In a lot of ways, animals bring us closer together as people. We bond over animal causes, our shared love for our pets, and the animals we most associate ourselves with—everyone has a favorite. This issue of American Lifestyle magazine explores our fascination with the animal kingdom, with a profile of longtime minor league bat dog, Jake the Diamond Dog, who has been entertaining sportsfans for generations. We also venture south to Florida’s beaches, where the Sea Turtle Conservancy has been working to protect global sea turtle populations through its education programs, research, and hands-on efforts. And, if you’re a fan of animal-centric cartoons, Liz Climo, a former illustrator for the Simpsons, lets us into the world of her humorous drawings.