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 Chesterfield with a bond between humans and animals that is so special.

Meet a few of them and read about their four-legged friend, Pepper, having a great time at Dream Play Recreation and around the city. We also whipped up a recipe for homemade dog treats so you can spoil your loyal companions.

When’s the last time you had family portraits taken—or action shots of your kids playing sports? We have some great tips for styling the most successful photo session by photographer Jason Schoenig. Cheers to another wonderful month ahead as Chesterfield Lifestyle celebrates community and is inspired by you.

And don’t forget to join publishers Gordon Montgomery and Kelley Lamm-Montgomery each Saturday morning, 10 a.m. to noon on 590-AM The Fan and on your 590 phone app for the “She Said, He Said” show for summertime entertainment. Enjoy meeting local businesses, celebrities, authors and organizations making a difference in the community.