Sophie is a journalism student at Highbury College
There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day at college and seeing the little faces of my pug pups looking up at me with pure love and excitement.
When college gets too much and you simply want to go home, what’s better than being greeted by such happy little faces?
Although they are annoying, get in the way, mess on the floor and yap for your attention, nothing can beat the unconditional love that they have for you – and that you have for them.
As a student, having a puppy can be a lot of pressure.
Not only do you have college work and maybe even a part time job, you also have to fit in feeding, walking, grooming and just playing with your furry friends.
Which, after everything else, may not be what you want to do.
I’ve had both of my dogs since they were little puppies, so it is safe to say I know that looking after them is a lot of work.
They need constant attention and you have to keep eyes and ears on them at all times – without fail.
They get in all the nooks and crannies of the house and it is more than easy to lose track of them when all you want is to relax in front of your favourite Netflix show.
More than anything, I love taking my doggies out for walks with my friends.
They have a lot of love for each other and seeing them all play together and chasing each other is the best thing after a long week of studying.
Not only do I get to spend time with my pups, but even better I get to take them out with my favourite people to places like Butser Hill, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Emsworth.
We also have a great time – usually ending with a trip to the pub for lunch.
What more could you want?
Yes it is hard work, but trust me it is worth it.
They truly are man’s best friend and I would be completely lost and bored without them.
Lauren Wise is a journalism student at Highbury College