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CRITTER CORNER: Harold, Gizmo, Houdini

Junior twins share their bond with their dogs.
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Ella DiBonaventura
Junior Ella DiBonaventura and Luci DiBonaventura’s three dogs rest on the family’s couch. The twins have a strong bond with them as the family has had dogs since the sisters were elementary schoolers.

For this publication’s regular feature of the Critter Corner, juniors Ella DiBonaventura and Luci DiBonaventura talk about their special bond with their dogs, Harold, Gizmo, and Houdini.

Q: What’s your pet’s name?

A: We have a Chihuahua mix, Harold, he’s the most recent one we got. My other two dogs are Gizmo, the Russell Terrier, and Houdini, she’s a Rat Terrier. (Ella)

Q: How long have you had them?

A: Houdini and Gizmo, we’ve had since around 4th grade, so probably 7 years, and then Harold we just got a year ago. (Ella)

Q: How old are they?

A: I think Houdini and Gizmo are around seven years old. We aren’t sure about Harold, but he still plays with squeaky toys, so we’re assuming he’s probably one or two years old. (Ella)

Q: How would you describe your family’s bond with your dogs? 

A: The dogs favor my dad the most, and he was the one who didn’t want to get them to begin with, but he’s always taking them on two-hour-long walks, and he feeds them all the time. But, now I understand what parents mean when they say they can’t choose a favorite child because I love all my dogs so much. (Ella)

Q: How is life living with three dogs?

A: I could not imagine not having dogs. They’re kind of like vacuums because when I drop food, I don’t have to go and pick it up and throw it in the trash, they can just eat itit’s just so cute. They can be really funny, too. We used to have a big cherry tree in our yard, but my dog, Harold, started eating all the cherries from the tree, and he smelled so bad because he would sweat out the odor from the cherries. So, we didn’t know what to do, so we just cut down this entire tree. The smell disappeared but not until a few weeks later because he had a hidden cherry stash. My two other dogs, Gizmo and Houdini, when they were puppies, we had this bench by our kitchen table and they just ate through it like beavers. (Ella)

Q: What do you love about your pets?

A: I love my dogs so much, they’re so cute. Anytime I’m coming home from vacation, I’m not sad because I get to go home and see what brings me the most joy in the world. When I’m sad, I get to see my dogs. When I’m happy, I get to spread my joy with my dogs and share it with them. When I’m sick, they can cuddle with me. (Ella)

Want to feature your pet in the next edition of Critter Corner? Stretch your paw out to [email protected]!

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Lavanya Dixit '27
Lavanya Dixit '27, Reporter
Lavanya Dixit is a freshman at Strath Haven High School. She enjoys writing, doing karate, art, watching movies, and listening to music. She loves to spend time with her friends and family, specifically her younger brother.
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