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Who adopted whom?

Pets are part of our everyday lives and part of our families.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb is shown at home snuggling with Mr. Grigio (aka KB).

One cold and wintery New Year’s Eve, our family bundled up, jumped in the car and enthusiastically drove to the Hilton Head Humane Association to adopt our first cat. We were greeted by many cute and beautiful cats of all ages, but a curious black one stood out. It kept sticking its paw through the cage to get our attention. It felt like Mr. Grigio (also known as KB or Kitty Boy) chose us as much as we chose him.

This special fall issue is dedicated to the special connection Lowcountry residents have with their pets and the high quality of life many pets have here.

We identify the top local dog parks, showcase the latest pet technology, review the best pet-related books and highlight local pet charities and rescue organizations.

We go on patrol with our local K-9 unit, spotlight super hero service dogs and hang out with the Salty Dog parrots. Learn about the Hos-Pets program, discover the art of horseshoeing with an equine podiatrist and admire exquisite pet art from local artists and galleries.

Meet some local pet celebrities, learn life-lengthening health tips for your pet and travel to the new Beaufort County Animal Campus for a pet-friendly fashion shoot.

Interested in making your own custom pet treats? We’ve got a few proven recipes from trusted locals that you can follow. Speaking of recipes, we reached out to top local chefs and restaurants for sophisticated holiday recipes you should consider adding to your Turkey Day offerings.

Impress your friends and family with Turkey Roulade with Cranberry Chutney, Butternut Squash and Pear Bisque, or Apricot and Walnut Stuffed Pork Loin.

We also reached out to holiday stylist Nicholas Askew, who showed us how to create the ultimate holiday centerpiece using local plants and materials.

November is also packed with many wonderful festivals and other events. We have all the information you need for the best ones and look ahead at events you should mark on your calendar.

As we transition to cooler weather, we look forward to seeing you with your pets around town. Many restaurants, accommodations, attractions and more welcome your furry friends here. Happy Thanksgiving, from our pack to yours!

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