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Name: Ozzy // Breed: Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso Mix // Occupation: Flower sniffer at Eden Floral Boutique // Search among the eye-popping blooms and whimsical arrangements at Eden Floral Boutique and you’ll discover Oswald — better known as Ozzy — a small mixed breed adopted from the Wilmington Animal Shelter. “A total love bug,” Ozzy spends his days happily greeting customers and chasing his toys throughout the shop.
Name: Craig // Breed: French Bulldog // Occupation: Model at Article Menswear // Has there ever been a more dapper model than Craig, the handsome French bulldog who has become the face of Article Menswear? This heartbreaker can be found soaking up some sunshine, repping some Cincinnati gear (a la a cozy Bengals tee) or lounging beside the newest arrivals on Article’s Instagram page. Pictures are free — but no autographs please. Craig’s a busy man.
Name: Jamie // Breed: Yellow-Naped Amazon // Occupation: Head of Customer Service at frameshop // Over 30 years old, Jamie was adopted by the folks at frameshop after her previous owners became ill. Jamie has full flight capabilities, which has led to an awkward predicament or two — most notably, an incident where she flew after a police officer giving chase to a suspect. “There I was chasing a bird, who was chasing a police officer, who was chasing a suspect,” frameshop owner Jake Gerth says.
Name: Ms. Aki // Breed: Calico // Occupation: Beauty sleeper at Northside Grange // Customers of Northside Grange are sure to come across Ms. Aki lounging among the shop’s pet supplies. The calico tends to takes callers in the morning and early afternoon before retiring for a beauty nap until around 6 p.m., when she stands guard in the shop’s window for the late-night bar crowd.
Name: Beau Dog Cappel // Breed: Unknown // Occupation: Resident Dog at Cappel’s // Beau Dog Cappel, a mixed breed who wandered onto owners Ray and Stef Cappel’s porch, spends his days among an array of sparkles, apparel and glitz (occasionally trying new looks out himself). He has reliably reported to the downtown location every day since August 2013.
Name: Gus // Breed: Greyhound // Occupation: “Store Idiot” at Artichoke // Brad and Karen Hughes took Gus home on April 2, 2015 — exactly one year to the day before they opened curated cookware collection Artichoke in Over-the-Rhine. A retired racer and blood donor for veterinary clinics, Gus was adopted through Queen City Greyhounds and began a well-deserved life of luxury with the couple — a perfect fit, Karen says, because she and Brad had also recently retired to pursue a brand-new career.
Name: Jeffh Jefferson // Breed: Domestic Longhair // Occupation: Lucky Cat at the Maneki Neko Museum // Thirteen years ago, Maneki Neko Museum docent Mikaila Corday received a call from a co-worker, who said a cat at the SPCA looked just like the one Corday was missing. “Although he wasn’t the one I had lost, he was beautiful and friendly, and I took him home on the spot,” she says. Now 15 years old, Jeffh greets museum patrons during Essex Artwalks wearing the red ribbon and bell traditional to Maneki Nekos, or Japanese beckoning cats.