Cleveland County residents LOVE their pets! And a surprising number of these (mainly) canines and felines even have their own fan following via social media. We’d like to introduce you to just a few. Search Facebook for Hugo, George the hound and Weaver's pages.
This 6-year-old (single) French Bulldog (Facebook) finds happiness in people and food, according to his Facebook page. He is further described as a “professional eater and sleeper at Bold Multimedia”; the site also says he “studies snatching food from the air after someone's dropped it at the School of Eating.” Hugo also is a working dog. According to his “mom,” Krystyn Richardson, he “manages social media for Bold Multimedia” and won the love and admiration of many when he starred in a recent production of Legally Blonde at Norman’s Sooner Theatre.
George the hound (#georgethehound) now has a great life, but he didn’t always. Rob Wilson rescued the dog when his former owner was throttling him in public. He and his wife, Sereta Wilson, ultimately adopted him, but only after much soul-searching, as Sereta was going through a difficult time in her life and the couple were both juggling multiple endeavors. It’s taken a lot of patience and therapy, and Sereta says George still has his “naughty” moments, but today he is a valued member of the family who gives as much as he receives.
Bonnie (@bonniebarksalot), Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, came to Megan and Steve Drew a year and a half ago through a rescue organization. She had been used as a breeding dog, and when she could no longer breed due to her age, she was given up by her owner. She was 10 at the time, and was suffering with a chronic ear infection, which resulted in a build-up of scar tissue in her ears. She also had bad dental decay, and the vet had to pull most of her teeth. Because she has few teeth, her tongue tends to fall out the side of her mouth, which makes her all the more endearing! She had to be taught basic commands and had never been walked on a leash. “You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!” declares Megan.
Weaver was rescued in 2013 as a baby kitten suffering from a severe upper respiratory virus that caused tissue adhesions to his eyes. After several eye surgeries, he can see quite well now. Since he needed so much medical care and is a very social kitty, he was appointed as the ambassador to Hands Helping Paws Inc. Weaver is affectionately known as the community’s cat, as volunteers take him to schools and events to help promote humane education. He also visits with residents at the Norman Veterans Center to provide comfort to the veterans.