Thursday, October 31, 2013

Life of a College Dog

I got Lexie (our dog) when I moved out of the dorm and into an apartment Sophomore year of college. It probably wasn't the best idea. My parents told me that I needed to focus on school and work and not get distracted by a puppy. They also told me that dogs were expensive and a huge responsibility. Jake agreed with them, too, even though he completely denies this now. I didn't care, because the opportunity presented itself and I could not resist. Let's be honest, who can resist a cute puppy face??

Most people in college were way more responsible than I was and did not have a dog. Lexie quickly became very popular. People always wanted to come see her and some people would even bring her presents and treats. Everyone really loved her and she loved everyone. People would fight over who was her favorite and many people consider themselves her best friend. Looking back, though, this dog went through a lot. People always wanted to pet her, hold her, take pictures with her, and I am sure she just wanted to be left alone. She often got to be part of late night selfies and typical college photoshoots. She was a trooper.

Everyone wants a Lexie photoshoot!

That poor dog. We made her do crazy things.


I also thought it was necessary to take pictures holding Lexie whenever we were in "photo shoot mode." She does not look like she is enjoying it in any of these pictures. (Note: top right was a halloween costume, not daily wear. Just in case you were wondering)

Looking back now, even though it wasn't the most responsible decision, I wouldn't do it any differently. I still would have snatched up that cute puppy that captured my heart with her weird ears at the humane society. College was super fun, but it also wasn't easy. I loved having a puppy there to make me smile during the hard times and snuggle with when I needed to be cheered up. 


I know it's kind of corny, but Lexie also made Jake and I's relationship stronger. Our love for her brought us together during a very difficult time when college threaten to tear us apart. She's made 5 different moves and been through lots of stages of life with us. She has been a point of stability during times of change. She truly has been man's best friend. woahh sorry this post wasn't supposed to get sappy. 


Having a puppy in college was tons of fun. She endured a lot of shenanigans, but if she could talk, I think she would say she didn't mind. She is a diva after all, and diva's like their photo ops. Many of my college memories include Lexie, since she was pretty much just one of the roommates, or most of the time, the favorite roommate. She has so many people who love her. People always ask how she is doing when they talk to us and want to see her on Facetime. We are a family of three and we love it. Lexie, you are one very loved dog.


Did you have any pets in college? Do you put your dogs through weird stuff (halloween costumes, outfits)?? I would love to hear stories!




30 comments:

  1. Aww, your pup is the cutest! I got a cat in college, against the advice of pretty much everyone, and I wouldn't have changed a thing!

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  2. Haha, aw your pup is adorable (and apparently very huggable!), she seems to really be enjoying herself in all the lounging photos, lol. In college I fostered a pair of kittens (named Zero and Shortstack) that had been abandoned by their mother. I remember hiding them during dorm room inspections and hoping they didn't start mewing when my RA came in. I have no idea how, but they managed to keep their little mouths shut long enough to get through without being detected!

    A few years after I graduated I got my own cat, she's a little hairless cat and has tolerated SO much. From clothes to leashes and involuntary cuddling to moving something like 5 times in 5 years. She's definitely a good sport!

    jess | Quaintrelle

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  3. Aww this is so sweet. I love all the pictures you have with her!

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  4. Omg she is adorable!! And all these pictures are hilarious! I didn't have pets in college, but my husband and I have 2 labs now, we got them right after we got married and I lurrrrve them so much! I definitely put them in Halloween costumes every year, it's actually the highlight of Halloween for me, hahaha!

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  5. Aww!! I actually enjoyed the sappiness of this post! :) she kinda looks like my family dog, who I use to dress up in rediculious outfits and take pictures of her.. My favorite picture is of her is when we put glasses on her and posed her with a bunch of books and it looked like she was doing homework lol

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  6. I love all of the pictures of her. The "sappiness" of this post is sweet. I feel like our new puppy has brought us so much joy. I probably annoy him with too many pictures, too. Ha.

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  7. What an adorable doggie! I didn't go to college, but if I had my dog would have went with me. i don't know what I would do without our dogs! They are a blessing.

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  9. I love this post, it makes me really excited to have a dog in the near future. I've always always wanted a dog and it was never a good time. And now I'm 23, living overseas, and traveling to much to have one.. but the day I get one and am finally living in one consistent place.. I can't wait! It's even on my "to-do list" :) http://rachadams.com/todolist/

    Anyways, such a fun blog and great pictures, thanks for sharing!

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