August Pet of the Month
Every month, The Residences at Forest Park Hotel honors one resident’s pet with the Pet of the Month title. Residents submit their pets to be chosen and create biographies about their pets to share with their neighbors.
August’s Pet of the Month award was given to Astrid, residents Alex and Kristen’s dog.
Seen here is Astrid Bear Ploetze-Pearson, First of Her Name, Protector of the Dog Park and Terror of Squirrel-kind. Known aliases include “Fuzzywumples”, “Stinky” and “The Turd.” Genus Astridlopithecus Wumpus, her kind is purported to be the missing link between cuddles and trouble.
First sighted at The Residences of Forest Park Hotel a little over a year and a half ago, there have since been regular reports of her exploits around the apartments, including cavorting through the gardens, practicing her special brand of Hardcore Barkour™ along window sills and gutters, eating things that ought not be eaten and generally wumping around the sixth floor whenever she gets a chance. She is usually sighted in the company of her pack-mate Eleiko, whose initial discomfort with sharing a space with Astrid has, over time, given way to a healthy protectiveness of her young protégé, an acceptance of her role as pack leader and a realization that she looks positively angelic compared to her more exuberant counterpart. Though Astrid’s personality may, at first pass, seem incompatible with the quiet life of The Residences at Forest Park Hotel, she is, at her core, a very lazy, loving and loyal pup. Even though she sometimes growls or barks at new faces (for which her owners apologize), it does not take long for her to warm up to new people, especially when food is involved. And once you are one of her people, Astrid will not hesitate to beg for chin scratches, barge in for back rubs or attempt to (lovingly) sample some of your food whenever she sees you. Astrid is also always ready to welcome canine residents to the Dog Park, especially if they also like to chase squirrels or play tug-of-war. So, if you happen upon this creature in the wild, feel free to offer food, belly rubs or attention in exchange for a bit of slobber on your shoes and, perhaps, a new friend.