Linus, of Lucy and Linus

Lucy the calico cat gets a brushing every morning, but not in the traditional sense. She jumps up onto a vanity and owner Les Stellman holds a hairbrush while she rubs up against it and purrs--a tradition that started by accident one day. "It is a daily thing," says Judy Stellman. "It's her hairbrush!" Lucy and her brother, Linus, were adopted from the Maryland SPCA by the Stellmans four years ago and have lived pretty large ever since. "They were in the cage together and I just could not bring myself to separate them because they were so darn cute," says Judy. "I thought two could be company for each other. I picked them because they were only three months old and they were adorable." These days, they enjoy regular belly rubs on the couch and chasing each other around the Stellmans' Baltimore home. They both love cat treats and we do not give them people food," says Judy. Linus has learned to sit like a dog for his treats, which he receives sparingly--he's a little overweight and on a diet. "We have to make sure he doesn't steal his sister's food," says Judy, noting a little sibling rivalry there. "She's too scared of him to chase him away." Linus loves sleeping with his humans (right under the covers with them), and Lucy snoozes around the house at night, but both enjoy time out on the deck watching birds. "They give us lots of love," says Judy. "And they're great company." To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to -Kim Fernandez
Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun
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