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Part Deux: Confessions of Seminary Pets

Well, here we are again, on a cold Friday in Chicago. Last week, you heard from some of our McCormick pets, well here are a few more!

Who are your humans?

Ellie: Dave and Kristy Metz

Shiva: Melissa Gilbert

Lillie Bug: I have 2 humans. Mother and other mother (Sylvia Miller).

So, how do you like your living arrangements?

Ellie: Well, I wish we were in McCormick housing (the Metz’s live in LSTC housing), but as long as I have a good spot for my bed and a window to look out I am happy.

Shiva: I love it! There is always something going on and its the perfect place for a curious kitty.

Lillie: It’s great! My mothers are so busy that I get the run of the house! I get my pick of two enormous beds, I have my food set out for me all day and they basically leave me along! It’s amazing!

What’s your favorite place in the apartment?

Ellie: In my yellow chair by the window overlooking the sidewalk from which I can bark at any and all passerbys.

Shiva: Either sitting on Melissa’s freshly washed laundry (she doesn’t have a fur coat of her own, so I have to share mine with her), or birdwatching from the livingroom window.

Lillie: Well, you see, I have this one mother who sneezes because of my fur, so I like to sleep on her bed all day. I also like my giant stuffed dog. Oh, I also like to sit on top of the couch and look out of the window or over my mothers’ shoulders.

Favorite treats?

Ellie: I love the veggie rings from the Petco treat bar. They look like Fruit Loops!

Shiva: Cheese and Poptarts (I’m not technically allowed to eat those, but I try my best to convince Melissa to shaer hers with me)

Lillie: Once in a while I get food that is from a can and soft rather than crunchy… I like that.

What do you think about being a future preacher’s pet?

Ellie: As long as Dave and Kristy invite congregants over on a regular basis so I can jump on them and smother them with kisses, I’m okay with it. Also, since I am a shepherd, I must be pastoral… haha!

Shiva: I tried to let Melissa know that I particularly enjoy Paul’s writings by eating the book of Galatians out of her Bible. Her friend told her that I take Psalm 119:103 a little too literally: How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.

Lillie: So long as I get rule of the house, I don’t really care.

How many toys do you have in the apartment?

Ellie:11. Wait, am I supposed to count my humans’ socks? Then 33.

Shiva: I tend to ignore those “cat” toys Melissa brings home. I prefer to play with her hair ties and paper bags.

Lillie: Too many to count! I started with one bag of about 9 toys but then I discovered wrappers and shoes and pillows, so just about everything in the apartment is my toy now.

Favorite way to pass the time?

Ellie:Barking at other dogs who walk past my window and going to the Wilson Avenue Dog Beach with Dave on the days he doesn’t have class.

Shiva: I like to play fetch and sit on Melissa’s computer while she tries to write papers.

Lillie: I like to chase my toys throughout the apartment and hide them under the couch. I also like to be held by my mothers and play with their arms. It’s most fun when I’m playing and they yell. Oh, and watching the water go down the big, white bowl.

Well, how about that Chicago snow?

Ellie: My humans hate it, but I am a HUGE fan of playing in the snow and then spending hours pulling out the tiny snowballs that get stuck in my fur.

Shiva: I’m not allowed to go out and play in it, but I love watching it fall from my seat at the window.

Lillie: What is this snow? If it doesn’t happen in the apartment then I don’t get to play with it.

Remember to stay tuned in, we will be out of commission and on break all next week, Thanksgiving. But we’ll be back on the 29th, with some new stuff for you all out there!

Peace~Shelley D.

Confessions of Seminary Pets

Many of you might not know this, but we have many representatives of the more furry kind here at McCormick. McCormick has two residence buildings, the 1400 building and the Kimbark building. The Kimbark building allows for pets, while the 1400 building allows for animals to “visit.” We also have some pets living offsite as well in the Hyde Park area and in LSTC housing. We have plenty of them, so I decided to check in with some of our furry friends and here’s what I got…

Who are your humans?

Pigeon (shar-pei/lab mix) & DiDi (australian cattle dog mix): Mommy (Shelley Donaldson)

Ninja: that man and woman (Joe and Holly Medearis)

Posh:I have humans? (Once again, this one belongs to Joe and Holly)

Baby: mom-Holly and dad-Joe (Medearis)

Molly: Mom (Kathi Worthington)

Gus: Caroline (Underwood)

How are you on the living arrangements?

Pigeon: It all looks the same to me. DiDi: Not too shabby. We do sleep on a heated mattress pad while mom is in class. We used to live in Georgia where we had more room to run around, but the fleas aren’t near as bad here!

Ninja: This is month 30 of my imprisonment, so I tolerate it. It is better than the minuscule excuse of an apartment they called home in Florida.  Baby: I love it! The hardwood floors make it easier for mom to clean up, and the area rugs provide a warm seat when the floor is cold. Plus, I love the window space. Much better than Florida. Posh: Bed. Table. I love lamp.

Molly: My apartment is nice. I get to sleep in bed with mom at night, like always. The food room’s good and I have a nice warm place for my bowls, I like that a lot! I like the front door but I like the back door better ’cause cause I can see who else is outside, and I can sniff around to check up on Sam and Jack and Pigeon and DiDi and Andrew and Emma!

Gus: I love it! My human has some great leather couches that I lounge on during the day when she is gone and I have my own bedroom (closet that has been converted) with my own comfy bed! No sleeping on the bed with my human. I have my my own bed!

Where’s your favorite place in the apartment?

Pigeon: The kitchen. DiDi: The couch.

Ninja: The computer chair. Baby: Under a blanket somewhere. Posh: In the way.

Molly: My favorite place in my house is my Molly-Vision Viewers where I can watch the squirrels and little people and other dogs. I can watch all day long. I can talk to the squirrels and people too! I just don’t think they can hear me very well because they don’t talk back.

Gus: My “bedroom” of course!

Favorite treats?

DiDi: I’m partial to Beggin’ Strips. Pigeon: The trash.

Ninja: Yogurt, tuna, anything not catfood. I deserve better. Baby: I do not eat treats. I have to keep my figure. Posh: Bread.

Molly: My favorite treats are beancicles and yogurt, anything mom eats, and these groovy, crinkly sweet potato things from the pet store. Milkbones are good pretty good, too.

Gus: The occasional rawhide is nice, but I am still hoping one of those days I am going to catch a squirrel!

Favorite way to pass the time?

DiDi: Hanging out with Jack and Sam on the porch, playing Hide-the-Bones with Cassie when she visits. Pigeon: Sleeping or eating the trash… it mainly depends on if mom forgets to put the trash on the counter when she leaves.

Ninja: Creating devious plans for world domination. Baby: Hiding under a blanket. Posh: Avoiding Ninja.

Molly: My favorite ways to spend time are watching Molly-Vision, taking walks, watching Molly-Vision, curling up next to mom and wrapping up in the soft blanket on the sofa, and eating and sleeping under the covers. I do enjoy barking at Armondo.

Gus: Catching flies, licking feet or shoes, and sleeping in a cozy little nook behind the TV.

What do you think about being future preachers’ pets?

DiDi: I’m not really sure. But we do get to travel a lot. Mom is not a fan of staying on one place for too long, so she likes jobs where we can have a place to run around. Pigeon: I’m waiting for this laying on of hands thing to happen. Didn’t Jesus heal blind people? Do you think he’d do it for dogs?

Ninja: Unacceptable. How could they even be thinking of serving someone else? Baby: It is exciting. I know mom and dad will be great. Posh: Huh?

Gus: She has preached a couple of sermons to me already, they put me to sleep every time!

How many toys do you have in the apartment?

DiDi: We only have a few cow bones to gnaw on, some rope toys to floss our teeth, and Kongs for peanut butter when mom is gone for too long. Pigeon: Pretty much an endless supply. I just happen to come across them. I can’t keep count.

Ninja: Everything is my toy. Baby: A basket full! Posh: Jingle balls! Ooo shiny!

Molly: I don’t have a lot of toys. I like them sometimes, but mostly I just hang out watching Molly-Vision.

Gus: Mostly just tennis balls. If I can find them I love to play! They go under the couches a lot.

How about that snow?!

DiDi: We have shoes for that. So it’s not so bad. It’s fun to run in. Pigeon: I like to eat it.

Ninja: Better out than in, I always say. Baby: No! Bad snow! Icky, cold, and wet! Posh: Can I eat it?

Molly: I don’t know about snow here yet, but I had snow back at home and it was okay unless it got all stuck in my feet. Then it hurts. Mostly when it’s snowy, I just want to go out to go potty and come back in. The snow hurts my feet!

Gus: Well, I was born and raised in Miami, but who am I kidding?! With this thick coat of mine I was born to be in the snow! I love to run and jump in it! No booties for me! I am a dog’s dog!

*All photos are courtesy of the humans.

There’s more to come as far as our furry friends, so stay tuned!

Peace~Shelley D.

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