Pandemic pets, Half 2 – Michigan Drugs Headlines

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Yesterday, headlines shared stories from some of your colleagues who adopted pets during the pandemic. However, the newsletter team wanted to share all of the pictures and stories of your submitted fur babies.

Here are more of your pandemic pets!

(Click each photo to view a larger image.)

How it started and how it works


By Elyssa Daniel, Communications Specialist, Rogel Cancer Center

This is Benito (Benny), the mini Bernedoodle.

He came home on December 23rd at 8 weeks old and life has not been the same since.

Watching this little sucker grow was the perfect way to start a new year with hope and a little laugh.

He has been described as “aggressively loving” and his favorite pastime is destruction.

Another one to make a trifecta

Oscar, Archie and Hank

By Julieanne M. Lock, MSA, Research Administrator, Department of Psychiatry

We had thought long and hard about bringing another dog home, and since I was working from home, the timing was perfect to bring Oscar, our Bernese Mountain Dog / Poodle mix, home last December.

He brought a lot of fun and antics into our lives during a stressful time and enjoys working with his brothers Archie and Hank to make sure I take regular breaks during my work day.

Even the pets want us to be safe!

Abbey and Bella

By Terry Karnatz, Certified Revenue Cycle Representative, BBA, BS, Business / Financial Analyst, Revenue Cycle

This is Abbey and Bella.

We were frustrated when people didn’t wear a mask of life or death.

You helped us remind everyone of their responsibilities!

A polar bear for the fourth of July

Oh well

By Megan Podschlne, Project Manager, Transplant Center

We got naya almost a year ago.

I wanted to get a dog into the pandemic pretty early on and my friend hesitated, but I kept catching him looking at puppies online!

In early July he sent me a post about a litter of eight week old Golden Pyrenees three hours away on the west side of the state. We had a few days to weigh the pros and cons and then decided to “just look it up”. Well we all know how to do that!

The last ten months with her have been exhausting, but wonderful. We love our little polar bear so much and couldn’t imagine life without her.

A perfect lottery prize


By Nancy Whitney, Business Systems Analyst, Drug Technology, Health Information Technology & Services

I decided to adopt a puppy and in April I signed up for the Huron Valley Humane Society’s Love Train program, which brings animals, mostly dogs and puppies, from high-traffic animal shelters.

After some initial bad luck, 45 puppies from an animal shelter somewhere in the south were raised in October and my name was drawn from their lottery. On October 6th, I picked out my new 3 month old furry friend, whom I named Diego. HVHS identified him as a mix of dogs, and after some research and the help of a dog scanner app, I believe he is a Plott Hound.

Diego is now a happy, healthy 10 month old and at 65 pounds he now outweighs my great niece Leila!

Stop and say hello!

Penny Lane

Posted by Anna Taylor, CRA, Grant Services and Analysis Bureau, UM Medical School

This is Penny Lane. I met her on August 29th at an Ottawa rescue called Noah’s Project. She is seven years old and her previous owner gave up on her when they retired so they could travel.

Penny is cute, well-behaved and a happy ray of sunshine. I had always put off owning a dog because I didn’t want time for her, but the pandemic gave me the time that helped her adapt to her new home.

Even if I go back to the office, I think she will be fine with the trust we have built. Your joy in seeing me when I get home from short errands is over the top. I feel lucky that it is mine.

An 11 year old cuddle bug


Posted by Sarah Price, MS, RDN, Bone Marrow Transplant, Patient Nutrition and Nutritional Services

I adopted Rory on December 5th from the Westland Facility of the Michigan Humane Society. Rory is 11 years old and was at the shelter for a few months before I adopted her. She is very loving, sweet and cuddly.

I wanted to adopt an older cat that was overlooked because it wasn’t a kitten. Rory sleeps in my arms under the covers every night and runs to sit on my lap as soon as I sit down. I am so glad I found it!

Small dog, big personality

Contributed by Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology

We adopted an 11 year old Chiweenie with severe heart disease in August. He had been in care for a year.

I had never had a small dog before, but it has a personality of its own and has given our lives a lot of joy.

He gets along with our other dog and has saved cats. He can be a bit ornery at times, but he has been a wonderful addition to our family.

I would encourage people to consider adopting an older animal. We had a wonderful experience.

You are my Sunshine


By Lisa Clark, Patient Services Associate

Meet Mocha, my very hyperactive, energetic 16 month old puppy.

As much as she loves basking in the sun, she has been MY sunshine since I got her six months ago. She keeps me going, has shown me unconditional love and never speaks back!

With her crazy personality, she always knows how to make me laugh.

She will always be my silver lining!

A future superstar on the sidewalk


Posted by Tammy Moorey, Administrative Assistant, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Meet Lily, she’s my future running buddy!

We got them last October and life hasn’t been the same since!