Meet our Mascots
Our resident mascots not only make our work days more fun, but they also serve as great education tools for clients and advocates for patients. Come meet our unique mix of coworkers!
Geckin, Exotic Animals Mascot, Resident Leopard Gecko
Named by Dr. Alice’s oldest son (his first word), Geckin came to us from Healing Hearts Ferret Rescue after she was surrendered in an animal hoarding situation. She was starved, calcium deficient, and dehydrated. This caused her not to be able to see (because of her dehydration, her eyes couldn’t shed their coverings, leading to a condition called “spectacles”), and her growth was stunted because of malnutrition. She was in bad shape, but Dr. Alice and the staff dedicated their time to saving her, feeding her meal worms and crickets by hand (you can’t catch a cricket if you can’t see). They bathed her and helped to remove the spectacles from her eyes VERY carefully.
Eventually she started eating on her own, and now lives at the clinic, where she is thriving. She has a beautiful enclosure, and eats her fill of calcium dusted crickets and Dubia roaches (her eyesight has fully recovered, and she is a great hunter).
Geckin has now grown to her full size, and helps us to educate reptile owners of the importance of proper enclosures, care and diet for reptiles.
Gidget, Rescue Mascot, Laser Therapy Demo Dog
Gidget came to us through the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel. They found her on the streets of Cleveland after being used as a puppy mill breeder and then dumped on the street. When we met her, Gidget was infested with fleas and worms (weak with anemia and very thin from starvation), and had severe dental disease and was nearly blind due to matted fur holding her mouth closed and her eyes open. Dr. Alice quickly intervened and saved her life. After a couple of baths, a full parasite treatment, and a recovery prescription diet, Gidget began to get stronger. Eventually she was strong enough for surgery and received dental care. After all that they had been through together, Dr. Alice fell in love with her and adopted her into her family. Now she lives the life of luxury, rarely lying down without a cushion (even if it’s already in use).
She helps MetroPet educate pet owners about parasite prevention, laser therapy for arthritis, microchipping and most important of all, adoption (no more puppy mills!).
Penny Lane, Pitty Mix Advocate, Resident Blur
Penny Lane (Penny for short) came to us through the Muttley Crue Rescue. Penny came in for a puppy exam, and never really left. Dr. Alice fell in love with her, and filled out an adoption application that day. She joined her family, and is now a part of Dr. Alice’s life. She is a high energy dog (this photo was Penny at Lowe’s for National Puppy Day in 2016, and the last time she sat still long enough for a picture), and requires a lot of exercise.
With exercise and training, she has become a great addition to her family, even becoming fast friends with Dr. Alice’s 1 year old son. Penny completed puppy training at Fortunate Fido, and now serves as a reminder that pit mixes are not “bad dogs” or violent breeds. They are just high energy, loyal dogs that need a lot of exercise (and Kongs).
She helps MetroPet educate pet owners about proper training and microchipping (sometimes Penny jumps the fence and goes a-wandering) and most importantly, pet adoption (no more puppy mills!).
Princess Buttercup, Clinic Mascot, Resident Villain
Of all of our Mascots, Princess Buttercup is the one that you are most likely to see when visiting MetroPet. She’s certainly the most outgoing, and sometimes too much so. She is always quick to explore the lobby, and we frequently have to move her to get our work done.
Her favorite activities include: knocking over papers that you are working on, swatting pens off of the desk, sitting on your keyboard, and being a little too forward with patients waiting for their appointments. Despite her attitude, she is entertaining to watch, especially when she’s sneaking around the lobby (see the picture at left). She likes to sleep in her box on the front desk, which also has a sign on it warning clients and the other mascots what kind of a mood she is in. As Dr. Alice says, “self esteem is NOT her problem.”
Snapple, Clinic Mascot, Resident Foodie
Snapple is our most senior mascot (15 years living here). You can find her from time to time exploring the front lobby. Usually, though, she is in her favorite place, a cabinet in the laboratory. She is arthritic, and receives laser treatments to help with her pain (most older cats are arthritic, and can benefit from laser therapy). Her favorite treat is blueberry cake donuts from Spudnut Donuts in Berea. No, we’re not joking, she LOVES them and if she sees a Spudnuts box, she will beg until she gets a tiny piece.
Liberty, Clinic Mascot, Resident Recluse
In 2012, Liberty was dropped on MetroPet’s porch in a priority mail box (that’s where her name came from). We took her in and now she lives here. She’s an old girl, and needs a special diet, but her condition is manageable. Most of the time, Libby enjoys sleeping in her cat tent and comes out every so often to say hello.
Liberty is our chronic care mascot, and we use her story to educate clients about how cats with chronic conditions don’t always need expensive treatments or medicines to live a long and fulfilled life.
Lieutenant Danielle, Clinic Reptile Mascot
In 2016, Danielle came to us with severe leg injuries from another bearded dragon (only one dragon per enclosure please!). She had already lost one leg, and another was not going to survive. We treated and cleaned her wounds, and gave her the latest laser therapy to help with the healing of her residual limbs. She has recovered quite well, and now is able to hunt live food and climb in her enclosure (see photo). She is proof at the healing capacity of reptiles (when given the correct diet and care). Most importantly, she reminds us that reptile care begins with proper housing and conditions, and gives us a great learning tool for exotic clients.