Pawmp and Purrcumstance

Happy End of Semester, iSchoolers! We officially survived Spring 2020! Take THAT, Corona Virus!

We know that commencement is a bit strange this term (read as on hiatus), but we wanted to offer a little something to all those graduating this weekend: a warm smile from our Pet AND Human of the Week!

Photo of Dr. Kate McDowell holder her cat, Xylo

Here’s our very own Dr. Kate McDowell and her very handsome associate, Xylo! They want to wish all those graduating the heartiest of congratulations and so much luck in their next adventures. They would also like to make sure that we all know that Xylo is a good cat and a pretty cat and we would all be so lucky to give him hugs.

Way to go, everyone! And don’t forget: alumni pets are still eligible for Pet of the Week! We’d love to see where they (and their humans) end up! As for the rest of you…where my pet submissions at? It’s summer break, but that doesn’t mean you can skimp out on cute animal pictures! Get it together!

Today is a Good Day to Nap

It’s finals week, iSchool! Whether you’re frantically writing that final paper, putting the final touches on your summer syllabi, or staring down a growing pile of grading, you’ve almost survived what might be the weirdest semester in history! While you make the final slog to the finish line, we want you to know that our Pet of the Week is right there with you.

Adorable cat lying on a laptop keyboard

Klingon here cannot WAIT to be done with this school year. She’s worked her butt off helping her human, Madeleine, with very useful edits on papers and all of this time with humans at home but not solely focused on kitty pets is really wearing on her. Someone get this poor baby a pillow and a Nobel Prize. She is truly the best in all of us.

Do you have a study buddy who deserves all of the accolades? Send them in to be featured as our next Pet of the Week! It is the greatest honor we can give them.

 

 

(Note: the PotW Poster is now contractually limited in the number of Star Trek references they are allowed in one post due to the January 31st Incident. Please forgive them their indiscretions, particularly if you are a Star Wars fan. Sincerely, the Management)

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bun-ble

Hey, iSchoolers! It’s the last Friday before FINALS WEEK! There are projects to finish, papers to write, and panic to power through. …That’s not just me, right?

To help you through this trying time, we’re summoning up a very special (and spooky) Pet of the Week!

Bunny with a Ouija board

Penny is one brave bunny! Not only is she just the fluffy-wuffiest little baby bun that we’ve ever seen (with a sooty nosie and peeeets!), but she also likes to seek out the dark forces and join them on their hellish crusade. She’s using this quarantine to work on her tarot reading and cauldron mending (when she’s not getting cuddles from her human, Becca). We’re so glad you have such dedication, Penny! But also…please don’t bring that Ouija board into our house. We are a little stitious.

Have a soft or spooky friend you’d like to show off? Send them over to the Help Desk to be featured as a Pet of the Week!

Working for the Weekend

It’s finally Friday!

As much as we’re looking forward to the weekend, we doubt we’re as excited as Chloe here. Chloe is so loved she gets her own, personal omelette every Saturday! Do you think she’ll make one for me, too?

Thank you to her human, Kerstin, for sharing this adorable fluff-ball with us!

Photo of dog in a blanket

Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent.

How are y’all doing, iSchool? It’s a cloudy, chilly Friday afternoon here in Chambana, so we are dreaming of fantastic adventures in warmer climates. As luck would have it, this week’s Pet of the Week is a fantasy creature in his own right.

Photo of a dog

This handsome stallion is Griffin. Obviously, he’s magical, well-dressed, and the goodest boy. We’re also relatively certain he could take flight with those enchanting ears. His human, Shraddha, says he’s also sweet as sugar and a always brings the party. Pretty and a pup with personality? Griffin has put a spell on us!

Want your best friend featured and described dramatially with mixed metaphors? Send their best headshot over to the Help Desk! We’re always ready for future fluffs!

A Good Fish and True

Happy Friday, iSchoolers! We’ve survived another week of sheltering in place and living online. If you’re struggling to keep your head above water, our Pet of the Week is here to give you some tips.

Photo of a beta fish

Our friend Dogberry here knows some things about being cooped up and not feeling well. He’s a tough little dude who knows that, no matter what, you just have to keep swimming. His human, Kaye, says he’s a good friend and always puts a smile on their face. We hope that Dogberry is making you smile, too.

Does your favorite roommate or coworker make you smile, too? Don’t lie; we all know your favorite coworker or roommate isn’t human. If so, send them over to the Help Desk to be featured as our Pet of the Week! And in the meantime, Just Keep Swimming.

Behold: the Pet-ron Saint of Laziness

Happy Friday, iSchool! It’s almost time to shut off those laptops, take off those headsets, and go back to playing Animal Crossing for forty-eight straight hours! With just a couple more hours to our official weekend, we’d like to present to you the Help Desk’s Friday Afternoon Patronus:

Photo of a god laying down on a walk

Everyone, meet Bomber! Bomber can’t even. Bomber is the canine-ification of “How About No?” Bomber misplaced his very last give-a-hoot before the rest of us were even born. Unlike his human and iSchool IT Sith Lord Brynnen (All Hail), Bomber couldn’t care less if he tried. Which he won’t. Because Bomber can’t bother with trying anything.

We aspire to this level of nihilism. Bomber, how do you do it? Truly, could you teach us the way? Could you offer a Zoom Master Class on How Not to Care?

No?

Oh. Well. We should have seen that one coming.

Friends, just this once, don’t emulate Bomber: send us your favorite friend to be featured as our Pet of the Week. It’s something worth caring about right now.

Also it’s the only thing keeping the Help Desk GAs vaguely sane. No pressure.

Presenting the President of the Optimists’ Club

Friends, we’ve survived our first week of all-online life at the iSchool. The Help Desk has every confidence that we’ll survive next week, too, but we could definitely use some inspiration. That’s where this week’s Pet of the Week comes in.

Photo of a dog

Messr. Theodore Maximus Younan-Lopez (or “Teddy” to his friends) is gazing into the future, a future where he’s allowed to sniff other doggos in the park and his human, Eileen, goes to the store to buy him snausages on a daily basis; where he can leisurely wander into the bathroom for a clandestine sip of toilet water instead of having to sneak past his people*. Yes, Teddy knows there are better days coming. Teddy knows all.

We’re dreaming of a brighter future, too; especially one where our wonderful iSchoolers send us their fluffy friends to be featured as Pet of the Week. It’s for the good of humanity, y’all. Please. Think of the children.

 

 

*Our counsel advises us to state that we have no evidence Mr. Younan-Lopez has ever been anywhere near the humans’ toilet and is too good of a boy to ever do something so naughty. We apologize to Mr. Younan-Lopez and his family for any implication of wrongdoing.

Are you there, iSchool? It’s us, the Help Desk

A lot is changing here at the iSchool, but the one thing you can rely on is the Help Desk’s Pet of the Week! Come on out of your isolation chambers and feast your eyes on this good boy.

Photo of dog laying in the sun

Willie here knows a little bit about social isolation, although he’d much prefer a cuddle and kisses. He’s good at finding a sunny, quiet spot and relaxing the day away. His human, Matthew, says he passes the time by earning new nicknames from his friends and family (William, Willard, and Wilson are recent favorites).

Have your own furry, feathered, or fanged friend who’s keeping you company while you hunker down? Send them to the Help Desk to be featured as the Pet of the Week!

Please. Send them. We need the cute right now.

Don’t Lose that Confidence, Team!

Hey, iSchoolers. How’re you holding up out there? It’s been a stressful few days and it’s probably going to stay that way. But hopefully, this week’s Pet of the Week will bring a smile to your face.

Photo of a cat surround by plants

Bill Purry here knows a little bit about mass hysteria (and dogs and cats living together), but he’s pretty sure the alien at the Holiday Inn in Paramus was wrong about the end of the world. He loves singing songs about the good life and avoiding restaurants that make you cook your own food. His biggest fan, Kiri, says that they love it when he sparkles, but it’s his professionalism that they really respect.

Have your own somber-faced comedian who stares dramatically out of rainy windows? Send it over to the Help Desk to be the Pet of the Week.

No jaguar sharks, please.