MEET COLUMBIA'S PETS: Introduce your animal friend to Columbia

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 2:44 p.m. CST; updated 11:37 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Have dogs, cats, koalas or other pets you love? We want to meet them.

With our Meet Columbia's Pets project, we invite you to introduce your pets to the rest of Columbia — because, of course, your pets are cuter/cooler/weirder than everyone else's, right?

See the pets we've met so far in this Facebook album.

Want to join in? Send us a photo or video along with your name, your pet's name and what you want Columbia to know most about your pet.

Introduce your pet to our readers in these ways:

Here's an example introduction from Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, to get you started.

Engelbert ("Bert") Growlithe Mayer

Bert came to the Mayer family soon after we had lost another dear old dog. A friend found him wandering by I-70, dirty and without tags, and he became ours when we had no luck tracking down his previous owner.

Bert is a Great Pyrenees, and our vet guesses that he’s 3 or 4 years old at this point. He’s small for the breed at about 80 pounds, and he might be the hairiest dog on the planet. He was named by my two sons, after a storybook elephant and a Pokemon.

My husband likes to say that Bert simply is. He’s mellow and affectionate, and he has a way of leaning into people that makes them feel like they’re getting a hug. He’s so naturally sweet that friends often ask, “Is he like this with everyone?” Yes, yes he is.

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