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Your best shot

Readers submit their best photos to All Animals magazine

All Animals magazine, January/February 2017

Photo by Maria Nasif

Cheena was nearly 2 years old when my husband and I adopted her. Our shepherd-chow mix, Gaucho, needed a playmate, and we always wanted two dogs. My husband called from the shelter and said, “There is this gorgeous blonde, blue-eyed husky mix who is literally springing for joy behind her bars.” And I was like, “Are you crazy? Of course! Bring her home!” She never forgot that he was the one who saved her. Whenever he came home from work, she was right there waiting for him to come through the door. She would do her full body wiggle and give kisses after kisses after kisses.

She was super high-energy and super dominant with Gaucho and Romeo (a later addition to our family), but in a benevolent way. She defended her bone but was soft in play and willing to give up her favorite sleeping beds. The other dogs happily deferred to her.

This photo was taken one early December day on a trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains, where we hike on the weekends. She loved the snow.

She’s no longer with us, but her spirit still roams all of our domains.

Maria Nasif, Tucson, Arizona

Photo by Christine Armer

People love bees… in the abstract. We know they're necessary for pollinating crops. And they're sort of cute and fuzzy. But most people wouldn't let a bee walk on them. Bees, however, are hesitant to sting, especially while foraging.

This bee was at a park near our local library where there was an aspen tree covered with aphids and honeydew. Honeydew is a sweet liquid that aphids secrete from eating plants. The honeydew can literally rain down on plants, cars and the ground. Luckily, the people running the park didn't spray the aphids, which don't damage the trees. The honeydew is actually a great source of sugar for bees. This bee was feeding on the honeydew to bring it back to the hive to make honey.

I’m an entomologist and love insects and plants. I like being able to share information about them and help people appreciate them rather than trying to change the world to how we think it should be.

Christine Armer, Hillsboro, Oregon

Photo by Lisa Steele

I have never seen an owl in person and was truly stunned to see this magnificent creature in the woods behind my home. It was a beautiful spring evening in May. I’d gone outside to enjoy an iced tea on my deck, and there he was, majestically perched in the tree. I took several photos as he surveyed the woods. In one perfect moment, he looked directly at me and I was fortunate enough to capture this image. He stayed for a while and was so beautiful and mysterious. Then he gently and ever so silently swooped away. In the months since, I have seen him briefly but never again this close up. This photograph reminds me that even in the suburbs, there is wildlife all around us.

Lisa Steele, Potomac Falls, Virginia


Do you have an inspiring photo of a favorite pet, rescued farm animal or wild animal? Please share it!


Submit your photo to us for possible publication in All Animals or on our website, along with an explanation of 250 words or fewer about why it's meaningful to you.

Submitted photos should be at least 300 dpi at a size of 8" by 10" and at least 2MB. (You may also send hard copy submissions to All Animals—Your Best Shot, The HSUS, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037. Hard copies cannot be returned.)

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