Pet Spotlight: Noodles

Attention Millikin, if we ever decide to change our mascot, we have a prime candidate in Noodles the Wonder Corgi.

As we get settled in for another year for finding our destinies and endeavor to achieve a high level of college education, many students may see this gold-and-white charmer on short legs ready to shower you with kisses.

Noodles belongs to Millikin graduate McKenzie Sauer. She received Noodles in June when he was two months old as a graduation present. Since she had a fondness for Corgis for quite some time, her mother figured having one would be the perfect gift for her daughter. While searching for the perfect breeder, the family realized how difficult it was to find the breeder they were looking for because the ones that suited Sauer’s life were very rare. Still, they persisted, and after a long time of extensive research, they found a reputable breeder in a small town in Ohio that had puppies that suited Sauer’s lifestyle.

Since being brought home, Noodles has grown to love everyone. Whenever people notice him, they go over, as most Millikin students might do, and fawn over the cute puppy. And he soaks up every minute of it.

Incidentally, his approachability and affection are Noodles’ best qualities. Many students might know this first hand when they meet him. Lord knows I certainly do. When interviewing Sauer for this article, Noodles was giving my left shoe a couple of kisses. Furthermore, he loved anyone who approached him for pictures or giving him attention. One person even wanted his autograph.

If Sauer could find a most adorable quality about this pup, it would also be his weirdest. His favorite toy is a rawhide filled with peanut butter. He also has a habit he likes doing in her apartment. “He would take it and go and hide it,” she explains. “But when he hides it, he acts as though he’s burying it. He uses his nose to help his paws with the burying. He does this for five minutes, or at least until he thinks he’s hidden it.”

Besides the chew toy, he loves pieces of turkey and some peanut butter. But most of all, he loves to give a lot of kisses. As Sauer stated to those who greet him, Noodles has no manners. “He’s in his teenage puppy phase,” she explains. “He’s defiant, and if you say no, he’ll bark back.”

However, she still loves her little angel. If she could bring him to work every day, she would, even if he can be a bit of a hand full. His cuddliness and lovely attitude toward people make Noodles quite an endearing dog.

He is without a doubt a people puppy. In the short time he has spent being walked around campus, he has already gained himself a lot of admirers. He even has his own Instagram account. You can follow him under the username noodlesthecorgi_, which according to Sauer, has an audience that’s still growing. “People would just come up to me when I take Noodles out on a walk, and they would say, ‘oh my gosh, is that Noodles?’ and I would say, ‘yes, it is,” Sauer says. When asked if they could pet him, she would agree.

People would hear about Noodles through word of mouth or through their classes or social media, and would approach Sauer when he’s with her. Yet she allows the pup to get the admiration he craves. She states, “To spend so much time with so many different people is good for his temperament and behavior.”

In conclusion, fellow student body at Millikin, we have a cute Corgi puppy who loves to spend time with people. He is cute, fluffy, and photogenic. He looks good with the Bronze Man, as well as any other remarkable landmark statues we have on campus. He’s friendly, fun, full of energy, and is the kind of dog that would get the job done, even when it seems impossible. If that isn’t an embodiment of what our mascot should be, then I don’t know what is.