June 22, 2016
Your Best Shot
Readers submit their best photos to All Animals magazine
There are so many great things about Fritz. He’s a skilled athlete and very smart. Even with short little legs, he can jump 5 feet into the air to catch his football. He sits, rolls over, begs, plays dead and speaks on command. He’s also great company. He goes to work with me every day. Everybody in the office just loves him.
My husband and I adopted him from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley on March 20, 2009. It was the day my mother died from breast cancer 45 years earlier. I wanted to bring joy to that day, the first day of spring, so I said a prayer, perused the shelter’s website and found Fritz. He almost didn’t make it from a blocked intestine, but surgery saved him.
He now works as a therapy dog with cancer patients at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and at Foothills Community Hospital. I sit next to patients while they’re getting chemotherapy, and he rests his head in their laps. I think Fritz lived because my mom had a hand in things. Not only does he bring joy to my life, he brings joy to everyone.
— Carol Brock, Boulder, Colorado
Wrens are year-round visitors to our yard. They build tiny nests, and their call is “teakettle, teakettle." Because they’re insectivores, they don't often come to my feeders. But this winter I was blessed by their eager acceptance of the suet I’d put out.
The day of this photo was typical---cold and snowy with several species taking advantage of the buffet. This Carolina wren was especially bold, even looking in at me while feeding. They’re such quick birds and challenging to photograph. This was a special sighting because he gave me a lingering, look-back pose. I like to feel connected to the natural world, to these animals who live wild yet are around for us to see every day.
— Dawn Miller, Millington, Maryland
Russ is some sort of short-haired domestic breed of cat who I found sleeping curled up in a little circle outside about three years ago. He marched right inside my home and has been here ever since. I have four other cats, and he gets along great with them, especially my alpha male Ike. The two are best buddies.
Russ is just a laid-back, loving cat. He fancies his naps on the top of our cat tower and batting around this little fishing rod that he loves. He loves to get on our bed when it’s cold and snuggle under the covers. He constantly comes to us, like when we arrive home. He and the other four come running to greet us. I have never had a dog or cat who doesn’t love it here. We give them love. They know this and give it right back.
Russ was on his cat tower when I took this photo. I noticed this beautiful lighting on his face and thought it was the perfect picture. I was like, “That’s my boy!”
— Cynthia Egido, Queens, New York
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