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    1. Find A Friend: Ranger the terrier

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      Dog days of August got you down? Let Ranger share the bright side. This 10-month-old, medium-sized mixed terrier was dumped — literally. But one man's trash is another's treasure. Found starving at 24 pounds, he's now a healthy 42. Ranger is bright, obedient and cheerful with other pets and people. Playful …

      Dog days of August got you down? Let Ranger share the bright side! This 10-month old, medium-sized mixed terrier was dumped -- literally. But one man's trash is another's treasure. Found starving at 24 pounds, he's now a healthy 42. Ranger is bright, obedient, and cheerful with pets and people. Playful outside, calm indoors, a perfect pal. Adopt Ranger fully vaccinated, neutered and more by contacting Friends of Hillsborough County Animals (FoHCAS) at http://friendsofhcas.org.
    2. Hernando pet of the week for August 1

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      Humane Society of the Nature Coast

      Gigi is a lovable 11/2-year-old hound and whippet mix. She is fun loving and never turns down a chance to run and play with her human friends. She also gets along well with other dogs. Gigi has a lot of energy, so she would do well with an active family. Inquiries about adopting …

       Gigi is a lovable 1-1/2-year-old hound and whippet mix pup. She is a fun-loving girl who will never turn down a chance to run and play with her human friends. She also gets along great with other dogs and will play with them any chance she gets. Gigi has a lot of energy, so she would do great with an active family. Inquiries about adopting Gigi 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.
    3. Photos: Unbelievably cute guide dog puppies are born to lead

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      The first time I saw Lacey, I was surprised how petite she was. She radiates joy and personality in her 55-pound English Labrador frame. She is so verbal sometimes she seems to be talking. Her tail is in constant motion, an established threat to glasses set onto the coffee table.

      At 4 weeks, a puppy pops out of a dish holder at Southeastern Guide Dogs. Now, the teeth form, and the little ones start to play. Their eyesight is improved. They start to wean and to eat soft food.
    4. Video: Squealing schnauzer passes out from reunion excitement

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      A pet schnauzer who hadn't seen a woman in two years got so excited he had a fainting spell.

    5. How to care for your pet without breaking the bank

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      Though wagging tails after a long day at work may make pet ownership seem worthwhile, a happy pup won't stop those bills from rolling in at the end of the month. Thankfully, quick and easy ways exist for dog owners to cut down on costs.

    6. Hernando Pet of the Week

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      SPCA of Hernando County

      Ellie is a 2-year-old tabby, playful and comical. She gets along well with other cats, and volunteers at the SPCA shelter feel she has been there longer than she deserves. Ellie would do great in a home to call her own. Inquiries about adopting Ellie and other cats and dogs may be made at …

       Ellie is a 2-year-old tabby who is very playful and comical. She plays well with other cats and volunteers at the SPCA shelter feel she has been there longer than she deserves. Ellie would do great at a home to call her own. Inquiries about adopting Ellie and other cats and dogs may be made at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County, 9075 Grant St., west of Brooksville. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed on holidays). Adoption fees vary, and include rabies shot, heartworm testing, worming and spaying/neutering. Fees for cats also include testing for feline leukemia and AIDS. For information, call (352) 596-7000. Visit the website at spcaofhernando.com or find SPCA of Hernando on Facebook.
    7. Pet of the week: Princess the calico cat

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      Princess is a 6-year-old calico with beautiful blue eyes. She has a black, yellow, tan and white coat. She loves belly rubs and catnip toys. You can meet Princess at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 522.6566 or visit friendsofstrays.com.

      Princess is a 6-year-old Calico with beautiful blue eyes. She has a black, yellow, tan and white coat. She loves belly rubs and catnip toys. You can meet Princess at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N. Call us at 727.522.6566, check our website a twww.friendsofstrays.com and like us on Facebook.
Photo Credit: Friends of Strays
    8. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix

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      The first owner of Lyla, a 5-year-old shepherd mix, gave her up unceremoniously to the county shelter. She found a temporary home just hours before she would have become a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. You can adopt Lyla …

      Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, perfectly potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. It's your turn to be Lyla's miracle now. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and more from Friends of Hillsborough County Animals at friendsofhcas.org.
    9. Tips on traveling with your dog

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      Summer is a popular time for travel, and many people take the family dog along for the fun. Whether you're traveling by car or plane, a little extra planning will make your experience with your dog a happy and stress-free one. Here are some tips from the American Kennel Club:

    10. Pet of the week: Cora the hound-pointer mix

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      Humane Society of the Nature Coast

      Cora is a 3 1/2-year-old hound and pointer mix. She is a big girl with a big heart and loves to be with people. Cora is a smart dog, so it is best not to leave her alone outdoors. Cora is spayed, up to date on her age-appropriate vaccinations and has been microchipped. Inquiries …

       Cora is a 3-1/2-year-old hound and pointer mix dog. She is a big girl with a big heart, and loves to be with people as much as she can. Cora is a very smart dog, so it is best not to leave her alone outdoors. Cora is spayed, up-to-date on her age-appropriate vaccinations and has been microchipped. Inquiries about adopting Cora 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.