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    1. Find a Friend: Rio the puppy

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      The Summer Olympics may be over, but you can still have Rio. As fans cheered "U-S-A," this adorable but unwanted baby boxer mix was dropped off with a local veterinary technician, determined to brighten his future. Now 3 months old, Rio scores a perfect "10" in categories like house training, health, socialization and …

      Dogma Pet Rescue
    2. Find a Friend: Monet the Cat

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      Monet, the cat, wasn't born in Paris, but he always leaves an "impression." Some find artistic beauty in his eyes while others are mesmerized by the physicality of this 20-pound lap cat. Monet is a connoisseur of comforts with an appreciation for the finer things in life: art, music, dancing birds and good company. The …

      Monet, the cat, wasn’t born in Paris, but he always leaves an “impression.” Some find artistic beauty in his eyes while others are mesmerized by the physicality of this 20-pound lap cat.
    3. Hernando Pet of the Week for Sept. 23

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      Pet of the week | Gus

      Gus is a sweet 2-year-old Chi mix. He likes hanging out with his fellow Chihuahua buddy, Hoss, in the play yard and is even fond of cats. Gus has been neutered, microchipped and is current on his vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Gus or other dogs and cats can be made at …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    4. Find a Friend: Isabella, the Papillon mix

      Find a Friend: Isabella, the Papillon mix

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      This little pirate princess only steals hearts. Isabella is a friendly 1-year-old, 15-pound Papillon mix with a wavy coat. Her ebony ears point up and out with adorable fuzziness. Isabella is housetrained and social, currently living in foster care with three other dogs and a cat. A true explorer, she relishes …

      4 Lucky Dogs Rescue
    5. Find a Friend: Sydney the Boxer mix

      Find a Friend: Sydney the Boxer mix

      Find a Friend: Sydney the Boxer mix

      Find a Friend: Sydney the Boxer mix

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      Sydney had to be rescued from her own back yard, left to fend for herself when her violent owner was taken to jail. Sydney's a smartie now, learning to be a proper lady thanks to socialization and training from Second Chance Boxer Rescue & Friends. The 1-year-old spayed Boxer/American Staffordshire mix is a healthy …

      Second Chance Boxer Rescue
    6. Find a Friend: Jitterbug the Parrot

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      Arrrgh! Parrots — they're not just for pirates anymore — but they do require committed owners. Jitterbug is a 3-year-old Orange Wing Amazon parrot that will live to an average age of 50. Really. 50 years. Since coming into rescue, Jitterbug has learned to perch outside the cage for visits. He's developed a …

    7. Hernando Pet of the Week for Sept. 9

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      PET OF THE WEEK | Brody

      Brody is a 2-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. He's a bundle of energy and enjoys the water, toys and treats. He has been neutered and is current on his age-appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Brody or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    8. The catio: when your indoor cat needs outdoor fun

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      What, cynics may ask, distinguishes a "catio" from a "screened-in porch"?

      A zenlike catio, left, and an outdoor space with a fun enclosure jutting out from an upstairs window both made the 2015 Portland Catio Tour, an annual event.
    9. Good boy! Your dog knows what you're saying, study suggests

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      BERLIN — Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man's best friend really does understand some of what we're saying.

      [Getty Images / iStockphoto]
    10. Find a Friend: Amy the Black Cur mix

      Find a Friend: Amy the Black Cur mix

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      Just 10 months old, Amy was put out on the street to survive on scraps. She soon fell madly in love with the neighborhood boys and followed them everywhere, including dangerous dashes across highways playing Pokémon Go. Fortunately, the kids helped get the sweet hound to safety with 4 Lucky Dogs Pet Rescue of …

      Affectionate Amy is a 33-pound Black Cur mix that loves melting at the feet of her humans and rolling over for belly rubs.