Few things can make us laugh and smile as much. Just look at YouTube, where videos of babies and children and all manner of animals number in the thousands. Maybe because they are so natural and true to themselves. Maybe its their innocence and joie de vivre. Certainly, there’s plenty of slapstick humor to be found. Whatever the reasons, we think you’ll especially enjoy perusing this, our Kids & Pets issue.

In one of our feature stories this month, we shine the light on an organization called Fetch Fido A Flight that takes dogs that might otherwise be euthanized in area animal shelters and flies them to areas where they are more likely to find loving families.

In another, the spotlight is placed on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland County, which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Understanding the natural affinity between animals and children, they use dogs in their social media campaigns, and encourage their “Bigs” to bring along their dogs on visits with their “Littles.”

Other stories include:

–        a popular area veterinarian shares how one can achieve a healthy lifestyle for self and pet, a real win-win scenario

–        a local bank that offers mobile banking technology that parents can use to help their teens learn the basics of personal financial responsibility

–        an orthodontics practice that takes seriously the work of improving the smiles of its patients, ranging in age from 7 years through adult

–        OU’s student-run Food Pantry, which is helping meet the sustenance needs of students, staff and faculty

We think you’ll also read with interest the Our Town column, on the art and aims of photography, featuring Cleveland County Lifestyle’s three contributing photographers.

Of course, those are just some of the highlights. We hope you enjoy our Kids & Pets issue.