Pets 2012: Pets Rule!

Why? Because we adore them. So in praise of the best pals you’ll ever have, we explore the world of dogs, cats, birds and more—from medical advances to cool apps, lovable greeters to a Cover Pet finalist who swims with swans. Plus, our annual Top Vets list.




Our Cover Pet
Bella, the 4-year-old Weimaraner who won our Cover Pet Contest, apparently has let fame go to her head. The first clue is her Twitter page (of course, she has one), where she unabashedly refers to herself as “Weimaraner turned supermodel.’’But we can forgive her inflated ego because of that face.
“She’s so expressive,’’ says Debbie Mamone who, with husband Vince, got Bella as a puppy. “Her feelings come out in her face so you know if she’s in a bad mood or you know if she wants to cuddle.’’
That adorable mug led readers to pick Bella as their favorite. Of course it didn’t hurt that the Mamones, who are both physicians in Lake Mary, also handed out fliers to patients urging them to vote and got that social network thing going as well. The Mamones have three other dogs, but they all bow in obedience to Bella. As in, if Bella wants one of her subject’s toys, she takes it.
“She’s knows that she’s a queen, a diva,’’ Debbie Mamone says. “The house revolves around her. That’s just the way it is.’’
To immerse yourself in all things Bella, go to



First Runner-Up
Jack Russell Terrier - 8 years old


Memorable adventure: Rescued from the middle of a lake by firefighters because he swam out too far with the swans.
Owners: Caryn Reed and Greg Ferraro, Orlando







Second Runner-Up 
English Bulldog
8 years old


Endearing quality: Never forgets anything. Bugs you all day for the bone he saw go in your purse.
Owners: Travis and Audra Hollifield, Orlando



Wire Fox Terrier
2 years old


Social guy: If you enjoy boat rides, chasing things and splashing in the pool, “like” Monty at
Owner: Rick Smith, Deltona







Lynx Point Siamese Mix 
3 years old


Daily habit: Scratching at the bedroom door demanding breakfast.
Owner: April Erb, Orlando


Siberian Husky
3 years old


Favorite things: Kids, pretty girls, naps and taking 6-mile hikes daily.
Owners: Tony and Nancy Orr, Lake Mary







4 years old


Favorite pastime: Watching TV, although he hates shows with horses.
Owner: Courtney Monetti, Winter Park



Basset Hound-Beagle Mix
4 years old


Volunteer work: Registered pet therapist who visits sick children at Florida Hospital.
Owners: Kevin and Sharon McLearn, Orlando








Maine Coon Silver Tabby 
1 ½ years old


That “Sir’’ name: Crosses his paws when at rest, resulting in a very regal look as he surveys his domain.
Owners: Alma Van Der Velde, Stephanie and Conrad Oberweger, Orlando


Miniature Goldendoodle
6 months old


Best Trick: Excels at the "double high five'' where she resembles a flying teddy bear.
Owners: Kim and Jonathan Thornburg, Winter Springs







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