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July 3, 1998

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Zoe, the Pet of the Day
Name: Zoe
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Rat Terrier
Home: California, USA
   Zoe is the happiest, funniest, most affectionate dog we've ever known. She came from a puppy mill in Missouri, ended up in a pet store here in Southern California and was initially adopted by a couple who found that her boundless energy could probably not be satisfied by life in their condominium. Luckily, they cared enough to find her a good home, with us, and our life has never been the same since. Zoe loves to play and tease and has a great sense of humor!

    Zoe will eat just about anything, including pens, pencils, and coasters. And don't suggest that I use a deterrent like Bitter Apple, Tabasco sauce, or black pepper...she likes all of those!

    What makes Zoe extra-special is that she enjoys watching TV with us. And I mean *watching* TV! She loves to watch shows featuring animals, often talking to the TV when an animal (especially a dog or a bear) appears on the the screen. Sometimes I tape "Wishbone" for her and she watches very attentively. All I have to do is say "Puppy on the TV?" and she comes running from anywhere in the house.

    Zoe is very high maintenance, especially compared to her 8-year old companion (also a rat terrier), Millie. We adopted Millie at the age of 4, already trained. The good news is that Zoe has taught us a lot about dogs, so she and Millie both have a better life as a result. Our dogs give us much pleasure and we can't imagine life without them!


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