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Today's Features

  •  I love chew toys. Not for me, mind you, but for my dogs. I recommend nearly all dog owners invest a variety of interactive, engaging, and plain fun tooth and tug toys for their dogs. Chew toys help keep the teeth and gums healthy and strengthen jaw muscles. They also serve as important environmental enrichment aides and provide essential mental stimulation. Here’s a simple guide to what makes a great, and safe, canine chew toy.

     

    Where’s it made?

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “Time to get back in the saddle.”

    You may be saying this to yourself — or to someone close to you — or maybe you’re hearing it from others.

    With a number of folks undergoing chemotherapy or radiation — or recuperating from surgery or other major medical treatments these days — it’s a common phrase. And who doesn’t want to return to “normal?”

  •  By John Nelson

  •  Last week I reviewed some of the common causes of excessive or destructive chewing in dogs while encouraging you to drink wine. This week, I’d like to tackle some tips for taming teething troubles, while recommending you sip a cocktail. You definitely deserve it, especially if because your Dolce is missing its Gabbana.

     

    Treating chewing

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     By Linda Arnold

         Quick: What does the cool side of the pillow have in common with finding money in a coat pocket? 

         They both rank among the little things in life that bring us the most joy. Sure, the major milestones leave their marks. How often do they occur, though? And what sustains us in between those times?

     

    High fives

  • By John Nelson

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you’re like me, you’re drawn to those lists of quick tips that bombard us from supermarket checkout counters, magazine covers, news feeds and online email blasts. Blasting belly fat seems to be the popular topic right now.

    I ran across one the other day, though, that’s much more global. Combined with additional research, it yielded some insights you may find helpful.

     

    Rules for being human

  •  Part 1: Causes

    Some things were destined to go together: French fries and ketchup. Wine and cheese. Dogs and chewing. Yes, I went there. One of the most common questions I hear from frazzled pet parents donning mismatched socks and tattered footwear is, “Why does my dog chew everything?” This week, we’ll sample some of the common causes of excessive chewing followed by simple solutions in my next column. Settle in, grab a glass of vino and dine on the reasons your dog may chew too much.

     

  •  By John Nelson

    “You can’t step into the same river twice.” (attributed to Heraclitus)

  • It was a sell-out last fall, and it’s back again for a full season this year.

    The Sunset Beach Waterfront Market kicks off its second season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd N.

    This year’s market, orchestrated by the nonprofit Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association (SBBMA), will continue every Thursday during these hours through Oct. 27.

    Highlights include fresh produce and farm eggs, jams, jellies and honey, original art, homemade products and works by local authors.