Furry friends (and not so furry) make Pet Day experience for G.T. Norman students

REED CITY — The unmistakable sounds of barking, meowing, bleating and neighing echoed around the front lawn of G.T. Norman Elementary on Friday afternoon, as fourth-graders celebrated Pet Day.

The only sound louder than the animals were the choruses of "ooohs" and "aaahs" from students as they traveled among their classmates' pets — dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, a bearded dragon, a goat, a gecko and a goose.

Parents, grandparents and siblings brought pets to the lawn. While the more exotic pets drew much attention, though small puppies and bunnies were hugged and snuggled throughout.

Pet Day takes place annually at the school, according to Principal DeAnna Goodman.

"It's been around here for at least 15 years," she said. "We had it when I was a teacher here."