My Pet & Me: Paisley, the Goldendoodle

My Pet sig2Meet Abbie Flowers, a medical assisting student, and her 8 1/2-month old Goldendoodle, Paisley.

Abbie writes:

I’ve been wanting a puppy for five years now, and my boyfriend and I were looking at houses. I told him, “I’m getting a puppy when we get a house.” So the day we got the keys to our house, we got our fur baby, Paisley . She was born Feb. 22, and we got her April 19. She loves her parents and follows them everywhere. She knows how to sit, shake, high five, and lay down. We are working on rolling over. She loves everyone and thinks they are all around to see her. She also loves to chase leaves when they blow around. She is definitely ornery, but she is so full of love.

Abbie and Paisley

Abbie and Paisley

Do you have a pet you’d like to see featured in Green Light? Send your full name, major (for students) or title (for employees), and your pet’s name and info to jgarver2@ivytech.edu. And tell me a story about your buddy: How’d you get it? What’s its personality like? What’s the funniest thing it’s ever done? Don’t forget to include a photo of you and your pet!

My Pet & Me: Meet Frankenstein & Oliver, the ‘unicorns’

My Pet sig2At first, she thought it looked like a mythical creature.

Actually, it was just a breed of dog known for winning ugliest dog competitions–over, and over, and over.

Monique Myers, a general studies student and clerk at the Library, wrote in to My Pet & Me to tell about Frankenstein and Oliver, her family’s Chinese Cresteds:

* * *

During my ex-husband’s second deployment, I told my then 3-year-old daughter she could pick out a puppy. She was having a hard time with the deployment.

Monique Myers with Frankie, at left, and Oliver, both Chinese Cresteds. She also has a cat, Fleo, and her two children each have a beta fish.

Monique Myers with Frankie, at left, and Oliver, both Chinese Cresteds. She also has a cat, Fleo, and her two children each have a beta fish.

We were watching “Dogs 101” on Animal Planet one evening when she got very excited and said, “That’s the one I want!” They were talking about Chinese Cresteds, most infamous for being winners of the ugliest dog competitions. She wanted one because she believed they looked like unicorns. (I do have to admit, they look like little ponies prancing around.)

I started doing my research, and I joined a Chinese Crested forum online. They barely have any hair to groom, but you have to take care of their skin, including putting on sunscreen in the summer.

I found a breeder who had one puppy left. We went to meet the dog, and it was love at first sight for my daughter. She decided to name her little unicorn Frankenstein (he also answers to Frankie), and he is now 6 years old.

About three years ago, someone contacted me about a Chinese Crested that needed help in Indianapolis. His name was Oliver, and he was estimated to be about 6 years old and used as a backyard breeder. We think he had never left his cage: His skin and teeth were terrible (Chinese Cresteds are known to have bad dental problems), and his toenails were severely overgrown. I thought I would foster him and help him through his separation anxiety and health problems. He has eventually turned into a foster failure–we kept him. Frankie has taught Oliver to build confidence over the years, and this last year he has learned to play. It was a really amazing thing to witness.

Gideon, Monique's son, 6, with Frankie

Gideon, Monique’s son, 6, with Frankie

The Chinese Crested breed is a breed unique from any I have come across. I love how intelligent and playful they are. While they don’t need a lot of exercise, they have little bursts of energy where they will zoom around the house or spin in circles before wanting to cuddle again. No shedding is a major plus! This breed is exceptionally loving and likes to hug and smile. Being hairless, they do tan in the summer and get pale in the winter. Frankenstein looks like a totally different dog: In the winter his skin is very pale, almost white. In the summer, he gets very dark and eventually looks almost black. He also has spots that start to pop out during the summer. I know people look at them and think that they are ugly, but I am very glad that my daughter picked this breed for us to get to know.

Do you have a pet you’d like to have featured on My Pet & Me? Email a photo of you and your pet to jgarver2@ivytech.edu with your name and major (for students) or title (for employees); be sure to include your pet’s breed and name. You may appear in a future post on Green Light!

My Pet & Me: Favorite Ivy Tech pets

My Pet & Me is an occasional feature on Green Light.

My Pet & Me is an occasional feature on Green Light.

For your dose of furry this Friday, we have three students’ four-legged friends to meet.

First up: Reco.

Reco is a 4-year-old Maltese Chihuahua who dances for treats. Before he became part of Rose Thompson’s family, Reco was in commercials for Uncle Bill’s Pet Center.

Thompson, an early childhood education major, says Reco was just shy of 2 1/2 pounds when her family got him. Today, he’s 13 pounds.

Reco

Reco

Tucker is an 11-year-old chocolate lab. Carlie Fee, an education major, writes that Tucker is a bright lab who loves walks. Last summer, Tucker even taught himself how to open the back screen door so he could get into the sun room and see the pond out back.

Fee and Tucker

Fee and Tucker

Lea Gamble, a building construction management student, introduces us to her cat, Luna. Gamble writes:

One of our barn cats had had kittens, and she had kicked one out of the litter.  My family brought her in, and our local vet clinic taught us everything we needed to know about raising such a young kitten on our own.  It was nerve-wracking the first couple months because we had tried to save abandoned kittens before and failed.  Luna was strong and healthy though, and she was my baby.  When she was small she had this habit of crawling onto my neck and would purr and sleep right there, and all these years later she still does the same thing every night, although it’s kind of tough now because of how big she’s gotten!

Gamble and Luna

Gamble and Luna

Do you have a pet you’d like to have featured on My Pet & Me? Email a photo of you and your pet to jgarver2@ivytech.edu with your name and major (for students) or title (for employees); be sure to include your pet’s breed and name. You may appear in a future post on Green Light!

Green Light will take a short break next week and be back April 24. See you then!

My Pet & Me: The proper Mr. Charles

My Pet sig2

My Pet & Me is an occasional feature on Green Light.

Meet Tessa Aby. Tessa is a liberal arts major from Decatur, and she has a golden retriever-lab mix named Mr. Charles. She writes:

His name is Mr. Charles because he is a sir. He will be 3 years old this June, and he is extremely smart. He knows how to sit, lay down, roll over, and speak. He can say ‘I love you,’ and he sings along with the harmonica when I play. He can also jump through a hula-hoops. He has changed my life forever. I love him more then anything.

Tessa wrote a story about Mr. Charles last month for her creative writing class and shared it with us. You can find an excerpt from “The Tail of Mr. Charles” below.

Tessa and Mr. Charles

Tessa and Mr. Charles

If you’d like to be featured in a My Pet & Me on Green Light, email jgarver2@ivytech.edu. Be sure to include your full name, your pet’s name and breed, and a photo of you and your pet. If you’re a student, be sure to include your major; if you’re an employee, be sure to include your title. You may be featured in an upcoming My Pet & Me!

Green Light will take a break next week for Spring Break. See you back at the blog March 20.

* * *

“Did you guys get new puppies?!” Tessa said, extremely excited.

“My son bought the German Short-Haired Pointer,” he said, pointing at the gray puppy, who was relentlessly biting and picking on me, “and my daughter found this free puppy and brought it to surprise my wife since her other dog got hit on the road.”

“Two puppies in one house! I’m sure all your shoes are chewed up and carpets peed on,” Tessa said, laughing.

“You’re absolutely right! Having two puppies is a lot of work. We haven’t been getting much sleep either. So I think we might give the golden one away. We named him Charlie, like after Charlie Sheen,” Mr. Corral said with a smirk on his face.

“I just love him! He’s so perfect!” Tessa said blissfully as she squeezed me and kissed my face.

After that, she took me across the road to my new home. I met her mother, who just adored me. She kissed me and hugged me and said how cute I was.

“So can I keep him?” Tessa asked her mother anxiously.

“You knew I couldn’t say no with this cuddly puppy in my arms. He’s adorable. You can keep him,” her mother said while she nuzzled me.

That’s when my life begin. My best friend was very pleased with me. Tessa always served me the best dog food and treats, not to mention all the places I was free to run. There were many bones to chew on and cats to chase. I always tried my hardest to make her proud. Potty training was easy; I did anything she would ask of me. She taught me how to speak and many other types of tricks. My life with her was wonderful. I was never happier!

Meet Mumford, Pippa, Pete, Oreo, & Delaney

My Pet & Me is an occasional feature on Green Light.

My Pet & Me is an occasional feature on Green Light.

After putting a call out for the College’s favorite pets and recipes last week, we received a number of four-legged favorites.

To kick off My Pet & Me, I bring you five of Ivy Tech Northeast’s sweetest and fuzziest.

First up, meet Mumford, a lion head rabbit. While Andy Bell, the engineering programs chair, admits Mumford is his daughter’s, he and his wife love the rabbit.

Jennifer Rambo, an adjunct faculty in accounting, wrote in about Pippa, her American Kennel Club champion Lhasa Apso. She calls the breed a forgotten one in the U.S., and it originated in Tibet.

“They were guards to the inner sanctuary of the monks and palaces,” Rambo wrote. “Loyal, independent, and smart! They have a heart of a lion.”

Rambo with Pippa at the Lhasa Apso National Specialty dog show in St.  Lous, Mo. Pippa had just received her Champion title ribbon.

Rambo with Pippa at the Lhasa Apso National Specialty dog show in St. Louis, Mo. Pippa had just received her Champion title ribbon.

Kelli Kreider, agriculture program chair, introduces us to Pete, a Blue Heeler, and Oreo, a Ragdoll/Himalayan. Kreider is also pictured with her 9-month-old son, Kaden.

KreiderFinally, we have Delaney, an American Cocker Spaniel, with Patrick McCormick, the program chair for the College for Working Adults and the interim co-program chair for hospitality administration.

DelaneyAll Ivy Tech Northeast students and employees are invited to send in a photo of themselves with their pets for a possible feature in Green Light’s My Pet & Me! Email photos to jgarver2@ivytech.edu. Don’t forget to include your pet’s name and breed, as well as your full name and major or title. Any other info about the photo would be appreciated.

I want to hear about your pet–and your favorite recipes!

Green Light hopes to start some occasional features on the blog, and I need your help to kick these series off.

My Pet & Me

I can't take credit for this sweet pooch. Spencer, a cocker spaniel, belongs to my in-laws. Here, he's begging for potato chips.

I can’t take credit for this sweet pooch. Spencer, a Cocker Spaniel, belongs to my in-laws. Here, he’s begging for potato chips.

Do you have a Golden Doodle? An aquarium of colorful fish? Four cats–but only four, because that fifth one would turn you into a Certified Cat Lady?

I want to know about them! Email me at jgarver2@ivytech.edu with a photo of you and your pet, along with your pet’s name and any breed information. Be sure to include your full name, city of residence, and title (for Ivy Tech Northeast employees) or major (for Ivy Tech Northeast students or alum). I may be in touch for more to learn more about your fur baby.

Dig In

I love food. Eating is the best, and I want to hear all about your favorite recipes.

Ivy Tech Northeast employees and students are invited to send in their favorite recipe. It can be anything from a weeknight staple to those cookies you make that gets your entire family drooling. Send in something fancy, something simple–anything, so long as it’s tasty.

Iced Mexican coffees. They were delicious. I picked up the recipe at tablespoon: http://bit.ly/1DanMv8

Iced Mexican coffees. They were delicious. I picked up the recipe at tablespoon, a food website: http://bit.ly/1DanMv8

Email me at jgarver2@ivytech.edu with your recipe AND a photo–it can be ingredients, a finished dish, or a shot of you mid recipe prep. If you don’t have anything like that, I’ll settle for a selfie. Be sure to include your full name, city of residence, and title (for employees) or major (for students). I may be in touch for more to learn more about how this recipe came to be.