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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Orange Boy( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun photo / September 9, 2014 )
Steve and Nancy Raskin hadn't lived in their Parkton home very long when a big gray cat started dropping by the yard for visits. Noticing he was well-groomed, the Raskins nicknamed him Gray Boy and let him be. But when a scraggly orange cat followed Gray Boy's lead and began appearing in the yard, his appearance as an obvious stray compelled the couple to try to take him in.
Orange Boy, as they named him, quickly started accepting belly rubs along with his food, and eventually he let the Raskins scoop him up and take him to the vet, who declared him basically healthy but skinny and in need of grooming. He got his shots, was neutered and went home as a pet.
"The first night after the visit to the vet, Orange Boy made himself right at home, sitting on the sofa to watch some TV," says Steve Raskin. "His health improved quickly, and he put on several pounds over the next few weeks." Before long, Orange Boy adopted Steve's home office, where he perches on the back of the desk chair (to the inconvenience, but amusement, of his owners). He also loves flopping down at their feet for chin rubs and love, and they say he's smart and friendly.
"We're very glad he adopted us," says Steve.
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