CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After just a few weeks of our new Pet of the Week feature, we have an inkling into how Howard Stern and the rest of the gang at "America's Got Talent" must feel. This week's Pets of the Week -- how could we possibly pick just one -- were selected in part for their shameless pandering to the judges, but also for their ability to communicate clearly without the use of words.
There is, for example, little doubt as to what Roxy and Lucky are thinking as they look at a tray of freshly baked cookies. We suspect Lucky (the cat), at the ripe old age of 6, is a bad influence on Roxy (the dog), who's just 8 months old, but owners Steve and Donna Michael insist they are in cahoots. Both are rescue pets, and Donna says as much as they beg for cookies, they're really partial to cheese.
Lola is an 8-year-old hairless sphinx who lives in Cross Lanes. Lola is being featured this week in part because the newsroom staff was a little nervous about what might happen if she wasn't selected. Owners (staffers?) Bob and Kim Aaron apparently feel this way quite often, telling us, "What Lola wants, Lola gets!"
Though only Lady and Puppy are still around these days, the four dogs carefully guarding the yard from their deck belonged to retired schoolteacher Nancy Taylor, of Gauley Bridge, who once ran a PAWS Club at her school to raise funds for animal welfare projects. All four of her dogs were rescue pets.
Debbie and Alex Belcher, of Charleston, say their African grey parrot, Cody, whenever he isn't reading the latest news, calls their dogs by name and whistles constantly. Cody is 20 years old.
As a young golden retriever, Bo found his natural instincts prevented him from living in harmony with the chickens on his free-range chicken farm. The chickens had a little more clout, and things were not looking so good for Bo until he was taken in by the Maslowski family. Today, instead of chasing chickens, 3-year-old Bo retrieves The Charleston Gazette each morning, which we think earns him a well-deserved treat.
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