Happy National Pet Day! Very random, I know, but it’s a thing so I guess I’ll celebrate it. Currently, I’m sitting at my desk while Tessa, my cat, purrs maniacally on my lap and is licking and snotting my face like a dog. She’s not quite sure which species she is, so she likes to be a little bit of both. Even though she’s intrusive and distracting, I do love her and appreciate her being in my life.
My roommate and I were talking yesterday about how many life lessons animals teach us. Tessa’s favorite is stop studying and snuggle. Another favorite is don’t forget about the food we need to eat. My dog, who is significantly less of a diva, has some pretty good mottos too. Enjoy the little things in life, like getting towels thrown on your head and playing (she’s real weird). Take long naps in the sunshine, and always eat the popcorn when it’s around. Go at life with your tail wagging full speed. My guinea pigs probably don’t have much to say other than run away and hide when you see people — except for when said people have food. I wouldn’t follow their life advice too much; it could lead to trouble and awkward social interactions. Toey, my horse, is a firm believer in fighting for what you want in life. When you want to accomplish something, make it happen. This has led to me ending up on the ground many times, but the other life lesson is always get back in the saddle when things don’t go your way.
In vet school, it’s important to remember these things. Getting out of class early on a beautiful day and being able to go for a run should never be taken for granted. When exams are kicking your butt, don’t forget to relax and eat every now and then. And most of all, no matter how hard things might be, keep pushing through and working towards that light at the end of the tunnel, DVM!