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AARON & FLICKER

Aaron Putzke

Professor of Biology

Flicker/Puggle

"We have child locks on some of our cabinets because she will open the door and get into the food. When you're not feeling well, she loves to jump in bed with you and make you feel better."

Aaron and Flicker

DAWN & YOGURT

DAWN KEIG

Associate Professor of Economics & Business

YOGURT/ARAUCANA CHICKEN

"Yogurt lays beautiful greenishblue eggs. Chickens in general are friendly and very entertaining. We sometimes call it 'Chicken TV,' where we sit on the deck and watch the chickens roaming the property."

Dawn and Yogurt

MELISSA & BARLEY

MELISSA ROGERS

Associate Professor of Psychology

BARLEY/LABRADOODLE

"She loves playing with my 3-year-old. He puts his hand in her mouth and she bites it and he cries, and then he does it again about 30 times a day. If we step out of the room, she won't even eat – she wants to wait until we are with her."

Melissa and Barley

KATIE & KITTY PUNK

KATIE CREYTS

Associate Professor of Art

KITTY PUNK/BARN CAT

"She's the mob boss of the neighborhood – she doesn't let any cats go by. She sleeps on my head, and if I'm grading a paper, she comes over and blocks the whole thing."

KATIE AND KITTY PUNK

LAURIE & WILLOW

LAURIE LAMON '78

Amy M. Ryan Endowed Professor of English

WILLOW/CHIWEENIE

I went to SpokAnimal and he was there. He jumped in my arms and I haven't put him down since. He will burrow inside my sweater, under the covers, behind me in my chair. He just wants to be with you all the time."

Laurie and Willow

JOHN & LINDLEY

JOHN PELL

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor of English

LINDLEY/MALAMUTE

"She loves our kids and is really easygoing. She's super gentle but crazy strong. You know those metal sewer grates? She pulled one out and was walking around with it in her mouth."

John and Lindley

VANGE & MARVIN

VANGE OCASIO

Associate Professor of Economics & Business

MARVIN/ENGLISH CREAM GOLDEN RETRIEVER

"He carries a blankie everywhere, like a baby. He stares out the window with the blanket in his mouth. He's very playful, patient and loving. He's a beacon of light in our house."

Vange and Marvin

MEREDITH & MONA

MEREDITH TEGROTENHUIS SHIMIZU '93

Associate Professor of Art

MIKA, STELLA & MONA/RATS

"They're really personable, social animals, and they develop relationships with their people. If I'm standing at the sink, Mona will put herself right on my feet."

Meredith and Mona

SCOTT & MARTY

SCOTT GRIFFITH

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science

MARTY/ENGLISH BULLDOG

"He's named after the mayor of Boston. He's really smelly. He breathes heavy. He snores really loud. His tongue sticks out all the time. I love how willing he is to just be him – he does his own thing."

Follow Marty on Instagram: @martywalsh_thedog

Scott and Marty

This story appears in the spring 2019 issue of Whitworth Today magazine.

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