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Country view: Best pets slideshow

"Country view" asks you to address subjects on which you are the experts. For June, you shared your best pet stores.
  • The ones that find you

    "On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley made land fall in Charlotte County, Florida, and our home was directly in its path.," says Denise Guinn. "Our oldest son had made his desire to have a dog known on a regular basis, and my husband and I briefly considered his request, but certainly knew that this was not a good time to introduce an animal into our lives."<br>By October 2004, they were finally able to move back into their home. As they were heading out to church one day, they noticed a dog curled up under a tree in our front yard. "My son yelled out, 'Look, there's my puppy!'" The Guinn's kept the dog and recently celebrated her fourth birthday. "We truly believed that the best pets are the ones that find you!"<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Dreams come true

    As a little girl, Denise Olczak, of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, read every horse book she could get her hands on. "My bedroom walls were plastered with horse pictures. I hoped and dreamed and I pleaded all to no avail." <br>The closest she came to a real live horse was at the county fair as she walked with her grandmother through the horse barns. "Years later, after starting a family and building a house, the ember burst into a flame and we bought April, a 10-year old, 14.3-hand appaloosa." <br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Love for Laboradors

    "In the spring of 1955, our 35-foot well dried up and needed to be dug deeper," says Joyce Lakey, of Terre haute, Indiana. "I held our squirming two-month-old son, Jeff, while we consulted with the well diggers, but he became restless, and I placed him on the grass momentarily about six feet from the 40-inch wide well hole."<br>Soon Jeff was restless on the grass and the family's two-year-old black lab, Judy, immediately positioned herself between him and the well. "She did not move until we picked Jeff up and left. We questioned her behavior, but we acted the same way the next day, and so did she."<br>"We now possess our first brown lab, eight-week-old Cocoa, and Gypsy, and 18-month-old black lab. We can't wait to see how they will enrich our lives," says Joyce.<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Washington woes

    "Soon after moving to the country, I immediately began planning for pets on my three-and-a-half acres," says Agnes Ruth, of Auburn, Washington. "There was much to learn. I shopped for a puppy for several weeks and eventually found a beautiful tri-color border collie." <br>Noticing that the puppy seemed lonely around the house, Ruth tried a number of companion pets, each giving her a number of difficulties. "For now, I will stay with only my dog," she says.<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Chickens make EGGcellent pets

    "Until our move to enjoy the country life seven years ago, our pet repertoire could be summed up in two words: cats and fish!" says Yvette Collard, of Owosso, Michegan. "Oh sure, they're both nice choices for pets, especially for beginners and city slickers -- but we've really enjoyed our 'country' family additions...chickens. They really do have their own little social world, making them quite fun and interesting to watch. Their care and feeding teach little ones responsibility -- and you get the best eggs you ever tasted to boot!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Topper time

    "'Hawk,' I cried, as the familiar, shadowy figure swooped over our heads, says Rochelle Koberoski, of Mankato, Minnesota. "Our dog, Topper, took off and chased the hawk out of the yard and off our property. No hawk was going to go after his chickens!"<br>Topper is large and lean, a mottled black and grey and can run like the wind. When their children were preschoolers, they brought him home from the animal shelter -- a five-month-old pup. "He has now been with us for 10 years and has matured from a timid, claustrophobic pup to a well-socialized, loving, and hard-working dog."<br>"Topper has been a wonderful addition to our family. We would be lost without him!"<br>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013

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