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Charlie’s Story Crunchies Natural Pet Foods by Julia Brewer, Crunchies owner      In 2008 our lives changed forever. We were house hunting in South Anne Arundel County when a small beagle came out of the woods and started walking down the deserted road. We both saw him at the same time, looked at each other and knew immediately.          We pulled over. He stopped walking and sat down. We ran down the road and picked him up. He was...

Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat keeps pace with our changing culture of pets

       Disneyland claims to be the happiest place on earth, but Dogwood Acres Pet Resort in Davidsonville may be the happiest place in Anne Arundel County. At least that’s what owners Audrey and Kurt Reichardt believe. And it’s hard to argue with a hundred wagging tails.          Now in its 20th year, the pet resort began when the Reichardts, as young traveling professionals, had a difficult time finding quality boarding...

St. Francis of Summer

Nature has bared her soul, and our hearts soar

     The small girl, her eyes reflecting the sea beyond, sits amid the maze of sand castles and moats she has created on this sullen summer morning. Above the boardwalk, kites in glorious colors gasp for air; and in the far distance she sees the faint outline of a Ferris wheel so tall that one can see all the way across to England. A sign says so.          Her older cousins have grown bored with the castles and left her for the surf. She...

That special space where humans and animals come together

     I’d like to say that animals bring out the best in us. But we all know they bring out the worst, as well. The truth is that our relationships with animals are complicated. I suppose that has more to do with our natures rather than theirs.      So it’s our better natures we look at in this annual dog days of summer issue, Bay Weekly’s Pet Tales.      The word pet is going out of fashion in some circles, yielding to the more...

A powerful film about abuses of power 

     It’s 1967 and Detroit is descending into chaos. A police raid escalates into rioting in the burning city. Police and the National Guard storm the streets to bring order. Instead they bring more turmoil and violence. People are shot and businesses destroyed in a city war zone.      Larry (Algee Smith: The New Edition Story) and Fred (Jacob Latimore: Collateral Beauty) seek refuge at the Algiers Motel, renting a room for the night. When a joke goes...

For their dogs, Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland will do just about anything 

         The conundrum of beagle love: bright loving eyes, silky tri-color fur, endless cuddling and a white-tipped, eternally wagging tail — all wrapped up with a deafening howl, the search for mischief and stubborn independence.          When the beagle’s nose is engaged, the dog will track a scent unabashedly. Beagles are notorious for leaving the hunting pack, or digging under a standard fence, or breaking through...

Where to turn for help and to help

Anne Arundel County Animal ­Control Shelter The central Anne Arundel County location for lost pets reunites hundreds with their owners and operates a shelter that annually finds new homes for about 1,500 pets. As part of Anne Arundel County Police Department, it enforces all animal control laws. Services include a weekly $5 rabies vaccination clinic: 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville; 410-222-8900; www.aacounty.org/animalcontrol Friends of Anne Arundel County ­Animal Control A 501(c)(3...

Beware canine influenza

     A new canine influenza is emerging. A highly contagious strain of the virus known as H3N8 is the cause. This respiratory illness is highly contagious through direct contact and through the air (coughing and sneezing).          There is currently no specific treatment for canine influenza other than supportive care as this is a virus and must run its course. However, a new vaccine can help reduce its severity. Speak with your...

A well-illustrated biography of a well-known horse

       As a young girl, Audrey writes, I was so enamored with the Misty of Chincoteague series that as an adult I named my dog Misty. Marguerite Henry opened up a whole new world to me. I loved how she gave Misty just enough humanizing characteristics to make her relatable while still leaving her a horse.          So I opened Surfer Dude anticipating the thrill of reading another story about Chincoteague ponies.    ...

Rabbits, real and imagined, plus fun, games and ice cream 

       Peter Rabbit has delighted generations since he hopped into children’s literature in 1902. The Tale of Peter Rabbit — written as a gift for a child — was the first in a series of animal tales by animal lover and naturalist Beatrix Potter. The cottontail, the velvet ears, the twitchy nose, the long whiskers and the habit of sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden to feast on vegetables: It all still appeals to our whimsical natures and sets our...