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How Much Do You Love Your Pets?

How do you explain the bond between a person and their pet (or pets) to someone who doesn’t have a pet? I know before my dog Bruno came into my life, I just didn’t get it. Yes, we had pets growing up, but in a household with four kids at any time there was a combination of dogs, cat (with kittens), mice, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and my sister’s escape artist hamster “Herman,” it was difficult to stay focused on anything.

Flash forward to 2001. I had recently bought my first house and decided it was time for my first dog. I’m not sure what I expected, but I truly fell completely in love with my 6.5lb boxer/pit mix puppy. Bruno became my constant companion, a walking buddy, a warm snuggler and an endless source of amusement. He changed my life.

Now, 7 years later, Bruno is 82 pounds of faithful companion. Over the years he has acquired a dad (when I got married) and a little brother (a wild, wild, beagle/boxer mix named Oki). He looks older, with an almost white muzzle, and he moves slower (but don’t we all), but he still looks at me with those big brown eyes and wags that stubby tail every time I walk into a room. What more could a girl ask for?

So, tell me your story, I’ll understand.

Click here or use the comment section to share a picture of your pet! Pictures of the WFPL pets (click to enlarge):

Bruno (left), 82 pounds of snuggle, and Oki, the wild little brother (there's one in every family)

Sam lives with (and commandeers chairs from) Julie Kredens

Laura Ellis tells all her troubles to Jiffy (left), and Willy kept her spirits up when she was sick

Clara, Stephanie Sanders' kitty, striking a pose

The elegant and wise Chloe, who lives with Stan Cook

Buddy checks out the peanut butter, Ace & Gibby take a snooze, and Sable relaxes on the lawn at Susan Sweeney Crum's house

Intrepid explorer Daisy sprouts from the ivy at Jill Fox's place.

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