Bella is a 14 year-old purebred miniature dachshund. She was rescued when she was 2 years old from a backyard breeder who kept her in a cage all the time. Bella was very shy and scared at first, but over the years, she has learned to trust and love. Bella has taught her owners patience and acceptance. She has slowed down in her old age, but she is healthy and likes to walk in the yard and sleep in her soft bed. At dinnertime, Bella gets very excited, and squeals and jumps around while she waits for food in her bowl. Bella lives with her parents, Sarah and Paul Jackson, in Land O’ Lakes.
Samoa (light-colored boy) and Fiji (tiger-striped girl) both were discovered, years apart, under a loading dock of a warehouse in South Florida, where Char Vinik worked. Samoa’s mother is Fiji’s grandmother. The loading dock seemed to be a safe place for stray cats to have their litters, but Samoa needed to be rescued from the nearby trash bin by office staff before collection day. Fiji was rescued when she was a tiny baby and needed to be bottle fed. Char and Steve Vinik are fortunate they could give these two a good home, and are thankful for their company and affection. Samoa and Fiji like to lounge on the patio furniture and now with the Viniks in Wesley Chapel.
Layla is a 5-year-old Jack Russell-Beagle mix, although her beautiful and unique markings remind her owners of a Blue Heeler-Beagle mix. Layla was adopted from Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue. When she wants to, Layla can be very energetic. She loves to go for long walks, snuggle, and go for car rides. Layla’s favorite foods are scrambled eggs and cheese. She likes to play fetch (although she doesn’t like to give her toys back), and she’s always happy to go outside. Layla is very well-behaved and loves to be the center of attention. Layla lives with the Elam family in Wesley Chapel.
Bella is a 9-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier rescue mix. There is no shortage of kisses from this canine cutie. Bella loves to greet the neighbors as they walk by the house, and she has even tried to go home with food and mail delivery drivers. She loves to go fishing on the dock with her doggie daddy. And, she loves to play with her toys, run in the nature preserve and visit the pet shop afterwards to select her own, new toy. Bella lives with her doggie parents, Bob Colberg and Paula Means, in Lutz.
Ralph Soto saw this star spider at the Blue Jay Mobile Home Park in Dade City. Also known as a spiny-backed orb weaver, spiny orb weaver or spiny spider, this species is mostly harmless. Usually the spider’s large web will startle and annoy people, but the spiders pose no serious health risks. The spiny orb weaver spider lives on the edges of woodlands and shrubby gardens. They frequently live in nurseries, as well as citrus groves. The species is found in many parts of the world and is seen along the southeast coast of the United States and in California.