Our readers share adorable photos of their pets with us all year long (thank you for sharing your fur babies with us!). We just love looking at the photos and reading all of the stories about your funny, quirky, energetic, loyal, and loving pets. As we wrap up 2013, we bring you 13 of the year’s most heartbreaking and heartwarming pet stories shared by our readers.
Shot because of his color
“Salem has been a loving family member for over 10 years. We adopted him from a cat shelter after learning that a man who thought black cats were evil shot him in the back and leg. He is a true survivor and we are so happy to have him in our lives!’’ writes owners Bill Mihaiu and Lynn L’Heureux from Oxford.
Plucked from the streets of Greece
Feta was plucked from the streets of Greece, where she was homeless and sleeping next to a gift shop.
“I was sad about the number of homeless dogs on the island (of every size/shape/breed) and my husband suggested we try to take one home,’’ writes Melanie from Lynnfield. “We found a local vet who helped us with the paperwork and a month after we arrived in Boston, she was shipped to Logan via cargo plane! Our other dog’s name is “Crouton’’ so going with “Feta’’ was the obvious choice.
Tossed from a car, rescued by a Bostonian
“I found him while driving through VA where he was thrown out of a car at the mere age of about 12-15 weeks old,’’ writes Marlene from Boston. “I couldn’t leave him there since I was heading to NC to a HayaBusa Bike Bash. So, he was named Busa after his daddy’s motorcycle a HayaBusa.’’
‘3 legged wonder dog’
“This is my 3 legged wonder dog,’’ writes Anastasia Kaloyanides from Boston. “I rescued him from the MSPCA in Boston the week of Christmas 2010. He was hit by a car just before Thanksgiving of 2010 and they had to amputate his left front leg but it has never slowed him down! He has seamlessly joined myself and my 4 legged dog Paco.’’
From skinny stray to ‘Foreman’
“My boyfriend was in traffic in S. Carolina and heard yelling. He looked over and saw a woman telling a child to get the dog out of the yard and to hit him with a stick,’’ writes Casey from Boston. “My boyfriend jumped out of his truck and took the dog bc he was obviously a stray. (skinny and dirty). He was about 1 year old. My boyfriend began bringing him to jobsites where he did nothing but get in the way of workers and that is where the name “Foreman’’ came from! He was like a job Foreman. He has been spoiled ever since.’’
A tale of survival
“We adopted Amtrak 17 years ago,’’ writes Diane Keefe from Stoughton. “She was brought to the shelter by workers who found her by the railroad tracks tied in a bag with her litter mates. She was the only one to survive. She is the sweetest kitty, and of course, very spoiled.’’
‘Flower puppies’ made her wedding day
“This is Lucia and Siggy, the other Loves of our lives,’’ writes Erin and Jerry Bourassa from Lenox. “They both were sick with cancer but made it to be our flower puppies. They have both since passed but having them on our big day last summer was one of our favorite things about the wedding.’’
From neglected to the ‘happiest kitty’
“Our Magic Cat,’’ writes Clair from Nashua, N.H. “We were touched by her sob story at the shelter. She was brought in pregnant, weighing less than 6lbs and infected with just about every parasite there is. Now she’s a healthy weight, her fur is in great shape, and she’s the snuggliest, happiest kitty I’ve ever met (when she’s not cursing at squirrels through the window or bossing around Other Cat). “
A new era
“Greene’s Jersey Girl mended all our broken hearts after our 13 year old Yellow Lab Allie died in September 2011, writes her Natick owner. “Including 11 year old Black Magic, who had been with Allie since she was 7 weeks old.’’
Wondering how Greene’s Jersey Girl got her name? Jersey is the family’s third yellow lab and is named after the state where they got their first yellow lab Allie and second lab Black Magic.
Katrina survivor is now a ‘die hard Sox fan’
“Rosemary was rescued in Louisiana after Katrina,’’ writes her owner from North Haven, Conn. “(She) is now a die hard Red Sox fan living in New England.
How this gentle giant watches the Sox
“My St. Bernard is big, bigger than most St. Bernards,’’ writes Brianne Flanagan. “He weighs 220lb almost all muscle. He is the world’s best cuddler and can rescue me if needed. As a female, I always feel safe with around. He was a therapy dog for years and has the greatest personality- he thinks he’s a human. This is how we watch the Red Sox games together. He never takes up the couch and always puts his front paws on the floor.’’
“Morgan was our best man at the wedding,’’ writes Debra Sawyer from Somerville.
“This is Hannah,’’ writes her Chelmsford owner. “I got her when I was in Second grade, I am now a Junior in college and she is my best friend.’’