Bear is an 8 ½-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever/border collie mix and a certified service animal. When Bear is not working, he likes riding on the canoe and having his owners paddle him around Lake Myrtle and going shopping and to restaurants. When at home, Bear is a trusty companion, doing whatever his owners do. Bear’s favorite pastime is opening daily packages that arrive because he thinks they are presents for him! Bear lives with his parents, Wendy and Carl Osborne, in Land O’ Lakes.
Barry White snapped this photo of a great blue heron preparing to eat a water snake, in Land O’ Lakes, off Collier Parkway. Great blue herons on the hunt wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as the birds stab with their strong bills.
Penny is a 3-month old red lab. She was born in Pennsylvania, but now happily resides in sunny Florida. Penny enjoys playing with her toys, going for leisurely walks, and eating treats. While still young, she’s already learned commands like ‘sit,’ ‘stay’ and ‘lay down.’ Penny hopes to grow up and someday be a certified therapy dog so she can support students in schools. Penny’s proud owner is Stasi Roop, of Zephyrhills.
Fabio is an 8-year-old Yorkie who loves the outdoors, but is not too fond of our hot days of summer. He loves cooling off in his own pool. Fabio loves chasing squirrels and birds. He’s never far from his momma’s side, and he’s very sweet, lovable and friendly to all he comes in contact with. Fabio lives with his human, Jackie Arendes, in Wesley Chapel.
Zeus, a Maine coon, who weighs about 20 pounds, has been with John Cuevas and Christine Inge for six years. Zeus’ new best friend is Cheeto, a 4-month-old feral cat found living outside at a trailer park. Cheeto at first was very afraid of people and also of Zeus. But Cheeto has acclimated wonderfully and trusts the members of his family. These two feline friends live with their parents in Land O’ Lakes.