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    1. 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.
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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.
    6. Hernando Pet of the Week for Aug. 21

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      Pet of the week | Lewis

      Humane Society of the Nature Coast
    7. 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.
    8. Pet boarding pampers cats and dogs with luxury vacations

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      When Boris and Anastasia vacation, they prefer to stay in a deluxe three-story suite, dine on tuna mackerel and lobster consommé, and spend their time on an iPad.

      Shannon Muller visits her Russian blue, Boris, at his Morris Animal Inn enclosure that includes small beds, a flat screen and a clock.
    9. Hernando Pet of the Week for Aug. 14

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      Humane Society of the Nature Coast

      Samantha is a 1-year-old domestic shorthair mix. The calico enjoys quiet time and lots of attention. Samantha has been spayed, microchipped and is current on all her vaccinations. Inquiries about adopting Samantha or other cats and dogs can be made at the Humane Society of the …

       Samantha is a 1-year-old domestic short-hair mix. The beautiful calico enjoys quiet time and lots of attention. Samantha has been spayed, microchipped, and is current on all her age appropriate vaccinations including rabies. Inquiries about adopting Samantha 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: Valerie the beagle, dachshund mix

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      Valerie (ID 19276521) was recently seen getting off the Veterans Expressway near Citrus Park. The problem? She wasn't in a vehicle. The confused stray was brought to safety in the crowded shelter where she dissolved into a shivering puddle of sweetness. Valerie's tail is wagging again, and she's a true lady on the leash …

      Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center