BELLE

Yari and Cary Wolinsky introduce the Pet Conversations series with a personal story about their "talking" border collie, Belle.

JAKE & LENA

Eighty-six year-old Olga Emmel remembers how two squirrels helped her family endure the Great Depression.

CHICKEN EATER

Sculptor Rick Brown takes his young family and their dog, Pago, to a new home that comes complete with fancy chickens.

THE WALTER CALENDAR

Designer Jon Sachs reveals how his dog Walter inspired a photo calendar and found a loyal audience.

THE SOUND AND THE FURY

Makeup artist Rae Bertellotti, and her husband Robert, admit to having a strange obsession with pugs.

CHICKEN EATER II

Artists Rick and Laura Brown and their dog, Pago, are asked by a professor to look after his home. The guinea hens are to be off limits.

SOME STICKS

Designer Jon Sachs observes the relative importance of each stick to his dog, Walter.

AMOS

A skunk called Amos tends to upstage Deb Malloch's sister in her tale of growing up in Wyoming.

SONG MACHINES

Boston architect Robert Kroin likes the sound of birds in the morning. A wall of canaries keeps the songs rolling through the winter.