Top 10 Pets of Renasant Bank

May 14, 2019

It’s May, which means it’s National Pet Month. You may have watched our most recent Heartland Stories episode featuring St. Francis Pet Care. It’s left us with an appreciation for the precious animals we get to call our own. Our pets are most definitely cause to celebrate—these four-legged (or more!) friends are more than just friends to us—they’re integral parts of our families that genuinely make us whole.

So, over the next few weeks, we plan on celebrating with gusto, taking part in a bevy of holidays that will allow us to shower our pets with even more love and affection than they get on a regular basis:

  • May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
  • May 23: World Turtle Day
  • June 1: National Pet Grooming Day
  • June 19: National Garfield the Cat Day (mmmm, lasagna!)

In fact, we love our pets so much that we’ve dedicated a top-10 list to them! After a review of all entries (submitted by Renasant employees), we’re proud to present the Top 10 Renasant Pets.

1. Bitsy (Yorkshire Terrier) 

Jessica Lakey — Teller

Brandon, MS (Spillway Rd. Branch)

Bitsy was found wandering the streets of Houston, Texas before she came to live with Jessica. This super-sweet little girl loves everyone and LOVES to be dressed. She loves to get into mischief with her cat sister, Brightyn… especially in situations that involve food.

2. Copper (Border Collie)

border collie
Connie Jenkins – Teller

Water Valley, MS (Water Valley Branch)

When Connie gets home from work, Copper awaits with his doggy smile and wagging tail. Connie says he’s much smarter than his human parents and is the truest living example of unconditional love she’s ever known.

3. Cotton (Tennessee Walking Horse)

tenessee walking horse
Pam Wade — Executive Assistant

Memphis, TN (Memphis Branch)

Pam’s grandchildren love to dress Cotton up as a unicorn and call him Starlight Sparkles! He’s a good sport about it. 

4. Hamachi (Domestic Shorthaired Cat)

shorthaired cat
Roxanna Chan — Mortgage Compliance Review Officer

Alpharetta, GA (South Main Branch)

This black cat conned her way into Roxanna’s heart. Hamachi may be a monster, Roxanna says, but she’s an adorable one. We agree!

5. Shadow (German Shepherd)

german shepard
Caleb Sheeler — Assistant Branch Manager

Suwanee, GA (Suwanee Branch)

Shadow is a three-year-old German Shepherd who Caleb rescued when he was an 11-month-old puppy. When Shadow isn’t chasing Caleb on his four-wheeler, he’s retrieving tennis balls or swimming in the pond on his family’s property.

6. Stark and Stella (Siberian Huskies)

Jamey Logan — Marketing Content Director

Tupelo, MS

Stark (left) and Stella (right) are three-year-old Siberian Huskies. They’re cute, but don’t let that fool you. They’re really, really bad, and they have a comment back to everything.

7. Suds and Sky (Tabby Cats)

tabby cat
Karen Geddie — Employee Benefits Specialist

Tupelo, MS

These kittens are two-month-old sisters born to Monkey, a bar cat at Steele’s Dive, a Tupelo-based mom-and-pop restaurant. They were named in honor of Steele’s Dive and the pilot who cared for Monkey during her pregnancy.

8. Sven (Donkey)

Regina Dean — Branch Manager Lending, VP

Decatur, AL (Cedar Ridge Branch)

Sven was a grumpy donkey who for six years had been left to fend for himself when Regina and her family took him in. They bush-hogged his pasture, had the vet see him and had the farrier tend to him. Sven is now a happy donkey and waits for his family by the gate to be fed sweet feed and to be brushed each day.

9. Turbo and Smith (Border Collie Mix and Boxer Mix)

turbo and smith
Peggy Kilett — Commercial Loan Officer

Memphis, TN (Memphis Branch)

Turbo and Smith are two fun-loving dogs who came from different shelters but have bonded like brothers. Very rarely will you see the two more than 10 feet apart, except for when Turbo is chasing squirrels. In the words of their mother, Smith is too much of a prima donna for that.

10. Valkyrie (Silver Fox Rabbit)

silver fox rabbit
Melissa Richards — Director of Loan Review

Canton, GA (Riverstone Branch)

Valkyrie is a “house” rabbit who weighs in at almost nine pounds. She’s also litter-box trained. Given Valkyrie’s size, Melissa’s cat seems unsure about what Valkyrie actually is and has decided it’s best to maintain adequate distance in all encounters. Meanwhile, the family dog remains equally wary because Valkyrie “boxes” (like a kangaroo) if he gets too close to the feisty rabbit.


Finally, as the weather heats up and we’re all getting outside more, be sure to celebrate National Microchipping Month in June. And in the words of Bob Barker (“The Price Is Right”), be sure to have your pets spayed or neutered!

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