Pets of the Week – June 4, 2012

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She’s named for the goddess of wisdom, courage and inspiration, but our petite retriever/mix Athena embodies these traits easily and blows right by — she’s more a super-charged playmate than a regal entity, and the reality of her down-home affection is so much warmer than any myth. Athena was found stray but she’s already been spayed; some forlorn family’s lost their lovely 4-year-old golden girl. At 37 lbs. she’s a perfect-sized inside/outside companion for big kids and canine friends, too — playing tug of war with another dog is her favorite past time, second only to basking in your attention. Although she hangs on your every word, young Athena could benefit from a little training, she’s naturally tidy and gentle but her affection seems to know no bounds, and her pure, rollicking heart bears no resemblance to the cold marble reserve of her Greek statue namesake. Come stroke our smiling, silky-eared goddess, and see how much fun it is to be ruled by her legendary golden retriever-love.

She’ll cross her cage in a second to pay you the welcoming attention you deserve, because 11 month old Violet’s actually more of an “ultra-Violet” than a shrinking Violet, as long as the “ultra” is for ultra-loving. Pretty Violet was found stray, a modest, well-groomed tabby girl who’ll never grow to be big, gifted with lavishly affectionate ways — a strong-loving friend devoted to you instantly, ready to bestow a deliciously emphatic rub, an excited sing-song purr and an entire series of head-butts, with plenty more to come. Violet’s a cooperative family member — she’s popular with other cats and her box is model-tidy. She demands little and gives infinitely, would make an ideal inside/outside cat, and a gentle, appreciative pet for kids. Come feel the warmth of her first dainty kiss, and how her amber eyes shine with her heart’s glow when she shows you how special you really are.

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