August 16, 2016
Your best shot
Readers submit their best photos to All Animals magazine
I live on nearly 2 acres of sandhill, pine and oak, where I support and encourage wildlife with plenty of native plants, water, natural shelter and no garden chemicals. There isn’t a blade of turf grass in this controlled-chaos, beautiful ecosystem. There’s a 70 square-foot pond for critters and big clumps of grass for the rabbits, who make them into little caves. I was standing at my kitchen sink window one morning when I noticed this coachwhip snake climbing the tree, perhaps because he thought the Spanish moss hanging there was a bird’s nest. They’re fast snakes, so I rushed to get my camera. The snake posed perfectly for me before hurrying off. I have a breathing disorder and watching wildlife means everything to me. The changes I’ve made to my landscape have attracted more songbirds. I’ve seen gopher tortoises, foxes, coyotes and bats. Without all these plants and animals, I don’t think I could deal with this disability. I love all wildlife. Even snakes.
— Randy Cousins, Dunnellon, Florida
Celebrating Memorial Day last year with friends on a farm only seven miles from my home was a perfect opportunity to celebrate animals. This is a picture of a mare and the beautiful bond with her colt. Just before I snapped the shot, the colt was nursing. But he decided to copy mom and try the grass.
This farm is also home to rescued dogs, cats and a rabbit. Free-range chickens live the good life here as well.
— Peggy Nance Lyle, Raleigh, North Carolina
Fizban was an adult breeder dog rescued from a Kentucky puppy mill by Golden Retriever Rescue & Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND) in 2008. He was around 8 years old and could barely walk because of hip dysplasia and lack of exercise. He had a cancerous tumor, mouth fungus and missing teeth. He overcame his health issues and more in our home, until all that remained of the old Fizban was the horrible green tattoo inside his ear from when he was a number and not a pet.
This picture was taken on a beautiful Indian summer day during a GRRAND event where adopted goldens get to run free on a farm for an afternoon. There were so many goldens there that we put the bandana on him to find him in the crowd. He was so happy that day!
Fizban passed away after four wonderful years with our family. I loved everything about him —his spirit, his resilience, his beauty, the love he had to give and the way he soaked up all of the love we gave him.
— Gail Wunderlin, Liberty Township, Ohio
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