By Anna Patrick, Assistant Digital Publicist
As we continue to be inspired by author Tom Cohen’s Dogs With Old Man Faces, Portraits of Crotchety Canines, we would like to recognize the other pets who stand behind the MEDIA CONNECT team. While the mere mention of “cats” in the same sentence with a dog is a surefire way to ignite the perennial feud, dogs verus cats, we look to settle the debate by including feline friends in addition to three more dog faces.
The black & white cat is my handsome love-bug Cooper. We adopted him 4 years ago this coming January from an amazing shelter on Long Island (Animals Can’t Talk) as an engagement present to ourselves. He makes every single day a little brighter. We lost our older cat, Giza, this summer and recently expanded the family to include little Miss Tiger-Lily who is just 6 months old… she is a holy terror but makes up for it by being too cute for words. She jumps, pirouettes and literally flies around the house keeping us all on our toes — especially Cooper, who is her absolute favorite. We considered renaming her Shadow because wherever Cooper goes Lily is sure to follow! –Kristin Clifford, Partner, Director of MC Satellite
This is my cat Emmie! She was emaciated when my mother rescued her in 2009. With some TLC and lots of patience, we nursed her back to health. Today, Emmie is a spoiled indoor cat and enjoys eating, sleeping in boxes, bird watching, and causing mischief around the house (her kingdom). –Nicole Martineau, Associate Publicist
When I moved out of my parent’s apartment three years ago, once I signed the lease I immediately went and got myself a furry, grey-striped cat named Oliver. Oliver is a great companion—he spends most of his days sitting in my closet on my clean clothes, chasing his tail, and curling up at the end of my bed. While his communication skills are limited (I’ve asked him many a times if he can chip in for rent or get a watch so he DOESN’T wake me up at 3:30 for breakfast, but all I get in response is “merrrrow”), he has learned a couple of tricks including “sit.” He will also happily eat out of your hand (or off your plate) if there is chicken involved. –Alexandra Isreal, Publicist
Kokomo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso that we got when I was in high school. As we sat on the floor with our new five pound pooch, we came up with the name Kokomo as a compromise: Half the family thought Cocoa was great, and the others loved Moe. As a puppy, he was a terror, but he’s now a super mellow old man who often can’t be bothered to greet newcomers. He loves to cuddle and can fall asleep standing up. He’ll find the smallest patch of sunlight to curl up on, too. Kokomo is afraid of puppies, babies and people wearing hoods. He’s not very swift or athletic (weighing in about 15 lbs above his breed average), but he tries his best. He goes crazy for cheese, jelly beans and bananas, but of course willing to eat anything (food or non-food) he can get his paws on. He once ate a tube of blue glitter. Needless to say, our lawn was quite sparkly for the next few days. –Karissa Hearn, Publicist
The two dogs pictured are my dog Molly (perched in the middle of the stairs) and Dasha, my family dog (perched on the last step). Molly is a four year old spaniel/dachshund mix I adopted myself three years ago from upstate New York. She’s originally from South Carolina. She’s my constant companion, clings to me like you wouldn’t believe, and just the sweetest, most rambunctious little pup. I am hands down her favorite thing in the entire world but her plastic soccer ball takes second place. Dasha is a nearly five year old terrier mix my parents adopted four years ago after our beloved dog Bridget passed away at age 19. She’s originally from Tennessee and her name is a Russian diminutive that means “Gift” which is fitting since she was adopted four days before Christmas. Dasha is a bouncy, sweet little dog who pretty much loves everyone and loves to curl up under the covers with you. If she wants a treat or food, she stands on her hind legs and flaps her front paws to beg! Her favorite place is sitting on my bed in my old room, looking out the window at the neighborhood, ready to protect her home from joggers, school children, and deer. –Johanna Dickson, Digital Publicist