Tag Archives: pets

Hiking at Strouds Run

Lorraine Fitzgerald

Lorraine Fitzgerald,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 22 October 2020

This semester I started hiking with my dog, Bruin, on a regular basis. I meet my friend, Kate, and her dog, Duke, at least four times a week at either Strouds Run or the Ridges to hike 2-3 miles before our day of online classes and working remotely begins.

Hiking has helped ensure that I am remaining physically active and getting fresh air while I am stuck in my apartment all day for online classes and meeting remotely with my teams for group projects.

Hiking at Strouds Run

Through hiking I have learned to appreciate the outdoors and the beauty of nature more than I already did. Especially now that it is fall, seeing the sunrise in the beginning of our hike, all of the different colored leaves drifting away in the wind, and the sight of morning dew on the tall grass is one form of nature’s beauty that I had never fully appreciated before.

Seeing the deer, squirrels, and ground hogs, and hearing the birds’ chirp in the morning helps set my mood and positive mindset for the day. Even though the world is full of chaos and stressors right now, I always remind myself of the peacefulness and the beauty that our world has and look forward to my morning hikes with Bruin, Kate, and Duke.

Getting a Dog

Dillon Mahr

Dillon Mahr,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 5 October 2020

When I was a sophomore, I really wanted to get a dog. I was not sure how hard it would be to find an apartment that would allow me to have a dog. I went back and forth on the pros and cons and was going to wait until I graduated. Then, a close family friend emailed me about a litter of Boykin Spaniels he had. I decided to go ahead and get a puppy.

My fear of finding an apartment quickly dwindled when I started to look for options. Many apartment options in Athens allow pets, you just have to look early and, in some cases, they might charge a small fee.

There are a couple of important factors to consider when getting a puppy. Firstly, what time of the year you get the puppy. In the beginning, my puppy was a lot of work. A lot of waking up early for potty breaks, etc. What saved me is that I got him right after the semester ended, going into summer. This allowed me to work with him and to potty train him before moving into an apartment in the fall. I really think that was critical and I think it would not have gone well if I just got him in the middle of a semester.

Echo, Boykin Spaniel

The second important consideration is that pets require a lot of attention and exercise. My dog is now one year old so he still has some puppy energy. That means a lot of walks and trips to the dog park. It is time-consuming, but a good break from school work. Overall, I am very happy I decided to get him. Pets can take some work and require some planning, but they have many benefits and great at emotional support! The photo is of my dog, Echo.

My Pet Gecko

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 5 October 2019

It’s crazy to think that the semester is almost already half-way over! Senior year has been a whirlwind so far; from busy classes to enjoying every moment with my friends since this is the last year we’ll all be together.

I also just got a new pet which has been keeping me busy this semester as well! He’s a baby leopard gecko named Freddie (Queen is one of my favorite bands, so of course I had to name him after Freddie Mercury).

Freddie the Gecko

I’ve had him for about a month now and most leopard geckos live ten to twenty years. It’s crazy to think that I’ll have him until I’m 30-40 years old! Since I accepted a full-time position at the company I worked at last summer in Phoenix, I’ll have to take Freddie with me on the thirty-hour cross-country drive or find a new home for him once I graduate.

He’s still a little shy since I got him so young, but he’s starting to get really active in his cage; soon enough he’ll be comfortable with me and we’ll let him roam the apartment a little bit! It’s so much fun having a new pet and learning to take care of him and I’m excited to watch him grow.

Spring PLC Project

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 18 March 2019

PLC stands for programmable logic controller, which is a type of ladder logic code that is used in industry to control robotics, and other machines, mostly for manufacturing processes such as conveyors. I am taking the PLC class currently here at Ohio University, and am very interested in the application of this technology.

While I was at Toyota, I did some PLC modifications to the assembly line machines in order to decrease the WIP (work in progress) stock on the line. Now for my PLC project I will not be working with anything quite as advanced, but I am designing and building an automated ball launcher.

My requirements were that my dog can trigger it himself so while I am working full time he can still burn off some steam, and that it is enclosed and safe to him. The device includes a spring powered arm driven by an electric motor. It will have a sensor to determine if the ball is loaded, a limit switch to shut off the motor, as well as two relays.

The mechanical aspect of the ball launcher is as follows: the free swinging “launch” arm is pulled around by the motor. Once the arm gets parallel with the base of the device, the spring will bring the it around and hit the ball sitting in home position.

I currently am scrapping most parts from other projects or random materials I find laying around, so I know I will need to revisit this project and make a more robust and hopefully more efficient ball launcher this summer!

Caring for a New Puppy in College

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 26 October 2018

Over the summer while working at Toyota in Buffalo WV, I came across a puppy that wasn’t being taken care of very well. I had the opportunity to take him from that environment and make him my right hand man. It has been a lot of work, but he is now about 6 months old and not causing much trouble.

Late summer and early fall was great for a puppy. I got to take him hiking at Strouds Run State Park, he learned how to swim in the lake, and got to chase the ball or Frisbee on the beach. Strouds run is also a great place to rent a boat, kayak, or paddle board and also not a bad spot to fish.

As the weather has gotten cooler, I have been taking my dog to the dog park on West State Street just past the driving range. Every time I have gone, there have been plenty of other dogs there, and afterward I spend 30 minutes practicing my swing at the range.

If you haven’t played the OU golf course I highly recommend it! It’s a nice little 9 hole course with a variety of obstacles. When I am not golfing in my free time, I am usually training my dog. I wake up very early each morning (so there are no distractions) and I have been training to walk him off the leash, with the help of a remote collar and training treats.

Overall, for someone wanting a puppy in college, its doable, but it’s A LOT of work. Most all my free time goes toward him and researching how to care for him. If you are going to neglect care of your pet, don’t get one. However, if you do get one, you won’t be disappointed in the joy that it will bring you.