Today's Features

  • If you’re fortunate enough to share your home with a senior dog or cat (let’s say older than 7), you already feel the beautiful bond forged over years of walking, playing and napping together. Here are my favorite tips to help your senior pet shine well into the later stages of life.

  • By Linda Arnold


    There you go again:

  • By John Nelson

    … Our sea-walled garden, the whole land,

    is full of weeds, her fairest flowers choked up …

                                        Richard II. Act 3, Scene 4


  • There will be a commodities distribution Aug. 22 starting at Brunswick Family Assistance/Big Lots parking area on Main Street in Shallotte.

    Items to be distributed are: apple or grape juice, pinto beans, small red beans, blueberries frozen, catfish fillets, Oat Circles cereal, fish fillets, one-percent milk, pears, sliced white potatoes, sliced smoked turkey breast and mixed veggies.

  • I can recall hearing my elders, not necessarily my parents, offering me a bromide to assuage my anger and/or angst with the dubious gifts life brought. Their motivation was clearly understood as an effort to ease my way into acceptance of whatever irksome event, person or experience waited in the wings of the day. They meant well, even good, but I roiled at the saccharine sense of the message. At least, I perceived it as the “spoonful of sugar that would make the medicine go down” and I was not at all convinced I wanted or needed the prescribed solution.

  • We’re definitely into the heat of summer now. Here’s a quick reminder: when it’s hot outside, you need to think more about hydrating. This simply means providing your body with the fluid it needs to keep itself healthy.

    Water regulates lots of different body processes including temperature control, cushioning and protecting organs, digestion and waste and heart rate. We lose water from our body every day by breathing, sweating and in urine.


    By Linda Arnold

    Are there people in your life who magnify everything around them? It’s like one crisis after the other.

    Whether it’s complaining, gossiping or lamenting their lot in life, it can truly be exhausting! Chances are, you’re not going to change the other person. This is their modus operandi. And you’ve always been there to listen to their continued rants.

  • Over the past 26 years as a practicing veterinarian, I have performed A LOT of surgeries pulling piles of leaves, grass, potting soil and rocks out of dogs’ stomachs and intestinal tracts. To this day, one of my saddest losses was a Corgi who inexplicably wolfed down over three pounds of sand and died. Fortunately, that’s an exceedingly rare tragedy, and most cases of eating grass, rocks and other such nonsense result in nothing more than vomiting and diarrhea.

    But still, why in the world do dogs eat that stuff?