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 firstname.lastname@example.org: 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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Mr. Shivers( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / April 21, 2014 )
Shirle and David Koslowski were still nursing broken hearts after the loss of their 17-year-old mutt, Nico, when David started looking at rescue sites for another dog. It wasn't long before the sight of a 6-week-old puppy who'd been abandoned by the side of the road caught the couple's eyes on petfinder.com. They applied to adopt Mr. Shivers, the rat terrier-Chihuahua mix, and he quickly became a comfortable member of the Hampden family.
"When we first got him, he was only 8 pounds," says Shirle. "He would hide in blankets or between pillows and blend into them. We'd constantly ask, 'Where's Mr. Shivers?' only to find him hiding right in front of us." Shirle soon started a ""Where's Mr. Shivers?" Facebook page to post pictures of the dog, and more than 250 people started following -- some even send in their own edited pictures to join in the fun.
"He's an old soul who seems to get commands from the get-go," says Shirle.
He fetches his toys by name and loves watching movies or TV shows, especially if there's an animal character. He's also a big snuggler, begging affection from both people and pets in his neighborhood. Currently a year and a half old, Mr. Shivers is a tiny dog who definitely lives large.
To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to email@example.com.
--Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun