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Connie Harris scoured rescue sites for her next best friend after Mattie, her beloved 14-year-old sheepdog, died this year. When Easy Daisy's photo popped up at Reach Out Rescue and Resources (, she knew she'd found the one. "Something in her glance told me that she was going to be mine," says Harris. "After an 81-mile drive, I finally met my girl -- a shepherd/collie mix -- and she was fantastic." Daisy earned her nickname (Easy) because she got along with everyone -- cats, dogs, children, and people -- and she quickly settled into Harris' Baltimore home with cats Rosie, Tux and Cotton. Daisy is about 5 years old and has, says Harris, become self-employed, tasking herself with keeping the yard clear of rabbits and squirrels (she helped clear her neighbor's yard, too, until a higher fence was put in to keep her patrols on her own turf). She also adopted Harris' dining room table, perching atop it to keep an eye on her owner through the window when Harris went outside; she's since adjusted to a more appropriate bay window. "Her DNA must include a little hunting dog and Olympic athlete," says Harris. "She is playful, energetic, agile and very smart." She carries three toys through the house when looking for a playmate, and enjoys long walks, car rides to the Starbucks drive-through, and playing with neighborhood canine friends. "In almost five months, she has adapted well to city living and knows she's loved and safe in her forever home," says Harris. To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to -- Kim Fernandez
Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo
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