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    1. Nurse's dog may inspire Ebola protocols

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      Bentley, the dog owned by Ebola-stricken Texas nurse Nina Pham, is apparently thriving under quarantine — being fed, cared for and played with by Dallas workers in full protective gear.

      Bentley being taken last week from nurse Nina Pham’s Dallas apartment.
    2. Time is short, but Zeke the Labrador lives to keep his owner alive

      Human Interest

      ST. PETERSBURG

      The first time it happened, Gerald Rittinger was driving to buy his gravestone. His diabetes was getting worse. Doctors had just diagnosed him with prostate cancer. They gave him six months. Gerald's wife, Jeanne, was in the passenger seat of their Lincoln that day. Their puppy, Zeke, was supposed …

      Zeke, 13-year-old Labrador retriever, spends time with his owner, Gerald Rittinger, 74, at home in St. Petersburg in early October. Zeke has notified neighbors and Rittinger’s wife, Jeanne, numerous times when Gerald has had diabetic episodes of low blood sugar and his second stroke. “He knows when things are not right with Gerald,” Jeanne Rittinger said. Gerald Rittinger has been a diabetic since he was 39. 
    3. Jail inmates lend a hand at Pasco County animal shelter (w/video)

      Public Safety

      LAND O'LAKES

      The inmates who clean the cages at the animal shelter wear black galoshes, for obvious reasons. They don't work up front, in the cozy reception area. They show up early, herded by a man with a gun, and get to work behind a door that reads "Don't enter."

      Pasco County Jail inmates Justin Delehanty, left, and Randy Niven clean kennels Tuesday at Pasco County Animal Services.
    4. Find a friend: Chief the Catahoula leopard hound mix

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Once upon a time, Chief was a scared stray with a too-large head atop a bony body. Thanks to a foster family for the county's pet resource center, the gentle giant is now a healthy, affectionate comedian. With one blue eye and one brown, Chief entertains himself and others …

      Once upon a time, Chief was a scared stray with a too-large head atop a boney body. Thanks to a foster family for the countyÕs pet resource center, the gentle giantÕs is a healthy, affectionate comedian. With one blue eye (and one brown), Chief entertains himself and others with an endless and innocent fascination. Take him this Catahoula Leopard Hound mix (ID#23606611) home fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more at a special price during October Adopt-a-Dog Month. Contact the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road. For more information, go to HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
    5. Find a friend: Freddy the Welsh corgi mix

      Pets

      Freddy is among the many animals waiting for a forever family during Adopt-a-Dog Month. The 2-year-old, 38-pound Welsh corgi mix enjoys sitting up on stubby little legs to beg for a treat. Though he may get nervous in the noisy kennel, he warms up during quiet visitation. Adopt Freddy (ID No. 23762802) neutered, …

    6. Meet Lazarus, the dog who wouldn't die (w/video)

      Animal control officer Wanda Snell knows what she saw: A veterinarian inserted a needle into the black-and-brown mutt and injected a chemical meant to euthanize the dog no one had adopted. The animal moved a bit and was still and quiet by the time she left the shelter for home.

      AP photos
    7. Take the bite out of barking before it becomes a problem

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      LOS ANGELES — Many neighborhood feuds in the United States are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored, scared or anxious, so they shouldn't be blamed for fights that involve their masters.

    8. Find A Friend: Molly the dog

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Smiling Molly melts hearts all over town. This 50-pound 4-year-old has developed a reputation for performing spontaneous acts of love and providing entertainment and therapy, turning strangers into friends. October is National Adopt-Dog Month. Molly (ID No. 22957754) can be …

      Smiling Molly melts hearts all over town. This 4-year old, 50-pound lovebug from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center has developed a reputation for performing spontaneous acts of love, entertainment, and therapy that turn complete strangers into best friends. Molly demonstrates what October National Adopt-Dog Month is all about. Adopt her (ID22957754) fully spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and more at the Pet Resource Center on Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa, open daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. with another big "First Saturday Celebration" bash on Oct. 4. Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.
    9. Find a friend: Ivy the cat

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      St. Francis Rescue

      Ivy was a young mom struggling to care for her babies when she was rescued in the parking lot of a doughnut shop. Her kittens (Glazed, Jelly, Cake and Crueller) have since been adopted, and Ivy now hopes to kick off the fall season in a forever home of her own. Ivy is short-haired but loves to …

      Ivy was a teenage mom struggling to care for her babies when rescued in the parking lot of a doughnut shop. Her kittens (Glazed, Jelly, Cake & Crueller) have since been adopted, and Ivy now hopes to kick off the fall season in a forever home of her own (bakery items not required). Ivy is short-haired but loves being brushed. She gets along fine with kids, dogs, and other cats. To adopt this affectionate year and half old kitty fully spayed, vaccinated, and more, visit StFrancisRescue.org or call (813) 830-7251.
    10. Sit! Stay! Listen! Pet Life Radio is on

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