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    Say goodbye to the dogs of UA for the summer

    With the end of the school year approaching, students are getting more and more stressed. The dogs of UA, however, are as happy and friendly as ever. Anywhere there’s grass on campus, there are dogs running around and enjoying it.

    Scout ran around happily on the UA Mall last Thursday with her owner Christa Patané, a nutritional sciences junior. The small- to medium-sized dog is almost 3 years old, and was adopted from The Humane Society as a puppy. Scout has lived with Patané for around two and a half years, and the two have become great friends.“They said she was a Chihuahua, but she’s not,” Patané said, unclear of what type of dog Scout actually is.

    Scout likes to play with ropes, especially tug-of-war. According to her owner, Scout’s a pretty strong dog.

    “She’s really, really smart—the smartest out of all my other dogs,” Patané said when asked her favorite thing about Scout. “She also loves me the most.”

    The two like to explore the outdoors together. Hiking, running and biking are a few of their favorite activities. Patané, a part of the water polo team, also enjoys swimming with Scout.Scout has a lot to say according to Patané.

    “She tries to talk,” Patané said. “You’ll ask her a question and she’ll stare at you and make weird sounds back.”

    It’s always fun to find dogs out and about doing whatever dogs do. Rocco and his owner Sandy Molera were spotted in front of the Arizona State Museum. Rocco, a 5-month-old puppy, has lived with Molera for three months, since she adopted him.“He’s very friendly,” she said. “He loves to cuddle.”

    Rocco loves a lot of things, including fetch, running around in the grass and cats. Molera said he gets along well with her two cats.

    His favorite toy, a stuffed caterpillar, is yet another thing Rocco enjoys.

    In two weeks, just as UA students finish the semester, Rocco will begin a school of his own: training school. He’ll learn commands like “sit” and “stay,” and everything a good puppy needs to know.

    And so we say goodbye to the dogs of UA for the summer, when students and their dogs will return to their homes in other cities and states. See you next semester, dogs of UA.

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