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Names Finn (left) and Meisje (right) Owner WTOP reporter Kate Ryan Ryans father, a TV news reporter, adopted Finn after he reported a story at a local animal shelter with the puppy in his arms. Ryan has followed in her fathers footsteps -- adopting one cat named Minky and another one named Meisje in 2011.
Names: Finn (left) and Meisje (right)

Owner: WTOP reporter Kate Ryan

Ryan's father, a TV news reporter, adopted Finn after he reported a story at a local animal shelter with the puppy in his arms. Ryan has followed in her father's footsteps -- adopting one cat named Minky and another one named Meisje in 2011.
Age 8 years old Breed Shepherdlab mix Owner WTOP anchor Debbie Feinstein Hes a mamas boy, Feinstein says. He follows me around the house and cries when he cant see me.
Age: 8 years old

Breed: Shepherd/lab mix

Owner: WTOP anchor Debbie Feinstein

"He's a mama's boy," Feinstein says. "He follows me around the house and cries when he can't see me."
Age 10 Owner WTOP traffic reporter Tim Bracken Bracken found Birdman and his brother Kikkoman when they were several weeks old. They had been dumped on the side of the road near where I lived in northern Virginia at the time, Bracken says. He refuses to go to sleep at night unless I am hugging him.
Age: 10

Owner: WTOP traffic reporter Tim Bracken

Bracken found Birdman and his brother Kikkoman when they were several weeks old.

"They had been dumped on the side of the road near where I lived in northern Virginia at the time," Bracken says. "He refuses to go to sleep at night unless I am hugging him."
Age 13 years old Owner WTOP reporter Kristi King Dexter is named after former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley.
Age: 13 years old

Owner: WTOP reporter Kristi King

Dexter is named after former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley.
Age 12 Owner WTOP reporter Randi Martin
Age: 12

Owner: WTOP reporter Randi Martin
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Breeds Bearded Collie mix, Golden Retriever and Quaker Parrot Owner WTOP Living editor Stephanie Steinberg My family rescued Oreo, the Bearded Collie, after a farmer in West Virginia found her stealing chickens because she was trying to feed puppies she had with her, Steinberg says. Baxter is a typical goofy and loving Golden who is king of his chair. As for Picasso, his squawking can be rather annoying, but he makes up for it with renditions of Go Blue

Breeds: Bearded Collie mix, Golden Retriever and Quaker Parrot

Owner: WTOP Living editor Stephanie Steinberg

"My family rescued Oreo, the Bearded Collie, after a farmer in West Virginia found her stealing chickens because she was trying to feed puppies she had with her," Steinberg says. "Baxter is a typical goofy and loving Golden who is king of his chair. As for Picasso, his squawking can be rather annoying, but he makes up for it with renditions of 'Go Blue!'"
Age Six Owner WTOP reporter David Burd
Age: Six

Owner: WTOP reporter David Burd
Age 1.5 years old Breed Coton de Tulear Owmer WTOP traffic Finn Neilsen Its safe to say he is more loved in my house than me, Neilsen says. He has a great personality. He loves to ride in the car, play catch with anything you or he can find and take over the bed if you give him a chance
Age: 1.5 years old

Breed: Coton de Tulear

Owmer: WTOP traffic Finn Neilsen

"It's safe to say he is more loved in my house than me!," Neilsen says. "He has a great personality. He loves to ride in the car, play catch with anything you or he can find and take over the bed if you give him a chance!"
Age 4 years old Owner WTOPs Tommy Griffiths Teddy, dressed in his bad weather slicker, is from the Virginia Beach SPCA. He does not walk softly, but he can carry a big stick, ball, chew toy or anything else you can throw, Griffiths says.
Age: 4 years old

Owner: WTOP's Tommy Griffiths

Teddy, dressed in his "bad weather slicker," is from the Virginia Beach SPCA.

"He does not walk softly, but he can carry a big stick, ball, chew toy or anything else you can throw," Griffiths says.
Age 9 years old Breed Chow-Shepherd mix Owner WTOP traffic reporter Robert Stallworth If he wasnt a dog, he would be a ham Stallworth says.
Age: 9 years old

Breed: Chow-Shepherd mix

Owner: WTOP traffic reporter Robert Stallworth

"If he wasn't a dog, he would be a ham!" Stallworth says.
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Age 7 years old Owner WTOP reporter Bob Madigan Max is a rescue cat and has to check every cabinet Madigan says.
Age: 7 years old

Owner: WTOP reporter Bob Madigan

Max is a rescue cat and has to check every cabinet!" Madigan says.
Age 4 years old Owner WTOP marketing director Mary Kay Waugh He the worlds most tolerant cat, Waugh says. He lets my 8-year-old daughter hug, squeeze, hold, carry and generally bother him and has never raised a claw
Age: 4 years old

Owner: WTOP marketing director Mary Kay Waugh

"He the worlds most tolerant cat," Waugh says. "He lets my 8-year-old daughter hug, squeeze, hold, carry and generally bother him and has never raised a claw!"
Age 9 years old Breed Shepherd mix Owner WTOP senior technical operator Molly Welton Lucy likes squeaky toys, long walks around the lake and playing with her friends at the dog park. Her favorite foods include steak, cheese and chew sticks. She is also a very serious Ravens fan, Welton says. I found Lucy (really, she found me) about 8 years ago. She was banged up, starving and wandering around an area where there are no homes, Welton says. We believe she was hit by a car and had been on her own for a couple weeks. After a short stint at the shelter, no one claimed her. So I took her home and got her fixed up. Now I have no bed to call my own.
Age: 9 years old

Breed: Shepherd mix

Owner: WTOP senior technical operator Molly Welton
Lucy likes squeaky toys, long walks around the lake and playing with her friends at the dog park. Her favorite foods include steak, cheese and chew sticks. She is also a very serious Ravens fan, Welton says.

"I found Lucy (really, she found me) about 8 years ago. She was banged up, starving and wandering around an area where there are no homes," Welton says. We believe she was hit by a car and had been on her own for a couple weeks. After a short stint at the shelter, no one claimed her. So I took her home and got her fixed up. Now I have no bed to call my own."
Breed Jack is a black lab mix, Charlie is a Shih Tzu Owner WTOP traffic reporter Jim Battagliese Jack and Charlie are best friends, Battagliese says. Charlie is actually my sons dog, who is living with me until my son gets finished with college, and I rescued Jack 7.5 years ago, Battagliese says.
Breed: Jack is a black lab mix, Charlie is a Shih Tzu

Owner: WTOP traffic reporter Jim Battagliese

Jack and Charlie are "best friends," Battagliese says.

"Charlie is actually my son's dog, who is living with me until my son gets finished with college, and I rescued Jack 7.5 years ago," Battagliese says.
Owner WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo Lauries rescue dogs, Maggie and Biscuit, in their holiday finery
Owner: WTOP Program Director Laurie Cantillo

Laurie's rescue dogs, Maggie and Biscuit, in their holiday finery!
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Age 4 years old Breed Mutt Owner WTOP digital editor Rachel Nania Grace is a very spoiled puppy. She likes to sleep in the bed under the covers with her head on my pillow, Nania says. And yes, I allow it -- sometimes.
Age: 4 years old

Breed: Mutt

Owner: WTOP digital editor Rachel Nania

"Grace is a very spoiled puppy. She likes to sleep in the bed under the covers with her head on my pillow," Nania says. "And yes, I allow it -- sometimes."
Owner WTOP reporter Michelle Basch His name is Terror, but he most certainly is not, Basch says. My husband and I just call him Boy.
Owner: WTOP reporter Michelle Basch

"His name is Terror, but he most certainly is not," Basch says. "My husband and I just call him 'Boy.'"
Age 15 years old Breed Coton de Tulear Owner WTOP digital editor and reporter Megan Cloherty Kelsey got back from a walk when she jumped up on the ottoman. I guess the jaunt wore her out because instead of readjusting as her rear end slipped off the back, she just did her best to scoot herself back up -- to no avail, Cloherty says. Sometimes, we think were smaller than we are
Age: 15 years old

Breed: Coton de Tulear
Owner: WTOP digital editor and reporter Megan Cloherty

Kelsey got back from a walk when she jumped up on the ottoman.

"I guess the jaunt wore her out because instead of readjusting as her rear end slipped off the back, she just did her best to scoot herself back up -- to no avail," Cloherty says. "Sometimes, we think we're smaller than we are!"
Age 7 years old Breed Beagle mix Owner WTOP digital editor Amy Hunter We know shes part Beagle because of her howl, and her nose and general stubborn nature, Hunter says. And shes the cutest dog on the planet. Ive verified this last fact.
Age: 7 years old

Breed: Beagle mix

Owner: WTOP digital editor Amy Hunter

"We know she's part Beagle because of her howl, and her nose and general stubborn nature," Hunter says. "And she's the cutest dog on the planet. I've verified this last fact."
Age 6 years old Breed miniature English bulldog Owner WTOP traffic reporter Reada Kessler Izzy is a lot more rambunctious than most Bulldogs, Kessler says. In fact, when she was a pup, the vets office nicknamed her Crizzy -- short for Crazy Izzy But her cuteness stops her from getting into too much trouble
Age: 6 years old

Breed: miniature English bulldog

Owner: WTOP traffic reporter Reada Kessler

"Izzy is a lot more rambunctious than most Bulldogs," Kessler says. "In fact, when she was a pup, the vet's office nicknamed her Crizzy -- short for Crazy Izzy! But her cuteness stops her from getting into too much trouble!"
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Breed The vet says hes part lynx, but if you ask me, hes part lab. Owner WTOP digital editor Lacey Mason Arlo (Guthrie) can get comfortable anywhere. Hes flown in planes several times and traveled with me by car to the West Coast, East Coast and everywhere in between. He didnt even mind using the litter box in the car on the side of a New Mexico interstate (its a long story), Mason says. In this picture, Im trying to work from home, but he has other ideas.
Breed: The vet says he's part lynx, but if you ask me, he's part lab.

Owner: WTOP digital editor Lacey Mason

"Arlo (Guthrie) can get comfortable anywhere. He's flown in planes several times and traveled with me by car to the West Coast, East Coast and everywhere in between. He didn't even mind using the litter box in the car on the side of a New Mexico interstate (it's a long story)," Mason says. "In this picture, I'm trying to work from home, but he has other ideas."
Age 6 years old Breed Belgian Malinois Owner WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato He will lick your face if youre not giving him enough attention, Forzato says. His favorite activity is running through a flock of geese and scaring them way.
Age: 6 years old

Breed: Belgian Malinois

Owner: WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato

"He will lick your face if you're not giving him enough attention," Forzato says. "His favorite activity is running through a flock of geese and scaring them way."
Breeds Oscar is a tuxedo cat, Willie Nelson is a terrier mix Owner WTOP traffic reporter Amy Freedman Willie Nelson was found in Somerset County, Md. and was named by the county sherriffs office. I found him online and fell instantly in love, Freedman says. Willie is lively and extremely sweet. Hes had two eye surgeries, but despite his compromised vision he manages to have a lot of fun and get into all kinds of mischief. Oscar and Willie have a lovehate relationship.

Breeds: Oscar is a tuxedo cat, Willie Nelson is a terrier mix

Owner: WTOP traffic reporter Amy Freedman

Willie Nelson was found in Somerset County, Md. and was named by the county sherriff's office.

"I found him online and fell instantly in love," Freedman says. "Willie is lively and extremely sweet. He's had two eye surgeries, but despite his compromised vision he manages to have a lot of fun and get into all kinds of mischief. Oscar and Willie have a love/hate relationship."
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