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Jubilant and Amazing Raccoon Family Found at Backyard Feast

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Jubilant and amazing raccoon family and skunks, possums, and birds visit us daily. Everybody we know has spoken poorly of raccoons for the last 20-25 years. Even our cat turned up one day. A few weeks later, she had five of the cutest kittens. We kept one, and three friends took the others.

Normally, we buy twelve bags of cat kibbles, which last about a month to six weeks, depending on how many visits each night. We sit outside with them in the summertime and have never been bitten or scratched. They take it very gently.

The raccoons love peanut butter cookies, and we keep a good stock of them. Years ago, we had this vast window put in to enjoy our outdoor family. We also built an 8-foot high block wall to level our backyard, then an 8-foot high lattice wall with a 6×2 walkway, which the squirrels and raccoons use. And the birds love our thick hedge. It’s surprising how many people look upon the raccoons as wild animals and talk about shooting them.

These nightly visits have cultivated a unique ecosystem in our backyard and fostered an unexpected bond between humans and wildlife. Over time, the variety and frequency of these visits have increased, indicating mutual trust and understanding developed over countless shared moments. This unique interaction enriches our lives and supports the local wildlife.

Observing these animals up close fosters a greater appreciation and respect for nature and its myriad creatures. It serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between urban living and wildlife conservation, urging us to consider the impact of our actions on our non-human neighbors. And ongoing commitment to coexistence and care has turned our backyard into a haven. We love it when raccoons, skunks, possums, and birds visit us daily.

Rainy view through a large window of a beautifully maintained backyard with a patio set and lush greenery, serving as a sanctuary for local wildlife, including raccoons, skunks, possums, and birds.

A Glimpse of a Tranquil Wildlife Haven.

View from a large window overlooking a lush backyard, a sanctuary for local wildlife.

A jubilant and amazing raccoon greets us at the doorway.

Peeking in for treats, this raccoon makes a friendly visit to a home’s patio door.

Raccoon Feeding Platform in the Garden.

A four-bowl feeding station for raccoons, skunks, possums, and birds nestled among lush greenery.

Two young jubilant and amazing raccoons eating from separate bowls placed close together on a green table surrounded by plants.

Family dinner time for a jubilant and amazing raccoon family.

Three raccoons share a meal on an old table, surrounded by greenery.

A utility shed filled with bags of cat kibble and boxes, ensuring a steady supply of food for backyard wildlife.

Family dinner time for a jubilant and amazing raccoon family.

Essential supplies for feeding backyard wildlife stored neatly.

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February 10th|

Cat Loves Going on Walks

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My cat Maui always follows me when I walk my dog, Bagel. She loves to come with us. – Sheila Pollack

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October 22nd|

Daisy is Cute and Smart as Can Be

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My pet is 20 months old. Cute as can be and smart. Daisy thinks everyone loves her. Our neighbor gives her treats and makes her sit and gives her a paw. Daisy is a Maltese/ShihTzu & she doesn’t shed. – Jane & Robert, Florida

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October 15th|

We Love Frannie

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This is Frannie, who we were fortunate enough to adopt from a local shelter. – Leland Hach

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October 8th|

We All Adore Kiko the Cat

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This is Kiko. He is two months old. We rescued him in Benron, PA, at my sister’s cabin. He instantly bonded with my granddaughter and is so loving. He was the perfect addition to our pet family. We all adore him. – Jason Yulich

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October 1st|

I Wanted to be a Witch!

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But mom, I wanted to be a witch! Amazing, loving, and friendly pit bull Named Diamond (Dimey for short). – Barbara Kosensky

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September 24th|

Fly is Our 3 Year Old Mallard Duck

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This is my three-year-old pet Mallard Duck named Fly, she is best friends with Pecky despite her being a chicken! She is very intelligent and friendly around humans. She loves to be petted and listen to me sing, along with that, some of her favorite things include swimming, scaring sparrows, and playfully fighting over food with Pecky and the ducks. Like all of my six other pets, she is deeply loved and cared for by me and my family. – Skyer Haddock

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September 17th|

Meet Bailey Ann, Our Main Coon

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Bailey Ann, my black and white Maine Coon cat was adopted in 2014 when she was 14 months old. She was a mother but her four babies had all died. I named her after my Grandfather Yocom’s grandfather Anna Bailey who lost at least four of her young children. – Kathy Dehen

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September 10th|

Pardon the Toilet Paper

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Meet Fletcher my Havanese… pardon the toilet paper on his face..lol…favorite pastime! – William Bailey

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September 3rd|

Our Girls Are Ready to Party

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My name is Miss Molly (I’m on the right in the photo) and these are my two girlfriends… Molly and Roxie. I am a 6-year-old Maltipoo and I live with my Mama. I hope you like our party kerchiefs and feature us in Pet Pals… my friends and I would like that very much. Your friend… Miss Molly – Eileen Shiman

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August 27th|

Jack the Roof Dog

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Jack the Roof Dog checking out the neighborhood for cats and friends. – Geraldine Ihli

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August 20th|

BoBo Likes to Play Games

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BoBo is my 12 yr. old “cute” rescue dog. Each morning he grabs his empty bowl and starts running thru the house. I have to chase him for several rounds, then hide until he finds me. Then I get a kiss from him on the cheek and he gives me the bowl. “The Game” is his favorite daily activity. – Nancy Berger

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August 13th|

Say Hi to Colonel Mustard

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This is Colonel Mustard. My grand-niece got him as a kitten but couldn’t keep it where she lives so she gave him to her grandparents. He is 5 yrs old and weighs 18 lbs. If he had a ruff you would think he was a lion cub. He loves to lay in boxes, but his greatest love is visiting the elderly housing near his home. And YES, they love him also. – Jeannine Aucoin, Henniker, NH

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August 6th|

Our COVID-19 Rescue Pet

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Cherie is our rescue from Puerto Rico. We adopted her on her 1st birthday in 2019 so she is called a covid rescue pet. She is the most lovable, affectionate, spoiled Dachshund/Jack Russell mix we have ever adopted. – Richard Perreault

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July 30th|

Mingo Rescued from St. Croix

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Hi, this is Mingo a Siamese mix that I adopted from Real Cruzen Cats a rescue that traps and homes feral cats in St. Croix. She loves feather wands and purrs non-stop! Just wanted to mention about peanut butter on bananas as a dog treat to always make sure it doesn’t contain Xylitol which is deadly to dogs – Carol, Exeter NH

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July 23rd|

Our Guard Dog

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Shadow, our labradoodle guarding the front door. – Susan Pieper, New Braunfels, TX

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July 16th|

Bridget Loves to Cuddle

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This is Bridget, a Shih Tzu/poodle mix (I think). We rescued her about a year ago from the Humane Society here in Omaha, NE. She is about 2+ years old. Last December, I lost my husband and she has become a lifesaver for me. We are Best Friends. No matter what room I am in, Bridget is right here beside me. A big plus: She loves to cuddle at night in “our” bed. – Teresa Cavanaugh, Omaha, NE

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July 9th|

Mylie is Loving & Laid Back

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This is Mylie my grandchildren’s 18 yr old Border Collie. The most loving & laid back dog you’ll ever meet. She greets you with a wagging tail & lots of kisses!

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July 2nd|

Riding the Catnip Sleigh

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This is Sasha, my 5-year-old kitty, taking a ride on his catnip sleigh! I adopted him when he was 6 weeks old along with his mom, Sofya, a stray who had 6 kittens only days after being rescued off the street. Sasha and Sofya look exactly alike. Love your column! – Karen McCarthy, Longmeadow, Mass

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June 25th|

My Classroom Assistant

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Here is a picture of my classroom assistant: Attie Cat. I am a high school math teacher and Attie Cat is helping me teach from home. – Judi Bookhamer

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June 18th|

Rosko is a Catahoula Leopard Dog

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This is our favorite pet. His name is Rosko and he is a 6-year-old Catahoula Leopard dog. He loves to swim and retrieve. He’s very sweet and amazingly smart. – Catherine West, Van Nuys, Ca.

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June 11th|

This is Malcom & Tumbles

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This is Malcom (black) and Tumbles (orange tabby). Malcom is very shy and before we adopted him, he hid in a box at the shelter. We decided that he needed a therapy pet and after a long search, we found Tumbles, a friendly and confident cat rescued from the streets of Baltimore. The minute we introduced these two, Malcom stopped hiding and started playing more. In these photos, Malcom is sweetly playing and Tumbles is watching from above. Even therapy pets need some alone time. – Joanne Bates Crimmins

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May 28th|

This is Otter

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This is Otter (Lab, Bernese, Great Pyrenees, and Border Collie mix) on his birthday. He’s not a fan of hats. – Amy Tepel, Morrison, CO

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May 21st|

Nogard, The Cricket Slayer

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Please meet Nogard – The Cricket Slayer. Nogard recently passed unexpectedly, but he was an excellent bearded dragon who liked his crickets! Nogard is a family name that goes back to my Great-Great-Great-… just kidding! Nogard is Dragon spelled backward and as Game of Thrones taught those that watched, every dragon needed a proper name, so we added – The Cricket Slayer. RIP Nograd, you were loved and you are missed. – Scott Kempf, Novato, CA

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May 14th|

Jake, the Faithful Cattle Dog

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This is my faithful cattle dog, Just Jake, who came into my life as a handsome, retired five-yr-old. The boisterous family of boys next door sends lots of balls over the fence and Jake, the herder that he is, happily brings them to me. – Jackie Hanson, Whittier CA

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May 7th|

Nice and Cozy

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Tena Elkins sent in a photo of her cute Wily the Labrador cozied up on her couch! He looks so relaxed and comfortable.

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April 30th|

Hello Pixie

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This is Pixie our 7-year-old Cat. We rescued her and her also solid black littermate when they were just kittens. Black cats seem to be the least favorite when it comes to adoption. Pixie hates to be brushed and her long fur tends to get matted. So now we take her to Indiana Bones in Simi Valley to have her shaved about once or twice a year. Doesn’t she look adorable? – Marion Erbe, Simi Valley

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April 23rd|

Bringing Lady Home

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Lady’s dad and mom, Jim, and Terry Piel drove from New Hampshire to an Ohio shelter to bring Lady home. Once unhealthy and terribly underweight, Lady now enjoys the woods and fields of New Hampshire, the ocean, and especially camping.

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April 16th|

Dessie is Destined to Be Mine

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This is a picture of my “Dessie”, who is a Yorkie, Shih Tzu mix. We had lost our 16 yr. old Westie, and I was so sad. My husband, son, and I had gone to a local car show and a lady was holding this tiny little puppy. My son and I fell in love with it. She said there was one left in the litter. My son surprised me by getting the lady’s phone number and calling her to request it. That was my Christmas surprise gift that year from him. I called her Dessie because she was “destined” to be mine. – Kathy Steele

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April 9th|

Meet Hilton, Our German Shepherd

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Our 3-year-old black and tan German Shepherd is named Hilton. We were vacationing on Hilton Island, SC, and found a family with a litter of pups for sale. What else could we have named her but Hilton? – Cheryl D. Coffman

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April 2nd|

Patches Takes a Nap

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Hi, this is Patches a Jack Russell mix taking a nap after playing with his toys. He is 11 years young and was named Patches because his fur looks like patches all over his body. He is the center of our Family and so glad we rescued him as a puppy. Enjoy – Patty & Danny Flores

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March 26th|

Three Dogs and A Cat

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Tena Elkins sent in a photo of her three dogs and a cat. From left to right: Buck the dog, Lily the dog, Smokey the cat, and Wily the dog with her blanket.

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March 19th|

This is Our Little Loretta

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This is our little Loretta, a 3-year-old Mini Dachshund/Jack Russell mix rescue. Her “superpower” is to tell me when my blood sugar is too low (I have insulin-dependent diabetes). Her obedience skills are “pretty” good. She just can’t resist giving kisses sometimes, so we say she can’t “hold her licker” and, she LOVES little kids! Her best silly trick is to “whisper”. (She really does it!) She is smart and funny and the best cuddler ever! She’s trying out her Auntie’s special water treadmill made for dogs and rocking her shark fin life jacket. – Susan Finck

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March 12th|

Jessie is a Real Character

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Here’s Jessie. Jessie lives with us in Rancho Murieta, CA. He’s a real character, who we rescued from an RV Park about a year ago. He chases our dogs, watches television, and, as you can see, loves to ride in the car. – Nancy Jackson

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March 5th|

Mitsu the Shih Tzu

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Lucinda Wasson sent us a photo of Mitsu the Shih Tzu who loves to travel!

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February 26th|

We Found Archie

Several years ago Archie was found tied to a fence and abandoned. He is now the king of all he surveys living with Sue and Jim Dow on 37 acres in Weare, NH. – Jean McGiffin

Several years ago Archie was found tied to a fence and abandoned. He is now the king of all he surveys living with Sue and Jim Dow on 37 acres in Weare, NH. – Jean McGiffin

February 19th|

This is Our Cooper

This is our Cooper, he's a Cairn Terrier and we adopted him from a shelter after living on the streets with his mother and sister until he was 9 months old. He is super smart and very lovable!

This is our Cooper, he’s a Cairn Terrier and we adopted him from a shelter after living on the streets with his mother and sister until he was 9 months old. He is super smart and very lovable!

February 12th|

Aries, First Zodiac Sign

Thomas M. sent in a photo of his rescued cat Aries. She has beautiful eyes and, although her coat is black, there's a small patch of white on her chest. As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent.

Thomas M. sent in a photo of his rescued cat Aries. She has beautiful eyes and, although her coat is black, there’s a small patch of white on her chest. As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent.

January 29th|

Meet Teddy the Pug

Cathy M. from Long Island, NY sent in a photo of her 13-year-old pug Teddy, taking a gingerly walk outside in the cool weather. Teddy likes to eat vegetables and fish. He also likes to rub his face in the grass.

Cathy M. from Long Island, NY sent in a photo of her 13-year-old pug Teddy, taking a gingerly walk outside in the cool weather. Teddy likes to eat vegetables and fish. He also likes to rub his face in the grass.

January 22nd|

Logan Says Hello

Gracie M., from Levittown, NY sent in her photo of her newly adopted female cat named Logan. Logan is a Tuxedo cat, so she's always ready for a formal affair. She also loves to play fetch.

Gracie M., from Levittown, NY sent in a photo of her newly adopted female cat named Logan. Logan is a Tuxedo cat, so she’s always ready for a formal affair. She also loves to play fetch.

Gracie M., from Levittown, NY sent in her photo of her newly adopted female cat named Logan. Logan is a Tuxedo cat, so she's always ready for a formal affair. She also loves to play fetch.
Gracie M., from Levittown, NY sent in her photo of her newly adopted female cat named Logan. Logan is a Tuxedo cat, so she's always ready for a formal affair. She also loves to play fetch.
January 15th|

Jack + Lady Edith

Nancy Powlas, of San Antonio, TX sent in a photo of her two darling cats Jack and Lady Edith as they relax atop the kitchen table.

Nancy Powlas, of San Antonio, TX sent in a photo of her two darling cats Jack and Lady Edith as they relax atop the kitchen table.

January 1st|

Lucy Misses Her Mommy

Dear Readers, this is Lucy, my Boston Terrier. She is 13-years-old and misses her mommy because she’s got a broken hip.

Dear Readers, this is Lucy, my Boston Terrier. She is 13-years-old and misses her mommy because she’s got a broken hip.

December 25th|

Meet Duffy the Chihuahua

Dear Readers, this is my daughter, Mallory’s, long-haired Chihuahua named Duffy. He keeps me company while she is away at college. — Stephanie, Augusta, Maine

Dear Readers, this is my daughter, Mallory’s, long-haired Chihuahua named Duffy. He keeps me company while she is away at college. — Stephanie, Augusta, Maine

December 18th|

Flaky + Sweet Kiffle

Dear Readers, this is our rescue kitten, Kiffle. He is named after an Eastern European pastry that is both flaky and sweet. As you can see from the photo, he has a flaky side and he is definitely a sweet boy! — Jane Hudak, San Antonio, TX.

Dear Readers, this is our rescue kitten, Kiffle. He is named after an Eastern European pastry that is both flaky and sweet. As you can see from the photo, he has a flaky side and he is definitely a sweet boy! — Jane Hudak, San Antonio, TX.

December 11th|

Sebastian the Ragdoll Cat

Dear Readers, this is Sebastian, a Ragdoll, owned by R. Jaske, Bakersfield, CA.

Dear Readers, this is Sebastian, a Ragdoll, owned by R. Jaske, Bakersfield, CA.

December 4th|

Meet Atom + Brother Ripley

Dear Readers, this is Atom, our cat, and his brother Ripley, our treeing walker coonhound. — Alan Almanzar

Dear Readers, this is Atom, our cat, and his brother Ripley, our treeing walker coonhound. — Alan Almanzar

November 27th|

Hobie, Nestor + Bosco

Dear readers, these are my 3 rescues sitting nice — Hobie, Nestor, and Bosco. Happy Fall! — Cheryl from NH

Dear readers, these are my 3 rescues sitting nice — Hobie, Nestor, and Bosco. Happy Fall! — Cheryl from NH

November 20th|

Say Hi to Sadie

Dear Readers, this is Sadie, a 6-year-old terrier mix, who was adopted from Animal Defense League. She is sweet, friendly, loves any moving thing, even her cat siblings. — Nancy Pawlas

Dear Readers, this is Sadie, a 6-year-old terrier mix, who was adopted from Animal Defense League. She is sweet, friendly, loves any moving thing, even her cat siblings. — Nancy Pawlas

November 13th|

Coco the Cat

Dear Readers, this is Coco. She is a twelve-year-old Calico that is sweeter than pecan pie. — Gary Philips

Dear Readers, this is Coco. She is a twelve-year-old Calico that is sweeter than pecan pie. — Gary Philips

November 6th|

This is Dax

This is Dax, a 7-year-old German Shepard, playing with his new pal, 6-month-old Chase, a Belgian Malinois. Both live in Drums, Pa. Tim Charter, owner.

This is Dax, a 7-year-old German Shepard, playing with his new pal, 6-month-old Chase, a Belgian Malinois. Both live in Drums, Pa. — Tim Charter, owner.

October 30th|

Hello Spike

Dear Readers: This is Spike, my happy 4-year-old rescue. – Judith Thompson

Dear Readers: This is Spike, my happy 4-year-old rescue. – Judith Thompson

October 23rd|

Meet Lily + Chloe

Dear Readers: Lily, sweet 15-year-old grey-and-white pure bred Maine Coon, adopted at 6 months from a rescue group, when her family threw her out in the winter because she went into heat. Chloe, sweet 14-year-old adopted at 9 months after delivering 5 kittens. She spent those first 9 months as a feral cat. Rescued just before delivery of the kittens. Everyone wanted the kittens, but I wanted Chloe. – Janice Williams

Dear Readers: Lily, sweet 15-year-old grey-and-white purebred Maine Coon, adopted at 6 months from a rescue group, when her family threw her out in the winter because she went into heat. Chloe, a sweet 14-year-old adopted at 9 months after delivering 5 kittens. She spent those first 9 months as a feral cat. Rescued just before delivery of the kittens. Everyone wanted the kittens, but I wanted Chloe. — Janice Williams

October 9th|

This is Sargent Friday

This is Sargent Friday, aka Sarge. He was a rescue, and He loves everyone! Because he routinely visits many of our neighbors, they have nicknamed him “The Mayor”. In fact, we have met most of our neighbors because of him. – Nancy Zahornasky, Londonderry, NH
This is Sargent Friday, aka Sarge. He was a rescue, and He loves everyone! Because he routinely visits many of our neighbors, they have nicknamed him “The Mayor”. In fact, we have met most of our neighbors because of him. – Nancy Zahornasky, Londonderry, NH

October 2nd|

Our Grand Dog Pippa

This is Pippa, our grand-dog, in the pose she does when she wants a belly rub or special treat. She’s ten-years-old. Our daughter has had her for about nine months, but she is “family” to all of us. She’s a Lhasa Apso. Love your column! – Judy Kaufman

This is Pippa, our grand-dog, in the pose she does when she wants a belly rub or special treat. She’s ten-years-old. Our daughter has had her for about nine months, but she is “family” to all of us. She’s a Lhasa Apso. Love your column! – Judy Kaufman

September 25th|

Cute Pet Milo

This is Milo, a blue heeler/Aussie shepherd rescue from Oklahoma. This was his "official" photo for a Cutest Pet Contest fundraiser for the local ASPCA. He won first place! We think it was the ears that put him over the top.

This is Milo, a blue heeler/Aussie shepherd rescue from Oklahoma. This was his “official” photo for a Cutest Pet Contest fundraiser for the local ASPCA. He won first place! We think it was the ears that put him over the top.

September 18th|

Rescued Dog Georgia

Hello, I would love you to put up our newly rescued dog Georgia as your pet of the week! She was rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia, hence her name! She was super skittish at first but has now really gotten used to her new loving home. – Sincerely, Yvette Zuckerman

Hello, I would love you to put up our newly rescued dog Georgia as your pet of the week! She was rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia, hence her name! She was super skittish at first but has now really gotten used to her new loving home. – Sincerely, Yvette Zuckerman

September 11th|

This is Tia

Tia taking a nap on the sofa
Tia relaxing on a golf cart

This is Tia, we rescued her from an animal shelter in 2019, she was 3 years old and had lived her whole life there! She weighs ten pounds and is the cutest little calico girl. She is such a joy to have with us, follows us around like a little puppy dog. I feel like she knows that she was given a second chance and knows that she now has a Mommy and Pappy that will take good care of her! — Deb Nenninger, Florida

September 4th|

We Found Maggie May

“My wife and I found Maggie May in a cage in Sebring Florida Animal Control. She was picked up running nose in Lake Placid, Florida. She was scared and we had to carry her to the car. She is now very spoiled. Whenever someone comes to visit, she greets them by finding a shoe and bringing it to them as a gift.”
“My wife and I found Maggie May in a cage in Sebring Florida Animal Control. She was picked up running nose in Lake Placid, Florida. She was scared and we had to carry her to the car. She is now very spoiled. Whenever someone comes to visit, she greets them by finding a shoe and bringing it to them as a gift.”

“My wife and I found Maggie May in a cage in Sebring Florida Animal Control. She was picked up running nose in Lake Placid, Florida. She was scared and we had to carry her to the car. She is now very spoiled. Whenever someone comes to visit, she greets them by finding a shoe and bringing it to them as a gift.”

August 28th|

Meet Our Baby Squirrels

Baby squirrels climbing the Squirrel House.

I thought you might enjoy these pictures of the baby squirrels in our Squirrel House.

August 14th|

Benny, Our Pride & Joy

This is our pride and joy, Benny. He is a 2-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund. His favorite hobbies are riding on the golf cart and chasing squirrels up trees.

This is our pride and joy, Benny. He is a 2-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund. His favorite hobbies are riding on the golf cart and chasing squirrels up trees.

August 7th|

Fur Baby, Theo

This is my fur baby, Theo. His daddy is a Husky, and his momma is a Chocolate Lab. He is eight months old now, and he weighs 65 lbs.

This is my fur baby, Theo. His daddy is a Husky, and his momma is a Chocolate Lab. He is eight months old now, and he weighs 65 lbs.

July 31st|

Happy Birthday Ticker

My dearest friend is Ticker, who just had her 17th birthday. We celebrated with a “cake.” She came from a family that didn’t want her anymore.

My dearest friend is Ticker, who just had her 17th birthday. We celebrated with a “cake.” She came from a family that didn’t want her anymore.

July 24th|

His Nickname is Mr. Love

Here is our kitty, Willoughby. We found him five years ago in an RV park. He had been left behind by a family on vacation. He's the sweetest boy who is so endearing; in fact, his nickname is "Mr. Love"!

Here is our kitty, Willoughby. We found him five years ago in an RV park. He had been left behind by a family on vacation. He’s the sweetest boy who is so endearing; in fact, his nickname is “Mr. Love”!

July 17th|

We Love Sadie Mae

This is our Sadie Mae (named after Sadie Hawkins day), a 7-year-old Bichon Frise whom we love dearly.

This is our Sadie Mae (named after Sadie Hawkins day), a 7-year-old Bichon Frise whom we love dearly.

July 10th|

Our Little Buddy, Charlie

Diane K. sent in pics of her little buddy, Charlie, who, after mastering his mountain of toys and putting everyone in their place, is ready for a nap. Such a cutie!
Diane K. sent in pics of her little buddy, Charlie, who, after mastering his mountain of toys and putting everyone in their place, is ready for a nap. Such a cutie!

Diane K. sent in pics of her little buddy, Charlie, who, after mastering his mountain of toys and putting everyone in their place, is ready for a nap. Such a cutie!

July 3rd|

Happy Little Guy, Rocky

Meet Rocky. He’s Rod G. of San Antonio’s 14-year-old deaf rescued Jack Russell. Rod says he’s a happy little guy, and they have helped each other through some tough times.
Meet Rocky. He’s Rod G. of San Antonio’s 14-year-old deaf rescued Jack Russell. Rod says he’s a happy little guy, and they have helped each other through some tough times.

Meet Rocky. He’s Rod G. of San Antonio’s 14-year-old deaf rescued Jack Russell. Rod says he’s a happy little guy, and they have helped each other through some tough times.

June 26th|

Highly Intelligent Shepard

Dear Readers: Meet Audie! He is a Belgian Malinois. A type of highly intelligent shepherd, these dogs are used by the military and by the police.

Dear Readers: Meet Audie! He is a Belgian Malinois. A type of highly intelligent shepherd, these dogs are used by the military and by the police.

June 19th|

Meet Tucker

Meet Karen G. from San Antonio, Texas and her almost-five-year-old Bichon Frise, Tucker! Her family has a long-standing tradition of loving Bichons; in fact her father the Colonel brought in the first of their Bichons.
Meet Karen G. from San Antonio, Texas and her almost-five-year-old Bichon Frise, Tucker! Her family has a long-standing tradition of loving Bichons; in fact her father the Colonel brought in the first of their Bichons.

Meet Karen G. from San Antonio, Texas and her almost-five-year-old Bichon Frise, Tucker! Her family has a long-standing tradition of loving Bichons; in fact her father the Colonel brought in the first of their Bichons.

June 12th|

Meet Georgie

Here's our new puppy Georgie. She's a very sweet Shihpoo (Shitzu Poodle).
Here's our new puppy Georgie. She's a very sweet Shihpoo (Shitzu Poodle).

Here’s our new puppy Georgie. She’s a very sweet Shihpoo (Shitzu Poodle).

June 5th|

This Is Our Rescue, Molly

This is our rescue, Molly, who has been a wonderful addition to our family! She is three years old and has taken a liking to reading in the window with her “friend”, a wonderful ceramic cat statue! – Heloise.

This is our rescue, Molly, who has been a wonderful addition to our family! She is three years old and has taken a liking to reading in the window with her “friend”, a wonderful ceramic cat statue! – Heloise.

May 29th|

Sadie, Our Beloved Puppy

Hello, Heloise. This is our beloved puppy, Sadie, all 100% love wrapped up in a little bundle.

Hello, Heloise. This is our beloved puppy, Sadie, all 100% love wrapped up in a little bundle.

May 22nd|

Hello Charlie Brown

Dear Heloise, he looks like an angel in this photo, but Charlie Brown is a 10-month-old beagle and a whirling dervish.

Dear Heloise, he looks like an angel in this photo, but Charlie Brown is a 10-month-old beagle and a whirling dervish.

May 15th|

Brodie the Pug Puppy

Meet Brodie. He’s a pug puppy – a crazy Lil dude – according to San Antonio, TX dog mom Jessica and her son Gavin.

Meet Brodie. He’s a pug puppy – a crazy Lil dude – according to San Antonio, TX dog mom Jessica and her son Gavin.

May 8th|

Winni Looks Cute & Cozy

Marian H. sent a picture of her neighbor Lexi having a moment with Marian’s dog Winni; looks cute and cozy!

Marian H. sent a picture of her neighbor Lexi having a moment with Marian’s dog Winni; looks cute and cozy!

May 1st|

Zoom, Border Collie Rescue

In 2008, Leslie adopted Zoom from Northern California Border Collie Rescue; he was one year old.

In 2008, Leslie adopted Zoom from Northern California Border Collie Rescue; he was one year old.

April 24th|

Abby the Tabby

Meet Abby the Tabby, perched and ready for bird watching in her cute sweater. A cat in clothes!

Meet Abby the Tabby, perched and ready for bird watching in her cute sweater. A cat in clothes!

April 17th|

Meet Manny & Penny

Meet Manny and Penny! All dog mom Peggy Z. needs to say is “who wants to go for a ride?” and open the door.

Meet Manny and Penny! All dog mom Peggy Z. needs to say is “who wants to go for a ride?” and open the door.

April 10th|

Precious Angel

Marlene D. sent a picture of her precious rescued cat, Angel.

Marlene D. sent a picture of her precious rescued cat, Angel.

April 3rd|

Siamese Hamish and Angus

Here is a picture of our two Siamese, Hamish who is a chocolate point, and Angus, a seal point enjoying a winter day in the recliner.

Here is a picture of our two Siamese, Hamish who is a chocolate point, and Angus, a seal point enjoying a winter day in the recliner.

March 27th|

Stella Loves Her Big Brother

Stella (grey tabby) is a rescue and she really loves her big brother (Ricky Bobby).

Stella (grey tabby) is a rescue and she really loves her big brother (Ricky Bobby).

March 20th|

Ace the Tuxedo Cat

Meet Ace. He’s a 9-year-old tuxedo cat who has a unique black heart on his tummy and a white “thumbs up” on his nose.

Meet Ace. He’s a 9-year-old tuxedo cat who has a unique black heart on his tummy and a white “thumbs up” on his nose.

March 13th|

Meet Mr. Kitty

Meet Mr. Kitty. He’s one of our favorite Pet Pals – he’s getting a drink from the bathtub spigot!

Meet Mr. Kitty. He’s one of our favorite Pet Pals – he’s getting a drink from the bathtub spigot!

March 6th|

Gracie from Georgia

Meet Gracie, adopted from Georgia, ready to brave the New England weather, sporting an adorable raincoat.

Meet Gracie, adopted from Georgia, ready to brave the New England weather, sporting an adorable raincoat.

February 27th|

Run Away Ruby

Meet Angie C.’s Run Away Ruby. Two days after she adopted Ruby, in September of 2020, Ruby escaped from the yard and traveled two miles before being picked up by the police. For this, Ruby landed on Santa’s Naughty List!

Meet Angie C.’s Run Away Ruby. Two days after she adopted Ruby, in September of 2020, Ruby escaped from the yard and traveled two miles before being picked up by the police. For this, Ruby landed on Santa’s Naughty List!

February 20th|

Abby the Cat

My cat, Abby was leaning against the mirror when I looked up and caught this image that looked like two of her! I just happened to have my phone handy to snap this picture.

My cat, Abby was leaning against the mirror when I looked up and caught this image that looked like two of her! I just happened to have my phone handy to snap this picture.

February 13th|

Cats Max and Coco

Gary P. in Laguna Hills, CA sent a picture of his cats Max and Coco, relaxing, on top of each other?

Gary P. in Laguna Hills, CA sent a picture of his cats Max and Coco, relaxing, on top of each other?

February 6th|

Molly and Jon Stewart

Our dogs Molly (lab mix) and Jon Stewart (terrier mix) are putting 2020 "behind" them.

Our dogs Molly (lab mix) and Jon Stewart (terrier mix) are putting 2020 “behind” them.

January 30th|

Meet Dodge the Lab Mix

Dear Readers: Meet Dodge. He is Leigh B.'s (of Ohio) lab mix, and he looks like he's ready to "get out of Dodge" as it were - the cold and snow of January!

Dear Readers: Meet Dodge. He is Leigh B.’s (of Ohio) lab mix, and he looks like he’s ready to “get out of Dodge” as it were – the cold and snow of January!

January 23rd|

Precocious Siamese KeKe

For this week’s Pet Pal, we are revisiting Ke-Ke, Leo and LeEtta’s precocious Siamese cat, in Culbertson, MT. Leo was working at home, as many of us are nowadays, and Ke-Ke just had to jump up on the desk and chase the cursor on the screen – such a silly girl!

For this week’s Pet Pal, we are revisiting Ke-Ke, Leo and LeEtta’s precocious Siamese cat, in Culbertson, MT. Leo was working at home, as many of us are nowadays, and Ke-Ke just had to jump up on the desk and chase the cursor on the screen – such a silly girl!

January 16th|

Say Hi to LuLu & Duncan

Meet LuLu (foreground) and Duncan. Both Rat Terriers, are taking turns receiving treats from the neighbor in the next complex. Very patient playmates!

Meet LuLu (foreground) and Duncan. Both Rat Terriers, are taking turns receiving treats from the neighbor in the next complex. Very patient playmates!

January 9th|

Here’s Pepsi

Meet Pepsi. Pepsi is a spaniel/pointer mix, and her name at the shelter was Hiker; she almost hitchhiked a ride home with another lady, before Tracy, Elise, and Joanna C. and their family adopted her!

Meet Pepsi. Pepsi is a spaniel/pointer mix, and her name at the shelter was Hiker; she almost hitchhiked a ride home with another lady, before Tracy, Elise, and Joanna C. and their family adopted her!

January 2nd|

Here’s Ollie

Dear Heloise: This is my dog Ollie, a happy and spry pup who turns 11 next month! She also goes by "Smalldog." I got her in December 2010.

Dear Heloise: This is my dog Ollie, a happy and spry pup who turns 11 next month! She also goes by “Smalldog.” I got her in December 2010.

December 26th|

Puppy Pug Hazel

Meet Hazel. Trent B. in San Antonio, TX says his puppy Pug Hazel takes a hard nap after playing hard at 5:30 am! Play hard, and nap hard? Sounds like the life! Is she dreaming about Santa’s visit? And, oh, that Puppy Breath!

Meet Hazel. Trent B. in San Antonio, TX says his puppy Pug Hazel takes a hard nap after playing hard at 5:30 am! Play hard, and nap hard? Sounds like the life! Is she dreaming about Santa’s visit? And, oh, that Puppy Breath!

December 19th|

My Name is Cosmos!

My name is Cosmos! I’m a 15-year-old Himalayan in Portland.

My name is Cosmos! I’m a 15-year-old Himalayan in Portland.

December 12th|

Hizzy, a True Alley Cat

Meet Hizzy. Hizzy showed up in our backyard in September, a true "alley cat", a very hungry kitten. Look closely at his feet, he has seven toes on one foot, and six on the other - polydactyl kitty.

Meet Hizzy. Hizzy showed up in our backyard in September, a true “alley cat”, a very hungry kitten. Look closely at his feet, he has seven toes on one foot, and six on the other – polydactyl kitty.

December 5th|

Say Hi to Lexi & Dolli

Meet Lexi and Dolli. Owner Sandee says they are such good buddies!

Meet Lexi and Dolli. Owner Sandee says they are such good buddies!

November 28th|

Meet Sweet Tiger

Meet Tiger. John M. sent two pics of this white and tortie-colored cat. So sweet, with big eyes. Tiger’s sitting by a clock reminding us, the time we have with our pets is shorter than we would like.
Meet Tiger. John M. sent two pics of this white and tortie-colored cat. So sweet, with big eyes. Tiger’s sitting by a clock reminding us, the time we have with our pets is shorter than we would like.

Meet Tiger. John M. sent two pics of this white and tortie-colored cat. So sweet, with big eyes. Tiger’s sitting by a clock reminding us, the time we have with our pets is shorter than we would like.

November 21st|

Chloe from Catkins Animal Rescue

Dear Heloise: I adopted Chloe Z from Catkins Animal Rescue in Park Falls, Wisconsin, on March 25 and drove 2-1/2 hours to get her.

Dear Heloise: I adopted Chloe Z from Catkins Animal Rescue in Park Falls, Wisconsin, on March 25 and drove 2-1/2 hours to get her.

November 14th|

Kenny the Rescue Kitty

Kenny is my 3-year-old rescue kitty at 16.2 lbs. and over three feet long. He is half Maine Coon and half Siamese.

Kenny is my 3-year-old rescue kitty at 16.2 lbs. and over three feet long. He is half Maine Coon and half Siamese.

November 7th|

A Pair of Mourning Doves

Dear Heloise: A pair of Mourning Doves built a nest in a hanging plant on my sister's deck.

Dear Heloise: A pair of Mourning Doves built a nest in a hanging plant on my sister’s deck.

October 31st|

Here’s Maddie the Diva

Meet Bruce M. of Wallingford, CT’s frosty-faced, 15-year-old diva dog, Maddie.

October 24th|

Meet Sneaky Pete

Darla H. in Punta Gorda, FL sent a picture of her cuddle boy, her beautiful brown, long-haired cat, Sneaky Pete.

Darla H. in Punta Gorda, FL sent a picture of her cuddle boy, her beautiful brown, long-haired cat, Sneaky Pete.

October 17th|

Here’s Ninja

Hi Heloise! Here is a picture of my 21-year-old tabby named Ninja. He surprises me with his behavior - some days he seems like he’s slowing down and feeling his age but other days seems as spry as a kitten.

Hi Heloise! Here is a picture of my 21-year-old tabby named Ninja. He surprises me with his behavior – some days he seems like he’s slowing down and feeling his age but other days seems as spry as a kitten.

October 10th|

Meet King Cooper

Meet Cooper. He’s a King Charles and Shih Tzu blend, and Mom says he’s a true joy: he really does think he’s King! He looks happy sitting on his pillow outside on a crisp fall day.

Meet Cooper. He’s a King Charles and Shih Tzu blend, and Mom says he’s a true joy: he really does think he’s King! He looks happy sitting on his pillow outside on a crisp fall day.

October 3rd|

Meet ‘The Apprentice’

Nora G. sent a pic of her beautiful and loving Amore. When he was young, he was nicknamed “the apprentice,” because he’d sit next to any workman in the house, and watch, as though he was learning.

Nora G. sent a pic of her beautiful and loving Amore. When he was young, he was nicknamed “the apprentice,” because he’d sit next to any workman in the house, and watch, as though he was learning.

September 26th|