Anyone who has a pet can tell you that no matter what type of animal, or number of animals you have, being a pet parent is a constant learning experience.  Whether it’s training a puppy new tricks, teaching a kitten how to use the litter box or even preparing crickets to be used for feeding a bearded dragon, you have to be flexible, patient and willing to adapt.

Here at Summit Marketing, many of us are proud owners of animals that we would do anything for.  And it’s amazing how much of an impact our pets make on our day-to-day activities.  Meet some of our hardworking pet owners . . .

Justin:

Q: How many pets do you have and what are their names?

A: We have four – three cats and a dog.  Our cats’ names are Telulah, Cosmo and Louis CKat and our dog is Maeby.

Q: How did you get your pets?

A: Telulah and Cosmo were adopted from a local animal shelter.  We actually found Louis in a box in the woods at a yoga retreat.  He had been abandoned at a very young age.  We had to work really hard to nurture him back to health.  We took Maeby in after previous owners were no longer able to care for her.

Q: What have your pets taught you?

A: Patience.  And that tennis balls aren’t as strong as I thought they were.

Jennifer:

Q: How many pets do you have and what are their names?

A: Two dogs, two cats.  My dogs are named Ruby and Cozette (AKA Cozy) and my cats are Horatio and Bella.

Q: How did you get your pets?

A: My Mom passed in 2007 and I got divorced that year as well.  I was pretty depressed and my good friend, who is an animal rescuer, suggested that I get a dog.  That’s when I adopted Ruby.  In 2010, I thought Ruby needed a companion because I often traveled for work, so I rescued Cozy, who had been given up when she wasn’t quite a year old.  She was being fostered by a friend of mine and I brought her home in March of 2010.  My ex-husband and I were equal opportunity animal lovers, so we adopted both cats in 2012 from a local shelter to round out the house.

Q: What have your pets taught you?

A: Acceptance.  I used to be a clean freak.  But once you get four animals in a house, you do the best you can to keep the floors clean and the fur vacuumed up – and that’s okay.  Being greeted with wagging tails and kisses at the garage door every day is better than an ultra-clean house any day.

 

Anne:

Q: How many pets do you have and what are their names?

A: We have a bearded dragon named Yoshi.

Q: How did you get your pet?

A: Well, we went to a “Reptile Show” (who knew) and saw all of these cool lizards, snakes, turtles, etc. and my husband thought it would be cool to get a bearded dragon for our 7-year-old son.  We didn’t buy one that first trip, but we talked to a number of breeders.  My husband gave one of them a call a few days later and went to his house and bought one.  He chose Yoshi because he had nice coloring.

Q: What has your pet taught you?

A: That 7-year-olds do NOT do a good job of taking care of lizards!  Also, I’ve learned how to get my hands dirty.  Lizards eat a TON of crickets!  So . . . I essentially started a cricket farm to try and keep up with demand.

Nathan:

Q: How many pets do you have and what are their names?

A: We have a Boston Terrier named Ziggy that we got from a breeder from a small town in Central Missouri.

Q: Any tricks, habits or unique personality traits your dog does/has?

A: She can detect my mood without me saying a word.  Whether I’m happy, frustrated, tired . . . doesn’t matter.  For example, she won’t come near me when I’m watching a KU or Chiefs game.  She knows I can be very animated during those times.

Q: What has your pet taught you?

A: Patience.  Ziggy has no concept of personal space.  And when she is wound up . . . look out!

Marisa:

Q: How many pets do you have and what are their names?

A: We have a purebred mutt named Penny.  We think she’s a mixture of terrier and pinscher but who knows exactly?

Q: How did you get your pet?

A: My husband and I found her discarded in a trashcan while on our way to dinner one night.  She was severely emaciated and covered in sores and fleas.  At first sight, I burst into tears!  She looked like she’d been starving for weeks.  I remember picking her up, not even thinking of the possible diseases or insects she might have crawling on her, and just holding her.  She was so fragile but so content in my arms.  From that point on, she’s never left our side and is the most loyal and loving companion!

Q: What has your pet taught you?

A: Penny has taught us patience.  There was a long recovery process for her to get back to being a healthy, happy puppy, but she is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to our family.  We will always believe she was put in our lives for a reason.

Michelle:

Q: How many pets do you have and what are their names?

A: We have three standard poodles named Chase Sterling, Sophie Lauren and Mallory Grace, and one teacup poodle named Elle.

Q: Any tricks, habits or unique personality traits your dogs do/have?

A: So many personalities!  Chase (Sophie’s husband, Mallory’s father) is our handsome boy.  When we take him for walks, people stop and stare!  Sophie is royalty and she knows it.  She’s the queen of the household.  Mallory is our baby.  She likes to hog the bed at night!  Elle might be small but she’s mighty.  When our daughter went to college, Elle went too.  She lived in the dorm and would even attended classes!

Q: What have your pets taught you?

A: Unconditional love.  No matter what kind of day I’ve had, when I come home, they are right there to greet me.  Like Marines, they’re always faithful – Semper Fidelis!

Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales: A Look into Summit Marketing’s Four-legged Friends was last modified: May 8th, 2017 by Marisa Farris