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20 Favorite Pets

Family pets can be so much more than just a companion--whether they're helping out around the property, providing protection, or helping their loved ones stay in touch with the world. Read what our readers' pets mean to them!
  • Tacey and Tuff Enough

    Tuff Enough

    Tuff Enough shares a special bond with his pet parent. Tacey, 12, is completely blind due to a rare cancer. She trusts Tuff Enough to guide her through grand entries, parades, special events, through firewaork shows, and among crowds. "This amazing gray horse takes extraordinary care of Tacey!" says Tacey's parents Michael and Tammy.

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Alistair

    Alistair

    This Irish Wolfhound loves to play around with his owners. Here he's pictured dancing with Ted Sponsel of Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Tuesday

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, a newborn Babydoll Southdown miniature sheep, is one of two "impossibly cute pets" according to petowner Ted Sponsel (Alistair is the family's second pet). 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Dapper Dan

    "The best pets in our lives aren't dogs or cats (though we have them, too), but our lovable alpacas," says pet parent Gabrielle Parell. "To us, they are much more than just livestock." Ten-month-old Dapper Dan is sneaking a quick kiss from Gabrielle's son. 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Rebel

    Rebel

    Rebel takes a dip on a particulary hot day on Rich and Linda Ray's farm in Arkansas. What a glamour shot!

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Tiara and ChiChi

    Tiara and ChiChi

    These sweet kittens were adopted by Jeffrey and Heidi Fitch after being placed in their home temporarily while another foster parent was on vacation. Tiara and ChiChi stole their hearts and found a permanent home with the Fitches. "Two days before the 'real' foster mom returned, my husband came to me with the fluffy kitty clinging to his shoulder saying that he 'just can't give her up.'"

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Ladybug

    Ladybug

    Ladybug loves to romp in the fields with her buddies, flirt with the geldings, and eat peppermints. "Though known to be a controller in the field, she is one of the easiest to handle and will even follow you around," horse owner Julie Dawson says. "I ride her bareback as much or more than the saddle--even jumping. She is so much fun!"

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Sinnamon

    Sinnamon

    Twelve-year-old Hereford Sinnamon even lets her owner braid her tail! "Sinnamon is a loving cow and enjoys having her hair brushed as well as being scratched and loved on," Kathleen Gordon of GORDONSBACK9 ranch in Cleburne, TX says. "She even pushes aside her daughter so she is the center of attention." 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Luigi

    Luigi

    Petowner Cherri Hawthorne says it best when it comes to this photo... "Got milk?!"

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Moka

    Moka

    Moka is a 4-year-old liver-spotted dalmatian. "Her mother is a champion in two countries and is also liver spotted," says pet parent Julie Dawson. "Her father is black-spotted. The funny thing is, there were three liver-spotted and three black-spotted puppies in the litter." 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Clutch

    Clutch

    Meet Clutch the lab. His petowners caught him just at the right time for this photo. "He was digging around looking for a newborn kitten." Rick Dolash of Marshalltown, IA says. Caught red-handed, Clutch!

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Milton

    Milton

    Milton, a rescued dog, loves climbing trees. He acts as a constant companion and protector to his parents, Pamela and Donny Jay. Once whileDonnywas bish hogging, he got into a tussle with a Water Mocassin snake and was rushed to the vet. "When he got home, the first thing he did was go back and make sure he had killed the snake!" Pamela says.

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Kelli

    Kelli

    Kelli is one of six chickens that are named after Mark Henline's wife and her five sisters. "They weren't too amused at first (my wife and sisters-in-law), but it has really grown on them," Mark says. "In fact, they all want me to get a rooster and name him David Beckham." David's son Connor (pictured) has really hit it off with "the girls" (his name for the six chickens). Here he is pictured with Kelli. 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Flushy

    Flushy

    Seven-year-old Flushy is a photogenic dog that lives on a centennial crop/beef cattle farm in Illinois. The pet is part of the Strasburg Tailtwisters 4-H Club. "Flushy won Reserve Champion last year," his owner Kaitlin says. 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Fate

    Fate

    This half-Arabian gelding lives on a five acre country property with Mary Lynne Carpenter in Indiana. "Growing up mostly in the suburbs, I longed to own horses and live in the country," she says. "I count myself blessed to be able to have turned my wish into a reality. I love living the country life."

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Max

    Max

    This Australian Cattle Dog is well-loved on the farm. "Max keeps everyone in line," say pet owner Liz Meyer from Wisconsin. "He's an awesome chicken herder."

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Sophie

    Sophie

    Kathleen Gordon's granddaughter curls up next to Sophie, who doesn't seem to want to share the couch. "What a pair!" she says. "They even dance together!

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Dottie

    Dottie

    Two-year-old Dottie the Great Dane is a cute and cuddly dog that loves kids. "She's GREAT at being a guard/watch dog!" pet parent Cindy Crowley says.

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Atlas and Titan

    Atlas

    Three-year-old Atlas meets his male offspring (6-week-old Titan) for the first time in this photo. Atlas and Titan live with Linda and Rich Ray in a remote mountain valley adjoining the Ouachita National Forest near Mena, Arkansas. 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Chickens

    Family Chickens

    Alysann, 3, and Madelynn, 5, love showing off the 5-month-old Mille Fleur D'uccle chickens. 

    Date Published: January 9, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013

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