you might need to have a day set aside for this activity, you can do things while the dough is rising or in the oven. After only a few hours, you have a delicious loaf of bread that you made from scratch, so the time and effort is really worth it!

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer..

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake , have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart , no matter how dirty the water may look.

Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

You have no patience for the guy who can't back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average-sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up, and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment . The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why i chose a small school over a big university..

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin ." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

1. My school is incredibly unique.

There are so many different kinds of people that each bring something really special to contribute to the school which makes it so unique.

2. I am not just a number at my school.

I am a student that my professors know about and I like knowing that my professors can watch my progress.

3. I feel like I am contributing something to the community.

I like feeling like I can make a difference on my campus.

4. I really do feel like it is my home away from home.

It isn't just my school. It is absolutely my home away from home. I feel so comfortable there and it was as hard of an adjustment as I had thought it would be.

5. My professors know me and I feel that I can easily communicate with them.

I feel like they will do anything to help students succeed. I can always go to my professors. I like knowing that I have someone looking out for me.

6. The incredible people I've met

The people I have met at my school, even after my first year, have made such a huge impact on me. I know that these are people that I will stay friends with long after college is done.

7. Opportunities

My school offers so many different opportunities to get involved in things around campus. Even writing for the Odyssey was an opportunity offered to me by my school and I decided to challenge myself by writing an article. Turns out, I really enjoy writing. I might not have had this opportunity at a bigger school.

8. Students want to learn

I feel as though I am not just learning inside the classroom at my school. I am learning outside the classroom to from my fellow classmates who want to engage about the things we have learned.

9. Ability to join a sorority and have a house full of people I know I can talk to anytime I need to

I wasn't sure if being in a sorority was something I was interested in but when I met the amazing people in the sorority and how inclusive it was, I knew that it was going to be a good thing for me. The people I've met in my sorority have been so amazing.

10. I have figured out how I learn best because my school offers so many different ways of learning.

Because of the smaller class sizes, there is more flexibility in the way the class is taught. This was helpful because I was able to try out different ways of learning and figure out which way I learn best.

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The Unconditional Love of Pets

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The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their animals, influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has spent years studying the human-animal bond.

This bond is most evident in the relationship that forms between people and their pets.

“Think about the feelings you have when you come home to a pet that is excited to see you,” Darling said. “Pets are non-judgmental and provide unconditional love, meaning, and joy to our lives.”

The relationship pet owners form with their animals can be emotional, psychological, and physical, according to Darling. Pets can help decrease loneliness, relieve stress and anxiety, and provide opportunities for exercise, play, and recreation.

“Spending quality time and doing activities with your pets can strengthen your bond with them,” Darling said. “This may include going for walks, doing training classes, participating in shows and events, and doing animal-assisted activities.”

Though all pets can provide emotional support and love for their owners, dogs have a history of being used for therapy work.

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“There are some special animals such as therapy dogs that are trained to provide unconditional love, affection, and comfort to groups of people,” Darling said.

Many cities have local organizations that focus on pet therapy work. In College Station, Aggieland Pets With A Purpose teaches people how to train their pets for therapy work and takes volunteers to visit places in the community.

Darling said therapy dogs can comfort people in hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice, schools, and disaster areas.

“The dogs can help people accomplish goals in physical, occupational, and speech therapy,” she said. “People are excited to come to their therapy sessions when the dogs are present; I have seen people respond to therapy dogs when they have not responded to people.

“Residents at nursing homes anxiously wait in the lobby when our dogs visit,” she continued. “A college student studying for finals enjoys taking a break to visit with the dogs and relieve stress. Nursing staff at a hospital find a little relief from a busy day while petting a dog.”

Like therapy dogs, all pets can provide comfort, joy, emotional support, and more. They do not judge and are quick to forgive. They are always happy to spend time with you, whether playing or simply sitting in the same room.

“Think about how your pets enrich your life through your relationship with them and the activities you do together,” Darling said. “We provide them with care and love, and they share their unconditional love with us to brighten our days.”

This article originally appeared on the  Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences website.

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Essay on My Pet Dog for Students and Children

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Pets are a great blessing in anyone’s life. They are the only ones who love us unconditionally. Pets always offer us everything they have without asking for anything in return. The main aim of any pet’s life is to make their owner happy. Nowadays, even the term ‘owner’ is changing. People prefer their pets as kids and to themselves as parents. This is how the relationship between pets is evolving. People treat them no less than humans. For instance, they celebrate their birthdays; get those matching outfits and more.

In my opinion, I feel the pets rightly deserve it. The most common pet you can find at anyone’s place is dogs. A man’s best friend and the most faithful animal, a dog. I also have a pet dog that I love to bits. We got him when he was a little baby and have watched him grow into a beautiful dog. All my family members love him with all their heart. We love his silly antics and cannot imagine our lives without him. We named him Sasha.

Sasha – My Pet Dog

My father adopted Sasha when he was a little baby. His friend had given birth to puppies and they decided to put the puppies up for adoption. We convinced our father to get one for us. Considering they knew our family well, they immediately agreed. Little did we know that our lives would change forever after his entrance.

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Sasha came in like a blessing for our family. He belongs to the breed of Labrador. Sasha was black in colour, pure coal black. He came in as a puppy with his cute little paws and eyes. We couldn’t stop gushing over this beauty. My siblings used to fight with each other as to who will get the maximum time to play with Sasha.

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As and when Sasha grew up, he learned various tricks. We trained him to follow our instructions and he even learned a few tricks. We loved showing him off to our colony friends and relatives. I always took Sasha out with me as he loved taking a walk on the road.

Furthermore, my siblings and I took on the responsibility of keeping Sasha clean. Every week, we took turns to bathe him and brush him nicely. I remember I even got a bow for him from my pocket money. Sasha loved it and wagged his tail in excitement. Sasha has been with us through thick and thin and we will forever be indebted to him for his loyalty.

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A Changed Life

Before having a pet dog, we didn’t know what all we would experience. After Sasha came into our lives, he changed it forever. Sasha changed the meaning of loyalty for us. We learned how this faithful animal always worked for our happiness and safety.

Certainly, Sasha made us better human beings. We are now more compassionate towards animals. There was one instance where the stray dogs were going to harm a kitten, and to our surprise, Sasha saved that little kitten and got her home.

In other words, we have learned a lot of things from Sasha. He protected us when we slept at night. He tried to cheer us up whenever anyone of us was sad. Sasha’s obedience inspired me a lot to be kind to my parents. Therefore, all the credit for changing our lives goes to Sasha.

Q.1 What are some common pet animals?

A.1 Some of the most common pet animals are dogs, cats, parrots, hamsters, rabbits, turtles and more.

Q.2 Why should one own a pet dog?

A.2 We can learn a great deal from our pet dogs. They teach us loyalty, compassion, courage, and obedience.

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Unconditional Love: The Ultimate Lesson from Pets

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By: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the planning is underway to give your loved ones flowers, candies, a night on the town and more, but what is Valentine’s Day really about? We like to think it is about unconditional love. It is time to come together and celebrate everything that makes someone in your life so special.

With all the hype around the holiday, it is easy to get lost in the gifts and presents, but if you need a little inspiration or a way to remember what true love is, look to your pets. Pets are amazing creatures that show unconditional love to us on a daily basis. They are pure and loving and we can learn a lot from them to strengthen our own relationships in life. Here are just a few examples of how their unconditional love can help improve our bonds with one another.

Facing Hardships

Animals have a way of looking fear in the eyes. Take rescue dogs for example. These dogs literally go into devastated areas sniffing out those in need of help. They do not falter under pressure. They do not run away from that which they fear. Instead, their sole purpose is to help someone in need. If you are having a disagreement in your relationship, take inspiration from these fearless pets. Rather than sweeping your issues under the rug, face them head-on. Sit calmly and discuss the problems at hand. In the long run, your relationship will be stronger.

Showing Enthusiasm

Let’s face it; it’s easy to tell when a dog is excited. Their tail starts wagging. They can barely sit still. Their tongue hangs out of their mouth. They are genuinely focused on you. All they want to do is show you how excited they are because you’re in their life. No, you don’t have to wave your arms around or stick out your tongue to greet your significant other, but when they arrive home try to stop what you’re doing to focus on them for a few minutes. What says unconditional love more than your undivided attention and true interest in what is happening in their life? 

Being Loyal

Pets are as loyal as can be. They are here to support you, be your comfort and help you stand tall. They will sit beside you when you feel sick. They will walk beside you when you need a friend. They just want to give you the support and love you need. When your partner is in need, you should be supportive and loyal to them. Stand beside them. Hold them up. Be their rock in times of trouble and cheerleader in times of joy.

So, as this Valentine’s Day creeps closer and closer, try to drown out the hype that revolves around the holiday and focus on what truly matters. Look down to your pets for one of the best lessons life can give you, a true example of unconditional love.

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Pets and People: Our Pets and Unconditional Love

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Unconditional love from pets refers to the unwavering and limitless affection, loyalty, and emotional support that animals, such as dogs and cats, provide to their human companions without any conditions or expectations.  It is a profound bond that exists between a pet and its owner, characterized by genuine care, acceptance, and understanding.

As a veterinarian at the Manchester Animal Hospital, I experience the bond between my clients and patients. 

Defining this bond created by the traits that pets exhibit, I thought it would be interesting to try an AI (artificial intelligence) definition of Nonconditional Love.

What I found was somewhat humbling in the awareness that these are the traits we seek in parents, friends, and significant others.  

Here are some key aspects that illustrate unconditional love from pets:

Non-judgmental : Pets do not judge their owners based on their appearance, flaws, or mistakes. They accept their human companions exactly as they are, providing a sense of emotional security and acceptance.

Unwavering loyalty : Pets are incredibly loyal to their owners. They remain devoted, faithful, and dedicated, offering a consistent source of companionship and support.

Emotional support : Pets have an intuitive ability to sense and respond to their owners' emotional needs. They can provide comfort, solace, and companionship during times of sadness, stress, or loneliness.

Forgiveness : Pets are quick to forgive and forget. Even if their owners make mistakes or unintentionally upset them, pets usually exhibit understanding and continue to shower them with affection.

Presence and companionship : Pets are often a constant presence in their owners' lives. They are always there to listen, cuddle, play, or simply be by their side. This presence can be immensely comforting and reassuring.

Unconditional affection : Pets express their love through various gestures, such as wagging their tails, purring, licking, or simply snuggling up to their owners. They show affection freely, without any expectations in return.

Consistent happiness : Pets have a remarkable ability to bring joy and happiness to their owners. Their playful nature, boundless energy, and unconditional love can brighten even the most challenging days.

Dependability : Pets provide a sense of stability and reliability. They offer a consistent and dependable presence in their owners' lives, which can be especially valuable during difficult times or transitions.

Overall, the unconditional love from pets is a unique and extraordinary experience. Their ability to provide comfort, joy, and unwavering support can profoundly impact the emotional well-being of their owners, creating a deep and lasting bond between humans and animals.

Pets can have a positive impact on mental health in various ways.

Here are some specific ways in which pets can contribute to mental well-being:

Emotional support : Pets offer unconditional love, companionship, and emotional support. They can be a source of comfort during times of stress, anxiety, or depression. Simply being in the presence of a pet can help reduce feelings of loneliness and provide a sense of calm.

Stress reduction : Interacting with pets has been shown to lower stress levels. Activities such as petting, cuddling, or playing with a pet can release endorphins and reduce the production of stress hormones, leading to a decrease in stress and tension.

Mood enhancement : Spending time with pets can improve mood and uplift spirits. The bond between a pet and its owner can create a sense of joy, happiness, and contentment. Pets can bring laughter, playfulness, and a positive energy into the lives of their owners.

Routine and responsibility : Taking care of a pet involves establishing a routine and being responsible for their well-being. This can provide structure to daily life, promote a sense of purpose, and enhance self-esteem. Having tasks to complete, such as feeding, grooming, and exercising a pet, can give individuals a sense of accomplishment.

Social connection : Pets can serve as social facilitators, helping individuals connect with others. Walking a dog or participating in pet-related activities can lead to interactions with other pet owners, sparking conversations and potential friendships. Pets can also act as social icebreakers, making it easier for individuals to engage in social interactions.

Increased physical activity: Owning a pet, especially a dog, often involves physical activities such as walking, running, or playing. Regular exercise is known to have positive effects on mental health, including reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving mood, and increasing energy levels.

Mindfulness and relaxation : Interacting with pets can promote mindfulness and relaxation. Focusing on the present moment, such as during a grooming session or while observing a pet's behavior, can help individuals reduce stress and achieve a sense of calm.

Sense of companionship : Pets provide companionship and alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. The presence of a pet can offer a sense of connection and reduce feelings of being alone. For individuals who may have limited social interactions, a pet can provide constant companionship and emotional support.

As pet owners, don’t we all share a profound understanding of what this means.  I know I certainly do.

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