It should come as no surprise that my friends, family, and fellow writers are nearly as crazy about animals as I am. To prove that everyone's pets can be as cute and/or funny as those gaining fame all over the internet I have gathered a collection of photos that they have taken of their pets or other animals that also deserve to go viral. Enjoy -- and don't mind the sugar rush!
This is Phil and his bestie Mr. Finch mugging for the camera. Phil and I went to high school together and reconnected through Facebook. If anyone ever had any question about how lovable Phil is, Mr. Finch has taken care of that.
My fellow writer Annie, snapped this photo of her husband and daughter while they were all on an educational trip to the aquarium. Animal education is pretty high on Annie's home-schooling agenda for her kid. At home they have two cats.
This is Hazel, a pit bull/yellow lab mix, who used to live across the street from me. Her mom and dad, Alexis and Rick, and her little human sister, Aspen, just moved away last month. We keep up on Facebook now. Hazel was named for her beautiful hazel eyes. She is a loyal dog and a great big sister!
Here we have Maddie and Agnes enjoying a relaxing cuddle in the home of my friend Jennifer. Jen and I went to school together from 4th grade through high school graduation. These girls now live in the "lap" of luxury with her -- meaning her lap of course!
My fellow writer, Heather, shared this darling photo of her furry niece, Mia, with me. This darling baby was smaller than her food dish but WAY more adorable.
My friend Julie snapped this photo of her sons on vacation. They were making friends with one of the locals at the time. Apparently he had a lot to bark about and he really knew how to please the tourists. Julie and I are old school friends.
This is Noki, my friend Jodi's Pekingese. He's been on PetsLady several times before as a Pick of the Day and modeling a dog car safety seat. He hasn't lost any of his cuteness because of the media exposure. He now shares his home with another Peke as well as mom and dad. Note: those are not his back paws. Those lovely tootsies belong to Jodi.
My friend Darien and I went to high school together, but we didn't really get to know each other until we met on Facebook. She is a huge animal activist in Austin, Texas, and has a large family of cats. Two of her furry friends are pictured above.
I first met Nicola in junior high and reconnected with her through Facebook. Five years ago she helped me clean out my mother's apartment after she died. She has shared this hilarious picture of her Wilbur with me, pointing out that he couldn't read and therefore ignored the "No Diving" sign. Wilbur died within a year after my mom did. It was a rough year.
My old school friend, Kaye Brandenburg, has lots of help around the house. Her kitty especially loves helping out in the kitchen with the dishes.
I first met Patrick when he worked as an intern at a company I was working for. He always claimed to not like cats, which I never believed. I was certain I was right when I found him laid out on my living room floor petting my cat until she was so blissed out she had both eyes in the same socket. But these days he is a doggy daddy with Cooper and Butch. They help balance out his life with a wife and daughters.
I went to school with Mary (and her twin sister Annie Bear) from 4th grade on. Here is Buford practicing the camouflage tactics of the modern house cat. Can you find him?
Mary's twin sister Annie Bear is also an animal lover and shares her home with as many cats and dogs as is realistically possible. No animal hoarding here! Isis, the anti-terrorist, is enjoying life in the Rocky Mountains with Annie.
In junior high (middle school) I was jealous of how cute Kathy was. Now I am jealous of how cute her dog, Riley, is. And the fact that Riley can read is just that much more amazing!
This photo of Paco is not all that viral-worthy, but Paco is. He belongs to my neighbors, Celeste and Jon. He came with their house and his previous owners had primarily spoken German to him. So at home he is called Bärli (little bear in German) and Celeste can speak German to him. Fortunately for me, I also speak a little German for which he gives me little kitty kisses when I visit. Note: my cat hates him.
Before I went to high school with my friend Andrea, her parents and my mother all shared the hobby of working at the local theater together. I was always fascinated by the fact that she was one of 11 kids. Now she fills her home with many pets instead. She shared a picture of her newly remodeled home in which the dogs left no room for people on the furniture. The dogs don't run the home though. She has a cat too!
My friend Maura lives in the UK and often has visits from a neighbor's beautiful peacocks. She swears Mr. Peacock shows up to watch the British soap opera Emmerdale. Neighbor cat, Persie, seems more concerned with other matters than with chasing the large birds.
Little Louie here is a fairly recent addition to the home of my friends Allyson and Don. He hasn't gone vampire on them. Those "teeth" actually came from snuffling through the snow. Louie has definitely cornered the market on being cute.
I met Allyson and Don through my friend Briggs. I've known Briggs since the fourth grade and she is still as awesome as I thought she was back then. She now counts a number of cats among her household members, along with her husband. Lily seems to have the most personality.
Here we have my friend Whitney's dog, Shayna, playing king, er, queen of the hill. Why is it that a white dog is automatically drawn to a big pile of dirt? You just know that someone needed a bath after this.
Former co-worker Christine's sweet little Molee is soaking up all of the sun she can. I think she was afraid that the sun might disappear altogether during the eclipse. When she is not soaking up sun she is soaking up as much attention as she can get.
I connected with Charlotte on Facebook through fellow PetsLady blogger John Barker. Here is her dog, Zoya, putting on her best smile for the camera.
Laura is a writer friend of mine. Her name being Laura Kate and mine being Laurie Kay would confuse the heck out of my mother when she would be looking at my computer. This is a pic of Malcolm the cat and Skye the "wolf dog." Malcolm died in an unfortunate incident with coyotes some time ago. Skye is still hanging in there with Laura at the ripe old age of 13. She reportedly still runs like lightning.
Sara is another writing friend. While she loves writing horse stories, her heart belongs to her two dogs. Her golden doodle, Lily, is pictured above. Her other dog is Lucky, a labradoodle.
I connected with Olly the Airport Cat on Facebook after I wrote my first article about her and posting it on her page. The adorable ginger moggy with the wonky ear friended me and we have been "communicating" ever since. Thanks to the magic that is Facebook and Jennifer, the human that channels her spirit, I am still friends with Olly after her death.
Because of my friendship with Olly I became friends with Rae on Facebook. Rae is a big animal lover with Fe, her cat, and Cy, Chloe, and Ginger, her horses. I also wrote about the friendship Cy had with Harriet, an adorable Jack Russell Terrier that "worked" at the stable.
Now it is time to visit with the pets in my family. Here we have Kathie's best friend, Mitzi. Kathie is my step-step-sister. I would explain that, but I don't want to give you a headache. Mitzi is an adorable little dog with a personality twice her size. In this photo she is doing her best to be impossibly cute.
Kathie's brother, Roger, (my step-step-brother) has a lovely parrot named Buster. Buster starred in an article I did about wildfire preparation for pets. He is able to talk and, contrary to his usual character, he has let me pet him. I carry one of his beautiful feathers in my purse. He looks a bit ruffled in this photo because he was still getting over having been evacuated during a wildfire.
My friend Joan is included with the family pet photos because she has known the family all of her life so she has been "adopted" as part of our family. I came along later. These are her beloved dogs Sarah and Mark. Mark is named after her brother. The two of them help her deal with some difficult health issues.
This is Mittens and she is the sweet kitty belonging to my step-brother, Andy, and his son, my nephew Collin. Since she lives with a couple of guys in the Denver area it is not surprising that she is a big Broncos fan.
Now we will turn from my family to take a look at the pets behind PetsLady. We start with my best PetsLady buddy John Barker and his beloved Princess Leia. He gave me pictures of her in both normal mode and crazy mode. From what I understand, crazy is the default mode. Just look at the mischief in those eyes!
PetsLady writer Rebecca West is in love with an adorable little French Bulldog names Meaty. I believe that Frenchies are some of the cutest dogs on the planet and if I could have a dog I would have a Frenchie. Until that time comes I will settle for adorable pics of Meaty.
Myra Per-Lee, aka Lady Bee, is the one writer for PetsLady that comes the closest to actually being a true pets lady. She has a cat named Bella, a Welsh terrier named Nukkles, and a couple of birds, Sugar and Blue.
Pets writer Ron Callari has been working on an initiative to photograph all of the dogs in his neighborhood. He calls to project "Dogs of Habersham." Here is one of the photos with Drake and Piper, a golden retriever and an Irish cream retriever at his front door for a visit. Ron lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Steve Levenstein, who writes under the name Creature Features, doesn't currently have any pets, but he has been known to get to know cats in the neighborhood and write about them. Here we have Maxi, The White Cat, and Jean Gray. They all hail from Canada, along with Steve.
Lastly, and most importantly (to me), I include by own little kitty, Naomi. She is 18 years old and has lived with me for almost 11 years now. We are best buddies and she loves to supervise my work in the garden. This photo was taken by my neighbor, Jyoti Wind. Jyoti doesn't have any pets of her own but she acts as Naomi's auntie and takes care of her when I am away from home.
All photos are the property of the individuals mentioned in the article and have been used by permission.