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Paw Prints Past Issues (2017-2018)

Perfect Pets
Megan Adriaens

By: Megan Adriaens

Love is an intense feeling of deep affection. It's a proven fact that humans need love in order to function. Love is just one of the reasons that humans have developed such a deep connection with their pets. Pets provide a sense of companionship that everybody wants. Whether it's a dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, or fish, every pet provides you with a feeling of belonging. Society has recognized the companionship of animals by allowing emotional support dogs. These dogs are given to those who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, severe anxiety, and mood disorders. The dogs are allowed to enter virtually anywhere with their owner to allow people to have a constant companion. The bottom line is even if you don't have a disorder, pets provide a friend to especially to those in Clarkston.

Emily Bragg has a dog named Jack who she has had for ten years. She says her best memories include trips up north that would not have been complete without seeing her puppy frolic through the fluffy snow. Jack does weird, quirky things just as any relative might do. "Jack licks the floor obsessively, he even licks the carpet." Emily Bragg recalls the day that her neighbors offered her a new puppy. "Our neighbors had to give up Jack because they didn't have any more room for another dog. It didn't take long for our family to think of him as our sixth family member." Dogs aren't the only pet that the students of Clarkston High School take a liking too.

Jessica Douglas has had two cats for about 14 years and she now couldn't think of a life without Minnie and Twinkles. Minnie, named after Disney's Minnie Mouse, and Twinkles, named by Douglas when she was 6, have provided the Douglas family with a love that has lasted years. "My favorite memory is the day my parents brought both my cats home." The love and companionship that is provided by these animals is what makes them pets.