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Puppy Time!!

by Courtney on February 2, 2014

in College Life

Who doesn’t love puppies?! If you’re not a puppy and/or dog person, then, I hate to break it to you, but there’s no way we could ever be friends. I’ve always been a dog person. I grew up around dogs, and I can’t imagine ever going through life without at least one by my side. That’s why I love Super Bowl Sunday. For me, it’s not Super Bowl Sunday – it’s Puppy Bowl Sunday.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Puppy Bowl is Animal Planet’s alternative to the standard Super Bowl game. Adoptable puppies who are looking for their forever homes are allowed to romp and play with each other on a set designed to look like a real football stadium, albeit much smaller. Hamsters “control” the blimp flying overhead as penguin cheerleaders excitedly watch from the sidelines. A human referee makes sure all of the puppies are playing nicely and not getting into too much trouble. Meep the Bird tweets (both literally and figuratively via Twitter) to keep his followers up to date on all of the action as the dogs “tail-” gaiting in the “barking” lot cheer on their favorite players. And – get excited, cat lovers – there’s even a kitty halftime show.

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Puppy Bowl, and it was great. Not only was internet sensation Keyboard Cat the star of the kitty halftime show, but previous MVPs (Most Valuable Puppies) who’ve since been adopted were “interviewed” so audiences could meet their new families and see how they’ve been doing since their starring roles in their respective seasons of Puppy Bowl. I’m still giggling over how cute all of the animals were in today’s Puppy Bowl X, and I can’t wait to see what happens next year on Puppy Bowl XI!

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It all started this past December before exams. Fellow blogger Carly and I were discussing the ever-important question, “If you were an animal, which animal would you be?” (I should mention here that, yes, we both understood that we, as humans, are animals in the evolutionary sense; hence, we were referring to wild animals during our lengthy discussion.) Anyways, a day or two later, Carly emailed me an official online quiz from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) telling you what your inner animal is.

After submitting your email, the quiz gives you a few short questions about your lifestyle and physical characteristics. Then, it quickly calculates your animal. I was super excited to find out that I’m a tiger.

So by now, you’re probably wondering how legit this quiz is. Well, if you answer honestly, I think it’s pretty realistic. Here is the description that accompanied my animal:

“You are quite a striking and rare individual. You appear to be warm and cuddly but the soft exterior hides an iron will. You prefer a rather solitary lifestyle. You are comfortable in a wide variety of environments and definitely prefer the quiet of nighttime.”

Scary, right?! I mean, that description pretty much describes me in a nutshell.

And then randomly this past Tuesday while at my internship, we started talking about Columbia, Missouri, and inevitably about the Mizzou Tigers. I proudly exclaimed, “I’m a tiger!” and quickly began explaining what I meant by that. By the end of lunch, almost everyone in the lab had discovered their animal selves. You can see our own little “zoo” in the photo below.

…And I would be very mean if I were to end my blog without giving you the link to this awesome website, so here it is. But be warned- it is VERY addictive.

http://worldwildlife.org/pages/find-your-inner-animal

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Here at Fontbonne, we have a “Fontbonne Day” devoted to service. It’s a day where classes are cancelled and students have the opportunity to volunteer for numerous community service activities. I did not get involved with “Fontbonne Day” last year, but I was quick to register for a activity this year and volunteer last Friday.

The day began early for me (8 am) with coffee and a quest speaker. After about an hour each group broke off and went to their volunteer site. There was everything from gardening, cleaning, preparing for events, and washing dogs. I volunteered for something near and dear to my heart: animals. My group went to Open Door Animal Sanctuary in House Springs, MO. It is a no kill shelter that is the home or temporary home of more than 300 cats and 100 dogs.

While at Open Door, I loved and comforted the new-born kittens, as well as groomed some of the older cats in their “Cat Heaven”. All the cats were really inviting, frequently brushing up against my leg or meowing for attention. The dogs were housed in kennels, and we had the opportunity to give them their exercise and take them for a walk. Although it was more of a glamorous volunteer opportunity, I still felt good giving attention and love to the animals that need it most.

After visiting Open Door, I think I’m going to go back a few times this summer to volunteer and donate. They are in need of food and other supplies for the animals. I might even make a cat blanket or two! I will definitely be participating in Fontbonne day again next year. A day devoted to service is truly a good day!

Thanks for reading..

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