Pet of the Week

Meet Morton. This super-cute black and white cat is always ready for a picture or a big cuddle. Morton loves to be at the center of anything going on and is often caught spying out the window at the neighbors. In the evenings, he is ready to settle in with you on the couch and share a piece of cheese — but only if it is Vermont cheddar. Morton and his best friend/brother, Tuesday, live in Vergennes. — The Sanborn family
Lulu is a sweet black cat who is 11 years old and loves bouncy balls. She enjoys sunbeams, visitors, yarn, and cell phone chargers. She also enjoys small bug hunting and sleeping on pillows. She hates dogs, and is afraid of thunder and lightning. She loves a good game of hide and seek, but usually, just hide. She is a food-loving cat, who also enjoys munching on a bonsai tree. A few of her favorite places to hide are behind the computer and in the closet. She also enjoys stealing people’s seats, and their privacy. She is sensitive to how people hold and pet her, but she loves a good snuggle....
Eat, play, chew. Meet Gizmo, a handsome Beagle/Lab mix with boundless energy who definitely has the attention span of a typical toddler. Sniff and destroy, then repeat. The world is still very new to this 1.5-year-old pup, no leaf must go unturned or without a chase. Even at rest, Gizzy is easily excitable. Show Giz something tasty and he will quickly perform his four amazing tricks. Try to call Giz away from his explorations, forget it! Selective deafness, for sure. I often wonder what we got ourselves into with this spunky fella, then I look into those soulful eyes and those worries fade...
My name is Richard Parker and I like to stay on top of the news. My favorite newspaper of repose is, of course, the Addison Independent. I always go straight to the pet page.  The animals featured by Homeward Bound, while not up to my pedigree, are all worthy of a loving home.  The only problem with the Addie’s pet page — there are too many dogs!  Otherwise, it is purrrrrrfect.  Now for my nap. — Elizabeth Sutton, Middlebury
Della Doodle (the fabulous poodle) in Brandon, waits patiently in the corner of her yard for people to walk by - before pouncing with happy barks.  It is entertaining to her to surprise passers-by! Monica McEnerny Brandon    

VERMONT STATE POLICE dog Vincent, a Belgian Malinois, keeps an eye on his partner, Cpl. Justin Busby, while hanging out in an interview room in the New Haven barracks during a 2016 media interview. After a career in law enforcement, Vincent died recently in retirement. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
Retired Vermont State Police K-9 Vincent Busby (aka Vinnie, Vince or Vincent the Invincible) died Aug. 11, 2020, after delighting his family and keeping the public safe for 13 years. Whether he was patrolling with Cpl. Justin Busby and catching “bad guys,” entertaining children at Camp Whiskers and Wags, mooching in the Addison County Home Health and Hospice office or relaxing with his family, Vinnie was a beautiful, brilliant, lovely dog.  Vinnie and Cpl. Busby were assigned to the New Haven barracks and were well known to many in Addison County. They were certified in patrol together in...
I adopted Tessa this April from The Feline Connection in Fair Haven. She is 11 years old, and a very special girl. It is kind of perfect that we have found each other because we have both been through a lot of difficult times in the past and we both truly needed each other. She survived a hoarding situation, neglect, severe malnutrition, at least four foster homes in a year, a serious house fire in one of her foster homes, being attacked by another cat, and more.  She is FIV+ (which is like feline HIV) and has beginning stage kidney disease. She was recently diagnosed with mild asthma as well...
Inspired by Addison Independent reporter John Flowers’ story about his dog Roxie in last Thursday’s Arts + Leisure section, here is the story of Alfie. Santa brought me a red cockapoo puppy this Christmas. At six months old, Alfie has never had a haircut. We have no idea what he looks like under his dreadlocks! I keep asking Paul, “Do you think he’s getting fat?” We’re hoping he’s like Roxie under it all. He has his first haircut appointment scheduled at Comfort Hill on the 27th, so we’ll find out then. I’m doing consulting work from home, and the look he has in this picture is the one I get...
Hi, I’m Tilly. I was recently adopted from Homeward Bound and now live in Salisbury with my new humans Brian and Leah. I love to play with my toys — especially when my people are playing with me too! I also like to watch the birds and squirrels outside at the feeder. I think I want to go outside too but it is a big scary world out there for a little kitty. Tilly   Note from the humans... Tilly thought we should send a more dignified picture but we like this one. Brian and Leah Keller Salisbury
Hi! My name is Ally Lawton, and I just turned 63 a couple of days ago (that’s 9 in human years). Although I don’t live in Addison County, I visit frequently to see my doggy nieces, Yuki and Ruby, who live in Middlebury, and we have a lot of fun together. Once, I was feeling particularly brave (and hungry), I ate some delicious cheese right off the coffee table when my owners were watching! Although I love cheese, my other favorite food is salmon. When I wake up every morning, I dig under the covers trying to find my special black pillow then make my owner chase me for it. It’s probably my...

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