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  The brothers who made up The Blasters find common ground after lost time. By Steve Houk Dave Alvin and his brother Phil made up the core of one of the most memorable bands of the 80’s, The Blasters, a whirling dervish of a blues-rockabilly-rock and roll band that would tattoo itself on your brain after you saw […]


One of rock’s most gifted songwriters reaps the rewards of patience.  By Steve Houk You might not know Willie Nile‘s music. And until you do, well, it’s your loss. Forget that Nile is one of the most prolific and brilliant songwriters anywhere. One critic referred to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Willie Nile as the “bards and masters of […]

Cat in a Box October 2015

This is Formal Tuxedo in a box with stuffed panda friend. Submitted by Cynthia and John Long of Alexandria. The truth is the truth.  Cats love exploring boxes.  The next time your cat finds his or her way into a cardboard predicament, snap a photo and send it to us and if yours is the […]

Animal Heroes: October 2015

Second Chanz Rita, a Veterinary Assistant at VCA Old Town Animal Hospital, wanted a dog for a very long time and her busy life kept forcing that want to the back burner until one day a Good Samaritan brought a stray dog into the hospital.  It was love a first sight for Rita and Chanz.  […]

All Human Foods Are Not Safe For Your Furry Companions!

By Adrienne Hergen, DVM With the holidays fast approaching, we should review some foods and other items that you shouldn’t give to your pets.  Additionally, we will discuss what problems you can see when these toxins are ingested.  Some of the main culprits are listed below. Chocolate – The darker the chocolate, the more toxic […]

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