just take a few minutes and go to the
PDT website at www.portsmouth-dailytimes.
com. Click on the Cutest Pet Contest
logo to view all of the entries submitted so far.
You’ll find little dogs with big dog
names, big dogs with little dog names, kitties
and dogs dressed up for the holidays,
or to ward off the winter chill. You’ll see
dogs and cats together, a dog kissing a dolphin
and a dove in a glass.
They’re talented, too. Entered so far are
kissing Boston Terriers and dancing
Pomeranians. They’re comedians. They
make us laugh. Funny like a clown. We
call them our babies. She’s the “Queen of
the Home,” he’s the “Ruler of the Roost.”
There’s a 23-pound cat described as “big
“My best friend,” “my little buddy;”
“such a doll,” are how we think of our animal
I’m not sure what this says about us as a
society, but people who love their pets
can’t be all bad. We rescue them from the
cold, adopt them when they’re abandoned
and take them in when our dying neighbor
can’t care for his dog any more but wants
to make sure it goes to a good home.
We find a lot of comfort in man’s best
friend, or bird. They never let us down.
They’re like our children, but less naughty.
They don’t talk back, at least in a way that
hurts our feelings. We don’t know what we
would do without them. And you never
know … if you fall in a well, they just
might run back and bring help.
JOHN CLARK may be reached at (740) 353-
3101, ext. 211, or email@example.com.