The Journey of Teddy the Cat

Family member names Maria DeSantis – Caretaker Type of Breed Ginger Tabby Cat PET’S NAME Teddy MALE OR FEMALE Male PET’s AGE We Don’t know   Where/why did you get your pet? My neighbor, Hannah Caicedo and I spotted Teddy behind our building in Westfield last August. We would see him everyday roaming around with an injured leg/ foot. We would see him dragging his foot for months. He wouldn’t come close enough for us to help him. After reading a FB Westfield group post this January about this kitty sleeping outside and injured Hannah and I decided to make a real effort to trap him....

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Meet local pet Tex, a spunky French Bulldog who takes his water sports seriously unless it involves a bathtub

Family member names Scott, Lori, Brady, Maddie, and Becca Type of Breed French Bulldog PET’S NAME Tex (Nicknames: Texie & Texas Maximus) MALE OR FEMALE Male PET’s AGE 8   Where/why did you get your pet? We got Tex as a gift for the kids after we moved to Cranford. He was 8 weeks old and so cute. Anything special or unusual about your pet? Tex is a huge water dog. At the shore, he will go on the paddleboards and in the rowboat. But he does not like baths for some reason. He also can control a ball like he’s playing soccer. He can move it around the backyard keeping it close to his...

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Meet local pet Cody, a playful 85-pound Golden Retriever who needs to be carried like a baby to his vet and groomer despite his size

Family member names John, Liz, Megan, and Joseph Type of Breed Golden Retriever PET’S NAME Cody MALE OR FEMALE Male PET’s AGE 4 Where/why did you get your pet? We got Cody from a breeder in Connecticut. During the COVID pandemic, we thought that since we were all home, it would be a great time to get a dog. It turned out to be the best decision ever. Anything special or unusual about your pet? Anytime we come home, Cody will greet us at the door with a sock, hat, shoe, or anything he can find.  This is his way of showing us love. Any funny stories?  Cody is a big baby. We have to carry him...

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Meet local pet Pepper a rescue puppy with “cat-like” characteristics and the star of the Instagram page @pepperjackcheesedog

Family member names Chris, Rob, Caroline, and RJ Miskewitz Type of Breed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix PET’S NAME Pepper MALE OR FEMALE Female PET’s AGE 1   Where/why did you get your pet? We adopted her from a nonprofit rescue organization, White Diamond Double Merle Dane Rescue, located in South Jersey. I love Spaniels and I was following the organization’s journey to rescue the litter of Cavalier mix pups from a puppy mill in Ohio.     Anything special or unusual about your pet? Her given name was Cheese, so we decided to change her name to a type of cheese. Pepper is...

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Meet local pet Brooklyn Heights, a rescue pup adopted from Big Dog Rescue Project who loves hard-boiled eggs and couch cuddling

Family member names Stephanie, Craig, Andrew, Joshua Type of Breed Dog PET’S NAME Brooklyn Heights Ashinoff MALE OR FEMALE Female PET’s AGE 2 Where/why did you get your pet? We adopted our dog from Big Dog Rescue Project, a group dedicated to the protection and adoption of all types of dogs, not just large breeds. We rescued Brooklyn to do our part as animal lovers in protecting those in need. After our first dog had passed, it was important to our family to fill the dog-sized hole in our hearts and our couches. It meant the world to be able to give Brooklyn a home, and cannot thank her enough...

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Meet local pet Drayko, a chill Bearded Dragon who loves to spend his days sunbathing in the window and shoulder perching

Family member names Pam, Rob, Ryan, Kasey & Aiden Type of Breed Bearded Dragon PET’S NAME Drayko MALE OR FEMALE Male PET’s AGE 3 Where/why did you get your pet?  We got Drayko at our local Pet Supplies Plus store in Garwood. At the time, he was a tiny little “fit in the palm of your hand” size pet. Only a couple inches long.  It was a birthday gift for our youngest son Aiden who really wanted a bearded dragon. Anything special or unusual about your pet? He is just a calm and super chill reptile, usually loves to just hang and loves to sit in the window in the sun.  I can leave him on a...

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Meet Local Pet Pickles

a rescue cat who will smother you with cuddles, while keeping her “boss” of the house status. Family member names Phil, Rita, Marielle & Warren Mirabelli Type of Breed Female Cat PET’S NAME Pickles MALE OR FEMALE Female PET’s AGE  10 Where/Why did you get your pet? We adopted Pickles from the ASPCA shelter about 8 years ago in NYC, after our old cat had passed away, and she was just what we needed in our lives. She was about 2 years old when we took her home, and she has lived with us ever since. Anything special or unusual about your pet? Pickles, who for the first year of us having her,...

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Meet Local Pet Ruby the Recycler, a cuddly and eco-friendly French Bulldog who loves collecting empty water bottles on her daily walks

Family member names Tom, Heather, and Evan (humans) Ella (dog) Nika (cat) Type of Breed French Bulldog PET’S NAME Ruby (the Recycler) MALE OR FEMALE Female PET’s AGE 3 Where/why did you get your pet? We fell in love with French Bulldogs a few years before we got Ruby, as they are so sweet, funny, and friendly. In May 2020, we picked up Ruby in the Poconos, but she was born in Romania and flown here. There were travel delays due to Covid restrictions. Anything special or unusual about your pet? She’s obsessed with water bottles. Any funny stories? Ruby finds a bottle on nearly every walk and...

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Meet Local Pet Dakota

a Covid pup who has brought enthusiasm and adventure to our everyday routine Family member names Donna, Karen Type of Breed Short-Haired Border Collie PET’S NAME Dakota MALE OR FEMALE Female PET’s AGE 2 Where/why did you get your pet? Totally a Covid puppy! We acquired her from a farm in Pennsylvania in December 2020. We lost Rascal, our Border Collie/Collie mix in 2017 and knew we wanted another Border Collie. Anything special or unusual about your pet? Dakota is a true Border Collie in every sense of the breed. She is full of energy and as long as you have a ball or frisbee, she is your...

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