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    1. Southeastern Guide Dogs searching for puppy raisers to give the greatest gift

      News

      The way Mary Jo Keeth sees it, all parents want their children to go to college, learn a trade or develop a career.

      Actor Charleene Closshey, a Plant City native, plays with puppy Evie Lee, who is in training to become a guide dog. Closshey sponsors the dog and it’s named after a character she plays in the new movie An Evergreen Christmas. The movie will be screened at Tampa Theatre Thursday. Says Closshey: “Seeing how the world opens up when the student connects with his or her new dog friend is truly magical.”
    2. Therapy dogs bring joy to residents of Hernando nursing homes

      Human Interest

      BROOKSVILLE

      Dixie and Jakie don't fit the therapy dog stereotype. Dogs that snuggle in one's lap they are not.

      Spring Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center resident Paula Melin, left, gets a kiss from therapy dog Jakie, as her four-legged partner, Dixie, visits with other residents as owners Laurel Nash and Javon Parker make the rounds on Tuesday.
    3. Hernando's Pet of the Week for Dec. 5

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      Pet of the week

      Miss Honey

      Miss Honey is a friendly, 6- to 7-year-old Chinese shar-pei and pit bull terrier mix. Miss Honey has been spayed, microchipped and is current on all of her vaccinations. She is equally happy sitting on the couch or playing. She prefers human company over other pets, …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    4. Find A Friend: Tiger the Greyhound/Boxer Mix

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      Hillsborough Pet Resource Center

      Move over, Will Ferrell, look who's rockin' the elf ears. It's Tiger the greyhound-boxer mix! The festive 4 1/2 year old was rescued by animal officers from a house of horrors, found in a sea of broken glass without any food or water. Despite his past, Tiger adores people, sits for …

      Move over, Will Ferrell, look who's rockin' the elf ears. It's Tiger the greyhound/boxer mix....and he's gr-rrr-e-a-t! The festive 4 1/2 year old was rescued by animal officers from a house of horrors -- found in a sea of broken glass without any food or water. Despite his past, Tiger adores people, sits for treats, is well-mannered on leash and gets along in shelter doggie play groups. He also has a secret weapon: he can smile. So for the happiest holiday ever, adopt Tiger (ID #A23994799) fully neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and more for just $20 at the Hillsborough Pet Resource Center, 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org/pets.
    5. Hernando's Pet of the Week for Nov. 28

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      Pet of the week | Summer

      Summer is a 5-year-old domestic shorthair mix. She enjoys lying around the house until she wants some attention. Summer is spayed, microchipped and up to date on all of her age-appropriate vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Summer or other dogs and cats can be made at …

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    6. Find A Friend: Ross the Chihuahua

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      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

      Little Ross no longer trembles in fear. The 5-year-old Chihuahua is now healthy, huggable and happy to take treats. Hillsborough animal safety officers rescued him in time for a fresh start at this weekend's free First Saturday Celebration. Stop in for holiday music, snow …

      Little Ross no longer trembles in fear. The buff-colored bundle with cinnamon sprinkles is now healthy, huggable, and happy to take treats. Hillsborough County's animal safety officers rescued this 5-year old Chihuahua in time to make a fresh start at this weekend's free First Saturday Celebration event. Stop in for holiday music, real snow and hundreds of affordable pals like Ross (ID#24324384). Adopt him neutered, vaccinated, micrchipped and more at the Pet Resource Center on 440 Falkenburg Road, open daily from 10 a.m. fo 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org/pets.
    7. Canine Estates, run by retired sisters, provides a home for cast-off dogs

      Human Interest

      PALM HARBOR — The house where "last-chance dogs" get another chance is a 4,000-square-foot ranch-style down a gated private drive.

      Canine Estates supervisor Damian Ditchko kisses R.J. after a brushing. Six staffers and 80 volunteers lend a hand.
    8. Find A Friend: Bella and Elisa

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      St. Francis Rescue

      What are you thankful for this holiday? Bella and Elisa embrace their pirate-town look and see the world through a prism of love and gratitude. These siblings were rescued from the shelter as tiny kittens and are now free of the virus that claimed an eye from each of them. Not yet a year old, …

      What are you thankful for this holiday? Bella and Elisa embrace their pirate-town look and see the world through a prism of love and gratitude. These siblings were rescued from the shelter as tiny kittens and are now free of the virus that claimed an eye from each of them. Not yet a year old, they're playful but snuggly companions. They are available separately but would prefer to remain together as a bonded pair of sweet sisters. Shop 'til you drop this weekend, but don't forget to adopt Bella and Elisa by visiting stfrancisrescue.org.
    9. Hernando's Pet of the Week for Nov. 21

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      Willi is a 2-year-old Parson Russell terrier mix. He is sweet, playful and gets along with other dogs. He also likes to be picked up and carried. He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on all of his vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Willi or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature …

       Willi is a two-year-old Parson Russel terrier mix, who is neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on all of his age appropriate vaccinations. Willi is a sweet and playful little guy who gets along with other dogs. He also likes to be picked up and carried. Inquiries about adopting Willi 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.
    10. Find A Friend: Max the Boxer

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      Hillsborough Pet Resource Center

      Who says you can't teach an older dog new tricks? Put him in coach, Max is ready to play, offering all of the best Boxer traits: nubby kisses, the classic lean-in, and a goofy enthusiasm for all humankind. Max waits anxiously at the County shelter for one who won't break his large …

      Who says you can’t teach an older dog new tricks? Put him in coach, Max is ready to play, offering all of the best Boxer traits: nubby kisses, the classic lean-in, and a goofy enthusiasm for all humankind. Max waits anxiously at the County shelter for one who won’t break his large but fragile heart. This housetrained 62 pounder has a calm energy and walks like a gent on a leash. November is national adopt-senior-pet month, so bring home 8-year old Max (ID34321831) fully neutered, vaccinated, licensed and more from the Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org/pets.