Pet Friendly Ways To Stay Connected With Home During College

Pretend you’re watching a movie. A burning building fills the screen, and there’s a panic in the street in front of it. People are crying and comforting each other. From inside, there is a crying call of a dog stuck inside. Generally, viewers are going to be more sympathetic with the dog than the people crying outside. Animals pull at humans’ heartstrings.

So when a newly admitted college student is packing up to leave home for the first time, hugs aren’t only for human family members. There are pets to consider too. Perhaps it is a new pet in the family, or the furry companion that’s been around since childhood. Either way, it can be difficult to say goodbye, if only for a while. It may seem silly to think about missing your pet back home, but it can happen. There are ways to make this time apart easier, even with a pet.

YouTube, you rock!

One of the best things to search for on YouTube? Videos of cute, charming, amusing animals. Sometimes it is a cat thinking it can walk along the edge of a fish tank, as it accidentally slips into the water and scurries out. Other times it is a dog with his head stuck in a box, running around the house. YouTube is to college students what America’s Funniest Home Videos is to their parents. It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend watching these hilarious videos, it’ll bring a smile to viewers’ faces. Also, it’s an excellent study break. Not to mention that watching an adorable puppy or kitten video on YouTube will give you a fix of the adorable pet waiting at home for you. If more exotic or nontraditional animals are more your type, YouTube will serve you as well.

There’s nothing like classic childhood movies.

The only thing that might tug at a person’s heartstrings more than their pet is a sentimental, childhood movie. Movie makers sure knew how to attract children by adding an animal in the mix, especially when those animals talk. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey follows three pets trying to make it home to their owners after a long distance journey. Bambi may be about a deer, but it’s guaranteed to make every kid cry when he loses his mother. The Land Before Time was about dinosaurs, but as adorable as those adolescent dinosaurs were, they might as well have been pets to children of that movie’s era. For those who had pets growing up, or those who didn’t, movies brought animals into the homes of children. Watching those movies again not only warms the heart by reminding viewers of their childhood, but they’re reconnected with the animals they love as much as their own.

Hello there, friend!

YouTube and movies don’t compare to the actual thing: your own pet. Thank goodness for Skype! Call someone from home to Skype your favorite furry friend. Your pet may not cooperate, but at least you can still see them. When shouting out your animal’s name, they may tilt their head or pause. Just seeing their quirky behavior is cute enough. However, that cat may be more attracted to the mouse moving on the screen or even to the keyboard, prompting them to step on buttons that mess up your Skype call. No matter what, it’s just pleasant seeing a familiar, adorable face.

This article was written by the girl who has sleepovers with her cat when she goes home for breaks from college. It’s not just the human family members that are missed. Pets are dearly longed for too. Find a way to fill that void until you can be reunited once again.

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Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs is a sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a News-Editorial Journalism degree. An avid bookworm, Rebecca reads all texts Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut when she’s not busy writing for The Black Sheep on campus. Back home, she spends a vast amount of time enjoying nature with loved ones.