Pets who rule the roost

Diary of a dangerous dog owner

SHILO FLAVELL

Rottweilers are generalised as vicious and aggressive dogs, but one has changed Shilo Flavell's life.

Dog gets more mail than me

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DANI KELLY

Dani Kelly's dog, Digby van Winkle, is a celebrity superstar with an attitude, but you can't help but love him.

Blacky the wheelchair cat

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LOUISE HOPKINS

Louise Hopkins's cat Blacky is a testament to how with a little love, animals can survive against the odds.

He loves his chair - to pieces

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When Rachel Hewett's dog gets bored, he takes out his frustrations on his favourite chair.

Injury no setback for Richie

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RAEWYN HOLLINSHEAD

Like his namesake, Raewyn Hollinshead's dog, Richie McCaw, doesn't let an injury get him down.

I can't get him put down

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Dudley has racked up thousands of dollars worth of vet bills, but Georgie Hanafin just can't justify euthanising him.

My dog hates the internet

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Ronald Scheckelhoff's dog has a pet peeve. He hates it when his owner is too busy on the computer to pay attention to him.

Can't keep a good dog down

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KELLY LAWRENCE

Jet, the three-legged dog, has nearly been called to the giant bone in the sky a few times, but he always pulls through, writes Kelly Lawrence.

Misty's first Christmas havoc

Misty

Misty is a dear old girl who gets up to a lot of mischief.

Pets who rule: The neighbourhood king

Spike

Spike not only ruled the roost, he ruled the whole street.

This cat's no basket case

HAYLEY MCMATH

This reader found a novel way to keep her flatmate's bad mannered kitten away when they were having dinner.

The three purring dictators

CHRYSTA OWEN

Chrysta Owen faces a three-pronged furball attack in the morning from her cats.

Smokey a lifelong pal

JOURDAN TURNER

Smokey the playstation-playing cat was a constant companion for Jourdan Turner.

Caught red-pawed on camera

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LISA DU FALL

Serial homewrecker Moochie gets caught in the act of reorganising the family bookcase.

Chickens come inside to roost

Penny the chicken

KELLY O'DONNELL-GRIFFIN

Kelly O'Donnell-Griffin has so many stories about her pets that she doesn't quite know where to start.

Dad's strict, but Mum's a softie

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LAURA HOWARD

Laura Howard's dog knows she's a softie, but also knows not to mess with the man of the house.

A life well lived

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JAN BURTON

Smart and yet not so smart, Charlie the cat had an amazing life, which Jan Burton loves to remember.

No sleep-ins in our house

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MIKE KERRISK

There's no need for an alarm clock at Mike Kerrisk's house, his dog Lewie will let him know when it's time to get up.

Amarula rules by the iron paw

Princess Amarula

It has come to my attention that one of my humans has been telling lies about who rules the house, meows Princess Amarula.

One rules, the other cuddles

Cats

One fur baby was never going to be enough, but the lives of Hollie and Simba couldn't be more opposite.

He's not fat, he's fluffy

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LIZA HANCY

When Liza Hancy's cat Sooty got an automatic feeder, he devoured a week's worth of food in one sitting.

Stammy loves a good work-out

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NICHOLA BRYDON

Eight-month-old Stammy loves to help his owner, Nichola Brydon, with everything from housework to work-outs.

Cat door? No, you let me in

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JULIANA BELCH

Loralie doesn't see the point of the cat door when she knows her owner, Juliana Belch, can let her in.

Tabitha, the well-travelled tabby

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EWEN SPARK

Tabitha has travelled and cost more than most cats do during their nine lives, writes Ewen Spark.

Fowl screeching clips wings

Guinea fowl

PATRICIA REESBY

Remember the ugly duckling? Patricia Reesby knew a guinea fowl who also struggled to become part of the flock.

Feeding time at the home zoo

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KIRI GEORGE

When Kiri George arrives home from work, she's greeted by cats, chooks, guinea pigs, a dog, and a lamb that doesn't realise it's a sheep.

Keeping to the routine

Mottle the cat

MIKE KING

Mottle is a fun loving and affectionate little lady with her own daily routine, writes Mike King.

Royal treatment works

Lilly

SARAH EVANS

Sarah Evans' cat Lilly likes nothing more than seeing the world from her shoulder - all the time.

King Carlos reigns

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LYDIA PICKERSGILL

Carlos is a beautiful, gentle boy who has stolen owner Lydia Pickersgill's heart completely.

A dose of Siamese madness

Siamese Jennifer

LUCAS LORMANS

Lucas Lormans' Siamese cat Jennifer doesn't like being ignored and will leap on your shoulder if you are not careful.

Enemies in the house of fluff

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JADE BENFELL

Jade Benfell's two cats are far from being the best of friends, but she thinks deep, deep down they like each other.

Malachai is one very cool cat

OPEN SEASON: Malachai loves helping himself.

NICHOLA SMITH

Nichola Smith has never met a cat like Malachai, whose cool charm sets her pulse racing.

Harley's big welcome purrfect

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ANDI COSSAR

Harley the cat gives his owner one hell of a welcome home at the end of a long day.

Sambuca has them under paw

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HELENA SHARPLES

Helena Sharples' cat, Sambuca, has all the humans in the house eating out of his paw.

007 came in from the cold

007 the cat

JANICE CALDWELL

You just can't ignore 007 - he won't let you. Meet the cat who likes to go on the attack.

Pets who rule the roost: Couch surfer

LAID LOW: Kennel cough takes its toll.

STACEY ANDERSEN

Stacey Andersen's pitbull got the best treatment when a case of kennel cough took its toll.

Outnumbered in their kennel

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MARGIE DELANEY

Margie Delaney's house is more like a dog kennel but she wouldn't have it any other way.

Old and cold, but full of love

Dog

Couch-friendly Connor may not have quite the bounce he once did, but he is still lab hungry and staffi staunch.

Puffin and Panda purring with punch

Puffin

Puffin's quirky with a penchance for bags while Panda thunders around, not afraid to draw blood.

Wolfie knows when the fits are coming

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MARY MELVILLE

Wolfie the dog has epilepsy and finds one of his owners when he is about to have a fit.

A cute little monster

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LAURA BLACKMAN

Laura Blackman's puppy Ivy is a 'little monster', but she still loves her to death.

'Special' dog has special needs

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JANENNE BLACKLER

Janenne Blackler's dog has canine epilepsy, which means he deserves lots of extra attention.

All bow to Queen Harriet

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HANNAH-KATE CURD

Hannah-Kate Curd has dubbed her cat Queen Harriet, and all should bow in front of her.

Mossi Marauder, Tylo the Timid

Mossi and Tyler

Anna Johnstone talks about her two cats, who are as different in colour as they are in personality.

Two labs that know who's boss

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JULIA BYRNE

Julia's Byrne's two black labradors rule the house - but only to a point. She says she is the boss.

A trio of trouble

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LISA SAYWELL

Lisa Saywell finds it a daily battle not to let her three dogs, including a great dane rule the roost.

Franklin's a laugh a minute

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AMANDA TRITSCHLER

Franklin's quirky character makes all the pureed offal and grooming-provoked injuries worthwhile for his owner, Amanda Tritschler.

Wolf is leader of the pack

WHERE'S MY DINNER? Wolf commands.

JOEL SMITH

Our 11-month-old Elkhound called Wolf runs our house. How could you say no to that face?

Puppy love is hard work

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Raising a puppy is hard work, they're like a baby but on speed with sharp teeth and no nappies, writes Angela Dixon.

The best three-legged friend

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YVETTE O'SHAUGHNESSY

Gorgeous George never let having only three legs set him back, but age and the first Christchurch quake had a terrible impact.

Marmite the constant in life

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REBECCA TERRY

Rebecca Terry's cat Marmite stood by her through many moves and her husband's deployments to Afghanistan. Now he is gone.

Rusty, I'm still crying now

Staffy

ARCHIE MURPHY

An initially unwanted addition to the household proves his worth and remains greatly missed.

Rosie hangs by skin of her teeth

Rosie the dog

JAN HONNAN

Jan Honnan is doing all she can to help her best mate stay healthy as disease threatens.

Mac attacks life after illness

Fox terrier Mac

ASHLEIGH FECHNEY

Mac the fox terrier has bounced back from a life-threatening illness with a vengeance.

Cats rule our house

Napoleon the cat

TINA ROYS

Tina Roys' many cats each have their own unique way of keeping her awake at night.

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