Spring has sprung. The sun is out, temperatures are on the rise and it’s time to get out and play.
At Doing More Today, we’re celebrating the season with another edition of our popular feature, Good Pets. From Florida to Illinois, North Carolina to Texas, our readers have sent wonderful photos of pets enjoying the season.
Frankly, there’s no better cure for the wintertime blues. So, take a few minutes and swipe through these smile-inducing images. You’ll be glad you did.
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Pet: Pepper / Human: Jo Jo Bai / Atlanta, Georgia/ Would you believe this Shih Tzu is 15? Pepper still looks like a pup during this spring run in the park.
Pet: Rudy / Human: Carol Bonham / Trussville, Alabama / This adorable Peekapoo loves hanging with the cool kids while wearing the coolest accessories.
Pet: Yoda / Human: Lorraine Zimmerman / Gainesville, Georgia / A 9-year-old long-haired Chihuahua/Dachshund/Papillon mix, Yoda looks out the backdoor dreaming of lizards he wants to capture.
Pet: Porkchop / Human: Dane Baruk / Mt. Holly, N.C. / This 6-month-old was found abandoned in a ditch in December. Now she’s one of the family and enjoys vacation trips to the Outer Banks.
Pet: Zoeey and Sophie / Human: Sharon Simpson / Orlando, Florida / These best buds enjoy a sunny day outdoors at doggie daycare.
Pet: Winston / Human: Amy Roberts / Alabaster, Alabama / A 6-year-old Basset Hound, Winston loves spending the day at the park.
Pet: Ranger / Human: Elizabeth Lance / Nashville, Tennessee / An 8-year-old West Highland White Terrier, Ranger loves to chill in the afternoon in the backyard.
Pet: Quavo and Sully / Human: Bret Pippen / Mountain Brook, Alabama / Quavo, a Pit Bull mix, and Sully, a Corgi, protect the home office like Secret Service agents. Here, they are scanning the yard for cats looking to make mischief.
Pet: Trixxy / Human: Lisa Beck / Cape Coral, Florida / There’s a lot of personality packed in this 4-pound Chihuahua. Now, 16, Trixxy loves basking in the sun.
Pet: Santa’s Little Helper / Human: Elizabeth Koestler/ Hoover, Alabama / An Italian Greyhound, 1-year-old Santa’s Little Helper loves a trip to the East Tennessee mountains.
Pet: Reno / Human: Peter Huang / Birmingham, Alabama / A Keeshound, 1-year-old Reno enjoys his daily 3-mile walk on the Lakeshore Trails.
Pet: Honey / Human: Randy Morris / Birmingham, Alabama / Honey is a true diva and loves when the bed is freshly made.
Pets: Chloe and India / Human: Joaquin Puello / Orlando, Florida / These ladies live their best lives relaxing on the sofa. While they like getting outside, they prefer hiding under pillows and playing with their favorite toys.
Pet: Chip / Human: Christie Beaupre / Hoover, Alabama / The 9-year-old, long-haired Chihuahua is not a fan of the outdoors but will still accompany his human on a bike ride -- as long as it includes a ride in the basket.
Pet: Charlie / Human: Julie Weaver / Indiana / Charlie loves to go running with his human, although he also likes to stop and smell the roses along the way. But he always catches up with a sprint and a big smile.
Pet: Cash / Human: Lauren Scott / Hoover, Alabama / This adorable Yorkipoo is no stranger to Good Pets. Here, Cash relaxes after a busy day.
Pet: Bess / Human: Madison Terry / Birmingham, Alabama / A short-hair Collie, Bess loves fetch, frisbees, tricks for treats and hikes to Moss Ross and Smith Lake. She also likes to make cameo appearances during work Zoom meetings.
Pet: Athena / Human: Casey Robinson / Jackson, Mississippi / A 3-year-old Beagle, Athena loves sitting on the back patio with the humans after a long evening of her favorite pastime -- fetch.
Pet: Amos Moses / Human: Roger Sullivan / Atlanta, Georgia / "I don't know anything about the shoes. I'm innocent!"
Pet: Albus / Human: Tiffany White / Birmingham, Alabama / Albus enjoys a recent hiking trip to Dunnavant Valley. Not a big fan of water, Albus was bribed with a dog treat.
Pet: Baxter / Human: Kimberly Moore / Memphis, Tennessee / Baxter loves taking walks along the Mississippi River and enjoying time outside in the Memphis river parks. It's a great location for amazing green space and social distancing.
Pets: Harry and Lloyd / Human: Stephen Grelle / St. Louis, Missouri / These 6-month-old Lab/Chihuahua mix puppies, named after the characters in Dumb and Dumber, are already a handful.
Pet: Maggie / Human: Amanda Smoot / Marion, Illinois / Maggie, a 6-year-old Cavapoo, is sweet and snuggly, loves the outdoors -- and other four-legged creatures.
Pet: Maizy / Human: Jenn Reshamwala / Hudson, Florida / Maizy loves to sit at the window and watch everything going on outside.
Pet: Maisy / Human: Dianne Stone / Stockbridge, Georgia / Each month, Maisy teaches a troop of Boy Scouts what to do when lost in the woods.
Pet: Lizzie Kate / Human: Clint Brumit / Nashville, Tennessee / A 1-year-old Goldendoodle, Lizzie Kate has been a big help working from home. She picks up lunch and then helps pick up her little sister from school.
Pet: Lucy / Human: Terri Johnson / Birmingham, Alabama / This 7-year-old Pug loves to go on adventures, like this hike in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Pet: Cody / Human: Hector Sanchez / Miami, Florida / Winter is in the rearview mirror and this Beagle is ready to enjoy the rites of spring.
Pet: Little Bit / Human: Jaime Eddy / Homosassa, Florida / Little Bit is ready to hit the road for the next great springtime adventure.
Pet: Georgia / Human: Janet I. Soto / Jacksonville, Florida / The beautiful (and very loyal) Boykin Spaniel relaxes outside while keeping an eye out for leapin' lizards.
Fynn and Cash / Human: Lauren Scott / Hoover, Alabama / Fynn, an Aussiedoodle, and Cash, a Yorkipoo, relax after a day at the spa.
Pet: Cooper / Human: Masiel Munar / Miami, Florida / This 1-year-old Australian Shepherd arrived at the start of the pandemic and has been a Godsend, helping support his new family though the last year.
Pet: Nugget and Bobby Socks / Human: Jaime Eddy / Homosassa, Florida / After a day spent outside, this dynamic duo is ready to chill for the night.
Pet: Oliver / Human: Hector Sanchez / Miami, Florida / He may be small, but he is strong. See him running to catch spring?
Pet: Mowgli / Human: Kim Bailey / Helena, Alabama / A 5-year-old Shih Tzu, Mowgli loves to get outside and socialize.
Pet: Maya / Human: Rita Geller / Birmingham, Alabama / A Bernedoodle, Maya loves to get outside and hike Ruffner Mountain with her family.
Pet: Peanut / Human: Lisa Colon / Hudson, Florida / This rescue found his new home a year ago, and life just gets better each day.
Pet: Oliver / Human: Anna Kittinger / Birmingham, Alabama / A 1-year-old English Sheepdog, Oliver loves to play fetch, go dock diving and swim with his humans. He’s also loves to cuddle.
Pet: Noodles / Human: Erin Palmer / Pensacola, Florida / A 2-year-old Basset Hound, Noodles loves getting out (after the April rains are over) and romping among the wild flowers.
Pet: Neroe / Human: Nettie Roe / Alabaster, Alabama / This mackerel Tabby showed up in Oct. 2019 and decided to stay. He loves that his human is working from home, -- especially since they’ve reached a desk-sharing compromise.
Pet: Nelly Pepper / Human: Christy Barlow / Birmingham, Alabama / After a visit to the groomer, Nelly is styled for spring.
Pet: Mork and Mindy / Human: Lauren Culpepper / Decatur, Illinois / These lovely dogs were adopted just before Christmas from a local shelter. As you can see, they seem right at home now.
Pet: Max / Human: Patti Makofski / Hoover, Alabama / A 6-month-old part Yorki, Max loves the spring -- especially when there's an opportunity to play catch me if you can.
Wait! You need more? Well, just click on these Good Pets blasts from the past:
Good Pets: ‘Tis the Season
Good Pets: Summertime Fun
Good Pets: Home for the Holidays
Good Pets, Take 2: More Holiday Cheer
Good Pets: Spring Has Sprung