Edi­tor’s Let­ter

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FOR DECADES, I WAS A CAT PER­SON. Then two things hap­pened: I fell in love and I met Rudy.

I was in be­tween fe­line friends when I started dat­ing my wife—who would be per­fect if not for her al­lergy to, you guessed it. Com­mit­ting to her meant cats were per­ma­nently out of the pic­ture. “So what if we got a dog?” I sur­prised my­self by ask­ing one day, af­ter years with­out a pet.

Rudy, a doe-eyed res­cue of in­de­ter­mi­nate her­itage, came to us last Au­gust. My wife and I soon learned he was afraid of sud­den move­ments, loud noises, many men and most dogs. What he did like: run­ning away, over­grown lawns, the one chair in the house we had de­clared off lim­its and, even­tu­ally, us.

Life with Rudy these past 15 months has taught me the im­por­tance of man­ag­ing my ex­pec­ta­tions, the value of a well-made har­ness and the sim­ple joy of get­ting lost in tall grass with the best pup around. I am now an un­abashed dog per­son.

Judg­ing by the sub­mis­sions we re­ceived for our in­au­gu­ral Canada’s Great­est Pets con­test, many of you are equally de­voted to your an­i­mals. In this month’s cover story (page 30), you can read all about the win­ner and the won­der­ful run­ners-up who make each day that much sweeter for their hu­man com­pan­ions.

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