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Happy Fourth of July!
How do our pets celebrate the Red, White, and Blue? Check out these Yankee Doodle dandies, the finalists from our Patriotic Pets contest, to find out. And congratulations to our winner, Brooke Jacobs, from Brooklyn, and her domestic shorthair, Barc! Brooke is a photographer from Brooklyn who often works with shelter animals. "The beautiful patriotic kitten in this shot was a foster cat I was caring for," she writes. "He was taken from his mother too early, so I had to bottle-feed him. Modeling is the price a foster cat in my home has to pay for a bathroom full of treats and toys, face cleanings and a warm blanket to sleep on. While I was hoping to capture an elegant portrait, this kitty just wanted to be held, loved and cuddled on and off the set -- and was demanding just that!"
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Gold Medal PoochRegarding Duke, an English bulldog from Richardson, Texas: "This last Halloween, Duke decided to go to the annual "Bulloween" party as his Olympic favorite, Michael Phelps, who has a really cool bulldog himself," reports angel_a56. "He wore nine gold medals, goggles, and a very patriotic Speedo."
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God Bless AmericaRock, an English bulldog from Fillmore, California, "celebrating his first Fourth of July and having fun," according to circebest.
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Cooper's First Fourth of JulyCooper, a Labrador retriever from Evanston, Illinois. Contributed by Cooper4409.
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Proud to Be an American and a Shelter Dog!Maggy, a 3-year-old Lab mix and shelter rescue from Gilbert, South Carolina, is "the love of my life," says Freelancer. Here, "she is all ready to greet friends and family for the Fourth of July, 2009."
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Happy Fourth!Pumpkin, Maxamillion, and Donald Trump, schnauzers from Pompano Beach, Florida, report, "Our mom made these suits for us!" Contributed by furbabies.
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All AmericanFlip Flop, a rabbit from New Orleans, exclaims, "I'm a high-flying red, white, and blue bunny!" Contributed by idsmiles4u.
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"LoLa at Full Attention for the Pledge"Lady Lolette ("LoLa"), a French bulldog from Hamilton, Ohio: "LoLa's favorite part of her very first summer has been the parade July 4, here in our hometown, Hamilton, Ohio," says janderson1209. She "is always thrilled with those who take a little moment to stop and greet. She never fails to make everyone smile everywhere we go!"
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Rustler Has Red, White, and Blue Stars in His Eyes!The Rustler of Hearts, a standard poodle from Dripping Springs, Texas: "Rustler and his groomer Joyce always have a great time together, and we often end up with a celebratory photo!" reports laughingdog. "Even at 14, Rustler always loves to join in the celebration!"
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Both Hands on My HeartPenelope, a hamster from Chicago, intones, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of 'Hamerica.' " Contributed by LBissett.
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Mistylee Loves the Month of JulyMistylee, a miniature dachshund from Abilene, Texas: "I really love dressing her up!" writes mistylee11.
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Happy Birthday Ray!Ray, an orange tabby from Aspen, Colorado: "This photo was taken right after I voted for President Barack Obama," writes Msuzmiller. "He was very pleased with my vote. Ray is proud to be an American and happy to have his birthday on July 4. Happy Birthday, bud!"
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Happy Fourth of JulyBogie, a yellow Lab from Madison, Wisconsin, poses as the Statue of Liberty. Contributed by Nancykbee.
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Quiet on the Set!Harley, a Chihuahua from Escondido, California, is "takin' it easy," according to contributor oltrap.
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Always SmilingRegarding Pancake, a Labrador retriever from Thousand Oaks, California: "I love this picture because she looks like she's smiling," writes pancake. "She's really a great dog and such a good sport to wear her patriotic hat and pose for the camera."
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Parade PracticeMaggie, a Lab-chow mix; Marlo, and Miss Lizzie, both Australian shepherds, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, try on their Fourth of July parade costumes. "They love to show off their new socks!" writes Pricia.
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Greys in the USAOrville and Wilbur, retired racing greyhounds from Belleville, New Jersey. "Orville and Wilbur are hard-working therapy dogs, the first furry members of our local emergency response committee, dedicated ambassadors for greyhound adoption, and two of the most loving and gentle creatures you will ever meet," writes redreeper. "In true American fashion, they are proud to serve others in times of need."
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Patriotic PetScrappy, a Jack Russell mix from Del Rio, Texas: "I have three dogs, and Scrappy is the best at pictures," writes sdeshazer. "I have a lot of her."
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Skeezix Sports the Red, White, and BlueSkeezix the Cat, an Oriental Shorthair from Castro Valley, California: "In his handmade outfit and patriotic shades, Skeezix celebrates the Fourth of July by appearing in the local purrade and remembering the 12 family members who fought in the War of Independence," writes SkeezixTheCat.
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Patriotic PeeperFrenchie, aka "The Peeper," an American red tabby from Miami Springs, Florida. "The nickname was given to him because when he was little, it was peeping in a very special way," taca writes enigmatically.
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Stella Stands with the StarsStella, a Labrador retriever from Berkeley, California, is a breeder dog for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, who has had two litters of puppies for a total of 19. "The first puppy graduated last weekend with his new blind partner," reports terrymeyers. "Stella loves to be photographed, and we took this photo last year on the Fourth. The picture will appear on the Guide Dogs for the Blind 2010 calendar. It will be Stella's third appearance on the calendar. Stella is proud to be an American, and is also the mascot for the nonprofit Mundo Exchange, which helps children throughout the world with education and health care."
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