Kenyon is home to 1,877 students and, more importantly, many dogs. Walking on Middle Path, one can often see all kinds of dogs frolicking in the pre-fall air and basking in the attention of adoring students. As we enter the fourth full week of classes, taking a moment to stop and pet a dog is becoming more and more necessary for many students grappling with the stresses of the semester. So, in an effort to spread some joy and introduce a couple of wonderful dogs, we have compiled a few survey responses from dog owners around campus on behalf of their pawed friends. Here is what they have to say about their furry companions:
Owner: Hannah Sussman ’25
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 5 Months
Favorite Word: Goooose
Favorite Spot on Campus: NCA circle
Dog’s Words if They Could Talk: “Hey everyone uhm hi, quick question, how come we’re not, you know, devoting all our attention to me right now?”
Kenyon Major: Anthropology major, with a studio art minor
Fun Fact: Training to be a service dog with my best friend, Wilbur.
Wiggins Street Coffee Order: Frozen peanut butter frappe
Owner: Aries Lara ’27
Nickname(s): Parker Warkers (pronounced: WUAR-KERS)
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 8 Months
Favorite Word: Water
Favorite Spot on Campus: The field of grass in front of Peirce Dining Hall; that’s where we play fetch all the time.
Dog’s Words if They Could Talk: “HI MOM” is pretty accurate — he thinks I birthed him so he is, in simple terms, obsessed with me.
Kenyon Major: He would definitely be a psychology or any other science major; he’s super smart but at the same time has no brain cells.
Fun Fact: He’s a service dog in training!
Wiggins Street Coffee Order: ICED Galaxy Latte
Owner: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Dani Ezor
Nickname(s): Coco, CocoBaby, Puppa, Bubba, Collin Wollin, Cocomo, Mr Collin (said in an English accent), and Master Collin Duke of Sloth, Earl of Sunbeams, and Member of the Order of the Soft Tum
Breed: 1/4 American Hairless Terrier, 1/4 chihuahua, 1/4 shih tzu, 1/8 miniature schnauzer, 1/8 SuperMutt!
Favorite Word: Dinner time!
Favorite Spot on Campus: Professor Ezor’s Office
Dog’s Words if They Could Talk: “Rub my belly, mommy!!!”
Kenyon Major: Bark history (art history but only paintings of dogs)
Fun Fact: He loves to skip and he speaks French!
Wiggins Street Coffee Order: String cheese?
Owner: Claire Epperson ’24
Nickname(s): Bagel Bite, Booger
Favorite Word: Cheese
Favorite Spot on Campus: Any window that she can longingly gaze out of
Dog’s Words if They Could Talk: She wouldn’t, she would just scream.
Kenyon Major: Drama and culinary arts
Fun Fact: She loves singing, and you can often hear her screaming across the NCA circle.
Wiggins Street Coffee Order: Everything bagel with cream cheese and a bumblebee latte with oat milk
Owner: Claudia Cooke ’24
Breed: Border collie/ beagle mix
Age: 2 years and 11 months
Favorite Word: Ball
Favorite Spot on Campus: Dog park
Dog’s Words if They Could Talk: “Give me food.”
Kenyon Major: Economics
Fun Fact: Doug has been on campus since he was 15 weeks old and is a senior this year.
Wiggins Street Coffee Order: Iced Vanilla Latte
Goose, Parker, Collin, Bagel and Douglas are just some of the numerous dogs that live in and around campus. So on your next stroll to Peirce, stop and say hi to one of Kenyon’s Kanines!