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Thirteen-year-old Hunter and his 10-year-old sister Breck had been begging their mom for pets for a while. Eventually Mom gave in, but only if they cared for the animals themselves, and, only if the new pets came from the Animal Humane Society. This was a great opportunity for Tracy’s kids to learn responsibility. Hunter and Breck were thrilled and went on the search for the perfect companions. Hunter thought he wanted a parakeet, but found himself drawn to a cockatiel.  Hunter named her Harmony. He’s teaching her how to whistle and she’s starting to catch on. Harmony turned out to be a fun pet and sometimes she’s even a bit mischievous. “The phrase the dog ate my homework is overrated,” Hunter says. “My bird eats my homework, and if we let her walk around she chews up paper on the floor so that there’s nothing left except little scraps.”

On the same day that Hunter picked out Harmony, Breck had her heart set on a teddy bear hamster, but there weren’t any available. It turned out to be a chance for Breck to try something new. Her mom spotted an unusual breed: a Chinese striped dwarf hamster. Breck named her Bijou after a cartoon character that happens to be a little hamster with pigtails. Breck says Bijou has become a great little friend. “I didn’t want to buy from a pet shop. I wanted to get it from the Humane Society no matter what because there are so many animals there that want to get adopted and have a good home,” Breck says.

Photography courtesy of Laurie Schneider Photography. For information on pet portraits visit http://www.lschneider.com/.

Walk for Animals

Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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    (763) 522-4325
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    (763) 412-4969
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    (763) 489-2202
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