Colleges Go To The Dogs

Article posted on Tuesday, April, 12th, 2011 at 12:51 pm by Dr. Nancy Berk   (2 comments)

Just when I thought my biggest hurdle was getting my college-bound teen to leave his Xbox at home, InsideCollege.com posts a list of universities that allow pets in their dormitories. Now, if my son picks the right pet-friendly college, he’ll have the opportunity to be distracted by co-eds and canines. And I’ll have the opportunity to worry about whether he’s eating well AND feeding the Jack Russell. While this could give him the opportunity to use “The Dog Ate My Homework” excuse for four more years, I doubt the pet benefits outweigh the inconvenience and potential hazards. Then there are the schools that introduce pet options you’ve never considered. One accepts rodents and sugar gliders. Sugar gliders? I know what rodents are (I used them to threaten my kids when they left food in the basement “Clean this mess up or we’ll have mice.”). Thanks to Google, I now know what sugar gliders are and I’m pretty sure these small gliding possums would like stray french fries too. Maybe a liberal pet policy is a cleaning option for the very messy. All I know is that the Xbox isn’t looking so bad right now.

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  • Anne T.

    My future son-in-law has a strange fascination with sugar gliders. Alas, he graduates from law school in about a month so his opportunity to have one as a roommate has passed. I guarantee his future roommate will have a “no sugar glider” policy . . . .

  • http://www.drnancyberk.com Dr. Nancy Berk

    Ah Anne, you’ve raised your daughter well. The sugar gliders are cute, but I a newlywed shouldn’t have to compete with or clean up after a member of the possum family.

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