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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Deckster( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / March 27, 2014 )
Peggy Gaegler wasn't looking for another cat in the winter of 2010 - she was perfectly fine with the one she had, named Indi. But her heart broke when a gray striped tabby started hanging around near her house during snowstorm after snowstorm that year, and she started putting food outside.
"Sure enough," she says, "he came by and ate the food and drank the melted water on my back deck."
That spring, a "lost cat" sign was posted at Gaegler's veterinarian's office, and the photo on the poster looked a lot like the little stray outside her house. So with the help of some other cat lovers, Gaegler trapped the cat and took him to the vet.
He didn't match the poster, and she assumed he was feral, so she had him neutered and set him free, expecting to never see him again.
"He continued to return, for food and for attention," Gaegler says, and before long, he'd moved into her home and become part of the family. She named him Deckster and life has been good ever since. He and Indi are fast friends, and he loves visiting neighbors for treats.
"He is extremely independent," Gaegler says, "but a lap cat simultaneously. It's an odd but wonderful combination."
Deckster loves having his neck and tummy scratched and spreads his paws so his new family can rub between his claws. He's also quite the talker and meows for everything from food to attention. "He has a strong yet gentle personality," says Gaegler.
"He displays how grateful he is every day for rescuing him and giving him a comfortable, loving home," she says. "I think he chose us."
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