Insanely cute pet photos submitted by readers.
Winnie, a yellow Lab, spends most afternoons in day care at Dog Town in Southold. Part of the fun there is the possibility of a pickup ballgame. Winnie is the puppy of Michael Rothman of Southold. (Nov. 15, 2012)
Meet Oreo, a 4-year-old dwarf rabbit that belongs to O'Gorman's daughter, Emily, 11. Emily spotted a pet costume in a Chinatown shop window in Manhattan and purchased it for Oreo. "A very cooperative bunny did not mind trying it on, and it fit him perfectly," O'Gorman says. (Aug. 9, 2012)
Sweetie, a domestic shorthair, "has adopted us and likes to hide in the garden," Trimboli says. "When we go for walks around the neighborhood, he follows us all the way around the block and then back home." Here she captured Sweetie among her backyard violets. (May 31, 2012)
reader photosrainbowgirl101What's a trip to the beach without your favorite accessories? On an outing to Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai, Toby, a 12-year-old golden retriever, sports a sailor hat at a jaunty angle. (July 5, 2012)
Mocha Latte's philosophy in life seems to be "Stop and Smell the Flowers." Kim Taranto, inspired by this seemingly reflective pose of her cat, concludes: "There is always time to experience the sweet things in life." (Aug. 20, 2009)
The camera loves me
reader photosjenniferarmusThis is Cassidy, the Jack Russell terrier of Kendall's friend Cliff Armus. "Cassidy, Cliff and I had been out running around all day and flaked out on the couch together" in Armus' East Northport home, Kendall said. "I think she felt just as exhausted and happy as I did."
Kayla, a golden retriever puppy, sports a fashionable poncho before venturing out in the rain for the first time. (Newsday, Jan. 17, 2013)
Bubbles, a friend's sheepadoodle, was 9 weeks old and ready for her closeup. (Feb. 9, 2012)
Dogus Maximus (Max to his friends) is a miniature Boston terrier suited up in a snug Giants jersey. (Feb. 2, 2012)
So what if their team is finished for the season -- when you're a Jets fan, you're a Jet all the way. Put Crystal, the golden retriever, and Heshe, the cat, in the Gang Green camp. "My husband is a big Jets fan, and we could never bring another team in this house," Doreen DiRico says. (Newsday / Jan. 12, 2012)
Even a furry friend can sometimes use an extra layer. Here Nelson, Deb Henson's papillon, models a new sweater. (Newsday / Dec. 29, 2011)
A 4-month-old bearded collie named Lily holds her favorite toy in a photo taken in October 2008. (Newsday / Dec. 8, 2011)
"Buddy is a 5-year-old shih tzu," Fascilla says. "He gets excited when he goes for a ride." (Newsday, Oct. 13, 2011)
"Kia, our Jack Russell, loves swimming with us on the beach," Donna Orofino says. This picture was taken on Memorial Day weekend at Green's Creek County Park. Kia is "spoiled" and refused to rest in the sand. So Orofino had to head home for the beach chair. Fortunately, it's just up the block. (June 23, 2011)
Juice is a 4-year-old bulldog who belongs to Lella's son Michael. "I took this picture of Juice when he was just waking up," Lella says, explaining why the dog looks less than juiced up. "We are all big Yankee fans, as you can see." (April 7, 2011)
Butkus, top, is Lee Ann DePrima's 6-year-old boxer. "We bred him in October, and the pups were born in December," DePrima said. "We decided to take the pick of the litter, which was Sonny, also pictured. DePrima's brother, Anthony, captured this moment on the car ride home from the breeder's, just after the dogs first met. "It was such a beautiful thing to see them cuddling like that." (March 17, 2011)
Jenna, 9, caught Bocci, her 3-year-old shih tzu, cuddling up on a cool day with her other pet. The bunny is aptly named Snuggles. (Nov. 4, 2010)
Evelyn Hooper Garofalo adopted Frankie in January through the SaveKitty Foundation (savekitty.org). The Queens rescue group brought Frankie for a visit and "as soon as he got out of the carrying case and looked at us, he melted our hearts," she said.
Desi Levendis of Kings Park photographed the family "dogmobile" after returning home from a long hike and play time at the dog park at Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown. From left, bullmastiff Tootsie, Siberian huskies Niki and Zoe and bullmastiff Ajax. (May 1, 2008)
Melanie Cohen of Port Jefferson says her Yorkie, Winston Puppers Churchill, is determined to succeed in all he does - including Frisbee retrieval. (May 8, 2008)
Boarding at the Crawford Animal Hospital in Lynbrook, 9-month-old Pokey, "after reading the classifieds, rolled on her back to take it all in. She is a sweet cat who loves attention," notes Andrea Baum. (Aug. 14, 2008)
Penny Proffe of Smithtown took her German shepherd pup, Sam, to a local horse show, where he disappeared, until she discovered he was cooling himself off in bucket of water. (July 24, 2008)
Destiny Faith, an 8-week-old Chihuahua pup, is comfortable as can be in a margarita glass. (April 2, 2009)
Lady the family cat curls up and imitates an artful statue, and Dennis Bowman can't resist telling his wife. Laura Bowman captured the moment. (May 7, 2009)
On the occasion of his first birthday in May 2009, Gryffin, a Belgian Tervuren in Amityville, shares a touching moment with Cindy Loo, a 4-year-old Holland Lop. Cindy, the smallest and feistiest of the family?s three rabbits, ?is the only one Gryffin has a thing for,? says Deborah Wimberger. The feeling apparently is mutual. (March 4, 2010)
Oscar the beagle takes care of his "puppy" who's really a kitten, Ziggy. Suzanne Fiori of Rocky Point said they adopted Ziggy at 3 weeks of age and bottle fed her until she could take regular kitten food. In the meantime, Oscar had adopted Ziggy, snuggling and playing with the young cat. (Dec. 10, 2009)
This portrait by Donna Sepe of East Islip, captures the spirit of a dogs' play date at a beach in Bellport Village: Grady, her 4-year-old Labrador retriever, enjoys the company of daughter Payton on the right and the dogs' two friends Divot and Tivo.
Comedy goes whole hog with this friendly pig, seen during a children's show at White Post Farm in Melville. "I went with my soon-to-be 5-year-old granddaughter Gabriella, my daughter, son-in-law, and my husband," says Heather Pierpoint, who captured, and shares, the moment. (Oct. 25, 2009)