Happy National Pet Day!
April 11, 2018

April 11th is National Pet Day!

In honor of National Pet Day, we asked all Silver Oaksians to send in photos of their favorite four-legged, winged and wet-nosed “fur babies”. They’re endlessly entertaining, and they love us unconditionally.  Shouldn’t we all strive to be the person our pet thinks we are?! And after a long day at work, they’re always happy to see us.


Age: 3 years

Owner: Nick Scott, President

“Zoey’s favorite things are cleanly washed, balled-up socks and Whitey’s ice cream. She gets a vanilla dixie cup every time we get Whitey’s.”




Age: 9 months

Owner: Matt Mock, Sales Representative

“Gus enjoys walks at the forest preserve, stealing underwear out of the dryer, and chewing on Ugg slippers. He’s currently in training as Silver Oaks’ Rockford office executive assistant. It appears training will be ongoing for some time.”



Owner: Julie Myers, Project Manager

Age: Unknown

“Joel only comes out at night. He loves Dove dark chocolate, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, Babe Ruth’s and leather bags. He does not like mouse traps.”



Boetje (Boo Boo) and Lily

Ages: 2 and 8 1/2 years

Owner: Anne Kirkpatrick, Writer

“Boetje’s nickname is Boo Boo and her signature look is ‘durp’! Lily frequently looks like she’d like to hurt us, but instead sits on our laps and purrs. Her signature look is withering disapproval. These two like to chase each other through the house and when they wrestle it sounds like two grown men having a grudge match. We are highly entertained by them on a daily basis.”




Age: 6 months

Owner: Danny O’Leary, Designer

“I like long walks at the dog park and the occasional scent of a nice butt. I keep my family safe by staring out the front window and barking at imaginary things. Oh! And that Pete the Opossum, big mistake there buddy! I will have none of that! My guilty pleasure is my plush squeaky bone and lounging on the couch when no one is looking. My super power is my puppy dog eyes.”



Age: 2 years

Owner: Julia Evans, Project Manager

“Lucy loves to flop over on her back to show us how food deprived she is. As you can see, she most definitely is NOT deprived of any sort of food. She also likes to ‘hunt’ the cardinal pair that come to the bird feeder by running at the window as fast as she can until they fly away. She always has to be within at least 2 square feet of wherever I am in the house, and is always ready to curl up on my lap. She does not like plastic grocery bags.”


Cotesworth “Coe”

Age: Just turned 12 – Coe is a St. Patty’s Day Puppy!

Owner: Grace Kocinski, Project Manager

“Coe is a Yorky Bear and basically looks like a teddy bear. He is truly the all-around perfect pet and an incredibly amiable best friend — that is unless it’s 4th of July or I want to enjoy a cozy fire in the winter – then he is quick to disown me. Like any Yorkie, he is intent to de-stuff or de-squeak any toy in record time, so his toy options are pretty limited. I won’t lie, Coe lives a very ‘cushy’ life! His favorite pastime is to window-watch and keep an eye on all the neighborhood happenings. As you can see, he’s a true member of the family – he even has his own portrait!”


Fungus (“Gus”)

Age: 4 years

Owner: Chris Cashion, Sales Representative

“Gus ‘chose’ us by wandering into our yard and sticking around. We swore we didn’t have a cat, but kept feeding him anyway. When he went missing one day, we were devastated. After fruitlessly looking for him, we discovered he’d been picked up by animal control and taken to ‘kitty jail’. We paid to get him out, officially adopted him, had him neutered and got all of his vet work done. His favorite things are sleeping upside down, following me around and teasing dogs. His real name is ‘Fungus’. (Fun-Gus). We call him that because he’s fun to have around, and he grew on us!”


Madison “Maddie”

Owner: Tim Wren, Sales Representative

Age: 5 months

Maddie is a miniature beagle who eats absolutely everything. She not only chews on stuff, but actually ingests everything she comes in contact with. Maddie also goes by ‘Mad’, ‘Maddie Girl’, and ‘Cujo’.”


Callie, Daisy, Koda, Luna, Zues, and Levi (top left to bottom right)

Pet Sitter: Tracey Sands, Project Manager

Owner: Friends + Family

Ages: 9 yrs., 4 yrs., 5 yrs., 8 mos., 2 yrs. and 11 yrs.

“I am unable to own a pet at my rental house so to get my dog fix, I dogsit for friends and family! Each dog has a different and unique personality. Whether they like to run 5+ miles or sleep all day, I join them in their favorite activities. But no matter what, all the pups enjoy puppy kisses, eating, and cuddling!!”


Meow Meow

Age: 1-1/2 years

Owner: Dylan Atwater, IT

“Meow Meow’s favorite toy is anything she’s not supposed to play with, and she loves waking me up by meowing at my face. When she’s not being a terror she enjoys sleeping, occasional cuddling, and of course, meowing.”


Gilgamesh (“Mesh”)

Age: 9 years

Owner: Gilly, PreMedia

“Mesh loves to bite us when we don’t pay enough attention to her, beg for small bread and meat bits, and curling up with us when we’re having a rough day.”



Age: 12 years

Owner: Will Berry, Programmer

“This is my good boy, Rex. He’s 12-years-old, but he still runs around like a puppy. He likes to bite at floating dust particles and chase birds that land in our yard!”


Teeny and Mr. Bird

Ages: 1 1/2 years and  4 years

Owner: Scott Kelty, Graphic Designer

“Teeny came from a caged bird show close to Chicago. At that show, he escaped and flew up into some of the lights in the venue, and we figured that was why his feathers were all crinkly when we got him. Apparently not — he went through a molt last year and all his tail feathers and some of his other ones came in curly. He looks like he has perpetual bed-head. His song has more sharp, higher notes to it. Mr. Bird about 4-years-old and we got him from a canary show near Joliet, Illinois. He was there for a singing competition, but didn’t win because he won’t sing if someone is in the room with him. So he wouldn’t sing for the judges! His song is pretty mellow.”


Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Zeus, and Bella

Ages: 7 years, 5 years, and 9 years

Owner: Matt Wince, Photographer

“Sheldon is king! He likes everyone. He has to be the center of attention. Zeus likes to eat USB portable drives and SD cards. Bella loves her daddy! She likes to sit on the keyboard while I am typing.”

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