Although brief, my career at the San Francisco Chronicle placed me in many of those situations that make the job of being a newspaper reporter so cool: filing stories just under deadline in the big-city newsroom, driving out on a moment's notice to the scene of an investigation, and then lifting up the police tape after they've left to sneak a peek with other intrepid journalists.

I also interviewed fascinating individuals from all walks of life. But for better or worse, everyone loves to read about animals, whether they're at their cutest or at their most savage. Below is a sampling of articles I wrote about our furry friends, along with one feature about an actual personalthough he and his followers have spent a lot of time on all fours as well ...




Michael V. Peña (2017), michaelvpena@gmail.com