Norae Pitts-Whittington here! Wes has allowed me temporary use of the CURE blog for my very own special interviews.
This year I’ll bring you a monthly look at some of the really amazing four-legged folks at McCormick. I am usually due for my monthly spotlight on the second Friday of the month, but this interview is so great I just couldn’t wait! I got to sit down with one of the coolest dogs at McCormick – Albus Labuschagne-Rhodes!
Tell us your name and breed.
My name is Albus, which means “white” in Latin. It would be a fitting name, since I’m a Havanese breed of Bichon and have white hair, but, actually, I’m named after the fictional wizard Albus Dumbledore (yeah, my owners are those kind of Harry Potter fans).
Who are your humans?
Dirk Labuschagne (A 2nd year M.Div student at McCormick) and Amy Rhodes.
How did you come to get them?
Dirk and Amy adopted me from the shelter PAWS in north Chicago. My previous owners were an older couple who had to give me up for medical reasons, and Dirk and Amy played with me for less than two minutes before they decided I was theirs. What can I say, I’m charming!
How do you like your living arrangements?
I pretty much have the run of the place. Except for the couch. And Dirk and Amy’s bed. My paws make an awesome “pitter-patter” sound as I run on the hardwood floors, so I run around a lot. Love it!
What’s your favorite place in your apartment?
You can usually find me in one of three places:
1. curled up in the corner where the couch meets the wall. Sounds kinda crazy, I know, but my brain power isn’t really up to explaining why I like that corner so much.
2. My bed next to Dirk’s desk. It’s base when we’re playing tag, it hides my raw hides when I’m feeling especially ‘dog-like,’ and I can push it around with my nose. Great place.
3. My crate. It’s my den, it’s my dog cave, it’s pretty much amazing. You can find me there, listening to NPR, when Dirk and Amy aren’t home.
Where is your favorite place outside of your apartment?
Anywhere there are other dogs. Or Parker’s, where I get a bath, because they give me treats constantly. Constantly.
What are your favorite treats?
Peanut butter and raw hides. The best is when there’s peanut butter on a raw hide!
How many toys do you have? Which ones are your favorite?
I chew through basically everything, and in an impressively short amount of time, if I do say so myself. Unfortunately, this means Dirk and Amy stopped trying to find toys that could withstand my powerful jaw and raw determination awhile ago. Now they only trust me with two rope toys, and I can’t choose between them.
What is your favorite way to pass time?
I love to hang out with other dogs, I love to sit outside Starbucks with Amy while Dirk gets them coffee so I can listen to strangers talk about how cute I am, and I love to play hide and seek. So far, I’m only good at seeking, but if the day comes when I figure out how to hide, watch out! Otherwise, I sleep. Sleep is so great. Except when Dirk and Amy want to sleep late, then it’s not so great.
What is one thing you think everyone should know about you?
I love attention! From dogs, from kids, from adults, from whatever – I love it. I will be super sweet to you and shower you with kisses (whether you want them or not) when you show me attention! If you don’t give me the attention I want, however, I will find your sock (or shoe) and carry it around it my mouth. Just to let you know you’re not paying attention to me. You’ve been warned.
Any words of wisdom you want to share with everyone?
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” J/k, I didn’t really say that, my namesake did! But it’s pretty true, right? So I’ll go with that.
So that’s Albus. Pretty cool, huh? Check back in another month to meet another McCormick Furry Friend. Wes will be back on Friday with more neat stuff!