Mercy sakes alive, this dog is CUTE! 😍 😍 😍

Join us in welcoming our newest iSchool Pet of the Week, Mercy! Mercy is a 2-year-old Bichon Frise. Her favorite food is lettuce, and she enjoys playing in the snow and snuggling in the recliner. Her favorite toy is a large quail named Dan-Dan, and she viciously chases him for anyone who is willing to toss him around.

If you’d like to submit your pet to be the iSchool Pet of the Week, shoot us an email at ischool-support@illinois.edu with their name, photo, and any cute stories you’d like to share!

I would walk 500 Niles for this pooch

This week’s Pet of the Week may be a senior citizen in dog years (he just turned 14!), but Niles is as lively as ever! He loves snuggling with his people and playing tug of war with his stuffed animal friends. Niles also appreciates long “walks” in his stroller around town.

If you have a pet that you would like to share with us, please email us at ischool-support@illinois.edu.

Cuddles for Collin

Meet Collin, this week’s featured iSchool Help Desk Pet of the Week! Collin is a sweet little pooch who’s main job is to remind his owner to take breaks from their homework for walks, pets, and cuddles. Pictured below is Collin playing on a bean bag with this favorite cow toy. TOO CUTE! 😍
Do you have a pet that you want to share? Email us their picture at help@support.ischool.illinois.edu!

A Puppy with Wisdom

Nynaeve shares her name with a certain special wisdom from the Wheel of Time book series. She is a great alleviator (though sometimes source) of stress. Just looking at her makes you say “Aw…” and forget about your assignments.

Have a great weekend, iSchoolers! If you’re ever feeling stressed, just look at some puppies!

for the very best girl

Today’s Pet of the Week is a little different than usual. Earlier this week, a very good pup who means so much to us at the Help Desk passed away. We’d like to take a moment to tell you about her and remember her.

This is Lilly. Sometimes, her human, Tad, would bring Lilly to work with him, and Lilly would run to the Help Desk for pets and scratches. She had the waggiest tail and gave the best kisses. And there were a few times where Lilly happened to be in the building on the same day that things were pretty stressful at the Desk. We would take breaks to go see Lilly, and she always made our day a little better.

We already miss you so much, good buddy, but we know you’re watching over your humans and you know how much we all love you. Thanks for being the goodest girl.

proudly hail our alma mutter

Hey, recent iSchool alums! Have you received your diplomas in the mail yet? I can tell you our Pet of the Week certainly has, and, boy!, is she smug about it!

Lucy here will NOT stop barking on about being the valepuptorian of her grrrraduating class. Now that she has a muttster’s degree in advanced cuteness, she’s really the top dog around campus and at home. Her human, Sara, is such a proud puprent. No more ruff nights of studying for this smarty pants!

Have a clever cat or precocious pup in your dorm? Send them in to be our Pet of the Week! If you can handle the bragging, that is.

grey of muzzle, good of boi

Happy long weekend, iSchoolers! Before you frolic off for a few days of summer fun (or marathon Animal Crossing), let’s take a moment to pause and consider the true mysteries of life. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Will they ever bring back Firefly? They say that wisdom comes with age, so perhaps our Pet of the Week can give us some answers.

This is Christopher, and he has been the goodest of bois for 13 years. THIRTEEN. What knowledge rests behind his soulful eyes? What lessons can he teach us? We contacted his humans, Kathryn and Carol, for this report:

Christopher loves penguins. He calls them penglings.

…Christopher is an actual genius.

Have a beautiful mind living in your home? Send their picture and words of wisdom to the Help Desk! They could be our next 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!

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.