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Pets of the Week show talent and diversity

By Maria Young

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It sounds like a really bad joke: Two dogs, a turtle and a donkey were walking down the street ... . But all four pets have earned their places in this week's Pet of the Week segment. As a group, they were selected from a pile of very competitive entries for their uniqueness.

Angie Moore says Lu Lu, her family's 4-year-old dachshund, loves being the center of attention. "She never balks at any costume or prop. She simply just gets ready for her close-up, Angie reports. Rumor has it Lu Lu was listening to Frank Sinatra on her iPod when this photo was taken.

The Rice family, of Crawley, bought their donkey, Susie, on a whim 18 years ago. Donkeys, they were told, would help protect their goats from coyotes. They didn't know she would make such a great friend for granddaughter Sydney, but to this day, Susie comes running through the fields whenever Sydney comes to visit.

The Romine family says 3-year-old Bob is "delightful." They add, "He is full of personality, loves to sing, and keeps us laughing."

You might not think a turtle could have much personality, but Rose Graley, of Cross Lanes, would disagree. Her turtle Barney is 21 years old. "You can call his name and he will come to you," Rose reports.

Reach Maria Young at maria.young@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.

Pet of the Week submissions

Email photos to social@wvgazette.com with "Pet of the Week" in the subject line.

Include your name, phone number and contact information, where you live, your pet's name, age and breed if you know them, and a line or two about the photo or something that makes your pet unique.

Photos should have 170 DPI or a minimum file size of 300 KB, so they look as good in the paper as they do on your home computer.


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