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All Animals magazine, January/February 2018

Photo by Sandy Suetholz

This photo shows my first holiday season with Tabitha. I adopted her in July of 2016 from the Kenton County Animal Shelter in Kentucky. I kept going to the shelter looking for Lucy, my cat who had gotten lost, and Tabitha was in there whenever I visited. She was really shy, so I asked about her and they told me her story. Her previous owner had died, and she was brought in with another cat who was adopted out. My heart broke for her, and I just had to have her.

Tabitha is the most loving kitty. When I’m sitting on the couch, she throws her little paw up over my shoulder and then works her head up under my chin and curls up next to me. It’s almost as if she’s hugging me. She’s also very talkative—sometimes she won’t stop unless I pick her up! She might have a bit of separation anxiety, which is understandable.

I think my other cat, Elsa, was grieving the loss of Lucy, but she has finally come around to Tabitha. It took a long time, but now they sit together and run around the house playing tag. I’m so happy to see that. We still miss Lucy so much and I’m always hoping she’ll return to us, but Tabitha fits right in, and we love everything about her.

Sandy Suetholz, Covington, Kentucky

Photo by Janet Furlong

This photo of juvenile eastern bluebirds was taken in late December a few years ago. I love to watch the parents train their young, and this is what they’ll do all winter. Then come spring, they chase the juveniles off to make them fend for themselves and become adults. In this photo, the bluebirds are eating at my homemade bird feeder, which is just off my deck. I put it up as part of my “bird studio” so I can capture and share pictures of these beautiful birds more easily.

Janet Furlong, Culpeper, Virginia

Photo by Tricia Walter

Five years ago we welcomed this cute little senior Chihuahua into our family, and it has been amazing ever since. We wanted to adopt an older dog because we felt like senior dogs still have a lot of love left to give—they deserve to be adopted just as much as a young puppy and to be in a home that will appreciate them and love them to the fullest. We also wanted a dog who was mellow and ready to take it easy, since we felt that would fit with our family’s laid-back lifestyle. We joke a lot about Pixie being confused and thinking she’s actually a cat. She likes to lie around all day sunbathing, and her favorite toys are cat toys.

I took this picture in my living room on Christmas morning. In this moment, the whole household was lively and energetic with all the excitement of the day, but amidst all the commotion I happened to noticed Pixie just quietly watching, seeming to be in complete peace. This brought me to a complete stop and reminded me to take a break and to soak in the joy of the day. 

Pixie is around 14-15 years old. We know her age means we won’t get as long with her as we would with a younger dog, so we cherish every day and try our hardest to make sure she’s happy. This photo shows her 100 percent at peace, and that makes us so happy.

Tricia Walter, Etters, Pennsylvania

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.

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