The weather is getting colder and the Netflix subscriptions have picked up, so it must officially be time for Cuffing Season. Defined by Millennials as the time to find a Significant Other or more commonly, a Friend with Benefits to spend the winter months with (only to ditch them when the frost begins to thaw), I liken the scramble of linking up with someone during this season to the desperation found within The Hunger Games – ‘May the odds be ever in your favor.’
Though it’s nice to have someone to spend the holidays with, for some, cuffing season can bring way too much drama. That’s why instead of linking up with a human this winter and enduring all the questions, rules, and confusion that come with it, you can choose to spend this season cuddled up with someone that will always hold you to the highest regard, no matter the circumstances. And that someone is a dog. Spending cuffing season with your dog will not only leave the drama out of your life and remove the inevitable awkwardness that comes with parting ways in the spring, but will also allow you to actually enjoy your holiday without any added relationship pressure.
A Dog Is Always Happy to See You
Whether you’ve been gone for 6 hours or 6 minutes, a dog will always be ecstatic to see you. The pure elation shown in their body language as they lay their eyes on you will make you feel like the most important person in the world. Furthermore, this reaction will continue every single time they greet you, no matter what kind of day they’ve had. All it takes is for you to show your face, and they’re suddenly thrilled, showering you with open paws, and lots of kisses. Forget bad moods or even worse, a multitude of other potential girls that could come with having a friend with benefits during the winter months. Your dog will always choose you first to hang out with, even if you do nothing but lay around on the couch catching up on reality shows.
A Dog Won’t Make You Meet the Family
When you’re cuffed up with your pup instead of a random dude, there’s never any added pressure that comes with meeting the family. Regardless of how much time you spend together, you’ll never have that feeling of embarrassment and discomfort that sets in after a few months once you realize you’ve never been introduced to anyone else in his life, whether it be extended family or roommates. Also, when you choose a dog instead of a boy, you’ll never feel the awkwardness of running into someone you know while you both are out together, stuttering as you attempt to introduce them as your “special” friend. Or should you have said boyfriend? Your dog will happily be down to meet new people, put his best paw forward, and reserve all judgment.
A Dog Will Never Pressure You to DTR
Another perk of replacing your dog with a potential cuff mate for the winter is the fact that you’ll never feel the pressure of defining the relationship, or having the dreaded, “So…what are we?” conversation after you’ve spent a few weeks together. For once you can have a relationship with very little expectation, and your dog will be completely okay with it. In all honesty the only thing your dog will most likely pressure you for is another serving of dog food or a tasty treat. As long as you continue being the hand that feeds them, they’ll love you for eternity, and you won’t have to wonder how to introduce them and whether or not you should be changing your relationship status.
A Dog Will Always Let You Vent
Remember that time you and your best friend weren’t speaking so you sub-tweeted each other for 12 hours? Then, you were so upset by her Marilyn Monroe memes that you desperately needed to unload all your drama on your boyfriend? Do you also remember him not caring? The best part about having a dog is that fact that they’re down to listen to every single detail of your dramatic life. Sure, they may temporarily rest their eyes while you get into the gritty portion of the story, but they’ll remain snuggled up next to you as a constant, physical being, twitchy ears and all. Due to the fact that this season is strictly for “cuffing”, all friendship and family-related discussions are usually off limits which can leave you frustrated with nobody to talk to. When you have a dog, however, you can bust out the tissues and the fuzzy blankets, stroke their soft fur, and be assured that they will be there to listen, and occasionally lick your hand in support.
A Dog Is Always Down to Watch Chick Flicks
Cuffing season and Netflix usually go hand in hand, and since your plan is to ditch your cuff mate in the spring, any type of romance is usually sparse as you try your best to remain emotionally unavailable. Due to this, you may find yourself settling for a scary movie or action flick in order to keep the ‘feels’ at bay. Your dog however, will always be an infinitely better movie-partner, because as long as it involves you and cuddling on the couch, they’re down to watch literally anything. Whether you’re tearing up as Jamie and Landon say their vows at the end of A Walk to Remember, or swooning over Leonardo DiCaprio as he announces he’s King of the World in Titanic, your dog will never judge your movie choice, or your ugly crying.
Though there’s a lot of pressure around cuffing season to find someone to cuddle up with during the cold winter months, in most cases the relationships are fleeting, causing lots of confusion and occasional heartache once the snow begins to melt. By completely opting out of this silly seasonal occasion and instead bringing a fur baby into your life as the ultimate companion, you’ll get to dodge the drama and awkward introductions, and spend the winter months watching the snow fall with a snuggly animal by your side. Happy Cuffing Season, y’all.