Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PET: We're interested in cats and dogs, but also hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, horses, chickens -- the whole pet gamut.
Email the following information to email@example.com: pet name, owner name, how you met, pet's age, hometown, breed (or best guess), favorite activity, favorite food, funniest moment or sweetest story. Feel free to add your own creative categories, too -- anything that will shine a light on your pet.
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Nutmeg( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / June 24, 2013 )
Julia Hamilton, like a lot of 11-year-old girls, wanted a pet. Her mom, Jennifer, wanted a pet Julia could care for on her own. So when an orphaned hamster popped up on the Carroll County Humane Society's website in January, the Hamiltons took the leap. Julia even used her own $10 to adopt her.
Nutmeg, as she's called, lives large for a hamster, spending her days rolling around the family's Sykesville living room in her hamster ball (Julia brings her there every day so she doesn't get lonely) and her nights in Julia's room, where she enjoys being read to regularly by her proud owner.
"I have been really surprised at how much she has enjoyed Nutmeg," Jennifer says. "You hear so many stories about little pets and how the kids get bored with them and it's the mom who ends up taking care of it, but that has not been the case." Julia provides food and water to Nutmeg and cleans her cage without being asked.
Nutmeg provides great entertainment, too. "She climbs up the bars of her cage and dangles from the top by one paw, like she's going across the monkey bars on a playground," Jennifer says. "It's hilarious to watch."
To have your pet considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Kim Fernandez