Nib is a delicate senior lady. She grooms herself meticulously because she always wants to look her best in case Ginger takes her picture for Nib’s Instagram “oneeyednib”. Her favorite foods are spaghetti and banana bread and even she has a hard time eating them in a ladylike manner. Nib lost her right eye during a scuffle with another dog and she developed cataracts in her remaining eye. Despite being completely blind she navigates easily around the house and uses little stairs to return to her favorite napping spot on the couch.
“Gordo” was adopted from the Humane Society when he was 1.5 years old. He had a lot of fears when he came to live with Ginger, but has become much more secure over time. He is now only afraid of thunder and lightning, fireworks, strangers, being in the yard by himself, and random objects pointed in his direction. He is afraid of phones and cameras so doesn’t often appear on his sister Nib’s Instagram. Although he is getting older he is still really energetic and puppy like. He is an excellent problem solver, working his way around most barriers and is also known as “Houndini”.
Budders, aka Miss Lady B
Budders is a magnificent, smokey grey cat and an alumnus of the Huron Valley Humane Society. She is working on projects in Field’s apartment such as napping on the couch, napping on the bed, napping upstairs, napping downstairs, napping on the stairs, bathing in the sunlight upstairs, bathing in the sunlight downstairs, eating wet food, disdainfully eating dry food, demanding pets, and practicing her screech. She loves to nap, sunbathe, eat wet food, and garner attention. We love all of these unique things about Budders. Her outreach involves being a walking work of art and sometimes tolerating being ruffled by humans. Outside of work and outreach, she also enjoys napping and sunbathing in Solaire’s house.
Dewey is a dachsador, which means that he is half dachshund and half chocolate lab! He joined the Garza family in 2017 when he was a month old. Dewey loves playing fetch, eating treats, going for walks, and riding in his stroller. He may be little, but he has the loudest bark in the neighborhood (which makes his owners both embarrassed and proud).
Solaire’s Plant Menagerie
Solaire’s plant menagerie has a joint appointment between Solaire’s house and the group office. Upon covid, some of the office plants transitioned to Solaire’s work from home office to continue their business of creating joy. The plant menagerie spends its time transforming energy from the sunlight and carbon from the CO2 into growth. The plant menagerie is committed to increasing greenness and clean air through propagation. During its freetime, the plant menagerie tolerates being rearranged. On special occasions the menagerie delights its public with blossoms and delightful scents.
Another alumna of the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Lucy has been gracing Eleni with her presence and howls daily for the past three years. Lucy is a confident and independent coonhound mix whose talents include winning every staring contest with every squirrel in her general vicinity, spotting every bunny and cat in the neighborhood, and constructing the comfiest spots to take naps. Lucy loves to chase any animal (squirrels, bunnies, deer, etc.) at top speed with her ears flapping in the wind (this is when she is most beautiful), and while she is typically the fastest dog at the dog park, she will (sometimes) stop in her tracks for some peanut butter or back scratches.
Minerva is a sophisticated, playful, and affectionate one-year-old tabby cat. Danielle adopted Minerva from the Humane Society of Macomb within her first week of graduate school, and they have been best friends ever since. As the alpha cat, she is the natural leader of the household. Like her namesake, Minerva is not afraid of speaking her mind, especially when demanding attention or playtime with her favorite toy, a pink flamingo on a string. When Minerva is not playing with her sister, Luna, she can be found napping in various boxes, birdwatching from the windowsill, or snacking on salmon flavored wet food. Minerva has mastered the skills of playing fetch and interrupting Zoom meetings, though she is working on overcoming her fear of the outside world.
Luna is a sassy, playful, and energetic four-month-old kitten. Danielle adopted Luna from the MichiganHumane Society in June 2020 after looking at adorable kittens on PetFinder for several weeks. Luna may be tiny, but her personality is mighty. When Luna is not playing with her sister, Minerva, she can be found napping on her cat tower, zooming around the apartment, or stealing her sister’s dry and wet food. Luna has mastered the skills of hiding in obscure places in the dark and escaping her harness, though she has yet to develop her adult meow. When Luna grows up, she aspires to learn how to walk with and harness and fit into her Cornell University football jersey.
Gracie is an 8-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who enjoys chasing geckos, walking around the pool, eating icy treats (chicken stock frozen into bone shapes), and being the queen of the house. She does NOT like swimming, bath time, or any cute accessories the groomer puts on her. Gracie is deaf so all of her communication with her humans occurs through hand commands (aka doggy sign language). However, if she does not wish to follow the hand commands, she will simply turn her head away so she can’t see the commands. Amber loves that Gracie is always interested in cuddles and sitting at Amber’s feet while she’s working. When Gracie grows up, she wants to study biology so she can learn more about geckos.
Hello there! This is Obi. Obi is studying ways to effectively wake up his human, Rebecca, for an earlier and earlier breakfast. His favorite past times involve eating his greenies snacks, making a mess of his food and bothering his human for more food. He loves food so much that he has had to have ten teeth pulled before Obi adopted his human. Obi’s hobbies include birdwatching, playing with feathers and strings and showing off his belly while being pet. When he’s bored he likes to take the high ground and jump up onto anything tall enough so he can look about his domain.
From the moment Paulette saw Huitlacoche in the shelter, she knew she would be bringing her home. Huitlacoche’s deep black fur reminded her of the fungus that grows on corn in Mexico, a gourmet delicacy akin to truffles. Over the last 3 years Huitlacoche has become a loud, opinionated strong lady kitty (just like her mom). She will jump in zoom meetings to let everyone know her opinion and will even wake you up at 4am to let you know about her last greatest idea. Her favorite thing is to challenge herself and try increasingly higher jumps, followed by cuddling in the window or sleep on your legs. She is definitely the best writing partner ever.
Goober is an energetic, smart, and stubborn one-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Goober enjoys swimming, sprinting, destroying toys, and causing chaos in order to be the center of inspiration (from Goober’s perspective) or attention (from Ina’s perspective). Goober requires pets or hugs in exchange for letting Ina read in peace. This is a part of his mental health advocacy centered around affection and play.
Any fan of Seinfeld has heard this phrase uttered many a time. In fact it was from the hit sitcom that we find the namesake of little Newman. A 3-month-old golden lab, Newman is the newest member of the Shultz Squad pets. Newman believes in the philosophy that if anything has the ability to be chewed, it ought to be. He is also an active walker and Netflix aficionado. Newman is also the only dog in the Petterson family to prefer sleeping on his back, paws up in the “touchdown” position.