Jura carefully watches her favorite toy in this photo taken at her Camas home last October. "When we are not throwing her ball, she will just stare at it and bark until we come and throw it," said owner Jeff Jasinsky.
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The owners of Ursala, a Neapolitan mastiff, were able to capture a picture of the dog as she jumped through the snow during a December 2010 trip to Lake Tahoe. "This image demonstrates Ursala's extreme enthusiasm and enjoyment for the outdoors," said owner Sheila Everett. "She loves an adventure and this image is one of our favorites because she looks like a crazy dog, as opposed to her usual laid-back, couch potato self at home."
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Maggie isn't a big fan of being dressed up, but her owner Dawn Johnston still thought it would be fun to do a photo shoot in February. Johnston was pleasantly surprised when Maggie closed an eye for one of the shots as if the dog was winking. "She's a spunky little thing and I love how this photo shows her spunk," Johnston said.
Dawn Johnston/Contributed photo
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Zelda, a 12-year-old house cat from Vancouver, rests in the afternoon sun in her favorite napping spot. Sleeping is what owner Bob Ives said Zelda does best.
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Briley, a 7-year-old English setter, rests during an early morning jog with owner Annette Snow in September as the sun rises over Vancouver Lake. "I love the enthusiasm in his face and how happy he is spending time out in the field getting ready for hunting season," Snow said.
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This photo of 3-year-old Shelby playing at Cannon Beach, Ore., during an early morning walk in September 2010 is the favorite of owners Tori and Rich Brinkly of Camas. "The mirror reflection in the thin layer of water on the sand, along with Shelby looking down at the ball, just seems perfect," Tori said.
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Joe Molina/Contributed photo
The expressions on the face of the nearly 6-year-old standard poodle Abby were what made this photo, taken six months ago, special to owner Joe Molina of Vancouver. "I love the picture because she looks like she is smiling and is so happy, also because her eyes are so people-like," Molina said.
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During a visit in 2007 to Esther Short Park, Bob Battaglia's dog Bentley gets friendly with this statue. Battaglia had his camera on him during the walk and was able to take a spontaneous photo. "Bentley has always thought that everyone is his friend and deserving of love," Battaglia said.
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Scouty Westlake's ears flap as he leaps into the air in this photo taken 2 years ago in the Vancouver backyard of Marilyn Westlake. "He wanted attention, and was leaping up seeking eye contact," she said. "Like the rest of our human family, Scouty is both smart and good looking."
Marilyn Westlake/Contributed photo
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Dennis Eaton grabbed his camera when he saw his grandkids, Aydan and Alyssa Eaton, both 6, reading to his dog Abby when they visited his Battle Ground home in October. "The kids just love this dog and Abby just loves to be around the kids," Eaton said.
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Echo is known by owner Rebecca Richardson as a "canine vacuum" because the puppy will put "anything and everything in her mouth," including this feather during a September walk in Ridgefield.
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A cat named "Fatness" doesn't let his broken foot get in the way of a snack in this photo taken in July at the Woodland home of Jim Basler. The aging cat broke his limb this summer by falling into a Dumpster while looking for food. "Fatness got his name justifiably," Basler said. "He will eat anything. Red pepper, paper towels, you name it."
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Connie Matheny/Contributed photo
Connie Matheny always smiles when she looks at this 2010 photo of her dog Rudy peeking out from inside a "Toy Story" box at her Vancouver home. Rudy died 2 months after the picture was taken and she said it brings up fond memories. "It makes me smile whenever I look at it," she said.
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Lindy Shugart/Contributed photo
Lindy Shugart is pleased with the way this photo shows her cat Hermione's "squashy face and big, beautiful eyes and her heart shaped nose." The cat makes a great portrait subject, Shugart said. "We adopted her in January of this year. She is now the princess of our home," she said.
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Ryan Marsh/Contributed photo
Debbie Marsh said her dog Noah, 7, and dwarf bunny Snickers, 10, are buddies and always hang out together, just like in this photo her son snapped in 2011 in her backyard. "Snickers was just sitting on a lounge chair minding his own business when Noah decided to hop up on the chair and just walked over the top of him and stood there for some time," she said.
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Mary Gregory/Contributed photo
Mazzer watches squirrels while on a "walk" earlier this month in Hazel Dell. The 5-year-old rescued pet is called "CatDog" by his owner Mary Gregory because, she said, "he likes to go for rides in the car, has traveled cross-country, walks on a leash and loves his new stroller."
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Krista Daniel is proud of how this moody portrait of her rescued umbrella cockatoo Emma turned out. The bird has been known to greet her owner with a mimicking, "I love you."
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Lauren Haas/Contributed photo
Even 17 years after it was taken, this photo still brings up fond memories for Lauren Haas of her late toy poodle, who once lived in the laundry room of her house. The puppy was born on the final day she saw her father alive. "I always believed somehow my dad in heaven was letting me know he was with me and she would be my special companion," Haas said.
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