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One of my duties as the medical director at BCAR is to transport the dogs to and from Dr. Habermann’s office. Puppies sometimes get carsick on the way. Some dogs at BCAR are very shy or scared; they do not enjoy being put into a car and taken away from the shelter. However, with these exceptions, almost all BCAR dogs love riding in the car. Why is this?

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The Big Canoe Hiking Club will hike nearby at the Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Feb. 24. The Cartecay River Loop is a 3.4-mile trail on the way to Ellijay off Hwy. 52. The trail passes over the Cartecay River and is considered a moderate trail. There are some rocks and roots, but t…

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When I recently sent an email to a friend who works in the administrative office of an in-state Division I athletic program, I was surprised to see one of those “automatic reply” messages. This guy rarely has a day off during the season and, even so, replies to requests within a matter of mi…

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The BCAR cat shelter, Maggie’s House, is enjoying a bit of a break in this New Year after successfully placing 56 cats in wonderful adoptive homes last year. Volunteers await a new group of kittens and cats needing veterinary visits, food, shelter and, most importantly, socialization, to rea…

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Road trips with Rover are on the rise. After months of sheltering at home, there has been an uptick in car travel to local outdoor destinations; these trips frequently include the family dog.

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If you regularly read this column, you know I have essentially run a trial garden on our property in Big Canoe for the past 32 years. Last month, I wrote (primarily for our 350 new property owners) about the potential deer pressure on plants this time of year. To follow up, this month I am w…

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