Bellingham resident Errol Mauler and his pets Nuisance, Sam, and Fluff.

The Pet Show

October 21, 2023 - April 14, 2024

Old City Hall

Errol Mauler, who lived on Wynn Road, had been informed that his house cats could never be trained to do tricks like Sam, his Fox terrier. Undaunted, Errol spent hours teaching Nuisance and Fluff to jump through a hoop, roll over, leap in and out of a box, climb a ladder, and shake hands. In May 1962, the two felines joined Sam to show photographer Jack Carver just how great they were. Errol went on to teach his cat Herbie how to dial a telephone in 1975, an accomplishment that made it into “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” This and other heart-warming images of domestic companions, all from the Whatcom Museum Photo Archives, will appear in a new exhibition, The Pet Show, opening in October on Old City Hall’s first floor.


Now add YOUR pet to the show!

Animals have held an indelible place in our hearts for thousands of years. From symbols of divinity in ancient Egypt to trusted companions today, we take as many pictures of our pets as we do of our human family members and friends. (Probably more!) So let’s see ’em! Send us your favorite pet photo, and we’ll include it as part of our digital display in The Pet Show gallery in Old City Hall. Then stop by and see your photo along with our archival images that, together, highlight the pets of Whatcom County.

Photo Submission Guidelines:

  • 3 MB minimum photo preferred
  • One photo per family/submission
  • Please include Owner name(s) and Pet Name(s) (optional)

Photos will be reviewed and added to the gallery slideshow the beginning of each week and will be ready for viewing during the museum’s regular hours, Wednesday – Sunday.

By submitting a photo, you agree to its use in both the digital gallery slideshow and on the museum’s social media platforms during the run of the exhibition (October 21, 2023 – April 14, 2024). The museum holds discretion on image selection and will not include any image deemed inappropriate. Appropriate images will be retained for posterity in the museum’s photo archives if submitter includes contact address.




The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.