Meet Marist’s ‘First Dog’: National Dog Day

6ca33b1926d8406c8d118fb40ba3e929There are a couple things all Marist students can agree on: everyone loves Cupcake Tuesday, Marist sunsets are like no other, and there is nothing better than spotting an adorable dog on campus.

As you may know, August 26th is National Dog Day. “National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.” –

Last year, President David Yellen introduced the Red Fox Family to his dog Cora sporting her Marist gear on Twitter. In honor of National Dog Day, we decided to get to know the ‘First Dog’ of Marist a little bit better.


The Yellen family got Cora in March of 2012 when she was just six weeks old. Cora is a Cavachon – a mix of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. When the Yellens began their search for a Cavachon, they came upon a new litter of puppies from Baileyville, Kansas. Since one of President Yellen’s daughters is named Bailey, it seemed meant to be. When President Yellen and Bailey went to go visit the litter, Cora was the first puppy to jump into their arms. She was a perfect fit for the family.

Cora loves to be around people. President Yellen says her favorite person is whoever’s lap she is sitting in at that given moment. Cora’s sweet and attentive personality brightens every room she is in.

As for some fun facts, Cora’s favorite toy is a small red cardinal (its the only toy she hasn’t tried to destroy, sleeps with it every night), her favorite food is steak (but it is a special treat), and her name comes a character from the TV show Downtown Abbey.

Cora has lived in the suburbs, the bustling city of Chicago, and now the Hudson Valley, but President Yellen says Cora is happy as long as she is with her people.


To all the other Marist students moving into campus this weekend and have a harder time saying goodbye to our pets than to our own families (sorry Mom), I feel your pain. So move in, say hello to your friends, but then call home and with your furry friends a happy #NationalDogDay!

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