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President Mary J.C. Hendrix with Junior Lee and Nickie

From last summer, Junior Lee is in the cart and Nickie is strolling by. Equipment by John Deere!”

Mia and Lindsey Bordovsky, '10 and '14, Admissions Counselor and Head Cheerleading Coach

Mia and Lindsey Bordovsky ’10 and ’14 M.A., Admissions Counselor and Head Cheerleading Coach

“There’s that old saying that ‘the best things come in the smallest packages’—Mia is my heart and soul bundled into one little 3.5 lb. ball of fur. Mia is a 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier and ‘graduate’ of Shepherd (as she often accompanied me to class during my graduate program.) She’s my favorite sidekick through it all!”

Athletic Trainer Nycole Duncan and her cockapoo Stossi

Athletic Trainer Nycole Duncan and her cockapoo Stossi

“Our family has a cockapoo named Stossi. She is 2 1/2 years old and we bought her as a birthday gift for our toddler when she was just a puppy. She is the sweetest dog and hates car rides and baths.”

Lisa M. Fraley, ‘97, Student Employment Assistant, Human Resources Office, and Roxy

Lisa M. Fraley ’97, Student Employment Assistant, Human Resources Office, and Roxy

“My sweet dog, Roxy, is a German shepherd/black lab mix that I have loved for the last seven years. I am a pet owner because they are wonderful companions who are loyal and protective. My favorite thing about her is she only has eyes for me and beef jerky.”

Tucker and his human Holly Frye, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of community and congressional relations

Tucker and Holly Frye ’09 M.A., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Community and Congressional Relations

Patrolman Matt Harper, Tucker, Chyna and wife Autumn Harper.

Patrolman Matt Harper, Tucker, Chyna and wife Autumn Harper.

“I am a pet owner because I couldn’t imagine not having a dog. Also I prefer rescue pets, to give them a second chance.”

Shannon Holliday, Coordinator for Students in Transition, and Mingo.

Shannon Holliday ’00 and ’14 M.A., Coordinator for Students in Transition, and Mingo.

“Mingo is an 8-year-old Australian cattle dog and the #1 hiking partner. My dog keeps me active and entertained and is a constant source of joy.”

Barb Kandalis, Administrative Secretary for Academic Community Outreach, with Lucy and Ethel

Barb Kandalis, Administrative Secretary for Academic Community Outreach, with Lucy and Ethel

“My family has been rescuing dogs for as long as I can remember. These two cuties have been with us for almost two years. Dr. Virginia Hicks, Assistant Provost for Academic Community Outreach, saw them at the Berkeley County Humane Society and knew my daughters would love them. Lucy and Ethel are now part of our family forever!”

Julia Keough, Admissions Counselor, and Penelope

Julia Keough, Admissions Counselor, and Penelope

“I always had pets growing up and when I moved out to West Virginia on my own, I knew I wanted to adopt a shelter animal to keep me company! Penelope, adopted from the Jefferson Animal Welfare Society in 2015, loves to talk (meow), run, and play fetch with her toys. She is the very best thing that has ever been mine!”

Blaise Marshall, Graduate Hall Director-Turner Hall, and Margo

Blaise Marshall, Graduate Hall Director-Turner Hall, and Margo

“Margo is my rescue mutt! I got Margo in October of 2016. She is only 9 months old. Her first few months of life were rough, as she was abused and left to die. She was rescued and nursed back to health and now she is loving life! Margo lives with me in Turner Hall and the students on campus are her favorite thing. She loves attention and she can’t get enough of people telling her she is cute. I walk her around campus and we visit with many people daily. She can frequently be found enjoying herself in the Turner Hall lobby, playing with snow in the amphitheater, or lounging around in my office. Margo is a happy pup and she LOVES to play with sticks!”

Cecelia Mason, Staff Writer, Office of University Communications, and Maggie

Maggie and Cecelia Mason, Staff Writer, Office of University Communications

“Meet the happiest person in our house—Maggie the white boxer dog. Maggie joined our family as a puppy nine years ago and almost every morning since has walked with our daughter to school or the bus. Maggie is always so excited whenever we come home, whether we’ve been away a few minutes or all day, which she displays by squirming and wriggling her whole body and shaking her little nub of a tail. Sometimes she’s even excited when one of us returns from the other room! While us human members of her pack are at work and school, Maggie rests so when we get home she has plenty of energy to play frisbee, go for a walk, or chase the cat. About 25 percent of boxer dogs are born white (or ‘extra flashy’ as her breeder called it). If she weren’t so ‘extra flashy,’ Maggie would be brindle colored just like her one brown ear.”

Katie Matero, Hall Director of Dunlop and Printz Apartments, and Puck

Katie Matero, Hall Director of Dunlop and Printz Apartments, and Puck

“Puck is a two-year-old rescue mutt: half amazing, half terrific. He loves meeting new students every day. When he’s not napping, he can often be found walking himself around campus with me.”

Valerie Owens ¹76 and ¹86, Executive Director of University Communications, and her German shepherd, Sabot.

Valerie Owens ’76 and ’86, Executive Director of University Communications, and her German shepherd, Sabot.

“My husband and I did not choose the German shepherd, he chose us. An elderly, emaciated, mangy stray GSD showed up on our doorstep two decades ago and charmed us—Sabot is our fourth German shepherd (two adoptees and two puppies).”

James Vigil, vice president for administration, and Zekey Pants.

James Vigil, Vice President for Administration, and Zekey Pants.

“Zekey Pants is an 8-year-old lab mix rescue that I have had with me for seven years.”

Claire West, Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Office of Student Engagement, and Aurora.

Claire West, Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Office of Student Engagement, and Aurora.

“Aurora just turned two this month. She enjoys going on runs, especially in Shepherdstown. She has enjoyed dining at Lost Dog, Domestic, and Town Run and was present at the past two Freedom’s Run races!”

Frankie and Jackie Wist, Admissions Program Assistant

Frankie and Jackie Wist, Admissions Program Assistant

“I adopted Frankie in 2006 from a shelter in Gainesville, Florida. She has been my 6 a.m. alarm clock every morning and greets me at the door every night when I get home. She’s just as full of personality now as when I got her 11 years ago.”