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International Dog Day

International Dog Day

How can we not celebrate Internation Dog Day, when we already celebrated International Cat Day?  Everyone knows Librarians love cats. But we are an open-minded and inclusive lot here at Edinburgh Napier and our homes are open to not just fluffy felines but delightful dogs too!

So come meet a couple of our Staff’s Dogs

Dogs of the Library

First up is Bertie. Bertie’s human is Keith our Business school subject Librarian. Learn more about your subject librarians here. Bertie is 9 and a half and is a bearded/border collie. His hobbies include chasing squirrels at the park and barking at seagulls (and anything else really…). He loves being outside, sleeping in the garden, climbing hills, going for a dook in the sea and carrying sticks.  He’s also a big softy who likes getting his tummy rubbed. Dislikes include fireworks and he is always unsure after he’s had his haircut. Aren’t we all Bertie?

International Dog Day Dog Bertie

Our next woof is Luna. Luna is part of Vivienne’s animal team, along with Smudge and Tigger the cats. She is a chihuahua/Jack Russell cross and is a rescue dog. She enjoys a good peer out of the window to check out what is going on and eating her food. Sounds like she knows what she likes. She doesn’t like Smudge so much sadly, but we can’t all like everyone so fair enough Luna.

International Dog Day Dog Luna

And finally, it is my honour to introduce the newest member of the dog club here at the Library, Tess. Tess is shown pensively looking into the distance contemplating the inherent tragedy of the squeaky chew toy (perishing in fulfilling its purpose — why, oh why?). Tess is a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, eleven years old, she is very excitable and loving, enjoys eating chicken slices and receiving lower back scratches above all else. Dislikes include thunder, postal services of all kinds, and, of course, cats (both the species and the musical). Thanks to Rob for letting us know about the wonderful Tess. She sounds like quite a character!

International dog day dog tess

So there is a quick snapshot of a few of the gorgeous pups our Librarians are lucky enough to have.

You can learn more about animals and Veterinary medicine by using Librarysearch.napier.ac.uk

Not a Dog person? Prefer our feline friends? Check out our article on Cats of the Library here.

By Juliet Kinsey (and the wonderful pet people of the Library)

International Cat Day

International Cat Day

After the last few years of remote working and with staff working more from home now, meeting their feline companions during online meetings has been so much fun. Little furry faces and tails have often popped up mid-way through a very important discussion. Many of our staff have loved being able to spend more time with their creatures of choice and I know I love having a friendly work buddy to hang out with at home during the workday,

So that’s why to celebrate this year’s International cat day we think it would be nice to introduce you all to some of our furry friends.

Librarians and their cats

First up meet Aila. Alia is almost 17 years young and can be seen here enjoying the lovely sunshine. Aila’s human is Carol.

International cat day cat aila

Next up is Maxie. Maxie is 6ish but doesn’t think age matters. Quite right Maxie. Maxie’s hobbies include chasing birds, eating cheese and meowing very loudly all day long! Maxie’s human is Judy,

International cat day cat Maxie

Following Maxie we have Vivienne’s cats Smudge and Tigger. Smudge enjoys being petted and staring at the fridge until ham magically appears. Smudge also enjoys investigating places, especially the chimney. It’s good to be curious Smudge. Tigger is a little more timid and laid back. He enjoys pets…but only a little. Not too much mind. It’s good to hear about a cat with strong boundaries. We should all be more like Tigger.

International cat day cat Smudge International cat day Tigger

Now for two lookers, meet Lucy the British Blue at a stately 10 years young and Millie the ragdoll at a youthful 3. Both are gorgeous and both share a similar love for relaxing and comfy surfaces. Sounds like they know what they like. I have to say I too enjoy both these things. Their lucky human is Helen.

International cat day cat Lucy International cat day cat Millie

Tracey’s cat friend is the lovely Nell. Nell was rehomed when she was still a kitten and is now almost 4 years old. Both adored and spoiled she loves the outdoors and being social. She love’s to bring home pals to meet the family (and her food bowl). Who doesn’t love to host a dinner party Nell? Nice to hear about a socialising cat. Break those stereotypes Nell!

International cat day cat Nell

Now to meet Folie. Described by her human Peg as “a complete weirdo”. I’m sure Folie feels the same about her human. Her hobbies include hogging the remote and leg attacks.  It’s good to stay sharp Folie, you never know when you will be called to action. She also enjoys avoiding toddlers and maintaining a shocked expression. Folie sounds like my kind of cat.

cat Folie

This lovely kitty is Oscar. He’s our sport fanatic. Oscar loves nothing more than a bit of tennis, football or snooker. Anything with a ball keeps this kitty happy. Oscar is 13 and is the proud companion of our librarian Sarah.

Oscar the cat

Next up is my cat, Brindle. Brindle is part Siberian and a young at heart 12 years old. Brin Brin as she is known enjoys not being chased by small children and not having her tail pulled. Other hobbies include shouting at the magpies in the back garden as early in the morning as possible and snuggling with her favourite human (that’s me!).  She would also like it known that she enjoys playing fetch and will happily retrieve any items thrown her way. Sometimes, being wiser than her human she will retrieve important things at 3am as she is very goal orientated and is also aware that humans can be very forgetful and lose things. Thank you Brindle for being so thoughtful.

International cat day cat Brindle

Now we’ve saved someone very special for last. Nacho is Isabell’s special cat. Oh and I do mean special! Nacho isn’t any old cat…oh no! Nacho is a Polydactyl cat. She’s a cat with thumbs people…thumbs! Next step in evolution I say. A sure sign that cats are on their way to becoming our feline overlords. Not Nacho though. Nacho is a cutie. She is 8 years old but is a kitten at heart. she loves being cuddled like a baby over the shoulder and has a very sweet tooth.  She puts her thumbs to good use too, getting her treats out of the jar. Bravo and two thumbs up from this human for Nacho!

Nacho the cat Nacho the cat

So there you have it for International cat day. A selection of our feline companions, all of whom work tirelessly to support their hard-working humans in the Library. Want to know more about cats? Well of course you do! You can find lots of fascinating information on cats through Librarysearch.napier.co.uk

Not a fluffy animal person? We have you covered too. Check out our article on National Insect week instead.

And don’t worry all you “I’m more of a dog person” types. We will be back soon with some of our dog companions later in the month for International dog day!

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