Readers’ photos of their adorable, cuddly pets

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of their pets for our 2014 Pet Issue. We squealed with delight at the cuteness and just wanted to tickle and cuddle with every single one of them. Click on the thumbnails t...
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Daisy the dog: The journey to our family proves every dog has her day

Daisy the dogThe house in Mississippi where I spent the first four weeks of my life was run by dogs. There may have been a person’s name on the mortgage, but there was only one of her and over 80 of us, so who do you think was really calling the shots? I found out later that our person was what is known as an “animal hoarder.” I was not aware of this at the time. I just thought it was a party that had gotten a little out of hand.

Pandemonium broke out when the men with cages arrived. At least a dozen dogs all thought they were pack leader, so there were a lot of conflicting instructions.

Meanwhile, my mother trotted happily toward the men—she was friendly in the extreme, and not terribly bright, which explains why she had borne six litters of puppies.
My father lifted me by the neck and pulled me through the chaos to the kitchen pantry.

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Pets: Coalition to Unchain Dogs serves Atlanta’s pups in need

Kate Trahan from the Coalition to Unchain Dogs

Anyone who has been to Midtown can see that in the LGBT community, pets are often surrogate children. From the largest St. Bernard to the tiniest toy poodle, canines enjoy the privilege of being more than human’s best friend — they are family and are as close as can be. But there are some practices humans partake in where the barrier between species creates a misunderstanding for which the dog pays the price.

Some pet owners think that by putting a dog on a chain, they are protecting it from harm by keeping it close by and still giving it the freedom to roam. Kate Trahan of the Atlanta chapter of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs says otherwise.

“Tethering can create bad tendencies that make dogs most prone to depression or aggression,” she says.

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Pets: Pamper your pets

Go ahead, spoil your pet — at least a little. Whether you consider your cat or dog a best friend or surrogate child, splurge on them with these products that can be both practical and pampering.

Shelby the Hemp MouseShelby the Hemp Mouse
$4.99 at Red Bandanna stores and online at www.redbandanna.com

Your kitty may not understand the green-friendly qualities that make this cat toy so special, but you will. Shelby is made from hemp, filled with organic catnip, is completely biodegradable, and even has a face printed with food coloring, so you don’t have to worry if this cute little mouse gets devoured.

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Pets: Find your new family member

Choo ChooChoo Choo

Choo Choo needs a nice dog-knowledgeable lesbian family without small children to adopt him. He is a gorgeous senior chow/Bernese mountain dog mix rescued from a high-kill shelter in Atlanta after he was dropped off by his former owner’s son when his owner became ill. Choo Choo is a big, sweet teddy bear who really loves women. He is terrified of men, so he’s looking for his female-only forever family. His new family will have to be very patient with him because he’s adorable at home, but he is nervous in public. He also needs a backyard to run and play.