Furry Friends

Students at JD share loving stories and pictures of the pets they own

August 16, 2008. Lola and 6-year-old me.

How do pets affect a person’s life? Researcher Allen McConnell of Miami University in Ohio studied the differences between pet owners and non-pet owners. The study showed that pet owners tend to have better self-esteem, are more physically fit, and tend to be less lonely. I don’t know about the physically fit part, but I do know how much joy my pets have brought to my life.

Pets have always been a big part of my life. Currently, I have two dogs, one cat (kind of), two parakeets, one fish…oh and I am fostering a pregnant guinea pig from the Humane Society. Although it may sound a bit excessive to have so many pets, I think it has added nothing but happiness for me and my family. Not only has having pets taught me what it means to be responsible for other beings, it has also taught me what it means to be unconditionally loved…by my dogs at least. My family and I found my cat in our front yard about four years ago. She was clearly a stray, so we fed her canned tuna and she just kept coming back to our house. We named her Bush since she liked to sleep in the bushes in our yard. She’s kind of cute but she is not much of a cat. Bush Kitty doesn’t cuddle or play and we are pretty sure she has worms because she only weighs five pounds (less than my pregnant guinea pig). She is definitely not one of the most loving pets since all she does is sleep and eat but, I suppose she is ours now.

Bush Kitty

I have had my dog Lola for as long as I can remember. She is a ten-year-old Shih-Tzu and she is spoiled rotten, to say the least. No matter how silly it may sound, I feel like Lola is always there for me. If I am doing homework, she is by my side. If I am taking a nap, she is sleeping right next to me. There’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend and Lola lives up to this title perfectly. Like myself, many students at JD have owned animals other than dogs…



Tobias the cat.

By: Prayerie Trussell


Ever since I was young, I have been very fortunate to live in a family with numerous pets. I have been able to spend time with donkeys, sheep, rabbits, chickens, so many more others, and always, dogs and cats. I think so much can be gained in life from animals. My cat, Tobias, for instance, is always there for me. He knows I’ve cared for him the first day I saw and adopted him at four weeks old. He follows me around, seeking my attention and when I feel down, he puts up with all of my hugs.

On Easter Sunday/April Fools, two baby Nubian goats were born right in front of my eyes. Their names correspond with the holidays, Ezra (from the Bible) and of course Loki (Norse god of mischief-plus he was a surprise)! Baby animals are so precious, and after one and two weeks, they were already climbing boulders and tree stumps. There is nothing cuter than holding a baby goat and watching them play! There are countless memories of my pets that changed my life, the good and bad, but I could not think of a time without them. Pets are a certainty in my future.

Ezra and Loki.



Moses, the pug.

By: Olivia Culley

I have had pugs my entire life. I currently own an 8-year-old pug named Moses. Moses is one of the sassiest pets I have ever owned. He loves chilled watermelon, peas, and tummy rubs. My family got him when he was only 7 weeks old. He has been by my family’s side through thick and thin. Moses has grown into an interesting dog. We recently bought him a stroller, and he loves to be pushed into it. He also loves his stuffed animals. He has a routine where he has to have a biscuit and his toy to go to bed. Moses may be sassy and interesting, but he loves us all. He has gotten into the habit of sleeping with me after school. He also always knows when I am having a tough day, and lays on my lap to make me feel better. You too can see more pictures of Moses and be updated on how he is doing if you follow @mosesyjenyo on Instagram today!