Pet Stories: Remembering Favorite Four-Legged Friends

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Photo courtesy Kathleen Heinz
Jessie James, the first horse that Kathleen owned, won a special place in her heart.

Four-legged companions are pretty common to life in the country. Whether calling the barnyard home or living alongside their human counterparts in the house, animals add much in the way of shaping rural life. We recently asked readers to share their favorite pet stories from life out where the pavement ends, and these are the accounts our loyal readers submitted.

We’re happy to share in the joy that favorite pets of the past have given to our country lifestyle, and although it can be painful to say goodbye, the companionship and happiness during times of good health is most often worth the sorrow when we watch them go.

Pet Stories

Playful, Magical Healing Horse
Farewell to My Faithful Friend, Millie
Cocker Spaniel as Loyal as They Come
Favorite Country Cats
How a Beagle Helps a Human
Our Dog Critter
My Best Friends Were Farm Animals
Bond the Border Collie

We Want to Hear Your Story

Have you ever been witness to – or even participated in, either on the receiving end or playing the role of benefactor – an act of good faith, paying it forward, being a Good Samaritan, and/or doing the right thing? We want to hear stories of ordinary people acting in extraordinary ways to help one another or otherwise make a positive difference in the world. Send us your Good Samaritan stories, with a photograph or two (jpeg, at least 300 dpi) if available, and we’ll publish our favorites in a future issue. Email your stories and photos to cregan@grit.com or send them to

Capper’s Farmer Editorial
Attn: Heart of the Home Department
1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609

If you mail your photos and would like them back, please include an appropriate-sized self-addressed stamped envelope for their return.