Pet-of-the-Week - Meet Penny and Race

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  • August 24, 2020

Penny and Race are a bisquit-loving duo!

Your name:       Mary Whitsett

Job title/department:     Adjunct for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program

What kind of pet do you have (dog, cat, bird, etc.)?       Dogs

What is your pet’s name?     Penny (beagle) and Race (border collie)

How did you come up with this name?    Penny was named after Penny in Big Bang Theory, because I have to repeat her name more than once to get her attention. Race was named when I rescued him

How old is your pet?  They are both 7 years old

What is your pet’s gender?   Female and Male

Describe your pet in three words:    I call them Mutt and Jeff, one small and one big, the small one has a huge attitude

What is the thing your pet cannot live without?     bisquits, neither one will go outside without one coming their way

Can your pet do tricks? If so, what?     No tricks, the only trick they do is to con me into giving them more bisquits!

What is the best trick your pet has taught you?      Both have taught me to be patient, because they are so demanding with food and their routine. They both start bugging for dinner around 2:00 pm every day when I am home. They have me trained.

Do you have a nickname for your pet?   Racer, and Penny is Monkey

You know your pet is in a good mood when he/she does this:   They wag their tails and are happy to see me when I get home. And sometimes they both just sit and look at me (I hear them saying, can you read our mind.....more treats please!

Your pet’s favorite spot to hangout is:   The living room, which is actually the dogs’ room because they both have a spot they sleep in and rarely does it change.

Favorite toy:   the tennis ball, or anything that squeaks

One habit you would like to change:    Well Penny doesn't listen and when she gets loose she runs, so, yeah probably improve her recall and ability to listen. Race is good!

Does your pet prefer to play with people, or other animals?    people

Does your pet like children?   Yes

If you could ask your pet one question and they’d be able to answer it, what would it be?    I always wanted to know what Race's original owners did with him as a puppy. He came from a Border Collie rescue in Maryland with dog reactivity. That behavior is so ingrained in him it seems like he will always be reactive on a leash. He's perfect at home with me and Penny and I'm fine with it!

Can your pet read your emotions?    I 'm sure they can, dogs are usually intuitive that way

Funniest moment you’ve had with your pet:     When Penny gets playful with Race the hair on her back goes up in a ridge and she walks on her tippy toes (literally, it is so weird) so I started to call that her "shark" dog attitude.

What is the most rewarding aspect of owning your pet?   They are good company and give me something to think about besides work and other responsibilities. They are both very entertaining to watch.


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