A longtime cheese connoisseur, Ballantine is big on wearing safety goggles thanks to a close run-in with an Anisomorpha buprestoides (walking stick). When not performing her safety mascot duties, she naps and noshes at the home of ArtisTree’s Debra Morrow.

What hidden talent do you have: I’m trained to shake with either paw. Really.
My proudest moment: Being named winner of Sarasota Magazine’s 2009 Best Pet Contest.