As 2015 approaches, Milwaukee Career College’s staff and instructors reminisce and have much to be thankful for, including our fur babies! Below are some of MCC’s staff and their pet family!
Student Services Coordinator Kellie has a 4 1/2 year old Shih-Tzu named Lula. Kellie received Lula as a college graduation present. When asked what makes Lula the best, Kellie replied “Lula is awesome because of her SUPER sweet personality. She loves everyone (especially children), and never barks. She is a perfect companion for me because we are both allergic to most everything :). Also, a fun fact…many people say she looks like an ewok. ;)”
Veterinary Programs Chair and instructor Dr. Cybela is pictured above with his adopted eleven-year-old domestic long hair, Patience. He says, “Patience is a cuddler, a lap cat — she always wants to be curled up on or beside you!”
Dr. Cybela also has two other cats, a four-year-old domestic short hair orange tabby named Marmalade and a one-year-old domestic long hair orange tabby named Mango. Marmalade was adopted by Dr. Cybela’s wife, Vikki, from a client at a clinic she was working at. Mango was adopted after by the family from MADACC/EBHS (he was originally one of the cats that spent time at MCC). “Marmalade is a super cuddler while Mango is very laid-back and friendly. Nothing ever phases him, he is always the one to come out and greet visitors to the house.”
Dr. Cybela also has a hermit crab, Phineas, and a Corydoras catfish named Cory.
Tanya has a eleven-year-old domestic long hair named Precious. Precious was three weeks old when Tanya picked her out of a litter of kittens on a farm. Tanya also has a eight-year-old Shih-Tzu named Kicsi brought to her family by the Easter Bunny when she was three months old. “Pets are great because they are entertaining. Having these pets instilled a sense of responsibility and respect for life in my children.
Vice President of Operations Jodi has a year and a half old standard poodle named Aristotle. She acquired him through a woman that was ill and could no longer care for him. “Aristotle is part of the family now! He is so gentle with our twin toddlers. He likes to wear sweaters and have his hair dyed funky colors. He does not shed and he is a great watchdog.”
Jenissee has a 6 month old Teddy Bear puppy named Petrie who was given to her as a birthday present from her teenage sons. When asked what was great about her pup, Jenissee said, “He is the friendliest, most loveable dog and is in training to become a therapy dog for my eight-year-old son who is severely visually impaired. He is also wonderful for me because he is hypoallergenic and I am allergic to most dogs — having him as a new addition to the family has been absolutely wonderful!”
Holly has a 8-year-old domestic short hair tabby named Oscar. She found him at a clinic and adopted him into her home. She also has a yellow lab named Gauge who she rescued at a fair. “I had to purchase him because he was the last puppy left and I could not stand the thought of him belonging to anyone else.” Emmy is an 8-year-old domestic short hair that came to Holly as a stray after her parent’s neighbor found her. She also has a 2-year-old yellow lab named Bell that she rescued.
Julie owns Bear, a therapy cat she works with in hospice to visit the terminally ill. She also takes him to local colleges to help college students “de-stress” during finals week. Bear was Julie’s inspiration to write a young adult novel that was recently published about overcoming bullying.