Iris, an Austrailian Shepherd/Catahoula Cur mix, just turned into a one-year-old pupper on January 25th, 2017. I adopted her at four weeks old. Since then, she has grown into a stunning, albeit sometimes vexing, addition to my family. Alongside her three kitten siblings, Iris is ready for anything. This is the journey of a college dog, week by week.
Iris wakes me before the alarm, shoving her leash in my face, demanding to start the day. The screech of a whiny dog isn’t the most comforting thing to be woken up by, but it’s better than poop on the floor. Always stay positive!
Following her wait for mom, Iris goes for a walk around campus. The sun is shining, the breeze is careful, and Iris is feeling fresh. She runs around Moffett quad and then rests in front of Young Hall, which makes for a great candid shot.
If you don’t like barbecue, leave now. Iris doesn’t need that negativity in her life.
After begging for a taste of our food, Iris and her BFF pose for a photo with a giant pig BBQ pit.
Fast forward past the disaster of having to tear her away from the smell of cooking food. We find ourselves at Falls Ridge nature preserve. I cannot stress to you the difficulties I faced while taking this photo. Picture yourself splashed by mud, almost trampled, and herded into the water to play. After running around for 20 minutes (no joke), she finally sat for a beautiful nature shot.
Falls Ridge features an 80-foot waterfall, varieties of plant and marine life, and great hammocking spots. So, you should visit. But wait, there’s more!
For the small price of one more minute of your day, you can see more cute pictures of my pupper!
Iris’s parents, being dumb college kids, forgot water and had to go to the gas station. We noticed Ellett Valley Nature Trail, secluded and small. Why the hell not, eh? Iris seemed to love the smells and environment.
Perfect end to a perfect day. Let sleeping dogs lie!
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Everyone has a best friend, mine just happens to walk on all fours and have fur all over. Yes, my dog is one of my best friends. It sounds a little strange to say, but if you think about it it’s undeniably true.
When you want to be lazy one day and just lay around and do nothing, your dog is more than happy to keep you company. They will curl up next to you and snuggle while you binge-watch Netflix and they won’t leave your side all the unproductive daylong. What could you want more than a sweet furry friend to enjoy a good television series with?
Another thing your dog is great for is telling secrets to. If you have something you need to get off your chest or just say out loud to someone, your dog is the perfect one to tell. Not only will you feel better because you confided in someone you truly care about, but you know that it would never get out to anyone either. They may stare blankly at you while you tell them, but that’s okay because at least you got it out of your mind.
Sleeping is another thing dogs are overly willing to do. You’re pulling an all nighter and you can’t go to sleep until 2 am? Your dog will wait for you to be done and then cuddle on up in bed with you after you’ve studied for endless hours. You had a rough day and just want to go to sleep at 8 pm that night? Your dog’s already waiting in bed for you to join them.
My dog is my best friend because I can tell her anything, I can be lazy with her as many times a week as I want, and I’m comforted knowing I get to cuddle up at night with her by my side. She’s a loyal and loving best friend that I’m so thankful to have in my life.
Despite the large green cast on his front right leg, Copper enthusiastically greeted passersby in front of the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center at Radford University the afternoon of Feb. 9. The 1-and-a-half-year-old pointer terrier sat by his owner, Joseph DeMasi, as he told anyone who would listen about the incident that occurred a week before. Copper had been shot through his front right shoulder by a Radford City police officer in Bisset Park. DeMasi, a freshman at RU, was asking for donations to help pay for the medical fees. So far he has raised over $600. Continue reading Coins for Copper: Not just cents, but change→