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This is­sue’s fea­tured pet is a mis­chievous, 7-year-old Ger­man shep­herd who lives in Ot­tawa, On­tario, with her proud mama, Brenda Valenti (aka Bren).

An­nie has quite a few lit­tle quirks. If there’s a piece of news­pa­per on the floor, she will lie on it. When we’re at our cot­tage, she likes to fish for minnows with her mouth. She doesn’t usu­ally steal hu­man food, but she is some­thing of a cherry tomato ban­dit: If I put my toma­toes on a win­dow sill to ripen, she will tip them, one at a time, onto the floor and then eat them.

At Christ­mas, an el­derly neigh­bor of ours al­ways buys An­nie a stock­ing stuffed with dog toys. We open the stock­ing and give her the toys, one at a time, but not be­fore plac­ing friendly bets on how long each will sur­vive. If there’s a dog toy that she can’t de­stroy, we haven’t found it. We also wrap gifts for her to open her­self, which she re­ally en­joys. And af­ter she’s opened hers, she al­ways wants to open ours! —Bren

“She has two nick­names:An­nie Oak­ley and An­nie McTrou­ble.”

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