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May 01, 2004

Celebrity Profile: Marilynn Mee

By: Jamie Klinger-Krebs

Stephanie Bartz Photography

For radio personality Marilynn Mee, some of her most prized possessions have four legs. As an avid animal lover, the midday disc jockey views her two dogs and one cat as more than just friends they are family.

"When I come home from work they don't know what kind of show I had, I could've had a really great day or a really bad day, they just don't care. All they care about is being walked, fed or cuddled," she laughed.

Mee says that her two dogs; Tillie a seven-year-old Yellow Lab and Norman, an eight-year-old Basset Hound, are like having two kids with distinct personalities. "I really enjoy having two dogs that are extreme opposites because I get such different things from each dog. At night, when we're at home Tillie will want to play fetch in the living room, while Norman wants to be sitting next to me on the couch."

Norman, who Mee adopted through Basset Buddies Rescue, Inc. in Muskego, is a very loyal, easy-going Basset who would love nothing more than to stick by Mee wherever she goes. "He's like glue, he just wants to be with me all the time."

How Mee ended up with two unique four-legged characters happened mostly by accident. When Tillie came into her life she was looking for a bigger, friendly, active dog all of which she received in Tillie. As a child, however, she had a Basset Hound and always thought it might be nice to have another, which lead her to Basset Buddies where she was paired up with Norman who became a perfect fit with her family. "He just wanted so much to be a part of our family and I just fell in love with him," she said.

Though all three of her pets are very conducive together, Mee explained that she does like spending one-on-one time with each of them. "Sometimes I might take Norman to a friend's house because I can take him in and he's not so rambunctious, or I might take him to an event with me because he's better in a crowded place. With Tillie, because she gets so excited I have to be a little more careful with her, but she loves to ride in the car as well."

One place that Mee does take both dogs is to Glendale's Animal Emergency Center where they each regularly donate blood. "Aside from all the wonderful things people can get from participating in the program, like at $25 credit at the hospital and a free check-up, it's just such a great thing to do and thank Heavens for people who do get involved in it because it can really make a difference in the life of someone's pet."

For more information on the blood donation program, contact Animal Emergency Center in Glendale.

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