Every person should have a best friend. I am lucky enough to have two! There exists a popular phrase, “dog is mans best friend,” and indeed my dog, Maxwell, is my best friend. Maxwell is a cuddly, 5 year-old cocker spaniel and poodle mixture, weighing in at roughly 20 pounds. In addition, a lovely lady by the name of Jenna Michelle also earns the “best friend” title in my life. Jenna is a 27 year-old goofy lady who has shown me solid friendship for the past three years. I spend a majority of my time with both of these delightful personalities, and they both provide similar friendship traits to me, yet in very different ways. This is the comparison of how I spend time with my two best friends, an adult woman and a furry canine.
First and foremost, best friends communicate. Jenna and I are always talking throughout the day. Whether it is on the phone, via text message, through Facebook, sending each other photographs, or face-to-face conversing, we are constantly communicating. Jenna is usually my first English conversation of the day. We will catch up on what happened the night before or how a difficult test was in school. We gossip about people we know and tell each other stories and rumors that we heard. Jenna and I exchange ideas for our jewelry-making hobby. We brainstorm and share other craft ideas, reminding each other to add a particular idea to our “craft journal”. We bounce ideas off of each other and offer opinions and criticisms. We vent to one another when we are stressed, angry, or flustered, and simply call one another when we are just happy and feel the need to chat. Maxwell and I also communicate constantly every day. Unlike Jenna and me, Maxwell and I don’t share a common language, yet we overcome the language barrier easily. Our communication relies on his response to inflections in my voice, body language, hand motions, verbal commands that Maxwell has learned and been trained to obey, and particular sounds, such as a whistle or click of my...
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