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    1. Pet of the week: Knower, a 3-year-old cat

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      PET OF THE WEEK

      Knower is a 3-year-old male domestic medium-hair and is gentle and affectionate. He knows his name and will come nearly every time he's called. Knower loves people, but doesn't always get along with other cats. He is up to date on all of his age-appropriate vaccinations and has been neutered …

       Knower is a 3-year-old male domestic medium hair who is gentle and affectionate. He knows his name and will come nearly every time when he is called. Knower loves people, but doesnÕt always get along with other cats. He is up-to-date on all his age-appropriate vaccinations, and has been neutered and microchipped. Inquiries about adopting Knower and other cats and dogs can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org.
    2. Rental market shifts toward catering to pet owners

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      More than 70 percent of apartment renters reported owning pets, with cats and dogs the most popular types, according to a survey released last week.

    3. Pet of the week: Snips the shepherd/rottweiler

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      Pet of the week | Snips

      Snips is a 1-year-old shepherd and Rottweiler mix. He is friendly toward humans and enjoys playing with other dogs. Snips is a little shy when he is in a kennel, so prospective families should ask to see him in the yard. Inquiries about adopting Snips or other dogs and cats can be …

    4. Find a friend: Rebel, the 2-year-old hound mix

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      Meet Rebel, whose name belies his easygoing manner. Full grown at 42 pounds, Rebel looks like a mini Rottweiler. This 2-year-old hound mix with caramel accents on a chocolate-colored coat is smart, affectionate, obedient and housebroken. Rebel (ID No. A23326095) is available neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed …

      Meet Rebel, whose name belies his easy-going manner. This deserving pooch has been misunderstood. Full grown at 42 pounds, Rebel looks like a mini-Rottweiler. This 2-year old hound mix with caramel accents on a chocolate colored coat is a sweet companion waiting at the County shelter: smart, affectionate, obedient, housebroken. Adopt him fully neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped, licensed and more from the Hillsborough Pet Resource Center on Falkenburg Rd. www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets, open daily 10 until 7. Rebel is ID#A23326095.
    5. A state-by-state look at where cats and dogs rule

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      We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: It turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    6. Koko the sign language gorilla mourns Robin Williams (w/video)

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      Robin Williams touched people around the world with his sense of humor — people who were shocked and saddened Monday by news of his death.

      But he wasn't only mourned by people.

      Robin Williams meets Koko, a gorilla who communicates in sign language, in 2001 at the Gorilla Foundation offices in northern California. [Gorilla Foundation]
    7. Hernando Pet of the Week for Aug. 8

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      Humane Society of Nature Coast

      Julius is a 1-year-old domestic longhair mix. He is a bit reserved, but will open up once he finds the right person or family. Julius is microchipped and up-to-date on all his age-appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Julius or other cats and dogs can be made at the …

       Julius is a 1-year-old domestic long hair mix cat. He is a bit reserved, but will open up once he finds the right person or family. He is just shy at first, but is full of love. Give him a bit of attention and Julius will come right out of his shell. Julius is microchipped and up-to-date on all his age-appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Julius or other cats and dogs can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley roads, Brooksville. Visiting hours at the shelter is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is run strictly on donations; no government subsidies are provided. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs, $40 for adults cats and $65 for kittens, and cover the costs for all vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping. For information, call (352) 796-2711. Visit the website at humanerescue.org.
    8. Find Some Friends: Bear and Lola

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Bear and Lola are bonded husky-shepherds, a pair of miraculous mixes that survived severe heatstroke and dehydration thanks to the quick action of a Hillsborough County Animal Control officer. She rescued the pals from a tangled, tethered web of cable leashes in a back yard, …

      Bear (left) and Lola (right) are bonded husky/shepherds, a pair of miraculous mixes that survived severe heatstroke and dehydration thanks to the quick action of a Hillsborough County Animal Control Officer. She rescued the pals from a tangled, tethered web of cable-leashes in a backyard, and their owner was charged criminally. Now recovered and grateful, Bear and Lola are ready for a safe and caring home -- together: ID 23146494 and 23146489. Adopt them fully vaccinated, microchipped, housebroken, socialized, spay/neutered and licensed at the Pet Resource Center on Falkenburg Road, open daily 10 to 7. For more information go to HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets
    9. Surprising video: Baby seal joins surfers for ride of his life

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      This baby seal wasn't content simply to watch others surf when he could try it for himself.

    10. Adorable video: Dog walks 30 miles to previous owner's home

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      A black lab that escaped a home in Kansas and walked 30 miles back to her previous owner's home before being returned to an animal shelter has been adopted by a woman who heard her story.