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jon bon jovi, back from the dead. photo by david bergman.

Okay, okay. We’re all getting a little loopy as holiday madness heads into the home stretch. What else could explain the death yesterday of Jon Bon Jovi – or, rather, his very unreal, manufactured death.

Facebook, Twitter and just about every internet means of speeding up the rumor mill went into overdrive by reporting that Bon Jovi died in Asbury Park yesterday after going into cardiac arrest. Supposedly, paramedics were summoned, only to find him in a coma. Supposedly, CPR was performed. Supposedly, Bon Jovi was on his way to Rock and Roll heaven at the age of 49.

Bon Jovi looked remarkably fit, however, after posting a photo of himself last night with a card reading “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.”

Last we checked, though, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was still officially dead.

Pet Calendar, Oct. 4-11

Oakland Tribune October 3, 2008 | Gary Bogue Saturday Adoptions — 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — TVAR; Pleasanton Farmers Market, First and West Angela streets, Pleasanton; dogs/cats.

— 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Safe-Cat Foundation; Pet Care Depot, 2000 Bishop Drive, San Ramon; cats.

— 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — ARF; Pet Food Express, 5404 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord; cats/kittens.

— 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Nine Lives; 2706 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole Valley Shopping Center; dogs/cats.

— Noon-3 p.m. — H.A.R.P.; PetSmart, 4655 Century Blvd., Pittsburg; dogs/cats.

— Noon-3 p.m. — H.A.L.O.; Pet Food Express, 3448 Deer Valley Road Slatten Ranch Plaza, Antioch; cats/dogs.

— Noon-3 p.m. — Truffles Animal Rescue Adoption Fair; Petco, 2005 Crow Canyon Place, San Ramon; dogs/kittens.

— Noon-3 p.m. — FCF; Petco, 2005 Crow Canyon Place, San Ramon; cats.

— Noon-3 p.m. — FCF; Petco, 11976 Dublin Road, Dublin; cats.

— Noon-3 p.m. — Purrfect Cat Rescue; Pet Club, 27451 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward; cats.

— Noon-4 p.m. — Pets & Pals; Pet Food Express, 5404 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord; cats. More at www.petspals.org.

— Noon-4 p.m. — SPCA; Petco, 1825 Salvio St., Concord; dogs/ cats.

— Noon-4 p.m. — TVAR; PetSmart, 6960 Amador Plaza Road, Dublin; cats.

— Noon-4 p.m. — TLCC; Pet Food Express, 785 Oak Grove Road, Concord; cats.

— 1-4 p.m. — Bee Rescue; Holistic Hound, Walnut Square, Berkeley (Behind Peet’s); cats/kittens.

— 1-4 p.m. — CC4C; Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; cats.

— 1-4 p.m. — CC4C; Petco, 1301 S. California St., Walnut Creek; cats.

— 2-5 p.m. — CC4C; Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette; cats.

— 2-5 p.m. — TVAR; Pet Food Express, 4460 Tassajara Road, Dublin; cats.

— 3-6 p.m. — FCF; Petco, 420 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito; cats. in our site pet food express

SUNDAY ADOPTIONS 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — EBARR; Pet Food Express, 5404 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord; dogs/cats.

— Noon-3 p.m. — ARF; Blessing of the Animals festival, Peace Lutheran Church, 3210 Tassajara Road, Danville; cats, kittens, dogs.

— Noon-3 p.m. — Truffles Animal Rescue Adoption Fair; Petco, 2005 Crow Canyon Place, San Ramon; dogs/kittens.

— Noon-3 p.m. — H.A.R.P.; Pet Food Express, 5829 Lone Tree Way, Slatten Ranch, Antioch; dogs/cats.

— Noon-3 p.m. — H.A.L.O.; PetSmart, 4655 Century Blvd., Pittsburg; cats/dogs.

— Noon-3 p.m. — Purrfect Cat Rescue; Petco, 31090 Dyer Street, Union City; cats.

— Noon-4 p.m. — SPCA; Petco, 1825 Salvio St., Concord; dogs/ cats.

— Noon-4 p.m. — TVAR; PetSmart, 6960 Amador Plaza Road, Dublin; cats.

— Noon-5 p.m. — Second Chance Cat Rescue; Petco, 2310 South Shore Center, Alameda; cats.

— 12:30-4:30 p.m. — FFF; Pet Food Express, 785 Oak Grove Road, Concord; cats.

— 1-3:30 p.m. — Purrfect Cat Rescue; Pet Club, 27451 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward; cats. this web site pet food express

— 1-4 p.m. — CC4C; Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; cats.

— 1-4 p.m. — CC4C; Petco, 1301 S. California St., Walnut Creek; cats.

— 1-4 p.m. — FCF; Pet Food Express, 2220 Mountain Blvd. # 122, Montclair; cats.

— 2-5 p.m. — Safe-Cat Foundation; Pet Food Express, 4460 Tassajara Road, Dublin; cats.

— 2-5 p.m. — CC4C; Pet Food Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette; cats.

— 2-5 p.m. — TVAR; Pet Food Express, 4460 Tassajara Road, Dublin; cats.

EVENTS Feral Cat Foundation Raffle — Drawing is Oct. 19. First prize is seven-day Gold Coast Maui, Hawaii, vacation. Plus trips to Kona, Hawaii; British Columbia; and more, and many cash prizes. All donations help cats rescued by FCF. Tickets are $2 each; $10 for six. To order call 925-829-9098. See all prizes at www.feralcatfoundation.org.

MISCELLANEOUS ARF Adoptions — 3-7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; noon-4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek; cats/dogs.

— Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society — Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays; 2700 Ninth St., Berkeley; 510-845-7735. Pet Loss Support Group every third Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Call Roy at above number for more details. Drop- ins OK.

— Martinez Animal Services — Cat adoptions daily, PetSmart, 4566 Century Way, Pittsburg. Cats, rabbits daily at PetSmart, 1700 Willow Pass Road, Concord. Cats daily at PetSmart, 3700 Klose Way, Building 4, Richmond. Cats/kittens daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Rodies, 8863 Marsh Creek Road, Clayton.

— Valley Humane Society — Call 925-426-8656 for details; www.valleyhumanesociety.org.

SPAY/NEUTER HELP Low-cost spay/neuter clinic — ARF’s shelter, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Appointment: Call 925-296-3105, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays to schedule. Prices: Visit www.arf.net/resources/ clinic.html.

— Low-cost — Spay/neuter clinic at Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society Thursdays for qualified residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Cats: $20 spay/neuter; dogs: $40 spay/neuter. Appointments only by calling 510-845-3633. Feral Fix Day is third Thursday of each month. Traps are available to rent.

— Spay/neuter assistance — Low-cost vet referrals and financial assistance for Contra Costa County residents. Contra Costa Humane Society, 925-279-2247.

— Free spay/neuter — For feral cats in East Contra Costa County by Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization (H.A.L.O.). They also have limited funds for free domestic cat spay/neuters for low- income families. Call voice mail at 925-473-4642, or visit www.eccchalo.org.

— Low-cost spay/neuter clinic — Financial assistance for low- income Alameda and Contra Costa counties residents. Tri-Valley SPCA Spay/Neuter Center, 4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin. Free spay/neuter for pit bulls. Appointments: 925-479-9674.

— No-cost — Feral cat trap rental and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries — For eligible feral cats, from East Bay SPCA to help reduce homeless cats in East Bay. For more information, Alameda and Contra Costa residents call 510-563-4635, or visit www.eastbayspca.org/resources. and click “The Feral Fix.” Send items at least a week in advance of publication to Gary’s Pet Calendar, c/o Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596- 8099; garybug@infionline.net.

Gary Bogue



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