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    1. Retired military dogs' new mission: Sniff out meth

      Nation

      Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the United States combat methamphetamine and other drugs.

      Axel, a German shepherd, spent three years in Afghanistan as a search and narcotics dog. Now back in the United States, he recently found marijuana and cocaine that resulted in three arrests during an Indianapolis police investigation.
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    2. Find a Friend: Sadie

      Pets

      America is the land of second chances. Sadie is proof of that. The seasoned but spiffy 43-pound blond only needed a spirit-lifting dental treatment and a volunteer's tender loving care Now in foster care, shee's as playful as a young pup yet house-trained and obedient. Meet and adopt Sadie, ID No. 27837455, at the July …

      Hillsborough County Pet Resource?Center
    3. Dogs have the nose that knows where delectable truffles are hiding

      News

      The growing appetite for truffles is feeding our demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent fungus prized by chefs and foodies.

      Bill Collins follows his Italian water dog, Rico, while hunting for truffles at Robert Sinskey Vineyards’ truffle orchard in Napa, Calif.
    4. Find a Friend: Cassie, the Retriever mix

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Cassie is a stunning summer pal with a calming pastel palette: a fawn and white short-coat with pale green eyes. Curvy Cassie is a tall, 3-year-old Retriever/hound mix found stray in a rural area. A true country girl, her needs are simple, her kisses are soft and her …

      Cassie the Retriever mix
    5. Hernando Pet of the Week for June 26

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      Humane Society of the Nature Coast

      Pet of the week | Tanner

      Tanner is a 12-year-old Tibetan terrier mix who loves to snuggle. He's sweet, calm and would do well with other calm dogs. Tanner has been neutered, microchipped and is up to date on his vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Tanner …

       Tanner is a 12-year-old Tibetan terrier mix who loves to snuggle. He is sweet and calm, and would do well with other calm dogs. Tanner has been neutered, microchipped, and is up to date on all of his age appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Tanner or other dogs and cats 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.
    6. Hernando Pet of the Week for June 19

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      Pet of the week | Cookie

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    7. Find a Friend: Juda the tortoiseshell cat

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      It's national Adopt-a-Cat Month with specials on all shelter kitties more than a year old — like Juda. This green-eyed, 1-year-old tortoiseshell diva is a diamond in the rough. In fact, Juda has a unique white diamond marking on her chest. Juda's owner gave her up due …

      It's national Adopt-a-Cat Month with specials on all adult shelter kitties a one year and older --- like Juda. This green-eyed, 1-year-old Tortoise Shell diva is a diamond in the rough. In fact, Juda has a unique white diamond marking on her tiny chest. Juda's owner gave her up due to own health issues, but she herself is spry and curious. Adopt Juda, ID#28030961, fully spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and more at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road, open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more information, go to HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
    8. Find a Friend: Libby, the retriever mix

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Libby was found as an injured stray on a stranger's porch. Thrilled to be rescued, the friendly girl followed the animal safety officer right onto the county truck. Weeks later, Libby thought she'd found a good home, only to be rejected by the family chihuahua. Sweet Libby …

       Libby, the retriever mix
    9. Find a Friend: Snickers the Australian cattle dog mix

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Snickers is a four-legged confection named after the world's most popular candy bar. Behold the laser-focus of this medium-sized smartie as she sits on command for treats. An Australian cattle dog mix, she graduated from puppy love to people pleasing, only to be found …

       Snickers, the Australian cattle dog mix
    10. Hernando Pet of the Week for June 5

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      Pet of the week | Peony

      Peony is a multi-colored ball of fluff — yet at full-grown she weighs only 4 pounds. Peony, a 2-year-old domestic medium hair mix, is super sweet but also shy. She would do best in a less active household. Peony has been spayed, microchipped, and is up-to-date …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast