Bijou, 9 weeks old at the time this photo was taken in September, belongs to Denny Schillings, of Frankfort. Called a Shichon, a cross between a bichon frise and a Shih Tzu, Bijou's name means "jewel" in French. She was obtained from Animal Rescue Fund in Amelia, Ohio. "We think she looks like one of the Ewok characters from 'Star Wars,' " Schillings said.
Callie is an 8-year-old calico that belongs to Pat Andersen and Leslie Shuster, of Palos Heights.
Sugar and Dixie belong to Patrick Matthias, of Chicago Heights.
Matt, a cockapoo, belongs to Hugh M. Hillebrand, of Calumet Park. The dog was visiting St. Louis Canyon in Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Ill.
Cubby and Ivy belong to Jerry and Nancy Pajkos, of Alsip.
Bentley belongs to Jack and Joyce Rossi, of Chicago's Mount Greenwood community. He was falling asleep when this photo was taken.
Melody the cat and Molly the dog belong to Dan Sweet and Nikki Jasmont, of Chicago's Beverly community. "They are best friends forever," Jasmont said of the two cuties that were hanging out on the couch together, their favorite thing to do, when this photo was taken.