Welcome to a new series here on the Trupanion blog – the Tru Interview Series! I am always so interested in hearing the stories of pet owners and their pets, and thought it would be fun to share some on a regular basis. Our first proud pet owner is Lauren, who talks about her cat Bailey and her dog Calhoun. You can learn more about Lauren on her blog Two Washingtons.
What is your background? How are you involved with pets?
I grew up in Connecticut and remember always having pets. When I was born, my parents had two cats, Bert and Ernie. They were less than pleased by my arrival and my parents had to tie bells to my shoes to warn the cats when I was coming. The first pet I was involved in adopting was another cat, who I named Kitty. Growing up we had a beagle/corgi mix named Bandit and then a shepherd/lab mix named Kelley. We adopted Kelley as a puppy, which taught me how much work dogs can be!
Do you have pets of your own? What are their stories?
When I left home to attend law school in St. Louis, I adopted Bailey, my sweet orange kitty to help keep me from getting to homesick. I walked into a room full of kittens at the Humane Society and saw one sitting, crying, in the middle of the litter box and declared she was the one I wanted. She’s a rare kitty – only about 1 in 10 orange cats are female. My husband and I always wanted to adopt a dog together – so much so that one year he got me a birthday cake with pictures of our “future dogs” on it. After my husband returned from deployment in 2008, we adopted our baby, Calhoun, a beagle. When we went to meet three foster puppies to choose one, my husband said not to pick the hyperactive one, but when Calhoun leapt out of the crate and jumped up onto me, it was love. The two pets together have a “special” relationship but at the end of the day we all sleep in the same bed. Last year we added another baby to the mix, our daughter Lila. We were unsure how the “fur babies” would adapt to their new positions in the household but they love their little sister so much! Sometimes the pets help me blog over at Two Washingtons.
What is your favorite dog breed and why? Cat breed?
I think I have to say beagles 🙂 Beagles are great dogs – they always look so happy and ready to please. Calhoun’s cheerful demeanor (and willingness to give endless kisses) has brought much joy to us. I adopted Bailey because I wanted an orange cat. I noticed she never stopped “talking” when I brought her home and she was eventually “diagnosed” as being part Siamese. I don’t know if I would choose to take another Siamese cat home, but I certainly wouldn’t trade Bailey.
Do you tend to give your pets human names (i.e. Sophia, George) or pet names (i.e. Bandit, Shadow)?
My pets have “people” names but I think they all have meanings. Bailey is named for the Old Bailey – the British court – since she was adopted while I was in law school. Calhoun is named after Jim Calhoun, the UConn basketball coach (my hometown team) and Calhoun just seemed to “work” for a hound dog.
If your dog/cat was a human, what do you think his or her profession would be?
Ha. Bailey would need to be in charge of things. She very much likes things her own way. She may run some sort of evil spy agency, if that gives you some insight into her personality.
Calhoun would be a gentleman of leisure. He likes to set his own schedule and most things on that schedule involve sleeping in a perfectly formed puppy ball.
Who is your favorite TV or movie animal? (i.e. Snoopy, the Geico gecko, Lady or the Tramp, etc.)
I’ve never seen a full movie, but I really love the idea of the Buddies. All those adorable talking puppies! ..Basically anything with a talking dog or cat is pretty amusing to me.
A big thank you to Lauren for being the first to share her story! If you are interested in participating in the Tru Interview Series, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two sons, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family..