This week, we’ve seen how an anxious pup made her way through an airport and were amazed by a dog owner’s DIY tennis ball catapult.
Along with the viral pet videos, we’ve loved seeing our readers’ pets and have been working hard to put together our favorites for our Newsweek Pet of the Week.
Remember, if you have adorable or funny videos or pictures of your pet, follow the instructions at the end of this story to find out how to send them in.
Our Newsweek Pet of the Week is Zeus, an 11-year-old Maltese Yorkie who lives in Pittsburg, Kansas.
“Zeus is the most amazing little gentleman,” owner Terri Kutz told Newsweek. “He is truly a blessing to me, and everyone who meets him loves him. He grew up with two cats and played with them all of the time. He lets our grandchildren chase him and grab his tail. He is just a fantastic addition to our family.”
Zeus loves befriending other animals as well as people and knows lots of tricks.
Along with the basics, he is still picking up new things—like his impressive new whispering skill. “Recently, we taught him to whisper,” said Kutz. “You can teach an old dog new tricks.”
Our first finalist this week is Georgie, a 5-year-old terrier mix who lives in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with owner Jeremy Babineaux.
“Georgie is a lover of life. He loves going on walks and hikes,” Babineaux told Newsweek. “He loves all people and all animals—except for squirrels. He has some kind of vendetta against them. He loves playing tug-of-war with his toys. His favorite toys are his stuffed lamb chops.”
Georgie is happy as long as he’s at his owner’s side and loves to accompany Babineaux when he volunteers at a homeless outreach site, greeting everyone who comes to visit.
“He has the biggest personality packed into a 14-pound body,” said his owner.
The second finalist this week is a Jack Russell terrier and beagle mix, Milo, a shelter dog who has given owner Mike Herring plenty of joy.
After the family lost their Chihuahua, Sammy, in 2020, Herring saw Milo, then named Tater Tot, on TV.
“He’s been with our family ever since,” Herring told Newsweek. While the family wasn’t sure they were ready for another dog, something told him that Milo needed him.
“I listened to Sammy telling me, ‘Thank you for my wonderful life…but…I’m gone…and he needs a family,'” said Herring. “We are so happy that I paid attention to the signs that were being sent to me from Sammy.”
A best friend to the whole family, Milo quickly settled into his home. Herring said he hopes people looking for animal companions will consider their local shelter.
“If you want a love that’s unconditional, start at your local shelter,” he said.
Last but not least is Gracie, 6, a French bulldog. She lives in Seaford, Delaware, with her owner, who told Newsweek: “Her favorite things are zoomies, big balls, noisemaking toys and getting lots of pets and treats from everyone she meets.”
Gracie also loves to sit in weird positions and particularly enjoys snuggling up at night to sleep.
Do you have funny and adorable videos or pictures of your pet you want to share? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with some details about your best friend and they could appear in our Pet of the Week lineup.