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Q: Dr. Habermann, we saw a movie the other day where a dog had to be euthanized because of a stomach twist. Can you tell me a little about the condition?

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We all adore our cats and are vastly entertained by our felines. Though we may think they are the cutest things ever, cats have many quirks in common and, as mysterious as these may seem, there is usually a reason in their background for these strange habits.

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The BCAR dogs heard the volunteers talking about the current supply chain backups and how everyone should order Christmas gifts early this year. They insisted we arrange for Santa to pay us a visit this week. Santa asked each of the dogs what they wanted for Christmas. These dogs were so exc…

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What a year this has been! As we dealt with the challenges of the pandemic, dog ownership in the U.S. increased to an all-time high through adoptions of canines for companionship and comfort. An important part of dog ownership is being prepared in case of an emergency. This month’s column in…

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John Feight loves to play bocce; in fact, he wears a T-shirt with a picture of a patriotic bocce ball wearing a mask and proclaiming, “I just wanna play bocce!” John, his wife Linda, my husband Peter and I have been bocce partners and played in league tournaments since 2011—and our team has …

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As our last event of 2021, the Hiking Club’s annual Silent Night Hike and Social will be Dec. 8 at the Beach Club. Members will meet at dusk and silently walk to the Lower Falls. After a rendition of “Silent Night,” our hikers will return to the Beach Club and share a holiday meal. The entré…

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On Oct. 14, 1992, in the bottom of the ninth inning at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Francisco Cabrera hit a line drive to left field, scoring the slow-footed Sid Bream with the winning run in the NLCS and sending the Atlanta Braves to the World Series.

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The 2021-22 NCAA basketball tournament is scheduled at nine first- and second-round sites. San Francisco, Chicago, San Antonio and Philadelphia will host the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds, while the Final Four will be in New Orleans at Caesar’s Superdome. If you are thinking to yourse…

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As the year's growing season slows down and I reflect on the garden's performance, I try to recall the merits of new as well as older plants. New weather trends and the ever-evolving forest canopy in Big Canoe impact growing conditions. The 28-degree temperatures on April 2 and the more than…

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Whether you are planning a beautiful outdoor garden this winter, decorative holiday window boxes or container gardens, there are plenty of seasonal color, bulbs and evergreen perennials to choose from that flourish in temperatures as low as 5-10 F.

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Wildflower Bunch Garden Club has only one remaining event in 2021, and it is for members only, so don’t wait to join us if you have a passion for preserving the beauty of Big Canoe and enhancing your gardening skills. To join WFB, visit the website, www.wildflowerbunch.com, or the Facebook p…

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     Did you know there is a trail that leads from Big Canoe Animal Rescue to Wilderness Parkway? The trail was originally cut in 2008 by the Trails Committee to allow BCAR volunteers a walking trail behind the shelter that avoided vehicle traffic. BCAR volunteers walk the dogs, Monday throu…

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            The MGA has had a great year with lots of participation from our membership. Every tournament had a full field with several members on the waiting list. As we head into fall, the last events for the year included the Big Canoe Cup, a playoff for the top 15 players determined by t…

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In November, the Big Canoe Hiking Club will travel to Young Harris and hike the Miller Trek, named for former governor Zell Miller and his wife Shirley. This trail is a 6-mile loop with a significant elevation gain, so club members will get a bit of a workout for the first 3 miles. Per revie…

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Q: Dr. Habermann, Our pet has been diagnosed with a slipped disc. What does this means for the long-term quality of life and the management of this condition in our furry family member?

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For me, it all starts with my senses. There is a definite spark of happiness I feel when I look out my window and see the blue, green, brown, yellow and red living contrasts that can only be produced by nature. I remember family vacations as a child and the wildflowers that grew on the roads…

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A decades-old memory of an ancient, vivid, red ‘Don Juan’ rose clambering up an equally ancient stone wall inspired me to once ask Jim Gibbs: "Have you ever considered creating a monochromatic red garden?" He gave me a tremendously valuable seminar on the use of red in the garden. I continue…

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The Wildflower Bunch has three remaining events for 2021, so please join us if you have a passion for preserving the beauty of Big Canoe and enhancing your gardening skills. Join WFB by visiting the website, www.wildflowerbunch.com, or the Facebook page for more up-to-date information.

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