Today's Features

  • Baxter couldn’t stand, much less walk.

    As I looked down at the shaking German shepherd puppy, it was hard to imagine this was the same dog that only a week ago had nearly knocked me over as he bounded into my veterinary clinic. What was going on?

  • Editor’s note: Last in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

    For the last two months I’ve been writing about “Med instead of Meds for Better Health,“ a way of eating that can help reduce your chances of a chronic illness and needing to take medication. The “med way” is modeled after the traditional eating style of people that live in the Mediterranean region.

  • As one of the old guys in the gardening world, I’ve seen lots of changes in the last 35 years as conventional wisdom evolves and changes our recommendations. Pruning flush cuts, tree wraps and planting holes filled with Black Cow have all gone the way of the mammoth and the dodo bird. It seems our long-standing recommendation to wait until mid- to late April to fertilize warm-season grasses may be next on the scrap heap of horticultural history.

  • Did you know 2 ounces of popcorn kernels makes about 8 cups of popcorn containing about 240 calories and costs about 30 cents? Naturally low in fat and gluten-free, these numbers add up to the perfect snack to have on hand this time of the year.

    Popcorn is a simple yet satisfying whole grain and makes for a great choice when trying to lose holiday weight. The fiber in popcorn makes you feel fuller longer, which helps curb hunger.


    Stovetop popcorn tips

  • By John Nelson


  • By Linda Arnold


    Flash bulletin:  Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way.  At your core level it’s essential that you have or develop a healthy sense of self-respect. 

  • Typically, resolution-making is both the aim and onset of each new year. Even more typically, both aim and onset have already grown old, weary and have succumbed to procrastination by now. And … we are already in the midst of Lent when resolve is ready to be bolstered. This is a mighty combination that cannot be easily ignored or dismissed without consequences. Perhaps my words are strong because my admission of guilty inactivity is painful.

  • Editor’s note: Seventh in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


  • While the history of Valentine’s Day is muddled with the Romans, the Pagans and the Christians claiming credit, it’s a fair bet you had better show up every year with something for your sweetheart. And, getting the last arrangement from the cooler at the supermarket is not a winning strategy. 

    Roses are traditional but short-lived and, during this time, overpriced. If your significant other likes to play in the dirt, next year consider purchasing a rose that can be planted in the garden.

  • The first news story I’d like to share with you this week comes to us from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. UC Davis is home to sunshine, surfing, and cutting-edge coprophagy (defined as eating feces) research. The researchers wanted to discover how many dogs had coprophagy, what led to these coprophagous behaviors and whether any of the common treatments for coprophagy actually work.