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A few weekends ago, I found myself at a house party on the Hill. Music pounded, girls shrieked and beer bottles clinked as empty hands eagerly reached for more.
Bored with the drunken swaying of the dancers and the constant influx of new people in through the front door, I followed my friend into a room near the kitchen that happened to be one of the resident’s living space.
I peered in, taking in the giant speakers sitting on the floor along with the flatscreen TV that was blaring some popular hip-hop artist. The guy’s bed bumped up alongside the back wall, and on this bed was a gorgeous chocolate lab. The dog was lying there patiently, panting loudly with lolling tongue and tentative wags of the tail.
Pet ownership by students is a trend that is very popular in Boulder, a town where everyone takes their Labrador to the library and parks their golden retriever outside the local coffee shop while running in to grab an espresso. If you are planning to buy or adopt a pet, you may first want to ensure that you are ready for the reasonability by preparing your home, looking for a reputable veterinarian in your area, and so on. When you’re ready to welcome a pet in your home, you may consider getting one of those AKC Registered German Shepherd Puppies for Sale.
But are pets for college kids? Sure, buying a dog to take hiking and play Frisbee with seems like a good idea at the time, but is it really the right choice in the long run?
Here are the top 10 reasons why you should say no to a new pet this holiday season:
1. You know that presentation that’s due tomorrow in your 8 a.m. class and is worth 30 percent of your grade? It’ll have to wait until you take Fido for a walk to keep him from destroying your favorite pairs of shoes and peeing on the new carpet your landlord just had installed.
2. That kitten sure looks cute in the store window, but will it look as cute at 3 a.m. when it’s coughing up a most despicable hairball on your pillow?
3. Rent is going up. That house that you thought was such a great deal because it was both cheap and allowed pets is now no longer an option. There’s a great deal down the street, but it doesn’t allow pets. Instead, you get stuck in the rundown house in the sketchy neighborhood across the highway. At least the house looks so rundown no thief would even bother robbing it.
4. You just had a date with the most beautiful person you’ve ever clapped eyes on and now want to head back to your house for some “alone time.” That “alone time” might end up a little interrupted by a furry friend if you have a dog or cat that is used to being the one and only soul you share your bed with.
5. Going home for the holidays? Airlines are now charging extra per bag that you check. Feel like going home broke after you ship Fido across the country to mom and dad’s house?
6. Poor starving college kids can live off Ramen noodles; contrary to popular belief, animals can’t.
7. It’s your birthday and you want to throw the rager of a lifetime. Aside from putting Fido to work lapping up spilled beers, what do you do with a dog when every room in the house is occupied with inebriated individuals engaging in some sort of destructive activity?
8. Class started at 9 a.m. You had an hour break for lunch on campus around 11 a.m., but have to head to a meeting after class is done for the day at 2 p.m. After the meeting, you only have a couple of minutes to rush to your job, where you stay until 8 p.m. that night. By the time you get back home, it’s 9 p.m. and Fido still hasn’t gone for a walk. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow. Or a month from tomorrow.
9. The new puppy only cost $30 at the pet store! Of course, that’s before shots, spaying and neutering, food, toys and bedding. In a fit of the puppy crazies, the dog eats a sock which gets entangled in its intestines and surgery to save the life of your new best friend ends up costing $500, at a minimum. You didn’t really need books for next semester, did you?
10. You adopt a new kitten when you’re 20 years old. Congratulations, you’ve just planned out the next 20 years of your life. Most relationships don’t last that long.
Contact CU Independent Managing Editor Kate Spencer at Katherine.email@example.com.