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National Love Your Pet Day


By Sydney Mahl

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If you’re lucky enough to have a furry (or otherwise) friend, give them a little extra love today in honor of National Love Your Pet Day. Pets hold a special spot in our lives, and it’s always important to remember that.

 

My roommates and I happen to be in possession of some contraband guinea pigs, lovingly named Collin and Michael, who really don’t need the extra love but are getting it anyway.

 

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Allison, their real owner, has consistently prioritized their safety is above ours.  Once we got a noise complaint and hid in a closet, because logic, but were shooed out to hide the pigs from the security officer, who could not care less about animals.  Instead, after seeing five people pour from a closet, everyone who was not an apartment resident was kicked out and the party was over.

 

 

Another time, all of our fire alarms decided to go off at 2 a.m. and when we left for a friend’s apartment, we realized that instead of bringing pillows and blankets, Allison had brought the guinea pigs instead.  There’s just something a touch ironic about remembering the guinea pigs and forgetting the blankets.

 

In the US, there are about 70-80 million pet dogs and 74-96 million pet cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and 37-37 percent of households have a dog while 30-37 percent have a cat.