There’s more to professors than their respective academic disciplines. Knowing about one’s pet is a way to know that person better, and we believe that this concept applies to professors here at Brown. Accordingly, we decided to reach out to various profs on campus to learn about their animal friends. Professors and their Pets is BlogDH’s newest series that features professors and…well, their pets. Woof.
This segment of Professors and their Pets features Connie Crawford from Brown’s TAPS department. Meet Connie’s dog, Mabel Rose Donaghue, and her horse, Moxie.
Name: Mabel Rose Donaghue
Story behind the name: Mabel Donaghue was a beloved bartender who died just when I adopted Rose. I do not call her Mabel because I know two other cattle dogs named Mabel.
Age: Somewhere between 5 and 7 years old.
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog or what is also called a Blue Heeler, because they are bred to bite the heels of cattle. Rose is a combination Red and Blue Heeler.
Do you ever bring your pet on campus? If so, when? When no one is allergic, I bring my dog to my class, Introduction to Acting and Directing, and sometimes to play rehearsals and as a guest lecturer to Professor Susan Curry’s Animal Acts class.
What is your favorite student reaction to seeing said pet on campus? Sheer joy and the desire for fur.
If your pet was a class at Brown, what would it be? Canine Conquest: the Historiography of the Canine as Conquerer of Bovine and Frisbee.
Would your pet prefer the Ratty or V-Dub? Wherever she could chase the meat, eat it and then roll in its carcass.
Story behind the name: Moxie is a disgusting soda pop manufactured in Maine, where my horse was born.
Breed: American Quarter Horse
Do you ever bring your pet on campus? If so, when? Never, but I have brought students to Moxie’s stable.
What is your favorite student reaction to seeing said pet on campus? Students seem fascinated and simultaneously scared.
If your pet was a class at Brown, what would it be? Sustainability on the Open Range: United States Bureau of Land Management’s best practices in maintaining Green Pastures with no fences.
Would your pet prefer the Ratty or V-Dub? Neither. He would prefer the Main Green.
There you have it! If you know a professor with a pet—or are a professor with a pet—that might like to be featured on Professors and their pets, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meow.