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Sponsored Content: Vet’s Corner, March 2014

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Sometimes the most rewarding cases come along on Friday afternoon . . . By Lori Blankenship, Ph.D., DVM, CVA A few months ago, I was finishing up some office work when a call came in that there was an elderly and very sick dog who had been seizuring most of the day and It...
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Rappahannock realtor dreams up a pet stretcher

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March 6
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The idea came to her while she slept. In her dream a portable stretcher unfolded and refolded in front of her. That was the extent of the dream, said Trish Bartholomew, creator of Madison’s Stretcher Pack, a portable transport system for dogs.
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Sperryville column for March 6

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March 6
Lilly the miniature horse made a recent therapeutic hospice-care visit in Great Falls.

A lot of folks in Rappahannock County know of Sally Petty, whose training has resulted in so many well-behaved dogs. But now her therapy animals have branched out to include miniature horses.
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Bill gives officers more options, dogs more chances

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A bill giving animal control officers flexibility in dealing with livestock-injuring dogs is heading to the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe for signature, after passing the Senate unanimously this week.
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Sponsored Content: Vet’s Corner, Feb. 2014

Who knew? What I was eating was making me sick. — Mina

I did not realize that the old adage you are what you eat was so appropriate until I began to study  Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy.  This is where Chinese Herbal Medicine got its start, using specific foods to nourish each individual based on their age, the season, their inborn tendencies, and their disharmony or...
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Sperryville column for Jan. 9

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Jan. 9
Twig, the Jack Russell terrier, and turkey hen Henrietta keep each other warm.

Mother Nature works in mysterious ways, as with Kim McKiernan’s menagerie of animals and a Jack Russell and wild turkey hen “adopting” each other; meanwhile, the Conyers House B&B’s favorite guests return for an anniversary in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Wild Ideas: Farewell to bugs, and to a loyal friend

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Dec. 26, 2013
The author’s dog, Mai Coh, in the snow in Gid Brown Hollow in 2007.

Pam Owen will always think of 2013 as the Year of the Bug, and the year she lost a long-time companion — her dog, Mai Coh.
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RappCats Kittens of the Week

Meow! These lovely kittens are looking for their "forever homes."

We are three brothers and one sister, looking for our forever homes.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The smell of fall

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Oct. 17, 2013

Last week Linda and Richard Brady were out doing some chores in anticipation of having to stay inside, as the weather man was calling for rain all day. The week before they had taken their grandson down to Lee’s Orchards so he could help pick a few apples off the trees and make applesauce.
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RAWL Dogs: Farley

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Oct. 17, 2013
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My breed originated with British coal miners in the 19th century, in the region of Staffordshire, when they bred a Manchester terrier and a bulldog.
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RappCat of the Week: Bernie

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Hi, I am Bernie — one handsome, friendly fellow, if I do say so myself. I am an 8-year-old and looking for a new home.
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Washington column for Oct. 10

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Oct. 10, 2013
Mary Ann Kuhn and her cat, Fuzzy, were blessed by Rev. Jenks Hobson last Sunday (Oct. 6) in honor of St. Francis Day. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

Harmony Manor celebrates a year in business, improvements are underway on the town square, Trinity's "blessing the animals" ceremony was the cat's meow, the Artisan Trail is ready for to be named and Rappahannock Little League girls softball is recruiting in this week's Washington column.
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RappCats Kittens of the Week

The "Fodderstack Four."

These motherless kittens are called The Fodderstack Four.
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Rappahannock tourism 2.0

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Sept. 5, 2013

Several efforts are underway to increase tourism in Rappahannock County, and decrease the amount of time and effort local visitor-dependent businesses must spend to promote their attractions in the wider world, including a new county tourism website.
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Poem: Bark not

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"Bark not, oh dogs of dogs," implores Dabney Kirchman in a poetry contribution this week.
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Letter: Big Boy will be missed

Many thanks to Alex Sharp for his sensitive and entertaining piece on Big Boy’s departure to another realm. Also my thanks to Jenks Hobson (the Blesser), Tom Massie (the Euthanizer) and to Morris Butler and Darrell Clark (the Undertakers). Big Boy will leave a big hole in our farm life, but his progeny lives...
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RAWL Dogs: Ben

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Aug. 22, 2013
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Name’s Ben. I’m a youngster — 7 to 8 months old, weigh about 40 pounds, and they’re still trying to figure out my breeding.
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Saying goodbye to Big Boy

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Aug. 15, 2013
Big Boy’s last day, stuck in a muddy creek section below the barn. The 900-pound boar was buried a few hundred feet away, in the same field. Photo by Alex Sharp VIII.

Big Boy died in the mud, where he was always happiest. And he died at home, Meadow Green Farm down Slate Mills Road, where the Yorkshire boar spent his life foraging, mudding and fathering upward of 250 piglets.
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Photo: Hugged your kid today?  

Photo by Chris Doxzen

Nine-year-old Madison Haines, with her mom Charity, welcomes a new dwarf goat, named Cuddlebunny, to the family’s Castleton farm last weekend.
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Photo: The top llama

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Marian Bragg’s llama WLK Cee N Cee, posed here with handler Josh Meador, took home the Best in Show award at the West Virginia State Fair llama show last weekend.
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Do you know me?

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Someone is missing me. I’m a 7-month-old male cattle dog/Jack Russell terrier mix who wants to go home.
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No ‘dangerous dogs’ roam Rapp

You may have your own definition of what constitutes a dangerous dog. But Virginia law lays out a clear legal definition of what a dangerous dog is, and there are four in Richmond.
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Photos: The Fourth, family-style

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

A whole gallery of photos from Rappahannock County's annual (and highly successful) July 4 celebration in Sperryville.
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Washington column for June 27

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June 27, 2013
Washington column for June 27

An update on Alex Baumgardner's ongoing quest to hike the entire Appalachian Trail (all the way to Maine), Rose Hill welcomes its newest associate and the Ladies of the Auxiliary plan their $5 Bag Sale in this week's Washington column.
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RAWL Dogs: Dakota

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April 25, 2013
RAWL Dogs: Dakota

I’ve been at RAWL for a bit of time now after being given up by an owner who said she “didn’t have time for me.” “Fine, lady,” I said, “on to a wonderful future with someone who will appreciate my company.” My name’s Dakota, I’m 8 years old, very well-behaved, house-trained and quite a...
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Food, art and more at Trinity’s Fodderstack-weekend festival

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April 11, 2013
Food, art and more at Trinity’s Fodderstack-weekend festival

Trinity Episcopal Church wants to share food, crafts, music, art, and books with the Rappahannock community this Fodderstack weekend – Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 – and its members have been busy adding new events and talent to this year’s Trinity Festival.
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Sit. Stay. It’s storytime.

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April 4, 2013
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Those who need further evidence that the “man’s best friend” theory is true need only watch all the smiling first- and second-graders as they greet their favorite reading companion and open this week’s story.
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RAWL Dogs: Finch

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April 4, 2013
RAWL Dogs: Finch

Whew! I had a rough time getting to RAWL! I was lost, scared to death and really hungry! I found some yummy smelling cat food in this metal box I saw and, next thing you know, some nice guy took me to get help from a vet. I’m feelin’ good now and charming everybody....
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Sperryville column for March 28

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March 28, 2013

There may still be winter-weather hanging around, but there are signs of growth and good things to come in Sperryville, writes Greg Hunsaker in this week's Sperryville column.
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From Slate Mills to canine prime time

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Jan. 24, 2013
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Karen Wilson of Slate Mills is a certified dog show judge – and this year she’ll be judging the sporting dog group at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show in New York, probably the best known show of them all.
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RAWL Dogs: Sassy

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Oct. 11, 2012
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Hey! How’s tricks? You should see mine! I am a multi-talented beagle who can heel, sit, down and stay – commands, really, not so much tricks. But they make me a real pleasure to have around. I am a retrieving machine, just love it! Why don’t you visit me here at the shelter? I’m...
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Alleged ‘cat murder’ trial is postponed

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Aug. 9, 2012
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The trial of Anthony Robert Ahrens – the former county resident and local chef accused of dropping a cat into a pen full of dogs, where the cat died – took another turn last Tuesday (Aug. 2) when a key witness failed to appear for a scheduled jury trial in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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RAWL Dogs: Bray

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Aug. 9, 2012
RAWL Dogs: Bray

Hey! Bray here. Ol’ Southern hound dawg of the Treeing Walker Coonhound kind. ’Cept I’m not old (about two years) and I don’t tree anything.
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RAWL Dogs: Sari

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I’m a Siberian husky – you know, one of the breed that kids often call “sled dogs,” who live in really cold places and work awfully hard. Ain’t me! I’m about 3 years old and have an independent streak. I do well with humans and other dogs.
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Photos: Farm songs

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July 26, 2012
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A contingent of singers and musicians – including on this most recent visit the festival’s world-famous founder, Maestro Lorin Maazel, and general manager Nancy Gustafson — sing for Sperryville farmer/innkeeper Cliff Miller's livestock.
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Photo: House arrest

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July 26, 2012
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Deputy Lee Settle, normally on duty catching criminals for the Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office, caught two cats – well, actually, he rescued two starving, sick kittens.
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RAWL Dog: Paulie

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I’m Paulie, and my breed, the Havanese, hails from Cuba and, in Spanish, is called Blanquito de Habana. Classy, huh? We’re an unbeatable combination of terribly sweet and quite intelligent, and are distinguished from all other breeds of dog by our walking “bop,” springing along as pretty as you please. We stick close to...
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RAWL Dogs: Penny

RAWL Dogs: Penny

I’m a “plump gal,” pretty as a Penny (which is my name) but on a strict exercise/diet program to lose some of the pounds I put on courtesy of my previous owner. I love retrieving but, until I get back to being normal-sized, only do it for short periods of time. I’m a copper-colored,...
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The Rapp for May 31

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Talent from "America's Got Talent" in Amissville, mutts and mingling at Flint Hill Public House, lots of art in Sperryville and bowling for seniors in Culpeper.
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RAWL Dogs: Lizzie

RAWL Dogs: Lizzie

Fun, fun, fun! Energy? Yep! I need a family whose people have some energy and like to play, retrieve (me, not them!), and hike (all of us). I like other dogs and try to get them into the exercise thing. Kids – love ‘em, but I’ll probably knock over any younger than 5. I’m...
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