Doggone it, we love ‘em! Our readers celebrate canine family members


Aaron McElroy with Gotti; Gotti just passed away from cancer early this week.


Alex, Austin and Andrew Flanigan with Maddy.


Amanda Kellermann with Buffy.


Amanda and Michael Kellermann with Maggie.


Amber and Daisy are all smiles at the vet’s office.


Amber with Luke on Snapchat.


Angel Howard


Arianna Vinion with Zoe.


Smiling contest: Ashley Novak with Ace.


Ashlyn Banks holding Tiko and Biggin.


Autumn Allen and Boo.


“You lookin’ at me?” say Ava, Honey and Jax Newton.


Bailey Brown: A smile or a frown?


Ann Paul with Sammi and Toby. Ann passed away last year, and Sammi now resides with Barb Oliver and family (with two dogs and two cats).


Carson snoozes with Athena.


Chad Reynolds and Mia.


Chad Terrell truckin’ with navigator Tuff.


Christopher with Onyx.


Cinnamon Cincinnati appears “stumped.”


The Culwell family with Gracie.


Elizabeth Dotson, meet Leia.


Fenway Stamper, wondering where his Red Sox are.


Happy time with Gabrielle Wedding and Bella.


Gavin and Gaige (and Diesel’s the one not wearing PJ’s).


Sullivan Ross looks up to his big sibling Goliath.


At attention is Hazelnut Grace Miller.


They drive us crazy. They eat up and chew up everything and track mud through the house. We clean up after them and attempt to train them.

We spoil them rotten — yet they try to escape.

But they love us unconditionally. Or at least when we have a treat, a bone, a table scrap, or when we say, “Wanna go bye-bye?!”

They are man’s, and woman’s, and kids’ best friends — our dogs.

As the saying goes, “Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.”

As part of National Dog Week the last full week of September, the News Journal asked our readers to share via Facebook photos of themselves with their four-legged friends/family members. We got a great response, in just three days receiving over 180 photos, plus few heartwarming stories. Thank you!

On this page as well as inside are just a few of those photos of dogs with their humans. Please visit wnewsj.com or our Facebook page to see many more.

Also, on Page 4 you’ll find a special column for dog lovers everywhere.

Many of those who submitted photos pointed out that theirs were rescue dogs.

To adopt a rescue dog or cat — or to volunteer or contribute — check out:

• Clinton County Humane Society at ClintonCoHumaneSociety.org or 937-383-0703. The shelter is at 1760 Fife Ave., Wilmington.

• Wilmington Area Humane Society at adoptapet.com/wahs or 877-802-1633. They have Adoption Day the third Sunday of every month 1-3 p.m. at 5312 US Hwy 68 North, Wilmington.

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Aaron McElroy with Gotti; Gotti just passed away from cancer early this week.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Aaron-McElroy-and-Gotti-who-just-died-of-cancer-this-week.jpgAaron McElroy with Gotti; Gotti just passed away from cancer early this week.

Alex, Austin and Andrew Flanigan with Maddy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Alex-Austin-Andrew-Flanigan-and-Maddy.jpgAlex, Austin and Andrew Flanigan with Maddy.

Amanda Kellermann with Buffy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Amanda-Kellermann-and-Buffy.jpgAmanda Kellermann with Buffy.

Amanda and Michael Kellermann with Maggie.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Amanda-Michael-Kellermann-and-Maggie.jpgAmanda and Michael Kellermann with Maggie.

Amber and Daisy are all smiles at the vet’s office.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Amber-Michelle-and-Daisy-at-the-vet.jpgAmber and Daisy are all smiles at the vet’s office.

Amber with Luke on Snapchat.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Amber-Michelle-and-Luke-on-snapchat.jpgAmber with Luke on Snapchat.

Angel Howard
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Angel-Howard.jpgAngel Howard

Arianna Vinion with Zoe.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Arianna-Vinion-and-Zoe.jpgArianna Vinion with Zoe.

Smiling contest: Ashley Novak with Ace.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ashley-Novak-and-Ace.jpgSmiling contest: Ashley Novak with Ace.

Ashlyn Banks holding Tiko and Biggin.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ashlynn-Banks-Tiko-and-Biggin.jpgAshlyn Banks holding Tiko and Biggin.

Autumn Allen and Boo.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Autumn-and-Boo.jpgAutumn Allen and Boo.

“You lookin’ at me?” say Ava, Honey and Jax Newton.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ava-Honey-Jax-Newton.jpg“You lookin’ at me?” say Ava, Honey and Jax Newton.

Bailey Brown: A smile or a frown?
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Bailey-Brown.jpgBailey Brown: A smile or a frown?

Ann Paul with Sammi and Toby. Ann passed away last year, and Sammi now resides with Barb Oliver and family (with two dogs and two cats).
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Barb-Oliver-with-Sammi-and-Toby.jpgAnn Paul with Sammi and Toby. Ann passed away last year, and Sammi now resides with Barb Oliver and family (with two dogs and two cats).

Carson snoozes with Athena.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Carson-Byrd-and-Athena.jpgCarson snoozes with Athena.

Chad Reynolds and Mia.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Chad-Reynolds-and-Mia.jpgChad Reynolds and Mia.

Chad Terrell truckin’ with navigator Tuff.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Chad-Terrell-and-Tuff.jpgChad Terrell truckin’ with navigator Tuff.

Christopher with Onyx.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Christopher-with-Onyx.jpgChristopher with Onyx.

Cinnamon Cincinnati appears “stumped.”
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Cinnamon-Cincinnati.jpgCinnamon Cincinnati appears “stumped.”

The Culwell family with Gracie.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Culwells-with-Gracie.jpgThe Culwell family with Gracie.

Elizabeth Dotson, meet Leia.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Elizabeth-Dotson-and-Leia.jpgElizabeth Dotson, meet Leia.

Fenway Stamper, wondering where his Red Sox are.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Fenway-Stamper.jpgFenway Stamper, wondering where his Red Sox are.

Happy time with Gabrielle Wedding and Bella.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Gabrielle-Wedding-and-Bella.jpgHappy time with Gabrielle Wedding and Bella.

Gavin and Gaige (and Diesel’s the one not wearing PJ’s).
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Gavin-and-Gaige-Leasher-with-Diesel.jpgGavin and Gaige (and Diesel’s the one not wearing PJ’s).

Sullivan Ross looks up to his big sibling Goliath.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Goliath-and-Sullivan-Ross.jpgSullivan Ross looks up to his big sibling Goliath.

At attention is Hazelnut Grace Miller.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Hazelnut-Grace-Miller.jpgAt attention is Hazelnut Grace Miller.

Holly and Aksel will be ready come winter.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Holly-and-Aksel.jpgHolly and Aksel will be ready come winter.

Janet Schultz in line with Griff, Dorcha and Dex.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Janet-Schultz-and-Griff-Dorcha-Dex.jpgJanet Schultz in line with Griff, Dorcha and Dex.

Jason Thackston relaxes with Bella.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Jason-Thackston-and-Bella.jpgJason Thackston relaxes with Bella.

Jennifer Camp with Callie, just graduated from D&G Paws & Claws’ puppy class.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Jennifer-Camp-and-Callie-DG-puppy-class-grad.jpgJennifer Camp with Callie, just graduated from D&G Paws & Claws’ puppy class.

Jessica and Chloe Davidson.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Jessica-and-Chloe-Davidson.jpgJessica and Chloe Davidson.

Jessica Grimes cruising with Koda.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Jessica-Grimes-and-Koda.jpgJessica Grimes cruising with Koda.

Joseph Watson and Bocephus relax after cheering on the ‘Canes.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Joseph-Watson-and-Bocephus.jpgJoseph Watson and Bocephus relax after cheering on the ‘Canes.

Kari and Adam Burris — who met at a dog park! — share their wedding day with Louie and Gemma.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Kari-and-Adam-Burris-wedding-day-June-with-Louie-and-Gemma.jpgKari and Adam Burris — who met at a dog park! — share their wedding day with Louie and Gemma.

Karmon Waite and Jolene with big grins.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Karmon-Waite-and-Jolene.jpgKarmon Waite and Jolene with big grins.

Kate Parker on her wedding day, shown with her buddy Ryder.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Kate-Parker-and-Ryder-on-wedding-day.jpgKate Parker on her wedding day, shown with her buddy Ryder.

Katie Jones gets a hug in with Lexie before the prom.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Katie-Jones-and-Lexie-ready-for-prom.jpgKatie Jones gets a hug in with Lexie before the prom.

Kayla Sue with little Marley, who crossed the rainbow bridge in February.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Kayla-Sue-and-Marley-who-died-in-Feb.jpgKayla Sue with little Marley, who crossed the rainbow bridge in February.

Kim Knauff and her granddog, Jackson. We’re not sure if Jackson is: a. Sleepy; b. Howling with delight; or, c. Singing “I Will Always Love You.”
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Kim-Knauff-and-granddog-Jackson.jpgKim Knauff and her granddog, Jackson. We’re not sure if Jackson is: a. Sleepy; b. Howling with delight; or, c. Singing “I Will Always Love You.”

Kim Sloan with backseat driver Daisy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_KIm-Sloan-and-Daisy.jpgKim Sloan with backseat driver Daisy.

Smile for the camera, Kwaneah Hall.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Kwaneah-Hall.jpgSmile for the camera, Kwaneah Hall.

Buckeyes’ fans Lance, Brittany and Dominic Storer with Zeke.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Lance-Brittany-Dominic-Storer-and-Zeke.jpgBuckeyes’ fans Lance, Brittany and Dominic Storer with Zeke.

Lance Storer with Zeke, after Zeke just got fixed.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Lance-Storer-and-Zeke-get-fixed.jpgLance Storer with Zeke, after Zeke just got fixed.

Lexi Bowman with Maggie Mae (also being photobombed).
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Lexi-Bowman-and-Maggie-Mae.jpgLexi Bowman with Maggie Mae (also being photobombed).

Mark Knell and Coco
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Mark-Knell-and-Coco.jpgMark Knell and Coco

A member of the Donahue family, Milton Hershey III.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Milton-Hershey-III-Donahue.jpgA member of the Donahue family, Milton Hershey III.

Misty Kimberlin has eyes for Chloe Marie, and vice-versa.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Misty-Kimberlin-and-Chloe-Marie.jpgMisty Kimberlin has eyes for Chloe Marie, and vice-versa.

Monica Flint with also-patriotic Cruiser.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Monica-Flint-and-Cruiser.jpgMonica Flint with also-patriotic Cruiser.

Nikita James with Caliber.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Nikita-James-and-Caliber.jpgNikita James with Caliber.

Pete Sams and Jack, laid-back.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Pete-Sams-and-Jack.jpgPete Sams and Jack, laid-back.

Ranger Smart.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ranger-Smart.jpgRanger Smart.

Rory Robinson before a well-deserved nap.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Rory-Robinson.jpgRory Robinson before a well-deserved nap.

Ruby, Rosie and Harry Pretzinger want to know what you’re lookin’ at!
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ruby-Rosie-Harry-Pretzinger.jpgRuby, Rosie and Harry Pretzinger want to know what you’re lookin’ at!

The Ruddle family with the just-adopted Wilson.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ruddle-family-and-newly-adopted-Wilson.jpgThe Ruddle family with the just-adopted Wilson.

Things are looking up for Ryan Hollingsworth and Nova.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ryan-Hollingsworth-and-Nova.jpgThings are looking up for Ryan Hollingsworth and Nova.

Scarlette Ross and Sullivan the Sausage go shopping.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Scarlette-Ross-and-Sullivan-the-Sausage.jpgScarlette Ross and Sullivan the Sausage go shopping.

Sonic Fox.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Sonic-Fox.jpgSonic Fox.

Sophie Latchford with Maggie.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Sophie-Latchford-and-Maggie.jpgSophie Latchford with Maggie.

Stacey Daniel hears a secret from Holly.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Stacey-Daniel-and-Holly.jpgStacey Daniel hears a secret from Holly.

Stephanie Moreton and lapdog Buck.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Stephanie-Moreton-and-Buck.jpgStephanie Moreton and lapdog Buck.

Summer McBrayer with Roxie and Chloe.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Summer-McBrayer-Roxie-and-Chloe.jpgSummer McBrayer with Roxie and Chloe.

Sydney Bennett with Parker at the fair.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Sydney-Bennett-and-Parker-at-fair.jpgSydney Bennett with Parker at the fair.

Tiffiny Summers with her canine girl Stevie.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Tiffiny-Summers-and-girl-Stevie.jpgTiffiny Summers with her canine girl Stevie.

Zachary King and Charlie show their hatred of selfies.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Zachary-King-and-Charlie.jpgZachary King and Charlie show their hatred of selfies.

Zoie Stanforth and Ace.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Zoie-Stanforth-and-Ace.jpgZoie Stanforth and Ace.

Traci and Carter.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Traci-and-Carter.jpgTraci and Carter.

Angie Bennington and Bella share the same opinion of you.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Angie-Bennington-and-Bella.jpgAngie Bennington and Bella share the same opinion of you.

Ariana and her aptly-named Buddy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Ariana-and-Buddy.jpgAriana and her aptly-named Buddy.

Demi Briggs with Finn, getting a bad rap as a “spoiled dog.”
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Demi-Briggs-and-Finn.jpgDemi Briggs with Finn, getting a bad rap as a “spoiled dog.”

Clover Ann, wedged bed-tween Heather and John Koehler.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Heather-and-John-Koehler-and-Clover-Ann.jpgClover Ann, wedged bed-tween Heather and John Koehler.

Party on with Jenna and Cameron Fields with Buddy and Ollie.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Jenna-and-Cameron-Fields-with-Buddy-and-Ollie.jpgParty on with Jenna and Cameron Fields with Buddy and Ollie.

Kathy Starkey is somewhere under Holly.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Kathy-Starkey-and-Holly.jpgKathy Starkey is somewhere under Holly.

Whittney and Gin are in high cotton.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Whittney-and-Gin.jpgWhittney and Gin are in high cotton.

Trinity with Zoe Ann.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_Trinity-and-Zoe-Ann.jpgTrinity with Zoe Ann.