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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Waldo( Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun photo / September 10, 2014 )
Lori and Doug Lentowski were committed dachshund owners before a friend asked them to watch a black Labrador retriever for two months. The Lab captured their hearts, and when she went home, they went online to find one of their own. Lab Rescue introduced them to a dog who'd been abandoned in Missouri, and they immediately applied to adopt him. Soon after, Waldo came home to Lutherville.
"We were told how scared he was and to not even let him outside in a fenced yard without a leash," says Lori. "The problem was, he didn't know how or want to walk on a leash."
A 10-week obedience class proved perfect, and the family now enjoys many outdoor activities together - with Waldo safely leashed.
Now 2, he loves treats (and the word "treat"), and he's a gentle boy who loves his family. Lori believes he understands he was rescued.
"Waldo was so scared and timid when we brought him home," she says. "When we took him outside, he'd immediately run to the sliding glass door and plaster his face against it like he thought he was being left outside. It took a few months for him to realize he wasn't being abandoned again."
These days, Waldo jumps with joy when they come home from work, and he races outside to play in that yard - carefree, running and leaping off the deck into the grass.
"We can't imagine our life without him," Lori says.
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