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How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis

That’s Charles Baker, streetside entertainer

Chesapeake Curiosities: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is the northernmost of its kind

Summer sends these insects singing

There may be a fungus in your soil

Plan B might be your score

The story of the Chessie

  The Chesapeake retriever originated in Maryland, developed to suit the climate and the waters of the Bay.     In 1807, a British ship wrecked off the coast of Maryland. Among the crew and cargo saved by another ship were two Newfoundland puppies. These pups turned out to be great retrievers and were bred with flat- and curly-coated retrievers as well as other dogs to create our Chessies.     “They love the water and can swim in the coldest conditions...

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Treats

No-bake dog treats are an easy, quick way to make great healthy snacks for your favorite pooch. These treats come together quickly and are a tasty boost of fiber and protein that any dog will enjoy. The treats are a great way to indulge your dog with snacks with ingredients you trust. Makes about 20 treats 1 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup water 2½ and 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (3 cups total)     In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium-high to...

No-kill shelter construction planned for 2018 in Prince Frederick

About animal well-being, Calvert County is a passionate place. Devoted animal lovers have made it so, pouring time, effort and fundraising into the creation of a half-dozen welfare organizations for animals in need, including shelters, clinics, a resale shop raising funds for neutering and spaying and a feral cat sanctuary.     Now county government is stepping up in a big way to create Calvert’s first dedicated, publicly funded shelter for homeless and neglected animals....

You can bring your dog to any of the public parks in Anne Arundel or Calvert counties, but most require that you keep them on a leash.     For off-leash play, six dog parks in Anne Arundel and two in Calvert 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. Aggressive dogs are banned from dog parks.     Some of the dog parks are set inside larger parks where...

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 adopts out about 1,500 pets. As part of the 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; aacounty.org/animalcontrol. Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control A 501(c)(3) nonprofit created by...

Professional insights into caring for your animal companions

Convenient Care Mobile ­Veterinary Service Don’t fight to get your pet to the vet Never again do you need to lie to your pet, disguising a trip to the dreaded vet’s office as an outing in the park.     No matter how great your veterinarian is, many a pet cannot stand sitting on the cold tile floor, surrounded by the noise of other anxious animals, waiting for a white lab coat to appear. Many cats refuse to be caged for such trips.     ...

And what our cats see in us

What could she see in him?         I’ve often wondered that about my friends’ husbands. Even more often, about their dogs.     Husbands are more ambiguous. Dogs are absolute.     Love me, love my dog, my grandmother taught me, was the rule of friendship with a dog fancier — which my grandmother was not. Not, love me, love my husband.     Other people’s husbands may be more attractive than your...

Lusby and Spooks

Lusby was so full of energy when we acquired her that I concluded she was nuclear-powered. Thus the name Lusby, for the location of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The one thing she does not do much of is lie around doing nothing.     Her breed has been identified as a North Carolina dog, a species with ties to the dingoes that crossed the Bering Strait with migrating humans, and she is very independent. She will not fetch for my wife Clara or me but will fetch for...

Their lifespan is just too short

My German shorthair pointer, Sophie, passed away this past winter after 13 years of memorable companionship. Her absence is almost as imposing as was her presence. A flicker of movement off to the side still makes me turn my head, expecting her to bound up to my side. Returning home, I can’t help but look for her bright eyes shining in a front window as she somehow anticipates my arrival once again.     “A dog’s lifespan is too short,” author Agnes...

Mel Brooks’ mocking masterpiece

To end its 50th season, Annapolis Summer Garden Theater has challenged itself with one of the biggest and most popular musicals ever to hit Broadway: Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Winner of a record 12 Tony Awards in 2001 and running for more than 2,500 performances, the show sought to hilariously offend everyone — Jews, producers, actors, homosexuals, Nazis … the list goes on. Brooks’ blockbuster set the stage for the kind of hard-to-get ticket that is being matched only...