Many students of New Haven have pets and have shared many memories with them. Some students have even spent most of their lives with pets, practically growing up with them.
First, the students were asked what kinds of breeds, or species, the students have, and what their names are. Senior Lexi Oetterer responded with, “I have a Dachshund named Izzy; two domestic cats, one named Kit and the other Camo; nine aquatic turtles named Arthur, Molly, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny; and finally, two goldfish named Harry and Hermione.”
“I have two different breeds of male pitbulls, one named Jager and another named Jose. I do not know what breed either is though,” answered junior Savanna Hanna.
Senior Martin Lewis said, “Sherman is a West Highland Terrier, Beau is a Jack Russell mix, and we have a cat named Tubbs. I don’t know what Tubbs’s breed is, but I know it’s one that meows.”
“I have two cats named Missy and Lady, as well as chickens,” replied John Liggett, sophomore.
Senior Desiree Strehlau responded with, “I have a Siberian cat named Shilo and a domestic shorthair cat named Jinxx.”
“A Catahoula Leopard Dog named Jack and a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix named Zion are my dogs. And my two cats [are] Meow Meow and Chloe, [but] I don’t know what breed they are,” said Seth Tolar, senior.
Then the students were asked what their favorite memories with their pets are and senior Julia Unnerstall answered, “The first day I got Maverick, my Border Collie, he sat on my head. When we got Gus, our gray tabby, his name was formerly Datin, and my mom said that his name can't be Datin because she was divorcin'. Milo, our brown tabby, used to bite my ears to wake me up in the morning when he was a kitten. When I come home every day from work, I head to my room to find my guinea pig, Minny, purring away in her cage! It warms my heart every time.”
“The day we got our Goldendoodle, Charley, my mom came home and told us to come help with the groceries. As soon as I went outside, I freaked out when I saw the dog,” replied sophomore Alyssa Sidwell.
Ashlyn Beckmann, freshman, said, “My golden retriever, Sparky, was very protective. Every time he saw me, he would curl his body around me until I got inside to make sure I was safe. Tigger, my cat, was always fun to play with. For some reason, every time Christmas music came on, he would dance in a weird way. He was a strange cat, I guess you could say.”
Senior Mason Johnson responded, “I have thirteen dogs all together. It might be a lot, but the memory I love most is when we got each of the dogs.”
“When we are too lazy to take our Beagle, Beatrice, on a walk, we just let her go and hope she comes back,” replied junior Lauren Hoerstkamp.
Senior Diana Ribera answered, “My favorite memory with my dog, Snowball, was when my brother, sister, and I took my dog outside to my backyard where we had a little playground. My youngest brother, Lenny, grabbed Snowball, went up the ladder to the top of the slide, and he tried to make Snowball lay down so he could push him down the slide, but instead the dog somersaulted off the slide.”
Students have shared a lot with their pets, and many would agree that they have grown up with them. Pets have been important in many of the students’ lives and have given them memories to remember forever.