Mass Academy students and their pets
Puppies, cats, and peacocks? Mass Academy students are known for their diverse range of academic talents; however, students here also own a plethora of pets. Out of the students surveyed, cats and dogs were equally represented. Surprisingly, chickens were the most represented out of all of the pets.
Starting off with our heaviest contributor with a total of five submissions, McKenna Childs holds the title for submitting the most pets. Of their most notable pets, McKenna mentioned their five-year-old chocolate lab named Brewer.
“Brewer weighs a whopping 65 pounds but somehow still thinks he can sit or stand on people’s laps,” said Childs. A socialite, Brewer is known for lov[ing] guests and other dogs.
However, Childs’ dog is not their most interesting pet. An Apache Rose Peacock known as “Mrs. P” or “Little P” is Child’s peacock. According to Childs, the addition of a peacock to their assortment of pets was “an accident, but [they] still love her.” The saga started when “[Childs and their family] accidentally received her when [they] ordered 10 turkey eggs from tractor supply, and about 2 weeks after hatching [they] noticed one was a little odd looking.” Noting the peacock’s aptitude for heights, Childs mentioned that Mrs. P enjoys hiding in the very tops of trees.
Emily Wang, a junior, submitted her cat named Nellie. According to Wang, Nellie is “very sweet”” and “enjoys sleeping on [her] at night.” This was a common theme for most of the cats submitted. Scout, the pet of junior class president, Joseph Yu, came all the way from Iowa. Yu mentioned that Scout “loves squeaky toys.”
Some animals overcame harrowing journeys to make it to their owners.
Mass Academy junior, Thomas Park discussed his cat, Rosie’s adoption story.
“She was adopted alongside her brothers down [in Savannah Georgia], but she was abandoned. Although her brothers found new homes, she was sent up to Baypath Humane Center in Hopkinton, which is where we got her,” said Park.
He notes that despite her beginning, Rosie is “3 years old and certainly a character.”
All agree that coming home from the school day is all the better when you are greeted by a cute pet.
Junior Staff Writer