CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- All pet owners love their pets, of course. But the feeling between 21-year-old Ron Baker and Daisy, his family's 8-month-old English mastiff, is enough to make his girlfriend "a little jealous," Ron says. "We've had 'that talk' a couple of times."
Daisy joined the Baker family last summer, when she was just about 10 pounds. With Ron off to college, she's the one eating the Baker's out of house and home now -- and she's about to get her own twin bed, we're told.
"She's gained a lot of weight," admits Ron. "She's over 100 pounds now."
Emma may look like a sweet and demure Maltese -- owner Doris Buckner says she loves to sit on her mat in front of the fireplace or curl up beside Doris for a nap -- but she goes from sweet to feisty when other dogs come to her yard.
Kathy and Kevin Hill, of Foster, may need to explain a few things to their dogs. Tuxedo, a large golden doodle, apparently thinks he's a lap dog, and Bowtie, a miniature schnauzer, is convinced he's the big dog of the house.
"When walking on a leash, Bowtie has to be the lead dog," they told us. And, they added, when all the family dogs are outside, "if one of the other two do not come when we call, Bowtie runs up to them, barking, like he is quarrelling at them until they come in."
Paws is a pterodactyl cat who showed up at the Kirk house in Ferrellsburg with an ugly gash on his leg and a missing piece of one ear. We're not sure he's always an innocent bystander in what are apparently some pretty frequent misunderstandings. Phyllis Kirk says he's "a good boy" who's been neutered -- but "still hates and fights with other cats whenever he gets a chance."
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