Local College Station student, Dee Reynolds, has declared to her friends on social media that she is now responsible enough to have a pet of her own. Her small, rapidly constructed student apartment with no yard will be the perfect home for her new best friend. As a child in a suburban home with a spacious yard, Reynolds says she learned everything about owning a pet by watching her parents. After browsing on the “Buy/Sell College Station” Facebook page for a rescue, Reynolds set her heart on a pug named Pringles.
Reynolds, a junior education major, said “I don’t consider Pringles to be a rescue…you could say he’s the one who really rescued me. After all, I registered him online to treat my anxiety, which allows me to have a dog in my apartment.”
Reynolds made the decision to get a comfort animal after proving to herself that she could handle the responsibility.
“This past semester, I pretty much made frozen food every night, cooking for myself instead of eating out. I also always wash my dishes, after they’ve soaked for a week of course.”
Like most students Reynolds is away from home all day, staying on campus between her classes to avoid the traffic. Luckily, Pringles will have a kennel to stay in all day before his owner comes home, unless she leaves to go study or visit Northgate.
Reynolds’ roommates were all surprised when she told them about her decision to get a comfort animal, and about her anxiety.
Roommate Margo McPoyle said, “It works out better than we had anticipated. After being stuck alone in a kennel all day, Pringles gets to stay up all night with Dee. You can hear Pringles barking and Dee yelling back, almost as if they are talking to one another. So cute!”
Pringles, unable to attend class with Reynolds, will still get the full college experience. Licking up alcohol spilt on the floor, experimenting with marijuana in the room with his owner, sleep deprivation, and poor diet will allow Pringles to live the off-campus dream. After coping with her anxiety, Reynolds pledged to her friends on social media that she would bring an end to her struggle with academics. A quick visit to the doctor’s office will give her the much needed adderall to help with her inability to study.
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