Jack Wolff likes to collect his balls every day and keep them safe on his dog bed. If they are under furniture, he comes to me and uses his head and eyes to point to the location. That requires me to lie face down on the floor and stretch my hands underneath the sofa or any other stick of furniture. Once he's satisfied that he's collected enough, he lies peacefully on his bed with his balls.
Poppy, a red merle Australian Shepherd, turned four years old today. He and his 12-year-old buddy Andy, a border collie, believe, just like all herding dogs, that their job is to round up animals or humans, to keep everything safe and orderly. The pair regularly herds those dogs running loose at Shelby Farms dog park.
Poppy loves to play with a wood puzzle "dog casino" toy from Hollywood Feed. He also likes to steal space on Beth Oken's bed. Beth adopted Poppy from a woman who moved away to Colorado so he could be a buddy to Andy.
Leo and Theo are appleshead Siamese littermate who live in Little Rock, Ark. with Cindy Hays. Applehead siamese cats have round heads instead of an angular shape.
Nearly three years ago, her beloved cats Josh and Alvin died three weeks apart. While cats don’t make a lot of noise or ruckus like dogs do, the silence when she came home at night was acute.
She saw an ad in the newspaper for applehead Siamese kittens. Her plan was to buy one kitten, but took enough money for two. Cat lovers know two kittens are better than one because they will keep each other company.
The 2-year-olds enjoy a game of fetch and sleeping. Cindy says. Leo climbs in her lap and demands attention, while Theo is content just to snuggle against Cindy. The boys love to nestle together.
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Oliver is a nearly 9-year-old long-haired Dachshund in Cincinnati, Ohio. He belongs to Richard and Lynn Dixon and their two daughters Shelby and Katie.
He enjoys sitting on the front porch with Richard watching traffic or cuddling in the recliner at night with Lynn. His favorite toy is a rubber bone that he wants to be kicked so he can chase it. If Oliver finds anything good to eat around the house, he hides it in the corners of his bed.
Among his stash: Lollipops, crackers and York Peppermint Patties.
Oliver once thought a plastic grocery bag was attacking him. He was walking around his yard on a windy day. Suddenly he came running lickety-split like a pint-sized race horse. The grocery sack was blowing in quick pursuit.
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Buddy Lee is a 4-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever, who was adopted by Mike and Barbara Lee from the Southaven Animal Shelter in Mississippi. He was an 8-month-old pup when the couple brought him home.
Buddy and the couple divide their time between their home in Olive Branch, Miss. and their condo in Gulf Shores, Ala. If Mike and Barbara take their boat out, Buddy goes too. If the weather is cool, Buddy goes along to the grocery store or to church where he quietly waits in the car.
Buddy believes that no stuffed animal should be. A toy's cotton innards and squeaker are scattered on the floor like someone plucked a chicken and took out its cluck. His favorite toy is the fake-fur skin of a formerly stuffed cow.
The lab knows how to count, at least to four because that's how many treats he gets each night after his walk. Not two treats and a third broken in half. Four. Buddy also knows when the couple goes out to eat; he will be dining on leftover french fries when they return.
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