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Alabama woman dressing dogs for Halloween to help find forever homes

Cute doggies? Check. Cute costumes? Check.

Adorable way to let people know about rescue dogs? Check, times a gabillion.

Huntsville resident Sara Alavi has been fostering rescue dogs until they can be adopted. And to help find those forever homes, Alavi created the Instagram page @dearpups. “I created the page to share some fun images of my own rescue dogs and some of my fosters in hopes that they might get adopted,” she said, although she says has been lax in keeping it updated in the past.

Now she’s found an awwww-inspiring way to keep her page current: During October, she is posting photos each day of her dog, Nelly aka Jellybean, and some of her fosters wearing Halloween costumes. She is calling the challenge Nellyween and so far it includes costumes like Ruff Bader Ginsburg, Eve, Carol Baskin, and even the famed dress from Carol Burnett’s parody of “Gone with the Wind.” She said she looks forward to suggestions from followers of creative costumes.

“I have always sewn and created Halloween costumes for my dogs throughout the years. The costumes are usually something current to do with pop culture and I look for inspiration all year,” Alavi said. “Three years ago, my best friend challenged me to do a costume for each day of the month of October. I figured if there is ever a year to do it, this would be the year. I figured people could use a smile (or laugh). And, thankfully, I have an incredibly tolerant dog who humors me. Being cold-natured, she can usually be found wearing clothing anyways and, in fact, gets upset when she has to change for laundry day.”

Alavi says Nelly’s breed is a “pomchillon,” her own name for “a mix between a pomeranian, chihuahua and papillon.”

“It’s a pretty

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Watch Dogs Legion’s Director Takes Us Through Some of Its Final Improvements Before Launch

What a difference eight months can make in game development. Back in October of last year, Ubisoft announced that it was delaying Watch Dogs: Legion to an undisclosed date in 2020. The original release date had Legion releasing in March, right at the beginning of our current endless void where time has no meaning. Now, the next Watch Dogs is coming on Oct. 29 for a dizzying array of platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and Google Stadia.

I previewed Watch Dogs: Legion three months ago, during what would normally have been E3. So returning to the game now, I didn’t expect to see much in the way of change. Surprisingly, Ubisoft has tweaked and improved Legion ahead of launch. It’s not a new game entirely, but even from the beginning of my demo I noticed changes.


A newly ray traced London awaits. | Mike Williams/USG, Ubisoft

For example, recruitment options have grown. In Watch Dogs: Legion, every generated character pulls from a pool of perks, having somewhere between zero and three available to them. (Yeah, some folks just fail the digital lottery.) There are new options like “Famous,” which sees that person get noticed in public and is probably not conductive to stealth; “Glass Cannon,” where a person both take and deal more damage; and “Flatulent,” where your chosen member will… sometimes fart and alert enemies to their presence. Some of the combinations don’t make any sense—how does a transient have a silenced MP5?—but making up stories to square those circles is part of the fun.

This is apparently the final suite of perks available to the character generation, according to Watch Dogs Legion creative director Clint Hocking. “Yeah, that’ll be the final mix. I mean it doesn’t mean you’ve seen

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Pets of the week: Dozer and Haley are two happy, energetic dogs in need of new homes

JACKSON, MI — The Jackson County Animal Shelter, 3770 Spring Arbor Road, has many pets available for adoption.

Here are two of them.

Dozer is a 3-year-old male American Staffordshire mix, who is a strong, energetic guy that likes to play outside. Dozer is working on learning basic commands and is treat motivated.

Haley is a 3-year-old female terrier/American Staffordshire mix. Haley loves her human and wants to be at your side. She is affectionate and sweet in her demeanor.

A meet-and-greet with a dog is mandatory. A cat room walk-through is available to test reaction. The dog adoption fee is $150, which includes vaccinations, microchip and sterilization.

Cat adoption fees are $60 for one cat, $80 for two, which includes applicable tests, vaccines and spay/neutering.

Visiting the shelter is always best, but other adoption resources include online applications at https://www.co.jackson.mi.us/DocumentCenter/View/803, faxing 517-780-4750 or emailing animalshelter@mijackson.org.

The shelter’s current hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

More information is available on the shelter’s Facebook page. See more pets available for adoption at jcasmichigan.petfinder.com.

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