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  • One of the most disturbing, embarrassing and often disgusting disorders a pet can develop is diarrhea.

    Runny stools can distress more than your pet’s tummy. Your pet becomes upset because it had an accident, often on a favorite rug or bedspread. You get agitated because you’ve got to clean up the mess. Many times, you feel helpless and don’t know what to do next. And, if your luck is like mine, this tends to happen on the weekend when most veterinary clinics are closed.

  • By John Nelson

     

    A swamp is sort of like Rodney Dangerfield: not much respect, at least from most people. Most folks tend to think a swamp is nothing but scary wet place, dark and gloomy, a den of nothing but danger and the stuff of bad dreams. All those critters and mosquitoes. And quicksand. Don’t forget the quicksand!

  • By Linda Arnold
    You may not think you complain very much.  

    I’d challenge you, though, to put a covered rubber band on your wrist for a few hours and snap it whenever you catch yourself whining about something — internally or externally.

    Just like smoking or overeating, complaining is a habit. And, when you repeat a behavior over and over, the neurons in your brain form familiar “go-to” pathways.

  • Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • Get ready for more savory pork on your fork with a delectable port.

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road heats up for a second year Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Nine teams from throughout the region have signed up for this year’s cooking competition at the two-day event, which kicks off 6 to 8 p.m. Friday with a friendly wing competition at the winery at 6680 Barbeque Road.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band marches out “Bandtastic!,” its annual spring concert, in two performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach.

    Under the direction of Tom Smicklas and Michael Stringer, the concert will feature favorites including "A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein” and “Frank Sinatra in Concert” along with several Sousa marches.

  • By John Nelson

     

     

     “Be careful what you say in a cornfield. There are plenty of ears.”

                — a standard Americanism.

     

    Don’t worry! Our mystery plant can’t hear anything, but it has eyes and it can see you!

  • The End of America is upon us.

    In just a few more days, it’s coming to Brunswick County.

    At least, that’s the name of the Philadelphia-based trio performing in the latest Listen Up Brunswick County show at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    The End of America, their name a tribute to Jack Kerouac, consists of Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard blending three-part vocals ala rock and Americana.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Happy spring! The rejuvenation of nature — and ourselves. Ushered in by that fifth season on the calendar: March Madness.
    I’m not sure when bracketology became part of our vernacular, but it’s here to stay. And this year’s NCAA basketball tournament has given rise to lots of examples.
    All the number crunching and statistical analyses in the world couldn’t stop the surprises and upsets this year. Brackets were busted on the very first night of competition.

    Your individual bracket

  • Bloody and discolored urine is a common reason cat owners seek veterinary help. It’s incredibly upsetting to see drops of blood in a litter box, on bedding nor on the floor. Sometimes you can’t see the blood until it is examined with a microscope or detected on urinalysis.
    Fortunately, most cats experiencing blood in their urine have straightforward causes that have relatively simple treatments. The two major causes of blood in a cat’s urine are cystitis and feline lower urinary tract disorder, or FLUTD.

  • Officers

    Les Goldstein, president; John Comparetto, vice president; James Haughey, treasurer; Bob Breen, recording secretary; Mike DiChiera, sergeant at arms; T.W. Legeret, web manager

    Meets

    Second Wednesdays at 1800 hours at Calabash VFW Post 7288, 900 Carter Drive (dinner available for purchase)

    Website

    coastalbordershields.com

    Contact

    Les Goldstein, President@CarolinaBorderShields.com

    Phone 910-576-3577

    Membership

    Open to all retired law enforcement officers

  • Spring brings many things, including the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s annual Family Day in Ocean Isle Beach, Ocean Isle Beach Kite Flying Day and the Southport Spring Festival this weekend.

    Family Day lauds the season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, rain or shine.

    In addition to games, crafts and kids’ activities, highlights include hot dogs, a bake sale, soda, Kettle Korn and Sunset Slush.

  • Get ready, folks — Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash are setting fire to Brunswick County this Friday night.

    Wait, what?

    Yes, that’s what’s going to happen when the Million Dollar Quartet blazes across the stage of Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia starting at 7 p.m. this Friday, March 30.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s first and second Open Mic Poetry Readings have been so successful organizers have decided to host poetry readings every month this year.

    The next reading is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 6.  Allare invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.

    Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. The readings begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 1B, the first building behind the main auditorium at the BLT Theatre at 8068 River Road (N.C. 87) in Southport.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold

    Here it is, my favorite season! At least according to the calendar.

    I’m not sure Mother Nature has gotten the memo that it’s officially spring. I always refer to the spring season as the rejuvenation of nature and also of ourselves. Just think of our associations with this season: spring fever and spring break!

  • One of the greatest joys in veterinary practice is restoring health and vitality to an older pet.

    Veterinarians love helping a senior dog overcome its struggle to step up into the car so they can continue to enjoy walks in the park.

    We cherish the opportunity to boost an elderly cat’s immune system, enabling it to combat chronic illness and maintain high quality of life for as long as possible.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society is tuning up for spring with “Unforgettable,” this year’s seasonal concert theme to be presented in two matinee performances at 3 p.m.

    Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    This year’s concerts will be directed by Dianne Hoffman with accompanist Jane Boberg.

    No tickets are required.

  •  Address

    242 George II Highway, Winnabow

    Hours

    Open to the public 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays

    Phone: (910) 845-7297 (Leave message. Calls will be returned within 24 hours.)

    Fax: (910) 845-8622

    Go to: pawsplace.org or email info@pawsplace.org

    Paws Place is a no-kill, nonprofit shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of dogs.

  • BunnyDayz in Shallotte on Saturday

    BunnyDayz is happening again on Saturday, March 24, at Mulberry Park in Shallotte. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

    There will be prize eggs, sweets and treats and fun for all ages. Plus, the Miss Brunswick County and Miss Brunswick County Christmas Queens will be on hand to help dye an Easter egg. Don’t forget to meet the Easter Bunny!

    This event is free to the public.

    Calabash hunts for Easter eggs Saturday

    The great Calabash Easter egg hunt is on for another season.