Reigning Cats and Dogs

Margaret Fosmoe | February 2, 2021

Ziggi, born in spring 2020, is still a puppy and weighs less than 10 pounds. The miniature schnauzer belongs to John and Karen Deak, a faculty-in-residence couple who live in Dunne Hall. Ziggi moved into Dunne in June and served as the youngest member of the Welcome Weekend Crew in late summer.

Ziggi sleeps until about 7 a.m., when she wakes up for her morning constitutional walk to Starbucks. On her way home, she often encounters and greets Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, ’76 and ’78M.A.

“After that, it’s a bit of playtime and then a long nap in her crate while Karen (academic advancement director for the Office of Research and the Idea Center) and I work at home,” says John Deak, a history professor. “At lunch time she’s up again and it’s another walk around East Quad, where she often gets to say hello to the Dunne and Johnson Family (Hall) residents.”

The Deaks’ apartment has a patio, where Ziggi keeps them company while they work or relax in the warmer months.

“Now and again, she gets to say hi to our residents, typically breaking all sorts of social distancing rules,” John Deak says. “She likes to jump up like a seal and say, ‘Pick me up,’ so she can lick faces and nibble on ears.”

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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