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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Tecate( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / January 21, 2014 )
Tecate the short-haired cat showed up in Deborah Janssen and Doug Grove's Severn neighborhood about a year ago, snacking here and there on food left outside by neighbors. "She adopted us either because I had the best food or we didn't have a dog," says Janssen, and even though her husband had declared "no more pets" years ago, Tecate won him over and moved into the couple's garage.
And then the basement.
And then into the main house, where she rules the roost. "Doug and Tecate watch game shows together in the morning, and she chases golf balls in the afternoon," says Janssen about her retired spouse and their now-beloved cat. Tecate also plays hide-and-seek with Janssen by ducking under a tablecloth and then racing out when Janssen hides behind a nearby wall. She also loves "helping" with yardwork and playing with a stuffed toy.
Now about a year and a half old, Tecate (named for the Mexican beer) has wrapped Janssen and Grove around her tiny paws, which isn't bad for a cat who started out as a stray. "She has turned my 'absolutely no pets' husband into a real cat lover," says Janssen.
To have your pet - including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like - considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.