Stuff Dartmouth Kids Like: Who Let the Dogs Out?
Ah, dogs. Not only are they man’s best friend, but studies have also shown that theirpresencecan help with recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder to dealing with depression. Many of Dartmouth’s fraternities own dogs — I assume — both because everyone loves dogs and because girlsreallylove puppies. But of course these dogs aren’t the only franimals. We’ve included Psi U’s kitten, but hamsters, snakes, turtles and chinchillas also number among the frat pets. (More photos can be foundhere).
Also, because I want to know how many people read this column (I’m guessing me, myself and I), I’m including thissurvey. Vote for your favorite dog! I’ll announce the results next week.
The brothers of AD get a new dog every summer. They currently have two — Harry and Boone — who can often be seen lounging on the lawn. When we went to AD, their dogs were there to greet us several minutes before anyone answered the door, and, let me tell you, they are adorable and friendly.
According to Lawrence Anfo Whyte ’13, Harry is quite the “sneaky bastard.” If you’re eating food around Harry, it’s not uncommon for him to wait until you’ve finished and snipe your leftovers as soon as you’re gone.Harry had surgery on his right shoulder this fall but is now fully recovered and ready to go back to playing his favorite game, fetch.
Boone(Bernese mountain dog)
Fun fact about Boone: he doesn’t play catch. If you throw something to him, he will fetch it like any other dog, but he won’t bring it back. Also, apparently he “doesn’t care about human beings,” whatever that means. Though he can be a "tad protective," he is just "a big teddy bear," Alexander Kurth ’13 said. Boone just learned to swim, and he led a hike to the top of Mount Cardigan at the end of 11X.
-Courtesy of Whyte and Alexander Kurth ’13
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
It took awhile for us to calm SAE’s puppy down for a picture, but once David Silver ’12 brought out a treat, Samson sat down in the blink of an eye. Silver is charged with taking care of Samson, but since the dog technically belongs to the ’13s, SAE doesn’t yet know which brother will graduate with Samson.
Described as “friendly,” Samson was definitely the most energetic dog we had the pleasure of meeting. He loves to watch football with the SAEs. A fast learner, Samson quickly learned basic commands and how an Invisible Fence works. Samson also loves cuddling with Jay Webster '13, who lives in Room 3 with both Samson and Silver.
Webster is a member of The Dartmouth Senior Staff.
-Courtesy of Silver
Phi Delta Alpha
The brothers of Phi Delt are the proud owners of Watson, the newest addition to the Webster Ave canine clan. Although I didn’t see Watson out and about the last couple of times I was there, Buddy is a staple on the first floor, where he can usually be seen sleeping on the couches. All of Phi Delt’s dogs have the last name McKenzie in honor of Alexander McKenzie, the architect of their house.
The first thing Sam Lewis ’13 told me about Buddy was that he “likes to sit in puddles.” Also, he loves cups. Buddy is so protective of his newest brother that he sleeps outside Watson’s room every night. And don’t be fooled by Buddy’s apparent lethargy — when we were taking photos, he leapt right over Watson. The guy has a two-foot vertical! It’s intimidating.
Diminutive and adorable, Watson is settling into his new home well. Though well-behaved most of the time, like many a small child, he wakes up the brothers pretty early in the morning.
-Courtesy of Lewis, Matt Gallira ’12, Max Goldberg ’12 and Rob Brett ’14
So Psi U actually has a bunch of pets. In addition to their cat Henry, they have a chinchilla and several snakes. It took Pete Ankeny ’12 about ten minutes of meowing and treat-bag-shaking to find Henry, but after we located the elusive cat, it was well worth the wait. Fun fact: Henry is not Psi U’s first housecat — the ’09s also had one.
Henry was rescued from the Humane Society at four months old and only two pounds. The best way to find him is to meow, and brothers often end up walking around the house meowing at each other, thinking they’re getting a response from Henry, Pete Ankeny ’12 said. Henry loves to surprise people by hiding in drawers they’ve left open, and he is really good at an iPad game designed for cats that basically involves him tapping little red dots. Also, don’t try to hold him. He will jump out of your hands.
-Courtesy of Pete Ankeny ’12
Theta Delta Chi
Theta Delt currently has three dogs, the highest concentration on campus. Whenever one dog is “retired,” the house gets a new black Lab, Fergus Campbell ’12 said. Franklin is the baby, and he’s settling in just fine.
The Greek system’s other Samson is the most energetic of Theta Delt’s dogs and a “hell of an athlete,” Jordan Weissman ’12 said. It certainly seemed like it. Samson never stopped running the entire time we were at the house, and apparently whenever he hears a noise, he always needs to go investigate it.
Murphy(black Lab) (not pictured)
The oldest and largest in the Theta Delt clan, Murphy is the relaxed one of the group, and he always has his brothers’ backs. Over the ’12s’ Sophomore Summer, students would hang out on the docks even though they were closed. When an S&S officer arrived to shut down the tanning, Murphy, who was dragging a log out of the river, suddenly pulled the log hard enough to sweep there officer’s legs out from under him. Now there’s a fratstar.
Franklin is not yet housebroken, and enjoys leaving “surprises” for the brothers to find. He also has a penchant for carrying off individual socks, and at one point the Theta Delt lawn was covered with Franklin’s sock collection.
-Courtesy of Fergus Campbell ’12 and Jordan Weissman ’12
Gamma Delta Chi
GDX’s dogs used to trash brothers’ rooms during parties until the fraternity designated one room the “dog room.” Though GDX just got both dogs recently — one last spring and the other this fall — both dogs will likely graduate with the ’12s. Baloo and Jerry were right at the door to greet us and were two of the friendliest dogs we met.
Jerry(English black Lab)
Age:around 2 years
Jerry was a rescue dog, adopted in Miami. The more laidback of the two dogs, Jerry will likely be graduating with Conner Kempe ’12. Jerry initially had trouble adjusting to a fraternity environment, but he is now right at home at GDX.
Age:1 year, 3 weeks
Named after the bear inThe Jungle Book, Baloo lives up to his namesake. He is the “hyper and outgoing” one of the two. Baloo and Jerry are collectively known to the brothers of GDX as the “Weiner Boys” because they are always fighting and “generally being a bunch of teenagers.”
-Courtesy of Conner Kempe ’12
Kappa Kappa Kappa
Tri-Kap’s dog, though not the biggest dog we met, was definitely one of the smartest. He can already shake with both hands (paws?)andfetch. Actually, he doesn’t really play fetch — kind of like Boone, he will go get the stick you just threw to him but he won’t bring it back.
Hamilton Chase(Hungarian vizsla)
A true Dartmouth man, high-energy Hamilton loves to play with his favorite toy, a plush moose. His favorite place is the Tri-Kap library, where he often sleeps. He loves to smell things and is easily distracted. A quick learner, Hamilton knows where all his favorite brothers live and often visits them in their rooms.
-Courtesy of Trey Hunt ’12, Paul Wagdalt ’13 and Hector Lopez ’12