Say hello to the adorable Sammy a fun loving retriever mix who is searching for his next big adventure. Sammy's last family could no longer care for him, so he was brought to the SPCA Tampa Bay for a fresh start. He's hoping to find a loving family with a big back yard to run and play in. This goofball would make a wonderful playmate for kids and other canines. The $75 adoption fee includes neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations and 30 days of pet insurance. Meet Sammy at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Visit www.spcatampabay.org.
Brien is a gorgeous, gray, marble tabby. His coat has beautiful swirl patterns of light and dark gray, and his tail is extra long. He loves to play and has lots of energy. He will keep you entertained for hours with his playful spirit and appreciates love and attention. He also has a brother named Brenin, and they would love to stay together. He is neutered and up to date on all shots. Call Pat with Second Chance for Strays at 535-9154 or visit www.secondchanceforstrays.com.
This beautiful 2-year-old tabby, Elizabeth, arrived at Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor with a litter of kittens. The kittens have all found homes, and now it is Elizabeth's turn to find the love of human companionship. She is sweet and calm and enjoys being petted. Elizabeth would be happiest in a quiet home. She loves gazing out the window, dreaming of the good life. Call 786-1330.
Meet Pepper, also known as Mr. Social in his foster home where he is great friends with other felines. This handsome 4-month-old tuxedo kitty inherited his medium-length fur from his mother, a beautiful Turkish angora. Pepper has been fully vetted and is microchipped and is patiently waiting for a family to take him home. To meet this exquisite kitten, call Save Our Strays at 545-1116 or visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.
Jake is a 6-year-old male terrier mix. This scruffy boy is full of energy and love. Jake knows how to sit (and for some magical reason is especially eager to do so if a treat is involved), walk on a leash, and he even loves kids, cats and dogs of all sizes. Jake is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Come meet him at Pet Pal Animal Shelter, 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Scrappy is a beautiful 9-year-old special-needs girl. She is even more beautiful and unique due to the scars on her nose. Despite her name, she is a very nice girl. Her scars are due to an allergic reaction to mosquito bites. While Scrappy does have allergies, they can easily be kept under control with the occasional injection. Scrappy has been at Friends of Strays for three years. Could you give Scrappy a forever home? Visit 2911 47th Ave. N., St. Petersburg or call 522-6566. Ask about its September Black Cat Adoption Special.
Noodle is a 7-year-old black-and-white Shih-Tzu who weighs 15 pounds. He is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy, loves people and other dogs and would be fine with older children. He is curious, smart and loves the outdoors, so walks and exploring would be good. He would do well in a home with another dog or could be the only pet. He loves being held, is crate trained, up to date on vaccinations, is neutered and has no known medical issues. His house training needs to be on a schedule and may need an adjustment period. To meet him, call Canine Estates at 412-0558.
Chance is a sweet-as-pie 8-year-old pit bull mix searching for the perfect family to spend the rest of her life with. Chance wandered into her last home as a stray, but unfortunately they could not care for her, so they brought her to SPCA Tampa Bay in July to start a new life. Don't let her white muzzle fool you. This silly girl is quite a goofball and would make an excellent playmate for family members of all ages. Her adoption fee is $30 which includes her spay surgery, microchip, vaccinations and 30 days of pet insurance. Meet her at 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo or visit www.spcatampabay.org.
LARGO - Pinellas County Animal Services has reached a record high of 70 adoptable dogs. During the Yappy Days special, through Monday, Sept. 22, all adoptable dogs and cats four months and older will be free. The adoption fee for all puppies and kittens under the age of four months will be $7.
This special includes medical checkup, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, internal and external parasite control, heartworm tests, feline leukemia testing and microchipping.
Dog training comes in all shapes and sizes, with everyone having their own ideas and ways of getting their desired results.
I have been fortunate enough to meet and learn from many different types of trainers with experience in an assortment of backgrounds.
Having spent time working with all types of dogs in a variety of disciplines, including pet training, service work, search and rescue, detection, police protection, and competitive training, I know that you have to have an open mind and take every chance to learn from others.