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Enjoying Life with Your Pooch

These days, it seems as though dogs are not thought of as pets anymore. Instead, they are considered part of the family, a loyal companion and an ever-present cuddle buddy.

They are a spontaneous friend that is always up for a car ride, even if that includes a ten minute wait while you run into the grocery store. They cheer you on and nudge you forward when you’re in a slump, and whether it be bacon or sausage—they are always happy with your breakfast of choice.

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Whether it is their genuine, friendly personalities, or their keen sense of always knowing how you’re feeling, dogs seem to be the one animal that knows how to love, understand and take care of you.

This time of year, when the last leaves are falling and the sixty-degree days are dwindling, is a time for last minute barbeques, Horsetooth hikes and days spent at the dog park.

However, is your pup tired of the same old routine? Has he had enough of the dog park? Is his excitement lacking when you tell him that you’re going for another walk around the block? Maybe it’s time for a game changer.

Everyone enjoys relaxing and taking a breather after a long week—include your pup in your relaxation!

Allie Sutterer, freshman art major, enjoys “cuddling and taking naps” with her golden retriever, Max.

“I also enjoy playing tug-o-war with him,” Sutterer said.

Quality time with your dog is extremely important for your relationship. Whether that means including them in your nap, or playing a game with them, dogs are easily entertained and enjoy something just as simple as your company.

“I like to take my dog hunting, hiking and running by my bike,” said Joey Jordan, a sophomore mechanical engineer major.

Being active with your dog is a great way to spend time with them. Include them in your hike at Horsetooth, or let them run alongside you when you go for a bike ride.

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Try taking your pooch with you next time you take off for a hunting trip. Including your dog in outdoor activities allows them to release their energy and experience Colorado beauty with you.

“I take Bo with me everywhere I go because I love being with him,” said Austin Mancey, business major, about his golden retriever.

Mancey enjoys bringing his dog to class, taking him grocery shopping, cuddling with him and bringing him to church.

“It’s like having a friend with me all the time,” Mancey said.

Whether it’s napping with your pup or bringing them to Sunday church, ultimately, your dog just wants to enjoy life with you. Hopefully these new suggestions will leave you and your cuddle buddy anticipating many new memories.

Collegian Reporter Rae Ehly can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

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