Always sniffing out a fun topic to write about, our newsroom staff is hot on the trail of this year’s Pets & Their People special section.

There are few topics as endearing to most people as the animals who share their homes. And that’s for good reason.

Pets aren’t like our family, they are our family.

Our pets love us unconditionally, providing us with the emotional support we need at the times we need it the most. Pets are honest — never lying or cheating. They are reliable, trustworthy and true.

That’s what makes Pet & Their People one of our favorite annual special sections that we produce here at The Outlook, Sandy Post and Estacada News.

Within the pages of last year’s section, we had a guest submission from the good people at Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale, telling about the services they provide and how the community can get involved.

We also published some great stories and photos from folks who told us about their furry friends, such as the story of Miss Tabitha the cat, who helped prevent a kitchen fire while her human slept, unaware of the danger.

We also told you about Claudia Stewart, The Gresham Outlook’s and Sandy Post’s very own crazy cat lady, who volunteers to improve the lives of feral cats and to reduce their numbers through spray, neuter and return efforts.

The Pets & Their People supplement also featured a pet look-alike photo contest. We’re doing that again this year, with the prizes — donated by local businesses — valued at more than $750. Last year’s winner was Roger Erickson, who bore an uncanny resemblance to his Lhasa Apso, named Sir Bentley.

OK, we can’t do this without the help of our faithful readers.

Here’s your chance to tell us the stories about your amazing pets — dogs, cats, boa constrictors, weasels or what have you. Did one of these critters save your life? Does your pet have an amazing trick? We want to hear about it. Send us the story and photo of the amazing animal via email.

And please consider entering your photos in the pet look-alike contest. You have nothing to lose by entering.

This year, I’m adding a new section to the supplement, which I’m calling “Tell the Editor Why He’s Wrong About Cats.” Due to endless and pointless debates in our office, my staff knows I would be happy to live in a world free of felines. (I like lions, but they live in Africa — I DON’T). Most of my staff are cat lovers (that’s convenient), but none of them have been able to change my mind. Here’s your chance to expound the virtues of your purring nightmares from hell.

So come on, everybody, start sending in those submissions. Send them to Executive Editor Steve Brown by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or call me at 503-4920-5119. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, May 2.

Executive Editor Steven Brown is owned by two dogs — Jack, a slobbering black Lab, and Zero, a yippy little cocker spaniel.

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