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    1. Find a friend: Nala the cattle dog mix

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      Dogma Rescue

      Love redheads? Nala is an affectionate cattle dog mixed with Chinese Shar-Pei. Rescued as a stray, she soon gave birth to six adorable puppies named after Disney characters. The babies found homes, and now it's Nala's turn. Adopt this 40-pound cutie that loves kids and other dogs (no cats please), …

      Love redheads? Nala is an affectionate cattle dog mixed with Chinese shar pei. Rescued as a stray, she soon gave birth to 6 adorable puppies named after Disney characters. The babies found homes, and now it's Nala's turn for her own story book ending. Adopt this 40-pound cutie that loves kids and other dogs (no cats please) - fully spayed, vaccinated, and more. Visit DogmaRescue.org.
    2. Hernando Pet of the Week for March 6

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      Pounce, affectionately called "Sir Pounce-A-Lot," is a fun kitty. He is incredibly playful and would love a family that will exercise him every day. He can be a bit of a bully toward other cats, but he enjoys the company of dogs, so long as they give him some space. Pounce has been neutered, microchipped and is current …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    3. Lawsuit filed against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

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      SAN FRANCISCO — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of the company's dry dog food.

    4. SPCA Tampa Bay buys St. Petersburg building to open veterinary hospital

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      ST. PETERSBURG — Almost exactly two years ago, the SPCA Tampa Bay announced it would open a general practice veterinary clinic designed to provide affordable veterinary care to all Pinellas County pets.

    5. Adopt a cat: Dori the Manx

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      Dori is a 7-year-old female Manx who is always smartly dressed in her shiny tuxedo. She likes to be the center of attention, but she loves to listen the most. Meet Dori at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 522-6566 or visit friendsofstrays.com.

      Caption: Dori the cat is available for adoption at the Friends of Strays shelter in St. Petersburg.
    6. Hernando Pet of the Week for Feb. 13

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      Virgil is a handsome and sweet 11-month-old domestic shorthair mix. He's been neutered, microchipped and is current on his age-appropriate vaccinations. Virgil loves to play and would do best in a home with other cats. Inquiries about adopting Virgil or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature …

       Virgil is a handsome and sweet 11-month-old domestic short-hair mix. He’s been neutered, microchipped, and is current on all his age appropriate vaccinations including rabies. Virgil loves to play and would do best in a home with other cats. Inquiries about adopting Virgil 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.
    7. Find Some Friends: Uncle Fred and Little Ricky the chihuahua mixes

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      LostAngelsAnimalRescue.org

      United they stand. Once abandoned, these young chihuahua mixes learned to rely on each other for strength and hope. Uncle Fred is 13 pounds, a bright leader that enjoys keeping the mischievous, 7-pound Little Ricky in check. The friendly boys are between 1 and 2 years old, extremely …

      United they stand. Once abandoned, these young Chihuahua mixes learned to rely on each other for strength and hope. Uncle Fred is all of 13 pounds, a bright leader that enjoys keeping the mischievous, 7-pound Little Ricky in check. The friendly boys are between 1- and 2-years-old, extremely playful, great with older kids and absolutely bonded to stay together. Adopt them fully vaccinated, neutered, and more plus a first vet visit free. Visit LostAngelsAnimalRescue.org.
    8. Happy? Angry? Your dog can read your face (w/ video)

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      Word to the wise: Don't play poker with your dog. He can read your face like a book. A new study shows that man's best friend is remarkably good at discerning happy expressions from angry ones — even when he's only looking at half of a person's face.

      Buddy is a two-year-old, male Walker Tree hound dog who loves to listen to Elvis Presley while sniffing for treasures. He is a happy-go-lucky boy who will need an active lifestyle. Buddy is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Visit Pet Pal‚€™s adoptable dogs Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    9. Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need (w/gallery)

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      LOS ANGELES — When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top of him and wakes him up to end the flashback.

      Former U.S. Marine Joe Bonfiglio, 24, and his pit bull assistance dog Zen, pose for a photograph on the campus of Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.  Zen has allowed Bonfiglio, 24, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder , to get back to everyday activities. [Associated Press]
    10. Cute dog alert! 10 cool canine photos from our archives

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      If the internet has proven anything, it's that people can't get enough cute and goofy dog photos. Long before the digital age, our Times staff photographers knew this, as evidenced by these 10 great photos.

       A cute puppy.

  [Johnnie Evans | Times]