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Pets of the week: It must be good to be a dog

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Carrgo "loves to go shopping to local pet-friendly stores. Some employees even take his photo -- he loves to carry items to checkout," said Nancy Reishman.
Courtesy photo Even with his active play schedule, the Bailey family said Chester here still "makes time to look over the newspaper each day."

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This week's pets include a dog and a cat who apparently thinks he's a dog. Chester is a  4-year-old male Abyssinian cat who lives in St. Albans with his people, Jack and Kristi Bailey and their 10-year-old twin boys Alexander and Ethan.

"Chester is a very active cat and will even play fetch with the boys, bringing a small ball back to them when they toss it," said Jack Bailey.

As a black lab puppy, Carrgo was trained as a guide dog by the Reishman family of Hurricane, but was later released from formal training because of his overbite and stayed temporarily with a family in New York. When Nancy Reishman's husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness, the family thought, "If only we had Carrgo to help." Three weeks later, they got a phone call saying Carrgo was available for adoption again ... and he's been with them ever since.  "Though this story has a very sad ending, I now have a shadow to keep me company," Reishman said. Carrgo "is truly a special dog."


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