For many of us, August is a bittersweet turning point in the calendar year. Summer freedom is drawing to a close, and the school bells will be ringing any day now. While the lazy days of sipping cool beverages poolside may be numbered, this month brings a sense of renewal. New routines, new clothes and new school supplies often come to mind in August.

And because we dedicated an issue to both the men and women of our community earlier this year, it would only be right to celebrate some of our cutest residents: kids and pets!

There’s no doubt we have some serious pet lovers in Billings. Meet a few of them (and their four-legged friends), and you’ll find what makes the bond between humans and animals so special. We also whipped up a recipe for homemade dog treats on page XX [national content] so you can spoil your loyal companions.

When’s the last time you had family portraits taken? On page XX [Our Town], we offer some tips for styling the most successful photo session, which will work well for both dogs and kids too.

Cheers to another wonderful month ahead, Billings. We hope to see you around!