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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Nicholas( Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun photo / September 9, 2014 )
Joan Meo never expected that a bike ride through Rehoboth Beach, Del., would end in heartbreak, but that's exactly what happened shortly after she set off with friends. Midway through their ride, workmen building a house told them the United States was under attack, and like so many others, Meo knew she'd never forget the date: Sept. 11, 2001.
She returned to the house she was renting to find that the owners had discovered a group of stray cats and kittens, including three tiny brothers only a few weeks old. Meo jumped right in to assist.
"Helping with the kittens took my mind off the heinous events of that morning," she says. And when it was time to leave for home a few days later, she found herself unable to go empty-handed, so one of the smallest kittens was scooped up to head for Baltimore and a new life.
Nicholas soon took charge of the two other cats in the house, and he charmed every human who came to the door. "Nick's personality has grown bigger with time," says Meo. "More dog-like than cat in his interactions, he greets all guests at the door and stays close by at all times, enjoying the camaraderie of family and friends."
She says Nicholas let her know that even in the face of horror, happiness is still possible.
To have your pet - including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like - considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun