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    1. Find a Friend: Russell the Mix

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      While most of us enjoyed a summer getaway, dogs like Russell have been waiting in kennels for weeks. This 3-year old blonde Labrador/Shepherd/Hound mix hopes for some after-school fun. Adopt Russell (ID 2859988) fully house-trained, vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, …

      Russell, a 3-year-old blonde Labrador/Shepherd/Hound mix hopes for some after-school fun.
    2. Hernando Pet of the Week for Sept. 4

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      Pet of the week | Cricket

      Cricket is a 1- to 2-year-old hound mix who is all smiles. He is great with other dogs and does well with cats, too. Cricket is active and loves to cuddle. He has been neutered, microchipped and is current on his vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Cricket or other dogs …

      Courtesy of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    3. Because of Katrina, better response helps reconnect pets, people.

      Associated Press

      Outside the nearly 2,000 human fatalities from Hurricane Katrina, the disaster displaced or killed hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals at a time when rescues focused on people and pets were left behind.

      Rescuers retrieve dogs from the floods of Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.
    4. On your wedding day, leave the pets to the professionals

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      It is supposed to be a couple's happiest day, when they say their vows and promise to love each other forever. The bride is in white, the groom is perfectly suited and, thanks to the help of two very special wedding planners, the ring bearer is dressed for the occasion, tongue out and tail wagging in excitement for its …

      Ilana Mobley and Kelly Maronpot founded FairyTail Planning, a special event pet sitting service that takes the hassle out of including Fido in your big day.
    5. Hernando Pet of the Week for Aug. 28: Bolt the 3-year-old cat

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      Pet of the week | Bolt

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    6. National Dog Day: Five warm, fuzzy stories we wrote about man's best friend

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      As if you needed another reason to celebrate the existence of your canine companion, today is National Dog Day.

      Rejoice!

      After about a year of socialization and training, puppies like Roofus are returned to Southeastern Guide Dogs in a ceremony that resembles a college graduation. Trainers will then teach the dogs how to guide a visually impaired person. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
    7. Find a Friend: Jameson, the hound

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      Gentle Jameson is named after the rural road where he was found abandoned and emaciated. After a couple of weeks in the care of the county shelter, this young, 22-pound hound is now wagging his tail for what may be the first time. Not surprisingly, plentiful food dishes and quiet friends are currently his favorite …

      Jameson, the hound
    8. Cat videos? Cat people take over real-life events (w/video)

      Human Interest

      What a felicitous night! A legion of exultant fans lay on blankets in the outfield of CHS Field, while thousands more filled the stands, there to participate in one of this region's grand summer pastimes. Not exactly the beloved state fair, but close.

      Christine Keller is the Cheshire Cat at the Internet Cat Video Festival in St. Paul, Minn.
    9. Hernando Pet of the Week for Aug. 21

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      Pet of the week | Lewis

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    10. Find A Friend: Nikki the Cat

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Even Nikki the cat needs a break during the dog days of August. The 5-year-old gray and orange dilute tortoiseshell was adopted from a pet store and given up to the shelter by her currently homeless family. Nikki (ID#28624600) is healthy and highly affectionate, and gets …

      Even Nikki the cat needs a break during the dog days of August. The 5-year old gray and orange Dilute Tortoiseshell was adopted from a pet store and given up to the shelter by her currently homeless family. Nikki (ID#28624600) is healthy, highly affectionate and gets along great with others. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and licensed for just $20 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.