A Parson Jack Russell terrier who served as a companion for workers and college students at St. John’s College in Annapolis died Friday at age 17.
Arcadia, or “Cadie,” got here to the college in 2006 when she was 9 months outdated after an uncommon request by a donor. Warren Spector, a 1981 graduate and member of the Board of Visitors and Governors, agreed to provide the college $6 million, on the situation that the faculty have a canine on campus.
Since then Arcadia has spent her days going for walks with college students and her nights at residence with a workers member who lives on campus. Director of Student Services Taylor Waters mentioned Arcadia even had her personal line merchandise within the college’s price range, to cowl the price of veterinarian visits and different bills.
The first ten years Arcadia was on campus she was typically aloof, nervous and stuffed with vitality, Waters mentioned. She wanted to be walked not less than two hours day-after-day as a way to tire her out, and she or he appeared overwhelmed by the eye that got here with being the campus canine.
She spent a part of the day within the workplace with Waters, the place she had a number of canine beds to snooze on. She additionally liked hanging out in an enclosed courtyard on campus. As she obtained older, she began having common guests, college students who got here to Waters’ workplace every day to provide her a pet.
“In her more mature years she was so much more receptive to people coming in and petting her,” Waters mentioned.
Arcadia was typically skittish, however she knew to provide consolation when it was wanted. When college students would cry in Waters’ workplace, Arcadia at all times obtained up from her mattress to lean in opposition to them or sit of their lap.
Arcadia was very cute in her older years when she ran throughout campus to greet her mates, Waters mentioned. She was a small canine, at 17 kilos, and just a little rickety in her older years. She sported a grey beard her total life.
Waters mentioned Arcadia was put down Friday, and the faculty introduced her dying Monday.
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“Arcadia served as a comfort to countless students over the years,” St. John’s President Nora V. Demleitner wrote in an obituary despatched to the campus. “Arcadia will always occupy a special place in the hearts of all who came into contact with her and she will be deeply missed.”
While a memorial service is but to be organized, Waters mentioned they may most definitely rejoice Arcadia’s life within the fall, when college students return to campus. Students are gone on summer season break presently. Waters mentioned she needs to provide college students an opportunity to specific what “Cadie” meant to them.
In her obituary, Demleitner thanked greater than a dozen folks, together with Waters and Frances Van Ness within the assistant dean’s workplace, for his or her years of caring for Arcadia.
” Ms. Van Ness learned first-hand about Arcadia’s special ability to ‘escape’ from the Assistant Dean’s Office and she would often have to chase Cadie through the rows of FSK auditorium,” Demleitner wrote.
For a while, Arcadia was the only dog allowed on the St. John’s campus. The school now allows dogs to be walked on campus, but owners must keep their pets on a leash and must clean up after them, Waters said.
Waters mentioned they’re nonetheless figuring out if St. John’s can have one other campus canine. The donor who gave $6 million has donated an extra $25 million in subsequent years, Waters mentioned, noting their generosity. When the donor involves campus for board conferences, they may pocket a bit of bacon from breakfast to deliver to Arcadia, Waters mentioned.