"I have caught more ills from people sneezing over me and giving me virus infections than from kissing dogs." (Barbara Woodhouse)
"If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend, but never your slave." (Theophile Gautier)
Left: "'Got Milk?' Here is a photo of one of our pups from last summer - 'Pacific Coasts Grizzly Bear' aka Grizz. He has grown since then."
Right: " Christmas photo of our furr children: Beau, Keesha and Ajona, our Eurasiers. Our dogs have discovered the fun of playing with the empty Christmas wrapping paper rolls - After my two children have finished playing 'sword fights' with the rolls, they give them to the dogs for a rip roaring game of 3 way tug of war. Recycling at its best."
- Ray and Judi N. of Surrey, BC
Left: "Here is my Black Lab Duchess of Sunnyview recuperating from having a toe removed which was cancerous. She was 15 at the time of this photo and is now doing well a year later at sweet sixteen. The blue plastic wrapper for the New York Times Sunday edition, over a thick sock, was the perfect protection sleeve for her paw when she had to go outside.
Right: "Fast Friends" ... Our grandson, 6, had met Patrick, 4, the day before.
Thanks for your newsletter. I have two dogs who go everywhere with me, unless I fly."
- Carol E. of Portland, Oregon
Left: "Here's a picture of Pepper (female Jack Russell) taken on Hallowe'en. Pepper is dressed up as a puppy pirate of the Carribbean!" - Riconda B. of Toronto, Ontario
Right: "Here is a picture of my Chihuahua Leroy, whose picture we took to put on our holiday cards. Leroy was not particularly happy about this insult, but we at least got one fun photo out of it." - Claudia K. of New York, NY
Animal shelters are filled to overflowing with adoptable pets that would make excellent companions. It's a myth that only "problem pets" end up at shelters; pets are turned in for many reasons including lack of pet-friendly housing, owners with health issues that prevent them from properly caring for their pets, and people who adopted an animal without fully realizing what was involved in its care.
If you are thinking of adding a pet to your household, visit your local shelter or humane society to visit with the pets currently available for adoption. Not only will you gain a great friend, you'll also save a life!