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Our dog Huck (7 years old) and our daughter Leah (1 and a half years old) love to hang out together in our bay window keeping a watchful eye on all the neighborhood activities. It’s an exciting day when another dog walks by or even better a cat or a fox! They both love each other very much. — Danielle Albers

Our dog Huck (7 years old) and our daughter Leah (1 and a half years old) love to hang out together in our bay window keeping a watchful eye on all the neighborhood activities. It’s an exciting day when another dog walks by or even better a cat or a fox! They both love each other very much. — Danielle Albers

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Sawyer was adopted from the Alexandria Animal Shelter on Friday the 13th, 2010. The shelter was having a special — black cats were only $13. Alexandria’s shelter — and many around the country — have a hard time getting black cats adopted. According to a study by UC Berkeley, people still fall prey to old and erroneous superstitions. Black cats, therefore, are far more likely to be euthanized.Sawyer is very sweet, velvety soft and is one of the friendliest cats we’ve ever had. If we are going to believe any superstitions, we’ll go with the Scottish (Alexandria is after all a Scottish town) that a black cat in your home symbolizes prosperity. In Japan, black cats are considered good luck and if you live in the English Midlands, people there give black cats as wedding presents as a sign of good fortune. I hope more people will consider adopting a black cat.— Laura Fries

The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish on July 23, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Wednesday, July 16.

Our favorite pictures include both pets and humans. We welcome short stories about how you got your pet, a noteworthy talent or anecdote about your pet, explanations of the bonds between your family and your pet, plus drawings, paintings or other artwork of your pet by children or adults Please tell us a little bit about your pet, identify everyone in the photo, give a brief description what is happening in the photo, and include address and phone number (we will not publish your address or phone number, just your town name). We welcome short stories about how you got your pet, a noteworthy talent or anecdote about your pet, explanations of the bonds between your family and your pet, plus drawings, paintings or other artwork of your pet by children or adults. Email to editors@connectionnewspapers.com.