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New moon blots out much of the sun in ­Chesapeake Country
     With the great buildup to what is being called “the celestial event of the century” come a lot of questions about the Great American Eclipse. Here are some answers.
 
What is the Great American Eclipse?
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Dog Health Alert

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).

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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.

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    Every dog needs some time to be a dog, free of human expectation, including leashes. Dog parks offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the much-needed socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Two area dog parks also have dog beaches.

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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....

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

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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.

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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.

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For a few days around the full moon, blue crabs are at their most vulnerable    

            Our precious resource, the Atlantic blue crab, grows by backing out of its armored shell. This feat is achieved by the crab swelling its body with water until it literally bursts out of the back seam. The crab will then begin wriggling free, leg by leg times eight plus two claws.

            Full moons like the one coming August 7 are prime shedding times.

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See America the Beautiful for only $10

Sixty-two (and up) is the right age and August the right month to enjoy the best deal the federal government has to offer: the Senior Pass to Federal Lands.

            America the Beautiful Passes open the gates to over 2,000 federal recreation sites spanning all 50 states plus many American territories.

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