LebTown features a different Lebanon County pet each Friday to help us enter the weekend with the best vibes possible.

This week, meet Boris!

Boris is a 1-year-old Russian tortoise.

“Boris loves to have adventures in the backyard,” says owner Tania Gutekunst.

“He likes to get into trouble,” she adds. “He enjoys fresh green beans and dandelions. He likes to have spa days. He loves basking in the sun and taking long naps.”

If you see Boris creeping along in the street — or racing a Lebanon hare — be sure to point him to the nearest dandelion patch!


Looking for a pet? Check out available adoptions at the Humane Society of Lebanon County.

To nominate your pet, email pets@lebtown.com and include:

  • Your name and your pet’s name
  • Pet’s breed if applicable
  • A little about your pet and why they should be “Pet of the Week”
  • And of course—pictures! Feel free to send high-quality attachments or a link to an online storage service.


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Tom has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades. In his spare time, he plays fiddle with the Irish band Fire in the Glen, and he reviews music, books and movies for Rambles.NET. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and has four children: Vinnie, Molly, Annabelle and Wolf.