From Del: Hi! I'm Del! THE WORLD IS THE MOST EXCITING! I LOVE ANNA AND EMILY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE AND EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE WORLD! Vonda is the most exciting thing in my world. She has great toys and bones and food. She takes care of me when Anna and Emily are off doing school things. Some days I don't get to hang out with Vonda. Those are BAD DAYS. But other times SHE PLAYS WITH ME! WHICH IS THE VERY BEST THING!!
From Vonda: I am surprised that I have earned the position of as one half of the "mascot" of the political science department. This arcane tradition has the potential to de-personize and create caricatures of your non-human colleagues, in addition to piling on additional workload to our already taxing daily lives. I'm not sure any of you truly appreciate the struggles involved in being a companion animal. Let me assure you, they are extensive. I try daily to show the struggle in my eye, but alas I believe my efforts are lost on many of you. Additionally, I'd prefer to keep my work life separate from Del given the entangled nature of our home lives. While I suppose we could be considered friends, and while his joy is occasionally contagious, I frequently find myself hiding under the table as a result of his exuberance. However, I am resigned to my person's continued instance that I attend various informal department functions and therefore I am willing to acquiesce to this "mascot" position in hopes I will get extra treats, and, additionally, in hopes of bringing greater attention to the political difficulty of being a dog - wait - (sniff) - (SNIFF) - BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Extensive drool ensues followed by one black dog quickly vanishing into a garbage can).
Addendum: please bring all left-over food scraps of any kind to Smith 221. I will be glad to dispose of them forthwith.
Note: This is actually an urgent call. Emily believes I am supposed to be my current size but I am certain I actually should be at least three times large...!