What is Your Favorite Pet Story?

Do you have a pet who also happens to be one of your best friends? Perhaps you have a great pet story that you wish to share?ย You may have noticed the dog jumping through the "D" of the September issue of Dome, and wanted to share your story. Comment below with a photo orย taleย of your furry, feathered or scaled best friend.

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Kathleen Wilsbach October 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I know I am late submitting my comment but I had to make sure rabbits were represented.
This was my boy Palmer (and his pals, Lance, Sona, and Agatha). Palmer was an ex-classroom
rabbit surrendered to Baltimore Humane Society in 1997. He was supposedly 2 years old and
we had him for 15 years! Over that time, he shared his life with 8 different rabbit companions.
I run a rabbit rescue (www.rabbitsinthehouse.org) and the older "unadoptable" rabbits often
spend their final years with me. I love this photo because it looks like I've interrupted a serious
discussion and Palmer looks up as if to say "Who us? We're not plotting anything." I really
miss my chocolate boy.


Amy Goodwin November 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Aww, so cute!


Susana Meyer October 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

Meet Luna and Zimba, my two adorable English Bull Dogs. They are so obedient and playful. They love swimming, chasing squirrels, laying in the sofa (and snoring like lions!) and of course licking mama's face! ๐Ÿ™ I love them to death! I am so happy to have my two adorable chub babies! ๐Ÿ™‚


Nichole Steinhoff October 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

This is Jayla! My beautiful 1.5 year old pit bull. I rescued her from BARCS when she was 3 months old. Shes such a sweet and smart girl, love her to death.


Germaine Williams October 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

What a cute girl! Good for you for rescuing a Pit. They are really great dogs who often get a bad rep becuase people don't know how to manage them.


Nichole Steinhoff October 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

๐Ÿ™‚ they are GREAT DOGS!

Terri Day October 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

These 3 boys are/were the love of our lives. The red lab-Hunter used to "wander" quite often to see his female friends. Once was more than 5 miles away. Thankfully the family called and when we went to pick him up their kids asked if they could keep him. The brown lab-Tug arrived as a rescue from a state tropper at 4years old. One year in a bad snow storm Hunter took off with Tug in tow and "got him lost" - Hunter returned thinking "he got rid of him". A family that lived two miles away called - they also wanted to keep our boy. We are now left with the Chesapeake Bay-Smitty (center) who is an extremely loyal dog. He loves to splash in our small pond. We live in a rural area and often our neighbors will call and ask us to quiet our dog as his joyful barking echos thru the valley.


Staci Lindblad October 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

My pal Mizzen, the 100-lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever, survived 11 days at sea in a sailboat with six seasick humans as my husband and I sailed to the Bahamas a few years ago. (The origin of his name? The mizzen mast is the second mast on a ketch. We lived on our Irwin ketch in the Bahamas and DC.)

This amazing dog walks himself, leash in mouth. He has a loud bark but has never even mouthed me with his teeth when playing. He sits, speaks and lays down on command. Besides being (mostly) obedient, he is the POSTER DOG for his breed, garnering many compliments every time he walks or swims.

He is pictured here on the back of our houseboat, waiting to board a Zodiak for a dinghy ride in the Washington Channel.

My only regret in moving back to the DC area is that Mizzen can no longer play "fetch the coconut" at the beach as he did in the Bahamas, swimming in the beautiful blue sea to retrieve the "ball" he loved to strip and chew the white insides like doggy jerky. Mmmmm, Mizzen loves fresh coconut!


Alex October 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

One time I came home to find Bonnie doing this...


Amy Goodwin November 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Looks like she takes after you, Alex.


CAF October 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

Animals give and receive pure, unconditional love from their human partners. My animals give me my humanity by bringing out the best in me in a tough world. The average U.S. marriage lasts only 7 years while my animals and I happily live out "till death do us part". I always look forward to seeing them and they are always crowding the door to see me. All of my animals are adopted/rescued except the tarantula, who was a carefully considered acquisition. She is now 12 years old and still doing great.


Jessica Wolfe October 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

These two girls are my life! Lilly (Pomeranian) and Hailey (Puggle-pug/beagle mix). I have loved them since the day I got them both. They sleep with me and lay on the couch with me. They both love Frosty Paws iced treats! They are both very well trained and can do tricks. (I put them both in puppy classes when they were younger). My new boyfriend moved in with me and he actually has fell in love with them both as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3


Lorilei Barsh October 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

Jessica, That is too cute! Our little girl loves Frosty Paws as well. Everyone that comes to our house who does not have a dog cannot get over the fact that our dog eats "ice cream". It always makes me laugh.


Nichole Steinhoff October 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

the babies! ๐Ÿ™‚


Pam Whited October 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

My little girl is the love of my life. Unfortunately Ebony has been my problem child since she was a baby. First she started out with constant urinary infections that led to Cushing's Disease. Two years ago she was diagnosed with Heart Disease. The cardiologist gave her a year to live and that was two years ago. It just goes to show how strong of a dog she is. She loves being in the kitchen when you're cooking (hoping something will fall on the floor) and don't leave a sock on the floor because it automatically becomes a tuggy toy. This picture was taken the day she went for her echocardiogram. I told her if she was a good girl we would stop for ice cream. I know, she's spoiled, but my little girl is worth it!


Danielle Greene October 4, 2013 at 5:40 am

This is Brook... Forgot to add the pic lol


Danielle Greene October 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

This is Brook


Danielle Greene October 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

When my boyfriend and I first moved in together I begged him for a dog specifically a toy breed. I came home from school one day and was presented with an American bull dog terrier mix who is 50 lbs. I named him Remy. He is a small dog/cat at heart as he loves sitting in window sills and on my lap. one day I bought home a brand new bag of lays cheddar potato chips, I ate a few as a snack rolled the bag closed and placed it on the kitchen table. We left the house that evening and and my big dog had gotten to the bag, ate all the chips then got his head stuck in the bag. When we returned home his head was still in the bag. How can you be mad when his big head was stuck. Lol. Years later I finally got my toy breed a Shih Tzu named Brook. She refuses to walk up stairs and will look at you as if saying "well I'm waiting to be carried" and of course she gets her way ๐Ÿ™‚


Nichole Steinhoff October 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Remy is a hansdome guy!


Lorilei Barsh October 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Meet Riley, my favorite little Dachshund. When we first got her nearly a year ago, we knew she was going to be special. We put a baby gate in the kitchen to keep her there when we were at work. Within minutes, she had figured out to climb over it. So, we decided to crate train her. She was so tiny, and there was one larger opening on the top of the crate and within minutes she figured out how to make her great escape. She knows how to roll down the car windows, leaves nose art on any window / mirror she can reach, and enjoys chasing squirrels. She loves to cuddle and gives kisses whether you want them or not. We take her to dog festivals, parks, Home Depot....pretty much anywhere. She is our best friend.


Cymantha (Cy) Governs October 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

My husband and I went to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) to meet a a 2-year-old mutt we'd seen online. By the time we arrived, it was in the "meeting room" with a family. So we looked around at the other available pets. We came upon a cage with two small beagle-ly looking mutts and the staff person told us they were siblings who'd been surrendered by their owners that morning (so they were immediately available). She grabbed their paperwork and exclaimed, "They're 9 years old and they've never been apart!" Long story short, we agreed to adopt both of them. When BARCS said they had to be spayed and neutered, we thought it was strange for 9-year-olds. That's when the BARCS person discovered the typo--the dogs were 9 MONTHS old! Instead of one, older dog, we were proud owners of two old-ish puppies. We're about to hit our three-year "Gotcha!"versary with Rusty and Audrey and we wouldn't change a thing.


Lorilei Barsh October 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

That is hilarious! We just adopted a kitty from BARCS, we absolutely adore her. She was found roaming the street with her two siblings. Now, she is a cuddler and loves attention...which she gets plenty of....especially from our Doxie who sees her as a sister and a playmate. They love each other so much!


Cymantha (Cy) Governs October 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm

YOUR DOG IS SO CUTE! All caps intended. It was such a delight to open the page and be greeted by such cuteness. Here's a pic of my babies.

Anita October 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

We have a cat - Reed (he was there first) and a pit bull (Buster). Buster came in as puppy about two years ago. As puppies do, they get a little playful, domineering and rough. So, Buster thought he could corner Reed and jump on him, harrass him. Well, Reed, who is a very layed back cat, said enough is enough. He got up on his back paws, gave a real good scrow-w-w-l-l-l and whacked Buster in the nose with his front paw, which by the way has no claws. THAT was the end of that match. My kids fell out laughing...it was hysterical. I crack up just thinking about. Garfield and Odie all over again.


Lorilei Barsh October 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Great story, Anita! We just adopted a kitten who our pup loves to play with. Right now our pup can be a little rough, but we know that the cat is going to grow bigger than her so it is going to be interesting to see if we have any of these moments coming up in the future.


Lorilei Barsh October 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thank you! Your dogs are adorable as well! Love the side head turn. That is one of my favorite things!!!!


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