Daisy, a basset hound-Australian shepherd from Westminster, California. "Ever since we adopted Daisy, she has been treated like the spoiled dog that she is," writes crazyy4doggies. "We sometimes joke that she might be the queen of the house ... well, concerning our other dog, she IS the queen!"
Monkey, a Chinese crested "Powder Puff" from Paso Robles, California. "Our family adopted Monkey from a rescue site this past January," writes coconutcloud. "He was only 6 months old and in a pen with a bunch of older dogs who constantly growled at his playful puppy antics. Now he is our constant companion and comic relief! Every time he looks at us, his eyes seem to say thank you, though we are just as thankful for him ... our little Monkey!"
Dita and Jas, a Jackapoo and schnoodle from Covina, California. "These are our two pups," writes Garditto. "Dita I got at a yard sale for free at 2 months old, and it's one of the best things I ever did. Jas we just adopted from a shelter, and he has become Dita's best bud ever. They are like brother and sister. Second best thing we ever did."
Ramona, a domestic shorthair from Ochlockonee Bay, Florida. "This is Ramona at about 6 weeks old, posing with her friend Sadie," writes DixieDoo. "Ramona was abandoned by her mother when she was just a few days old, so we became her adopted parents. She is a sweet kitty who loves dogs!"
Rosie Hampton Choney Guilfoyle, a mixed breed from Lawton, Oklahoma. "Rosie joins us after the death of my mother and stepfather," writes Jennira. "He was adopted by them with the understanding he would join my adopted dogs if necessary. This is his coming-home photo."
Peanut, a Chihuahua-terrier mix from Bolivar, Missouri. "I shot this photograph of my dog Peanut last summer when she was 1 1/2 years old," writes Nightowl18. "Peanut loves to rummage around in the field we have in our backyard. I happened to catch this shot of her as she was peeking out from behind some tall grass."
Baylee, a timber wolf and Lab mix from North Bend, Oregon. "Baylee is a fun-loving, energetic, 4-month-old puppy whose favorite hobbies include playing at the beach, playing tug-of-war with her three-legged older sister, and lounging in the sun," writes alyssasidener.
Mulligan, a chocolate labradoodle from Shark River Hills, New Jersey. "Mulligan is my 10-month-old chocolate labradoodle puppy," writes MCOConnor. "I adopted him at 9 weeks from a rescue in Kentucky. He arrived here in New Jersey by an all-volunteer transport from Bowling Green last December."
Bailey (aka Bai Bai), a boxer from Lexington, Kentucky. "Being the oldest of three dogs (she's 13 and the other two are 3 years old), Bailey gets a bit tired," writes dana528. "She was trying to get some rest and our Lab wanted to play, so she came to me and just plopped down as if to say, 'These kids are killing me ... please make them stop!'"
Sammy, a longhaired dachshund-cocker spaniel mix from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. "Sammy is the happiest dog," writes ldmoore. "He smiles all the time! Everyone who meets him falls in love with him. We are so glad that we adopted him and are able to give him the life he deserves."
Stanley, an Australian cattle dog-Jack Russell mix from Rochester Hills, Michigan. "We adopted Stanley from a local rescue team back in 2009," writes dmijal. "He is just an absolute joy to be around -- always happy to meet new people and dogs!"
Toby and Alpha, a German shepherd and a pit bull mix from Roseville, California. "These two were adopted two years apart, yet have grown to be inseparable best friends," writes lgergi. "They like to hop in the back seat and wait for you to drive them around, regardless of the destination. Here we are on our way to their favorite summer activity: swimming in the lake."
Bartholomew, a domestic shorthair from Louisville, Kentucky. "Bartholomew might not have lived to see this day -- or any others in the past year since we found him and nearly lost him to a plethora of poor odds," writes catterbox. "Once abandoned and alone in the middle of a busy road, he is now a happy and healthy house cat who makes our lives brighter."
Bella and Barry, Scotties from Montgomery, Alabama. "Bella and Barry were instant companions when they met," writes dantro. I adopted both of them from different places. They are always together and looking out for each other. They are always looking for each other if they are out of sight. They have filled our hearts since they came into our home. They love to run in the yard together. Barry loves to smell the flowers in the garden. Bella loves to see if she can see any frogs outside."