We're excited to present our first ever Pet Issue! After accepting entries from local readers, we ended up with more than 40 great profiles and pictures of dogs, cats, birds and even a squirrel.

We chose to profile several pet owners and their babies in the print issue. We also featured articles on pet-related products, the reopening of Piedmont Park's dog park and pet-friendly restaurants around town in the paper this week, as well.

All things ‘pets’

Check out our profiles, featuring moving stories of how pets have impacted the lives of our readers:

Pets: The power of unconditional love
Pets: The compassionate party animal
Pets: Celebrating the circle of life
Pets: Four French divas
Pets: ‘A love beyond our own’

We also put up a photo gallery, featuring many of the reader submitted pets. There are some wonderful pictures here.