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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Bam Bam( Steve Ruark, For The Baltimore Sun / August 17, 2014 )
If Bam Bam looks familiar to you, it may be for good reason: He's a two-time winner (one first place, one second) of the Baltimore Humane Society's Best Dancer contest, held every year at DogFest. But if you think that's his only talent, you have another think coming.
"His personality is incredible," says owner Eileen Gretes. "He's so sweet and laid back." He's lucky to be here: Gretes and her husband, William, adopted Bam Bam from Petfinder. He'd landed in a high-kill Pennsylvania shelter at just 1 year old. Gretes says shelter employees found him outside their door in a crate, fur matted and full of fleas, with a note saying that his owners couldn't care for him anymore. The little Shih Tzu went to live at the Gretes' Fallston home, settling in immediately with their other two rescue dogs, another Shih Tzu named Mr. Mitt and a Labrador retriever named Haley.
"He's in my lap the minute I sit down," says Gretes. "If he can't jump directly in my lap and other people are on the sofa, he will jump on the opposite side of the sofa, jump onto the back of the sofa, walk across the back, and then jump into my lap."
Now 7 years old, he loves to dance and shower affection on his owners, and is very laid back. "He has a natural tendency to walk on his two back legs," says Gretes. She taught him to dance by waving treats over his head while he stood, and he eventually started moving to the music. He is, she says, "a dance expert."
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