Name: Peanut Nickname: Nutty, Bubba, Butters Age: 2 and change Gender: Female Breed: Goldendoodle Hometown: Park Slope, Brooklyn Owners: Jim Scheele (WCAS00) and Katie Bedard Scheele(BSM01) Likes: Off leash hours in Prospect Park, snow, chasing kitties, long walks with mom and dad, the hairdryer, socks Dislikes: The doorbell, fireworks, rain (bad for my curly hair) Favorite foods: Pistachios, cheese (especially Kraft American singles), bacon Aspiration: To visit the Evanston campus and romp around on the lakefill!
Name: Loge Nickname: None, but named after a character in a Wagner opera modeled after Loki, the Norse god of cunning and mischief Age: 7 years Gender: Male Breed: German shepherd Hometown: Wilmette, Ill. Owners: Tom Adolphson, community service supervisor with the Northwestern University Police Department, and Qingxia Li Likes: NUPD and all Northwestern athletes. He has met Coach Bill Carmody, Coach Pat Fitzgerald (SESP97) and Willie the Wildcat! Dislikes: Michigan, Ohio State or any other team going up against the Wildcats. Favorite foods: Any food Qingxia cooks for him! Aspiration: To catch more Frisbees and lacrosse balls, the latter provided to him by our champion lacrosse players.
Name: Happy Daffodil Breed: Dappled parakeet Hometown: Melbourne, Fla. Owner: Joyce Lundberg Ahart (WCAS62). She writes, "As you probably noticed by now, I’m an avid bird lover! Happy Daffodil came into my life 10 months ago after the loss of my Quaker parrot, Buddy, who was just that for 10 years. This delightful dappled parakeet has filled my house with song, beauty and cheerfulness that have carried me through two major surgeries this year. He is far more than a pet!" Favorite quote: “How great a reverence I feel when a small bird accepts me as a friend.” — Helen Thomson
Name: Sophie Nickname: Sophus ala Bopus Age: 9 Gender: Female Breed: Tabby Hometown: San Diego Owners: Phil and Beth Alpert (C76) Likes: Food and a tush rub Dislikes: Getting wet or cold Favorite foods: Whiskas (with the exception of seafood) Aspiration: To be in a cat magazine as the centerfold
Name: Ricki Nickname: Chickpea, Nugget, Ricki-chick Age: 3 1/2 years Gender: Female Breed: Barred Plymouth Rock chicken Hometown: Altadena, Calif. Owners: Andie Cohen-Healy (C84) and Hugh Healy Likes: A good dirt bath, sunbathing and pooping Dislikes: KFC, sprayed water and confinement Favorite foods: Grapes, sunflower seeds (like crack for a chicken), goat cheese and chicken scratch Aspiration: To be the spokeschicken for her mama's company, The Feathered Head
Name: Lili Darling (pronounced Lilly) Nickname: Baby Age: 10 Gender: Female Breed: Lilac point Siamese Birthplace: Northern Wisconsin Home: Soon to be Charlotte Owner: Matthew Darling (McC96) Likes: Fuzzy caterpillar toys, pheasant tail feathers, her and her brother’s food, sleeping on her blue pillow Dislikes: Baths, dogs, the vet and people other than her owner Favorite foods: Ice cream, chicken, beef and pork Aspiration: To get a nice home with a backyard so she can walk around in the grass. Fun fact: Due to an accident while a kitten, she has a metal plate, screws and wires in her left leg.
Name: Mr. Brown Nickname: Foxy, SweetieBaby Age: 16 months Gender: Male Breed: Yorkshire terrier Hometown: Woodbridge, Conn. Owner: Letha Deck (WCAS77) Likes: Taking long walks in the forest or park, dancing, cuddles, to chase and tear paper, relax with his family, eating freeze-dried turkey treats, stealing people food, playing chase Dislikes: Being left at home alone, baths, cold or wet weather, getting his teeth brushed Aspiration: To love and be loved
Name: Francesca Fagiana Hoffman Nickname: Frankie Age: 2 Gender: Female Breed: Spinone Italiano Hometown: Chicago Owners: Carrie and Jay Hoffman (WCAS82) Likes: Pheasant hunting and Prairie Wolf dog park Dislikes: Cockleburs,dog shows Aspiration: For people to stop calling me a “Spumoni”
Buster Jensen mix between a Yorkshire terrier and a Maltese
Name: Buster Jensen Nickname: B-Man Age: 12 weeks at time photo was taken; about 13 months now Gender: Male Breed: Morkie (mix between a Yorkshire terrier and a Maltese; in other words a mutt) Hometown: Dayton Owners: Rob Jensen (D89) and Peggy, Christian and Matthew Likes: Ice cubes, playing soccer, and napping on our laps Dislikes: Dog food and car rides Favorite food: Anything meant for human consumption, especially pancakes Aspiration: To bring joy, happiness and peace to everyone he meets
Name: Becket, aka Classic 'n Coda's Noble Dream (show name), CGC (Canine Good Citizen), TDI (therapy dog) Nickname: Mr. Buckets Age: Almost 5 Astrological sign: Taurus Gender: Male (neutered, but don’t tell Honeybee, the cute Goldendoodle) Breed: Belgian Tervuren Hometown: Kimberton, Pa. Owner: Kathryn Kages (C82) Likes: Herding cats, chasing tennis balls, disemboweling dog toys of fluff and squeakers, running dog agility, rolling in snow, sleeping across doorways, loving everyone Dislikes: "Is that a collie?" (Grrr); water to swim, walk or get bathed in Favorite foods: Deep-dish Chicago pizza, raw chicken legs, anything called C-O-O-K-I-E Aspiration: Meet the Dalai Lama for advice on healing the global rift between cats and dogs. Or catch some fly balls in Deering Meadow on a cool October afternoon. Both totally rock the Northwestern way — chase the big issues/catch the simple joys.
Name: Moo Nickname: Moo's a hard name to make shorter but fun to make longer. She has been known to answer to Moozle, MooMoo and Mooberry Crunch. Age: 2 1/2 Gender: Female Breed: Toy poodle and Coton de Tulear mix — so she's a Cotoodle or a Pooton, I guess. Hometown: Chicago Owner: Lisa Kinsley (GFSM09) Likes: Squeaky balls, Minnow the cat, learning new tricks and Skype Dislikes: Deep snow, being lonely and big crazy dogs Favorite foods: String cheese or grapefruit Aspirations: Moo earned her Canine Good Citizenship last year and has been a part of a local therapy dog group for a few months now. We’d also like to get into agility. Her short-term aspirations are pretty simple: licking some faces, getting some belly rubs and going on walks to find new and exciting places to play fetch.
Name: Unique Bayside Doc's Babka Nickname: Babka Age: 8 years Gender: Male sans the jewels, otherwise known as a neutered male Breed: Standard poodle Hometown: Betterton, Md. Owners: Malcolm Kram (WCAS70) and Mark Zwanger Likes: Costco roasted and sliced turkey, yellow tennis balls, doing "recalls" in obedience trials Dislikes: Sharing the back seat of the car with Knaidel the cat, having his ears cleaned Favorite foods: Roast turkey, Knaidel's food and Hebrew National hot dogs Aspiration: Getting his American Kennel Club Companion Dog Excellent degree in 2012, he already holds four official AKC obedience titles and loves the challenge of having his owners remember the right signals to get him to perform.
Name: Simba Age: 5 1/2 Gender: Male Breed: Rhodesian ridgeback Hometown: Evanston. Simba divides his time between our living-room couch and the one in our family room, occasionally stopping by our bed for a midnight snooze. Owners: Rob Mark (GJ95) (see "Flying the Big Bird," spring 2012) and Nancy and Abigail Likes: Napping, walks, rabbit chasing and intense back scratching Dislikes: Hates water in ANY form Favorite foods: When it comes to food, he's completely boring. He loves the same old Science Diet. He's never been a snacker, and we've never given him any table food. Aspiration: To sleep 24 hours straight except for necessary trips to the food and water bowl
Name: Sheba Nicknames: The Fluff, The Lamb Age: 11 Gender: Female Breed: Samoyed Hometown: Evanston Owner:Cindi Mason, assistant manager of research safety training on the Chicago campus in Northwestern’s Office for Research Safety Likes: Car rides, blizzards, belly rubs Dislikes: Thunder, Fourth of July, the groomer Favorite foods: Anything that involves the doorbell ringing ("It's for me, right?") Aspiration: To herd reindeer as my ancestors once did, or maybe just to sniff one
Name: Buns Miller Nickname: Bun Buns Age: Never tell a ladies age! Gender: Female Breed: Former magician's rabbit, birth details unknown … Hometown: Chicago and various magical hats Owner: Richard Miller, professor of molecular pharmacology and biochemistry Likes: Hiding in small dark places, sitting on laps, chewing the furniture when nobody is looking. Dislikes: The cat (although fortunately for the cat, Buns is vegan) Favorite foods: Greens, greens, greens and grapes, grapes, grapes. Also Triscuits, Froot Loops and apple cores. Aspiration: World domination.
Name: Dumpster Nickname: Dumps, Dumpy, Big D, Dump Truck Age: 4 Gender: Male Breed: English bulldog Hometown: Hoboken, N.J. Owner: Erik Neinstedt (C05) Likes: Toy duck, gnawing on blanket, sitting next to the fireplace and butt scratches Dislikes: Other dogs Favorite food: Haven't found anything he doesn't like! Really likes pretzels and carrots Aspiration: To have some other dog friends
Name: Angus McFangus Nickname: Big Boy Age: Almost 3 Gender: Male, but when I was younger I was subjected to a traumatic indignity. I'll spare you the details. Breed: Purebred street cat, found in a vacant lot in Chinatown along with my sister, Elsie Belle. Hometown: Los Angeles Owner: Sally Nemeth (C81) Likes: Gopher hunting, drinking from the toilet, climbing anything and everything, shredding the sofa, and the occasional snuggle. Oh, and I like my sister and the dog too. Go figure. Dislikes: Henny and Betty Jane, the backyard hens. They're snooty. Favorite food: Gopher, especially when I manage to bring it indoors so I can dine in leisure, on the bed. Aspiration: To someday have a delicious chicken dinner. There are two gals in particular I'd like to invite.
Name: Mika Age: 2 1/2 Breed: Havanese-Maltese mix Hometown: Roseville, Minn. Owner: Jason O'Bryant (WCAS99) and Mara Bliss Likes: Snow, sleeping in a queen-sized bed, belly rubs, Real Housewives Dislikes: Rain, aggressiveness, mail carriers, the vacuum cleaner Favorite food: Dehydrated hot dog Aspiration: Convince everyone to never go to work
Name: Zephyr Nickname: Zeph Age: 2 Gender: Male Breed: Soft-coated wheaten terrier Hometown: Lexington, Ky. Owner: Stephanie Richman (WCAS10) Likes: Running, jumping, food, playing with friends, trying to climb trees Dislikes: Cats, mean dogs, taking baths Favorite food: Peanut butter Aspiration: To eat and play all day
Name: Janet Age: 27 Gender: Female Breed: African clawed frog Hometown: Park Slope, Brooklyn Owners: Sylvia Shaz Shweder (J94) and Jeremy Shweder (GJ96) Likes: Hiding behind silk plants, eating my skin after it sheds, holding my breath for long periods of time Dislikes: Other living things in my tank — I will eat them immediately to protect my turf Favorite foods: Cichlid Gold Mini Pellet fish food and dead moths that my owners drop in my tank Aspiration:Guinness Book of World Records for longest living African clawed frog
Name: Bernadette, Don't Forget Nickname: Bernie Age: Four trips around the sun Gender: Sex? No thanks. I'm spayed. Breed: Mini poodle. I'm French. Hometown: Dangerous streets of Jakarta, Indonesia. I was thrown out in the streets by a pet store when some loser pulled my puppy leg through the bars of my cage and broke it. I have "street cred." Owner: Elizabeth Stenson, daughter of Mary Lee Baumgartner Stenson (WCAS86) and John Stenson Likes: Fareed Zakaria, Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper (we watch a lot of CNN), tall Starbucks green tea frappuccino with light whip cream, swimming, ’80s music, Halloween, edamame and Jakarta Animal Aid Network for rescuing me Dislikes: Sarah Palin, coconut water, the U.S. dollar–yen currency exchange rate, the garage cat (don't look her in the eye), Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Santa Claus vs. the devil [in Santa Claus] is much better.)
Name: Sam (short for Samantha) Nickname: Goose Age: 1 Gender: Female Breed: German shepherd–husky mix (we think — one blue eye, one brown eye) Hometown: Seal Beach, Calif. Owners: Mark Stepanek (McC80) and Laurie and Jack Likes: Specific breeds of dogs (and animals) on TV Dislikes: Specific breeds of dogs on TV Favorite foods: Shoes and socks Aspiration: Goosing any girl and playing keep away with socks
Name: Mika (named after favorite Formula 1 driver, Mika Häkkinen, sadly now retired.) Nickname: "The boss of me" Age: 4 1/2 years Gender: Male, but more the metrosexual type. Breed: Seal point mitted Ragdoll. If you asked him, he would simply say "best" Hometown: Toronto Owner: Maria Thomas (SCS89). He considers himself his own man and prefers to think of me as his pet. Likes: Guarding the house and racing to the door, growling to warn that someone is there; redecorating the artwork on the walls (seriously, he will try to "adjust" any painting or framed work on the walls, even when visiting someone else's home), cashmere blankets and fresh kitty litter (the fancy kind). Dislikes: All people food, even tuna, bacon, beef, turkey. Really dislikes scratching furniture, much prefers a proper scratching post. Polyester fleece blankets or throws. Anything not as handsome as himself. Aspiration: To see the new Kellogg School of Management building upon completion, bringing along his mouse instead of a laptop. Plus — world dominance.
Name: Henry Nickname: Hank the Cattle Dog Age: Five Gender: Male Breed: A rescued mixed breed (but definitely part Australian cattle dog, red variety) Hometown: He was adopted in Northern Illinois and resides in Evanston Owners: Kate Veraldi (GSESP05) and Eric Pitt Likes: Food, eviscerating stuffed toys and going to the dog beach or park. Dislikes: Being bored Favorite food: Anything that can be eaten, but if you're looking for a more specific answer, chicken Aspiration: For his owners to let him off his leash to chase (and possibly eat) a cat
Name: Nellie Age: 13 years Gender: Female Breed: Border collie Hometown: Deerfield, Ill. Owners: Julia Weertman (McC78, D82) and Nicholas Zerebny. Nellie’s grandparents are Johannes and Julia R. Weertman, Walter P. Murphy Professors Emeritus and Emerita of the Materials Science Department at the McCormick School of Engineering. Likes: Nellie volunteered for 10 years at Evanston Hospital and Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital as well as at a local school for children with severe disabilities. She is now enjoying her retirement. She has also received the Therapy Dog International Exceptional Volunteer Achievement, given on completion of 350 documented therapy dog visits.
Name: Linus Age: 8 Gender: Male Breed: Goldendoodle Hometown: Rutherford, Calif. (Napa Valley) Owners: Jim White (J68) and Carol White Likes: Chasing rabbits in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Linus can't get enough of this exercise, and despite eight years of practice, Linus still hasn't caught a single rabbit. He's fast, but they're faster.
Linus also likes the Rolling Stones' song, "Brown Sugar." We installed an AV system in our vineyard farmhouse and had them engineer it so that we could change and play, any musical sound track when someone presses the doorbell. Linus became so familiar with the Stones' "Brown Sugar" as our door "chime," that we had to permanently keep it as our doorbell sound for the last six years. Now when "Brown Sugar" comes on the radio, Linus races to the front door, expecting to see a visitor. Dislikes: Dry dog kibble without a generous topping of homemade chicken broth, which Carol makes weekly for Linus. Aspiration: Racing to the front gate when the UPS or FedEx driver arrives to retrieve a parcel and carry it to the front door.
Names: Sanga (orange tabby) and Lola (tortoise shell) Nickname: Sanga: Sir Loudmouth; Lola: Lolo Age: 3 (they are brother and sister) Gender: Sanga: male; Lola: female Breed: American shorthair Hometown: Chicago, now living in Evanston Owners: Marc Zarefsky (J07), web content producer for the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Emily Likes: Sanga: Running water, chasing Lola's tail, instigating trouble; Lola: Lying in boxes or other awkwardly tight spaces, chasing light Dislikes: Sanga: Vacuum cleaner and broom; Lola: Vacuum cleaner Favorite foods: Sanga: Water from people's drink glasses, milk, tuna bits; Lola: Tuba bits Aspiration: Sanga: To taste snow; Lola: To fit inside the smallest box possible