Hello! This is the forth post in my series on Tips for the College Freshman. To see more like it, click here!
It’s inevitable, you will miss your dog Fido or your cat Deacon. Heck, you might even miss your hamster that ran away when you were 6 years old yet you still hold the sneaky suspicion that he is still alive and leading the hamster sock mafia that steals one of every pair you put into the dryer.
And, I’m sorry to break it to you, but there is no easy way to get over it. I’ve cried over my dogs more times than I’ve cried over my family or friends. Something about the connections between animals and humans is indescribably strong.
So, here are a few tips to not get over, but to tolerate leaving your one and only love.
1) Put pictures of your animal(s) everywhere
It may make you miss them more, but for me it just reminded me that I always had someone at home excited to hop into my lap and kiss me no matter how tough college was.
2) Visit other people’s pets
The first time I saw a dog (specificially a Yorkie-Poo, the breed of one of my dogs), I started tearing up and petting the stranger’s dog like crazy. I got a few weird looks from the owner as I dried my tears with its fur, but it was totally worth the mending of my heart, even if only for a few minutes
3) FaceTime your animal(s)
Now, this requires some help from your family (and you’ll have to talk to them a bit so they warm up to your proposition), but Facetiming your pet(s) as basically the best thing and don’t worry, it’s not as weird as you think it is.
4) Buy your pet(s) toys and treats and ship them home
So, I actually haven’t done this as I am a broke college student, but if you happen to find yourself with an extra few dollars, show your animals some love by sending treats and toys to them. Plus, when you FaceTime them, you get to see their new (and probably completely destroyed in all honestly) toy.
5) Cry so much that the picture of your pet’s starts to fall apart with your tears
I’m not gonna lie. Almost every single pet owner in the history of pet owners misses their pet(s). You are not alone and therefore there is no reason to feel ashamed when your grieve.
I want to hear from you! Which pet(s) are you leaving for college? How are you going to cope?