October 14, 2009 12:00 PM



AGE: 11


Miranda’s first encounter with Pearl—when the dog was just a pup at a breeder’s home—played out like a scene from a romance movie. “I immediately ran up to her and she ran up to me—she was so cute,” recalls Miranda. Eleven years later and their love affair is going strong. Despite her hectic schedule, Miranda always makes time for her pal. “After work I’ll ride my bike with her in the basket, and she totally loves it.” Although she’s getting up there in age (they call her Grandma Pearl these days), she’s still “really energetic,” says Miranda, and she’s super-affectionate—except with the family’s cat Midnight. “She’s afraid of my cat, who’s pretty big and could probably beat her up.”

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