It’s summer—a time when BU’s bustling campus takes on a noticeably more chill vibe. Classroom buildings are largely dark, the dress codes more relaxed, and offices tend to be sparsely populated as faculty and staff take advantage of the time to get away.
It’s also the time of year when you’re most likely to encounter in the hallway a furry companion or two, faithfully accompanying their owner to work for the occasional office visit—often to the delight of colleagues who welcome the sight of a wagging tail and a lick or two.
BU photographer Cydney Scott spent part of the summer photographing some BU pet owners and their four-legged friends. Take a look. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the final dog days of August.
Kori MacDonald with Nova and Stella
Nova’s favorite hobby: spying on the neighbors through the window of MacDonald’s Malden home Favorite treat: likes all foods, but especially enjoys Greenies pill pockets Favorite thing to do with her owner: go on trail walks and chase squirrels and chipmunks
Stella’s favorite hobby: following Nova around Favorite treat: all things potato—tater tots, french fries, hash browns Favorite thing to do with her owner: people-watch during trips to Marshalls
Michelle Njoroge (CAS’20) and Nova
Favorite hobby: cuddling with her mom Favorite treat: wishbones (beef chews) from Polkadog Bakery Favorite thing to do with her owner: take walks around Boston’s South End
Chris Kolovos and Circe
Favorite hobby: chasing bunnies in the backyard Favorite treat: pizza crusts Favorite thing to do with her owner: go for long runs through the woods and play fetch in the yard
Zoe Marsiglia (CAS’24) and Louie
Favorite hobby: greeting people Favorite treat: dried chicken feet Favorite thing to do with his owner: take walks to the local dog park
Erin Murdock (Wheelock’18, Questrom’23) and Henry
Favorite hobby: stealing his humans’ socks Favorite treat: Greenies pet treats Favorite thing to do with his owner: take a trip to the dog park
Chelsea Houlihan (Wheelock’22) and Astro
Favorite hobby: chasing squirrels Favorite treat: peanut butter or bone marrow Favorite thing to do with his owner: hike in New Hampshire or at the Cat Rock Loop at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Mass.
Lucy van Beever (MET’17) and Kane
Favorite hobby: swimming, and fetching a tennis ball, dropping it, and rolling around on top of it Favorite treat: bread Favorite thing to do with his owner: take walks
Chris DeVits (Wheelock’10) and Bella
Favorite hobby: chasing birds Favorite treat: deli meat (“She hears the deli meat drawer open and comes running.”) Favorite thing to do with her owner: go on hikes
Emily Ryan and Whiskey Gus
Favorite hobby: chewing things and licking people Favorite treat: hot dogs and cheese Favorite thing to do with his owner: play fetch
Brian Baldeck and Penny
Favorite hobby: sitting on the back of the couch while looking out the window Favorite treat: anything from Polkadog Bakery, especially the Chicken Littles and cake batter bit Favorite thing to do with her owner: Walkies! Alternatively, snuggles
Colleen Gilman Kenney and G’raha
Favorite hobby: playing in his cat tunnel Favorite treat: dried minnows Favorite thing to do with his owner: play fetch
Maria Olivares and Oreo
Favorite hobby: wrestling with a squirrel hand puppet Favorite treat: Charlee Bear Original Crunch treats Favorite thing to do with her owner: play fetch with stuffed animals
Rachel Edwards (CAS’19) with Bea (sitting in chair) and Tobi
Bea’s favorite hobby: judging Tobi Favorite treat: carrots, sliced watermelon, and dehydrated sweet potato chips Favorite thing to do with her owner: sit and lay on top of her owner
Tobi’s favorite hobby: playing with toys while making quasi-Pokémon sounds Favorite treat: Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Burger Bites Favorite thing to do with his owner: play fetch (endlessly)
has been a professional photographer since graduating from the Ohio University VisCom program in 1998. She spent 10 years shooting for newspapers, first in upstate New York, then Palm Beach County, Fla., before moving back to her home city of Boston and joining BU Photography.