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F E AT U R E S “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” James Herriot, author of “All Creatures Great and Small” and British veterinary surgeon, is attributed to the above quote. His observations of the relationship between humans and the animals around them are beloved stories for readers around the world. It’s no wonder, as any pet owner can attest that four-legged or feathered friends are often the most treasured.

209 Magazine asked readers to submit photos of their animal friends for the Cutest Pet Contest. More than 400 people responded with photos of their dogs, cats, bunnies, horses, pigs, turtles and even one cow. After much debate, 12 finalists were selected and the Top 4 chosen. Meet the reader-voted winner of the Cutest Pet Contest: Daphne, a toy Eskimo poodle.

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Turlock veterinarian Dr. Robert Santos is dedicated to the healing and well-being of pets, using all methods available including acupuncture.

PAGE 48 Enjoying a day at the park isn’t just good for kids, it’s also beneficial to dogs and their owners. The 209 has many parks especially built to allow Fido room to roam — and socialize.

Sometimes it’s not just pets who need a little tender loving care. When in need, the creatures that share their habitat with humans can find refuge at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.

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Teaching people how to interact with their canine friends has been the life’s work of Cesar Millan, the ‘Dog Whisperer.’ Millan shared his insight to a sold-out crowd at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

Jeannine Etheridge, co-founder and president of the Oakdale Equine Rescue, believes all horses deserve a safe place to live and learn how to interact with humans.

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Daphne, who has been a part of Hayley Pascoe’s family since 2011, was voted the Cutest Pet in the 209.

Lorissa Rutledge works with her adopted horse, Fallon, training him to follow commands.

Cover photo by Jon Michael Terry Photography

Photo by Alisa Hutsell


209 Magazine - Issue 7