Riley Marrs, Journalist
School can be really stressful so knowing that students can go home to their loving animals makes everything better. They bring so much love, joy, happiness, and devotion into people’s lives. During hard times they make everything better, and make students feel like they are not alone. Fulfilling the need to talk to someone trusted is just one thing pets do. The Lariat is featuring some of the pets our Shadow Ridge students rely on for comfort and happiness during the stressful times of both the pandemic and virtual learning.
Junior, Vanessa Perez, has a husky named Buddy who is 4 years old. Buddy loves all things outdoors, especially the snow. Every time Perez and her family go up to the mountain they have to take him with them. He is the most playful, adventurous dog around and he's always really to be everyones friend!
Junior, Xitlali Segura, has a 7 month old husky named Rio. Rio in new to the family but everybody warmed up to him super fast. The day Segura got him he was instantly loved by the whole family because of how loving he is. Rio is the first and best puppy their family has had, they don't remember what life was like before him anymore.
Nala is junior, Elizabeth Falcon's, cat. Nala is a new to the family but she gets the most love! She is 11 months but at the end of June, she finally turns one! Everybody in the family loves her to death, they take her outside and let her roam while Falcon and her siblings hangout on the trampoline.
Freshman, Mckenna Hinds, has a little French bulldog named Misa who loves to love on anyone who comes into her life or anyone she sees really. Her favorite things to do are snuggle with her family, play with her older brother, and eat treats. Anyone who sees Misa pretty much instantly falls in love with her because of how sweet and kind she is, she is a great addition to the family.
Senior, Viri Serralde, has an 1 year old puppy named Skylar who loves to run around in circles trying to bite her little tail. She also loves to give high fives and comfort anyone she comes in contact with. She’s a doll, and is loved by Serralde and her family and friends.
Ahlyssa Robles, junior, has a pet bunny named Cuddles. She likes biting, running, and play fighting, but dislikes being picked up and kissed. With random bursts of energy, she hops in place waiting for her favorite foods, cabbage, cilantro, and watermelon along with some treats for afterward like freeze-dried strawberries and bananas.
Gronkie is a 3 year old blue point siamese cat and junior, Riley Marrs's, best friend. He loves treats and sleeping on Riley's pillow. Being a good 13 pounds, he enjoys beating up his sister, who was in the same litter as him when he was born. He’s pretty much scared of everything, especially going outside which is weird because he was born outside. Being cuddled up in his box or basket is where...
Senior, Desiree Hellebrand, has a English bulldog named Dually who loves things like treats and cuddles. He is always sleepy and can be grumpy at times but loves to go to the park!
Junior, Danica Franklin, has a German Shepherd named Duke. He likes squeaky toys and laser lights that he chases around, but he is not very fond of open water and hates being alone. Duke also has a tendency to whine when Danica and her family aren’t giving him enough attention and won’t stop until he’s satisfied.
Freshman, Gianna Erickson has a Husky named Nash. Nash is about a year old with a really funny personality, he likes to play a lot and he loves getting all of the attention.
Riley is senior, Ben Scow's purebred Golden Retriever. Riley hates all kinds of boxes/containers and loves to tear apart her toys. She never barks and is very easygoing, but given the chance, she will go insane. She learned to open and close the sliding door to their backyard on her own so she's a Class A dog. Riley is also currently pregnant with puppies due March 3! :)
Senior, Taya Jensen, has a pet guinea pig named Gibby who is 4 years old. He runs all the time and loves to pose for pictures. Gibby has been to Home Depot, Michaels, Costco, Smiths, etc. and after his adventures, he loves to eat cookies and chew on wood. He squeals all the time and is twice the size of a normal guinea pig. He gives attitude but is very friendly!
Palomo is, junior, Denise Valenzuela's chihuahua. He loves to cuddle and is very protective even though he’s little.
Senior, Cailey Griffith, has a pet snake named Justice. Justice is very nice and her favorite thing to do is sleep!
Senior, Cailey Griffith, has a pet pit bull named Harley. Harley likes being pet and laying in the sun but she will randomly hit someone if she doesn't get pet. ...
Senior, Cailey Griffith, has a German Shepard named Ryder. Ryder likes playing with bones and sleeping! He tends to get overly excited sometimes and runs into things but he’s always okay.
Junior, Abigail Davis, has a dog named Cuddles. Cuddles has his own school portrait framed alongside Abigail and her sisters’ school photos. Since there’s only three kids in her family, there’s always an extra space for Cuddles. It makes all their guests laugh when they see all of the professional school photos and then the picture of the dog. They had to change him to be in the bottom right...
Freshman, Kina Hoskins, dog is named Ellie. She is very cute but Hoskins says she can be annoying at times.
Newt is one of freshman, Kina Hoskins's cats. He is super friendly but can be very exclusive at times.
Senior, Courtney Slattery, has a dog named Sonic just like the hedgehog! Sonic has the routine of when she gets back from the gym in the mornings to get his leash for a walk, all because she took him one time, it is now an everyday occurrence. He doesn't really play with toys, but gets his energy out by running in figure eights around the house after you blow a raspberry at him!
Kina Hoskins, freshman, has a cat named Georgie and she is loved by the whole family. She is very loving and cute but Hoskins says she's very annoying a lot of the time.
Tory and Toby
Tory and Toby are junior, Janelle Lyken's, 2 year old pet turtles. They are brother and sister who love to do things like lay and play in the sun. Even though they are brother and sister, they are really different! Toby loves to be around people and is friendly while Tory is shy and loves to be in her shell. The main thing they do have in common is that they are extremely cute!
Junior, Riley Marrs, has a 4 year old cat named Lexi. Lexi just turned 4 years with her brother Gronki on April 1st, they got all the toys and treats they could ask for but knowing their family, they will get spoiled with more. Lexi is very to herself, especially when people are over. She is proper and tends to ignore her brother when people are over, it's almost like she doesn't want to seem childish...
Slater is freshman, Mckenna Hind's, dog. He is 1 years old and absolutely loves things like walks, treats, people, etc. When Hinds takes him on a walk he nearly rips her arm off because of all the things there is to see in the neighborhood! Every time Slatery sees a person he has an urge to jump all over them and give them all the love in the world. No one can resist the cuteness of him!
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