Neighbor unleashes kindness on campus
Students and faculty alike have stopped to chat with one of Otterbein's most familiar faces.
For years, Peg Harmon and her many generations of bulldogs have lived on campus.
"She is always so friendly. She always asks how my day is going and I don't even know her," said Michelle Oberst, sophomore international studies major.
Harmon and her husband, John, first moved to their house in Westerville 37 years ago. At the time, they were both teaching in the South Central School District.
While they taught, her husband began helping out with and filming choir practices at Otterbein.
According to Harmon, the couple got to know a professor on campus and was invited to the professor's house for dinner.
While there, they saw a house across the street and fell in love with it. It was the house that the Harmon's still live in today, next to the Pi Kappa Phi, known as Club fraternity house.
Harmon said living next to a fraternity house was something that the couple cherished. The Harmon's were adopted as house parents for the fraternity.
Otterbein students have probably seen Harmon out with Charlie and Moe, her two bulldogs.
According to Harmon, Charlie is an honorary member of Tau Epsilon Mu, and she and her brother are greatly loved by Club.
Harmon has so far owned eight generations of bulldogs. Her dogs have also always been allowed on campus and even in some buildings.
The dogs also venture with Harmon into uptown Westerville, where they are also allowed into a few shops.
But on March 18, Moe passed away. He was 10 years old, but still full of life, according to Harmon.
"I don't think he ever saw a person he didn't love," Harmon said.
Moe's favorite place on campus was the "bulldog benches," dedicated to some of Harmon's past bulldogs.
"He was just real sweet and laid back," said Harmon.
According to Harmon, Moe loved popsicles, specifically root beer, banana and lime. He loved to be kissed and told bedtime stories and loved his sister Charlie.
When Moe died, her faithful Club neighbors brought tulips to put on the porch for him, since he loved flowers.
Moe's ashes will be spread on his favorite places around campus, as well as some of the stores he was allowed to visit in Westerville.
Harmon feels like her dogs act as a comfort to those who have pets back home and miss them dearly.
Even in times of grief, Harmon remains as friendly and generous as ever.
"Last week, Peg gave me a rose of my choice from her bouquet, in remembrance of Moe," Danielle Dean, junior early education major, said. T&C;