Welcome to the fourth installment of “Get to Know the GD Team!” After sharing the music that fuels our days, our most revered album artwork, and inspirational design trends, we thought it was important to talk about the real issues: PETS. However, we won’t be describing our animals in the normal sense (e.g. Loves ruining any and all furniture, can only eat hypoallergenic food, jumps on visitors). Instead, we’ll be describing them based on the television characters they would play if they were humans. Read on to learn about our star-studded cast of favorite fur babies.
Brenda Riddell, Owner/Creative Director
Resident Pup: Otto (A.K.A. Ottonomous D.O.G. — and his friends at doggie daycare call him Ottobot)
Otto is a lot like Piglet from Winnie the Pooh. He’s small, cute, timid, innocent, and at times so so so anxious. But, he has a big heart and tries to be brave to protect his family and friends, especially from the scary chipmunks in our yard that tease him daily. He’s also a little like Joey Tribiani from Friends…goofy, loyal, and loves food and the ladies.
Nathaniel Raymond, Designer/Illustrator
Favorite Fur Baby: Oblina the Cat (A.K.A. Oblilbo, Boo)
Oblina is a cat and therefore only engages in activities that interest her: lap-sitting, box-napping, and potted-meat-eating. She is prone to the zoomies on occasion.
We couldn’t decide if she was more Creed Bratton, Stanley Hudson, or April Ludgate. She’s basically all the surly, lazy, hungry, weirdos on TV. And she sometimes sleeps under the couch.
Jaimie Knapp, Design Director
Favorite Fur Baby: Rocket the Cat (A.K.A. Rocket Man, Buddy Bear)
Rocket came to me via my cousin who lived in Rhode Island at the time, who got him from her ex who shipped him from Denver after his roommate’s girlfriend gifted them a cat they were allergic to. Basically, no one wanted him and after a few glasses of wine on Thanksgiving, I decided I would love to foster a kitten until my cousin could move into a place that allowed pets at the end of her lease… May rolls around and she moved into an apartment that allowed pets. And promptly adopted a kitten. So Rocket was stuck with me… or I was stuck with him. 12 years later and I’m still not sure which way that works.
If there was a TV character who was a complete jerk until you threaten to ship him to the SPCA and then he got all sweet on you, that would be Rocket. But for lack of such comparison, we’ll go with Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer… he’s likable to an extent but still eats people. I’m waiting for the part where he gets his soul and turns good … and maybe he’ll stop biting.
He sure is pretty though.
Megan Tracy, Graphic Designer
Favorite Fur Baby: Charlie the Cat (A.K.A. Charles or Baby Cat)
Charlie is my cat that I “accidentally” brought home from college (sorry, mom) thanks to a woman that worked at the James Madison University print shop. She’s basically terrified of the world, even though she WAS a feral kitten, but at the same time loves to cuddle, play fetch, and is always meowing.
I would probably describe her as being much like Chuckie Finster from the Rugrats. She’s awkward, scared to eat alone, but always loyal and super sweet to me. She tends to fly under the radar and just follow me around on my adventures, so I guess this makes me Tommy?
Alex Bahl, Web Developer
Favorite Skin Baby: Roger the New Caledonian Giant Gecko (A.K.A. Leachie)
“Roger and I would both be Eeyore…because we’re both grumpy.”
Rachel Pantazis, Content Marketing Associate
Favorite Fur Baby: Eloise the Tuxedo Cat (A.K.A. Elo-Weezy, ‘Lil Weezy, ‘Lil Weasel, Baby Sneezy, Tiny Sneazel, Smello-weeze, Little Smelly)
My fiance and I got Eloise in 2017 when she was 8 weeks old. My fiance didn’t grow up with pets so he was a bit skeptical about getting a kitten. However, he was going on a three-month business trip and it was almost my birthday, so he wasn’t going to have much say in the matter. Regardless of how he felt going into pet ownership, he is now just as obsessed with our little fur ball as I am.
If Eloise was a television character, she would be Lucy on I Love Lucy. One thing about Eloise is that she is always excited for us to return home. She sits at the window by our front door, meows until we unlock it, and then greets us with catlike salutations. Just like how Ricky Ricardo’s infamous “Lucy, I’m home” usually resulted in a kiss on the cheek.
Other than the pearl-wearing, cheek-kissing, child-rearing version of Eloise, there’s also a part of her that is the Demogorgon from Stranger Things. Once we’ve been home for a little while, Eloise runs rampant through the house knocking over furnishings, throwing her cat toys everywhere, running through walls, and basically acting like a demon trying to force us all into the world of the upsidedown.