THE COASTER asked these Shore-area residents, “What ‘s so special about your dog?” Click on any image to read their replies or to start a slide show:
Stacey & Jada Weeton w/Diamond, Neptune – She’s a little dog, but she’s a toughie, like Napoleon Bonaparte. Small, but tough. But alone, she as sweet as she can be. She’s a great guard dog.
Bayyinah Chandler w/Milo Bently Chandler, Neptune City – Milo has the personality of a human. Milo wakes up at 6:05 every morning. I let him outside and he’s back in 5 minutes. He loves children and won’t eat beef. He’s a 3 year old Yorkee terrier. Any anytime Michael Jackson comes on, he goes crazy.
Lou Clayton w/Ranger, Asbury Park – He’s an Australian Cattle dog. They corral cattle. He herds them together. He likes to go jogging. He’s 2 1/2 years old. He’s a very good dog, a good watch dog, too. He loves to go swimming in the ocean. That’s his favorite thing.
Rodney Collazo w/Tyana and Chase, Asbury Park – He’s the most loving and obedient thing that we know, animal or person.
Marty Devito & Toni Newton, w/Biscuit & Luigi, Wall – Biscuit loves her brother, which is Luigi – the cat. And Luigi plays fetch. He’ll bring back the ball.
Jayonna Ewart w/ Prince, Asbury Park – He’s a 7 month old chihuahua. He does a lot of tricks. He jumps up and down. He likes to play a lot.
Bill & Sean Fitzgerald w/Ginger, Wall – She’s part of the family. It’s our first dog. We’ve had her 6 weeks now. She’s golden retriever mix. She’s a rescue from Wall. She’s very happy dog. A little too trusting. Very good temperament.
Dana Fritz w/Dobbs, Shark River Hills – He’s my exercise. My nutritionist told me to walk him twice a day. I don’t know if it was to benefit me or the dog. He’s a 7 year old beagle. He’s an excellent companion. He’ll sit on the couch with you all day and share your snacks. And he doesn’t want anything to do with the channel changer.
Alisa Khaitan & Peter Larson w/Donte, Abby & Daisey, Freehold – They’re all rescue mutts. They’re a part of our family. They do tricks. Daisey likes to play on the trampoline with the kids.
Alexia Maurakes w/Ralph & Blue, Asbury Park – They’re both pit bulls. They’re very strong. And even though they look scary, they’re big mushes. They just want to play and meet everybody.
Sue, Sadie & Daniel Moran w/Champ, Neptune – He’s the kid’s first puppy. He’s a six month old black lab. He’s from Vermont.
Lisa Revels w/Foxy, Asbury Park – She’s an original. She does her own thing.
Amber Thrush w/Luna, Neptune – She’s fluffy. The birds make nests out of her fur. They wait until she sheds.
Cory Chandler Watts w/Tom-Tom, Sasha & Jack Sparrow, Asbury Park – They don’t talk back. They’re great companions. They listen better than the kids. – All 3 were from people who couldn’t take care of them anymore. I love animals.