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Pet-A-Pet Day Fall 2012

A Report by Eleanor Cook ('13)

Chapel Lawn
October 24th, 12-1:30

Dublin and his admirers

What could be a better way to spend a lunch hour than in the company of several friendly dogs and cats in the middle of October midterms? I would be hard pressed to find a more enticing alternative as would the crowd of Smith students who attended the eagerly-awaited Pet-A-Pet Day sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life on the Chapel Lawn last Wednesday. Roger and Mia, two beautiful golden retrievers were the first to arrive and received ample love from the already growing crowd.


Retriever Mia enjoying the company

Dogs Dover, Tipper and Loki soon joined Roger and Mia on the Chapel lawn. Loki, a sleek and slender dog who is a long-time frequenter of Pet-A-Pet Day, brought housemate Pepsi, a fluffy and tranquil black cat.

Pepsi and Owner Lisa Morde, Administrative Coordinator at the
Global Studies Center, with Pepsi's student fan club

Chihuahua mix Percy made her debut with flying colors, her tiny body overcome with students’ affection as well as the potential of snacking on dropped cider donut crumbs.

Julia Hladky ('13) and her "new best friend" Percy

Whether an animal lover or not, students love this event. Natalie Vanivov ’14 told me how wonderful it was to have the “comfort of animals on such a dreary day.” Hannah Bernhard ’15 articulated what many felt at the event, in that “pets are a form of therapy. They have unconditional love for you, and the more you give, the more they give back.” Plus, she added, “they are soft and fuzzy.” First-time Pet-A-Pet Day attendees, Kayla Ginsberg and Josseline Matute, both from the class of 2013, noted the palpable feeling of warm welcome at the event, the perfect thing for an otherwise strenuous academic week.