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Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has been curbed with gentle reinforcement and a treat-reward system.

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Cement your tree’s roots by planting now

Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.

January 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hailey Van Parys hunts for the best hot chocolate in Gainesville

Hot chocolate and I go way back.

January 19, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Potentially diagnosing parvo in pup

In our practice, we typically call the owner two days after an appointment to check up on the patient.

January 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: Faith without good works is useless

We were at a restaurant when I saw a mother pulling her baby out of a high chair. The baby had some food on the back of her leg, but the mother hadn't noticed.

January 17, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: El Niño doesn’t affect Peru shortages much

El Niño is here. Named a long time ago by Peruvian fishermen, the phenomenon represents unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean.

January 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: It's time for your pup's 3-week check-up

Lemmy bounds into the waiting room, his owners trailing behind a taut leash. That's not the worst habit a puppy can have, but it is something to work on going forward.

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Siberia a bracing destination in winter

Many people like a quick winter break in Florida's warm weather. Others want something more bracing. The hardiest people take a winter tour through Siberia.

January 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips for combatting soil compaction in garden

If you call the office to discuss a problem with your landscape, one of the first things I am going to ask you about is soil testing.

January 07, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Find an Austrian wine in Buford and try Emilio Moro Malleolus 2011

What better way to start off 2016 than by answering questions from readers?

January 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppy’s first vet visit in a lifetime of health care

This is the fictionalized story of Lemmy.

January 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for cold during warm stretch

If you were dreaming of a warm Christmas this season instead of a white one, you got your wish. The week surrounding Dec. 25 was one of the warmest on record in North Georgia.

January 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Jeff Marker: Best of the bunch from 2015

Editor's note: Movie review Jeff Marker selected his top 10 films for the year.

December 31, 2015 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bill Murray gets 'Scrooged'

In an effort to avoid all things serious, I'm continuing my holiday laughs with the rarely serious, often irreverent "Scrooged."

December 30, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


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Sandra Stringer: Safety tips to follow for a picnic

If you're making plans for cookouts and family reunions, remember to make food safety a priority.

April 27, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was ...

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: A common but itchy situation for pets

I say "Lemmy." He says "No! Memmy!"

April 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tailoring a flowering garden to its gardener

Most plant lovers want to have flowers blooming in their garden all season long, but the problem arises in what to grow.

April 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Reading, traveling can take you to new places near and far

I have a plaque on my nightstand that says, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

April 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Annual checkup reveals exposure to Lyme disease

It's been a year since I saw Lemmy last. And now it's time for his routine yearly checkup.

April 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Try adding fruit trees to your edible garden

As a new resident to Gainesville and moderately experienced edible and organic gardener, I developed a fenced-in, organic raised-bed vegetable and herb garden last spring.

April 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's empathy for his little brother leads to diarrhea

He looks disheveled. Not Lemmy, he looks fine.

April 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being ...

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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