Fall break: a chance to hang out with your pets

BY KAYLA MCQUILLAN

TOWER staff writer

 

The biggest question of the week asked by professors and friends is what do you have planned for fall break? While most people go away for fall break to exotic islands, I am planning on going home and hanging out with my pet rabbit, as most of you know my rabbit is my life. I get homesick, not because I miss my home but it is because I miss my rabbit. Charlie Brown is his name, but I just call him Charlie. He is only 7 months old and throughout this time in college he has become my best friend. I know I am not the only one on campus that feels a sense of emptiness when away from their pets. Many of my friends talk about how the hardest thing about leaving home was leaving their pets behind, pets are a part of the family. They are around when you wake up and go to bed, they are there when you eat, and they are there for you when you are sad, the greatest part is they never judge you.

Pets bring happiness to so many people and to be without one can be a miserable experience, especially on a small college campus where there are no pets around. Being that we live in a rural area we see many wild critters such as raccoons, deer, squirrels, and bugs, but they could never compare to a loving stare or cuddle with your favorite pet. While I was talking to a freshman friend at lunch this week we were talking about Charlie, as usual, and my friend said that he never liked animals, but being at Bethany College he actually missed seeing dogs and cats.

When I have a stressful or sad day at home and need someone to comfort me I immediately go to Charlie because I know that he is the one thing that will brighten my day. My favorite thing Charlie does to cheer me up is when he jumps on my lap and wants to cuddle. So why wouldn’t pet’s be allowed on campus? We have so many issues that we are dealing with everyday. Sometimes you just cannot help but to break down because of all the stress. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to have your pet on campus to greet you at the door after a long hard day?

I tend to go home very often because I simply cannot handle being away from my family and pets and I find there is not a lot to do on the weekends. If I had Charlie brown here with me on campus, I feel as though I would not go away as often as I do because I would have something to do on the weekends and having a part of home here with me. Sometimes you just do not want people to comfort you because you do not care what they have to say about the current situation you’re in because no matter what people are always going to judge you even when they promise they will not. With pets you can just vent to them all you want and they will not say a word back and will not judge you but somehow they always know what you are saying. I believe pets can tell when something is wrong and pets will try everything in their power such as being extra nice to you and cuddling you for a long period of time to try and make you feel better.

There has been talk on campus about turning one of the dormitories on campus into a pet building. Although I think this would be a great thing there are also cons to this as well such as the room availability. Everyone would want to get into that dorm and there would be limited space. Second, some people would not take proper care of the pets and the pets would be neglected, and third, there would be liability issues because not all pets are nice like my Charlie Brown. Although I would love having him on campus, I know he would probably rather be at home in his enormous cage chewing on some rabbit toys waiting for me to come home. I like how excited he gets when he sees me for the first time in a long time and I feel like he would not get as excited to see me if he was with me everyday. I am so excited to head home tomorrow at 4:30 to see my rabbit and spend a wonderful four days with him. I know that I will not be the only one counting down the minutes until we see our pets. I would not want to spend my fall break any other way than with my Charlie Brown. 

 

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