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Reigning Cats and Dogs | Special Features | Notre Dame Magazine


Greater than a dozen pets and educated working animals name Notre Dame their residence or administrative center. Meet the canines, cats (and fish) of campus.



Ziggi, a miniature schnauzer, lives in Dunne Corridor with faculty-in-residence John and Karen Deak.

Ziggi, born in spring 2020, continues to be a pet and weighs lower than 10 kilos. The miniature schnauzer belongs to John and Karen Deak, a faculty-in-residence couple who dwell in Dunne Corridor. Ziggi moved into Dunne in June and served because the youngest member of the Welcome Weekend Crew in late summer time.

Ziggi sleeps till about 7 a.m., when she wakes up for her morning constitutional stroll to Starbucks. On her approach residence, she typically encounters and greets Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, ’76 and ’78M.A.

“After that, it’s a little bit of playtime after which an extended nap in her crate whereas Karen (educational development director for the Workplace of Analysis and the Thought Middle) and I work from home,” says John Deak, a historical past professor. “At lunch time she’s up once more and it’s one other stroll round East Quad, the place she typically will get to say hey to the Dunne and Johnson Household (Corridor) residents.”

The Deaks’ condominium has a patio, the place Ziggi retains them firm whereas they work or loosen up within the hotter months.

“Every now and then, she will get to say hello to our residents, usually breaking all kinds of social distancing guidelines,” John Deak says. “She likes to leap up like a seal and say, ‘Choose me up,’ so she will be able to lick faces and nibble on ears.”

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  • Rev. Terry Ehrman, CSC, ’91, ’99M.Div. blesses Ziggi throughout the Feast of Saint Francis Mass in Stepan Middle.

  • Ziggi walks with Karen Deak on East Quad.


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Insurgent is a educated service canine for senior Emily Eagle, who’s legally blind. He’s 5 years outdated, and have become Eagle’s fixed companion shortly earlier than she enrolled at Notre Dame.

Insurgent “has modified my life in one of the simplest ways doable. He helps me get to my courses, conferences and hangouts with mates,” Eagle says. The black Labrador retriever’s favourite place to stroll is across the campus lakes.

Eagle, who’s a Howard Corridor resident assistant, educates individuals she meets concerning the distinction between a pet and a educated service animal. “Insurgent is an lodging to my incapacity. That’s his major function,” she says. Insurgent isn’t a pet, she explains. Individuals who encounter the pair shouldn’t distract the canine by petting him, speaking to him and even making eye contact with him.

“He’s a working canine. It’s vital to have that distinction,” Eagle says. “I’m an extension of him, and he’s an extension of me when he’s working.” 

She calls Insurgent her finest pal.


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Biff, a ragdoll cat, lives with rector Angie Hollar in Breen-Phillips Corridor.

Biff, a ragdoll cat, is 4 years outdated and weighs about eight kilos. “What she lacks in dimension she makes up for (in spades!) in angle,” says her proprietor Angie Hollar, rector of Breen-Phillips Corridor. “Biff is a complete diva and lives for consideration and adoration, which the residents gladly provide.”

Biff spends her days napping and folks watching. “My condominium overlooks North Quad, so throughout the day she snoozes on the again of a chair and watches (college students) socialize. I even have a window in my bed room that’s proper subsequent to one of many principal entries to BP, and Biff likes to lie there and watch BP residents come and go,” Hollar says. “Residents at all times search for her within the window after they enter or exit the north door.”

Biff isn’t permitted to depart the condominium due to residents who could have allergy symptoms. Throughout campus COVID-19 restrictions, college students haven’t been capable of enter the condominium to pet and play with Biff. 

“Fortunately, I’ve a display screen door, although, and the display screen has somewhat gap in it, so college students stick their finger by way of and pet her nostril. It’s the cutest,” Hollar says. “She sits proper on the door, her face pressed to the display screen, and watches everybody go by. Once they speak to her, she often meows again.”

The 2-month winter break was difficult for Biff. “She lives for the eye she receives from the scholars,” Hollar says.



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Milo, a boxer and American Staffordshire terrier combine, lives with rector Nhat Nguyen in Duncan Corridor.

Milo is a boxer combined with American Staffordshire terrier (pitbull), with a ravishing brindle coat. 

“He’s 4 years outdated however has the vitality of a four-month-old pet,” says his proprietor, Duncan Corridor rector Nhat Nguyen. The rector adopted Milo as a pup from family who weren’t capable of take care of a canine.

The canine and his proprietor stroll on campus day by day about 8 a.m. “We tempo the identical route each morning: Down round St. Mary’s Lake, as much as the Holy Cross Cemetery, straight to the Grotto, then from the Foremost Constructing to South Quad and again,” Nguyen says.


Milo walks with Duncan rector Nhat Nguyen.

Rector Nhat Nguyen and a Duncan Corridor resident play a recreation of fetch with Milo.

Most of Milo’s interactions with corridor residents happen when Duncan males cease by the rector’s workplace or condominium. Some residents take Milo on extra walks or runs on campus. “I typically take him on obligation rounds with me across the corridor and guys are at all times comfortable to see him,” Nguyen says. “Milo’s favourite pastime is working up and down the hallway, being playfully chased by corridor residents, chasing a ball or being known as.”

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Louie, a mini Goldendoodle, lives with rector Emily Orsini in Pasquerilla West Corridor.

Louie is a two-year-old mini Goldendoodle (mixture of poodle and golden retriever) who lives along with his proprietor, Emily Orsini, rector of Pasquerilla West Corridor. On a typical day, Louie and Orsini take a morning stroll round PW. 

“Louie is fairly chill all through the day and likes to take many naps. Louie loves to return hold in my workplace and enjoys searching my display screen door in my condominium to welcome the ladies of P-Dub when they’re within the foyer space,” Orsini says. “If I’m on obligation, Louie will sometimes come on rounds to say hey to the ladies.” Louie will usually go on one or two walks per day and has play dates with different pups on campus.


Louie has a sister canine, Callie, who lives in Welsh Household Corridor. The 2 like to get collectively and play.

Louie is an extrovert, likes to cuddle and is a big fan of all issues peanut butter. “He loves individuals so residing in P-Dub is a dream come true,” Orsini says. “Louie is a big Irish fan and loves to point out his Notre Dame spirit.”

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Louie greets residents of Pasquerilla West Corridor.


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Callie, a mini Goldendoodle, lives with Welsh Household Corridor rector Carol Latronica ’77.

Two-year-old Callie is owned by Carol Latronica ’77, rector of Welsh Household Corridor. The two often begin their day at 9:30 a.m. with a stroll, stopping for morning espresso at Einstein’s, the espresso and bagel place within the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Callie serves as emotional assist for others in line.

Within the residence corridor, Callie likes to lie by the display screen door and await residents to return by to say hey. Within the afternoon, Latronica and Callie go for an extended stroll on campus, typically round one or each campus lakes. Generally they stroll contained in the corridor to permit college students to take a break and pet Callie.

Callie high-fives Morris Inn valet service captain Roger Fairchild.

Callie’s brother canine, Louie, lives in Pasquerilla West, they usually typically meet up for play dates.

“Callie loves residing with the 270 people, going for walks, watching the squirrels (not understanding why they don’t need to play), visiting Roger the Morris Inn valet and being on Notre Dame’s campus,” Latronica says.

Elly and Blackberry



Blackberry and Ellie had been born in late April. The pair of kittens principally keep within the condominium of their proprietor, Amanda Springstead ’11, rector of Johnson Household Corridor, however a few times every week Springstead hosts a “Cat Cafe” in her workplace. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s appointment solely and members adhere to the campus protocols.

“I’ve a gate exterior my door to permit the kittens to exit to go to the scholars when I’ve my door open,” Springstead says. “They’ve shortly realized to climb and bounce that gate, so my residents can attest to the truth that there have been many iterations of this gate!”

Springstead had a canine named Lola, who died final spring. “A couple of month later, these kittens confirmed up at my mother’s home and their mom was nowhere to be discovered. We waited in hopes she would return and take care of them. Nonetheless, they had been severely underweight and solely about 4 weeks outdated. So I began elevating them till I might discover them houses,” Springstead says, however then she determined to maintain them.

  • Blackberry friends out the door of the rector’s workplace.

  • Johnson Household Corridor resident assistant Ellen Pil performs with Blackberry, left, and Elly.

  • Rector Amanda Springstead’s “Cat Cafe.”

“They’re very pleasant kittens who actually love individuals. They love to sit down on the gate and play with the scholars or get treats from college students as they go by my condominium. They prefer to hearken to the marching band follow from my condominium window,” Springstead says. “Most of all they, like all cats, like to interrupt Zoom conferences by tackling my laptop display screen.”

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Jackson is a rescue canine, about seven years outdated, a black Labrador and retriever combine. He’s lived with Carroll Corridor rector Eric Kinds for greater than three years.

“Jackson could be very food-oriented,” his proprietor says. “He’ll do something for a deal with.” 

The canine is jet black and weighs about 65 kilos. Kinds describes Jackson as a hunter, desirous to chase after squirrels and groundhogs, so he’s saved primarily on a leash. The pair go for a two-mile stroll round campus each morning.

Jackson is often excited to see different campus canines. He and Callie, the mini Goldendoodle who lives in Welsh Household Corridor, spend a variety of time collectively as a result of their homeowners organize joint walks.

The boys of Carroll Corridor get pleasure from Jackson and provides him numerous consideration.  “He expects to be petted,” Kinds says. “He’ll bark at them till he’s petted.”


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Rev. Christopher Kuhn, C.S.C. ’71 and ’76M.A. has cared for pet fish since his childhood rising up in Ohio. At present he maintains one 10-gallon and two five-gallon fish tanks in his room at Fatima Home and a five-gallon tank on the Holy Cross Province Archives Middle, the place he serves because the director.

Kuhn’s fish are freshwater varieties. They embody a number of ryukins (a kind of goldfish), in addition to neon tetras, vivid orange platies and zebrafish. He has about 16 fish. One in all his ryukins died in December, and he plans to exchange it with one other ryukin.

He alters the water each two weeks, and cleans the tanks about as soon as a month. That and feeding a few times a day is all the upkeep they want.

“I discover fish very stress-free to observe,” Kuhn says. “They don’t require an excessive amount of care.”


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Woman, a cockapoo, lives with rector Sara Thoms at Farley Corridor and Fischer Graduate Residences.

Woman is a cockapoo (cocker spaniel and poodle combine) whose identify honors Notre Dame (“Our Woman”). The pup will flip a 12 months outdated on January 31. She’s owned by Sara Thoms ’18M.Div., who’s rector for the undergraduate group at Fischer Graduate Residences and likewise will function rector of Farley Corridor for the spring semester.

“Woman will spend time with each the Farley group and the undergraduate group in Fischer Graduate Residences,” Thoms says.

A typical day for Woman features a brisk morning stroll round campus, napping whereas Thoms is taking part in Zoom conferences and common journeys outdoor. She’ll bark at anybody she doesn’t know, however desires to satisfy or desires to pet her. 

“Within the afternoons (within the hotter months), Woman may be discovered on our terrace, anxiously ready for some residents to stroll residence from class to pet and play along with her. She even makes an look at our Corridor Council!” Thoms says. “Within the evenings, her favourite place to go is to the canine park alongside the East Financial institution Path (in South Bend), the place she has many mates she sees each day.” 

Woman enjoys treats and bones, enjoying fetch and licking individuals’s faces (or masks). 

“Woman is curious, spunky and filled with moxie! She will be able to typically be frightened of tall males with hats, orange development cones or loud sounds,” Thoms says. “She loves squirrels and leaping within the (Clarke) Memorial Fountain within the coronary heart of campus.”


Woman with Thoms

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A tennis ball attracts Woman’s consideration throughout a gathering with Thoms and college students at Fischer Graduate Residences.


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Fenigan was born final February, so he’s almost graduated from the pet stage. The corgi’s proprietor is Christian Smith, a sociology professor who lives in Baumer Corridor as a part of the faculty-in-residence program.

“He loves consideration and tough play. He loves to leap excessive for toys held up, to tear cardboard and paper baggage into shreds, and to smell every part doable in all places,” Smith says. “Baumer is a brand new dorm and I solely simply moved in in August,” he says. “Fennie was comfortable to be a part of the move-in of scholars, cherished scratches from them and their households.”


The strong-willed Fen is pleasant with people, however not particularly pleasant towards different animals and desires he might chase those he sees. “Corgis are bred to herd cattle. They like to chase and herd,” Smith says. “However Fen is, after all, at all times on a leash, so can solely run a lot.” The canine supplies a welcome diversion and good remedy for corridor residents.

“The Notre Dame campus is a paradise for canines, at the very least throughout first rate climate,” Smith says. “The plush grass, countless sidewalks and strolling round lakes are any canine’s dream.”



Toxi and Skeet

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Notre Dame Safety Cops Jarett Gilpin, left, and Anthony Clark stand with their service canines Toxi, left, and Skeet. Each canines dwell with their handler.

Toxi and Skeet grew to become the primary Okay-9 members of the Notre Dame Police Division in 2017. They dwell with and are cared for by their handlers: Notre Dame police officer Jarett Gilpin (Toxi) and Notre Dame police officer Anthony Clark (Skeet).

The black Labrador retrievers are specifically educated to detect explosives and work in lively, high-traffic areas. Accompanying the officers, they typically work athletic occasions, pep rallies and different massive gatherings on campus.

Toxi is 4 years outdated. At residence, she likes to go on walks and play with Gilpin’s youngsters. Toxi’s character is nice and loving, however centered when she’s on the job. “She will get actually excited when it’s time to go to work,” Gilpin says. “At residence, she likes to put round lots. At work, she’s at consideration.” 

Skeet is six years outdated. At residence, he lives and performs with 10 different canines owned by Clark and his spouse. On campus, Skeet is ever alert and conscious he’s on obligation. “When he’s at residence, he’s lots calmer,” Clark says. “That’s his down time.”


The 2 canines and their handlers typically work shifts collectively. “Once they see one another, they instantly run towards one another,” Clark says.

As a result of Toxi and Skeet are educated working animals, whereas on obligation they put on black vests bearing the message “DO NOT PET” in order that they gained’t be distracted.


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