OK, so we’ve all witnessed the “hot guy with the dog” thing, but lately a few things are getting out of control and not in a good way. I don’t know how many people I can name who invested in a pet for the wrong reasons. In my apartment complex alone, there are tons of neglected animals that are basically just there because their owners think it’s so cute to have a pet they can walk around the neighborhood while meeting other people with pets and become friends and blah blah blah.
The sad part is, students who don’t even have enough time to study have these poor animals cooped up inside the house or their rooms all day while they go to class. Then they get food with their friends, spend a few hours at the library and so on. By the time they get home to feed their pet, they’re exhausted and the walk they take their animals on actually turns out to be a walk to the end of the block to let them pee and straight back. It really is so sad to see!
I also hate when I walk into a party and the music is loud, there are tons of people falling over drunk, beer is on the floor and then I see a poor little dog that just wants to sleep in the corner because it’s scared and stressed out because of all of the strange people and loud noise. I have even witnessed the whole, “I’m going to dump my dog off on you for the weekend because I want to go out of town,” thing.
People, you don’t understand — pets are sort of like kids in the sense that they need lots of attention and love, and you can’t just drop them off for the weekend on your neighbor who doesn’t even know how to take care of it. You also can’t just leave and not tell your roommate you’re going away for the weekend to find the dog was left behind without getting a heads up (especially when it barks and cries the whole time because then my weekend is ruined, cough cough).
I really get annoyed when I see people who just want a dog because it gets them attention. I have definitely witnessed the whole “I really just want a dog because all the girls will stop and pet it and then I can get laid,” type of guy (because girls clearly do fall for that).
Seriously, think before you get a pet because it costs a lot of money and time (that you don’t have). I mean, really, do you think you can take a dog out at least three times a day, walk it and play with it all while trying to study, work and hang out with friends? No! So do your poor animal a favor and think about waiting until after college unless you really can be a good parent and adopt for all of the right reasons.