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Dog Days of Summer

The dog lovers among us know: there's nothing quite like coming home after a long day at the office or a tough slog at school to the welcoming tail-wagging and slobbery kisses from our four-legged friends. Meet a few of the dogs of AU.

People and their dogs
Dominic Greene and his dog Parker

Dominic Greene, director of student activities Parker, 3

Cocker spaniel

"He's very friendly, kind of goofy. He loves his toys, other dogs, and squirrels."

Jason Mollica and his dogs Giada and Pepper

Jason Mollica, professor, SOC Giada, 6, and Pepper, 1


"They can sense the happiest moments of our lives—and if one of us isn't feeling well, they curl up on the couch and snuggle with us."

Charlotte Prud'Homme and her dog, Bison

Charlotte Prud'Homme, SIS/BA '16 Bison, 2

Pit bull mix

"He's super curious, energetic, and fearless. Too fearless. Last summer I had him swimming in the ocean, and he just kept going and going. I was like, Uh-oh."

Stephanie DeStefano and her dog, Bandit

Stephanie DeStefano, grounds operations manager Bandit, 7, occasional therapy dog at AU

Boxer mix

"He loves fish—especially salmon."

Zoe Pribula and her dog, Belle

Zoe Pribula, Kogod/BSBA '16 Belle, 2

Pomeranian pug mix

"She can be kind of a princess; if there's something in her water bowl, she refuses to drink."

Zehra Peynircioglu and her dogs, Jon Jon, Dost, and Sevgi

Zehra Peynircioglu, professor, CAS Jon Jon, 7, Dost, 3, and Sevgi, 3


"I am Turkish, so I use Turkish words. 'Dost' means 'buddy,' 'Sevgi' means 'love,' and 'Jon' is spelled differently but means 'the best thing that happened to me."

Michael Manson and Marianne Noble and their dog, Teddy

Michael Manson and Marianne Noble, professors, CAS Teddy, 6

Part golden retriever

"People love dogs because they're soft, they're cute, and you don't have to prove anything to them," Noble says.

Rob Cheek and his dog, Dexter

Rob Cheek Dexter, 5, Kogod Audience Dog Program

English springer spaniel

"He's named after the TV series Dexter. I thought the name would be perfect for this guy even though he's not much of a serial killer."

Megan Gebbia and her dog, Livy

Megan Gebbia, women's basketball coach Livy, 4

Mix of Shar-Pei, lab, and other breeds

"She loves paper products. I have to shut the bathroom doors because she'll eat toilet paper."

Celia King and her dog, Milo

Celia King, SPA/BA '18 Milo, 7


"He eats anything and everything. He'll even eat asparagus."