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Raising Chickens in Town


Get Your Fun On


Adrenal Imbalances What is your Body Telling You?


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6 From Our Readers 12 Publisher’s Letter 14 In the News Spotlight Little Dogs Colorado 16 Business

Healthy with 40 Staying Chiropractic Care Wellness


50 Food Kabob Comeback

Spotlight 52 18 Business Foothills Vacuum & Sewing Center


Inspiration Cancer was a Blessing

38 Fitness Let's Meetup Next Week 10

Home & Gardening Landscaping Tips from the Pros

Pets Sugar Gliders The Perfect Pocket Pet

Pets 56 Healthy The Heart of the Matter Canine Heart Disease

Pets Spring Prevention: Keeping our 60 Healthy Four-legged Friends Healthy

62 About Town

Purple Ribbon Breakfast

NCMC Foundation Gala Night to Shine

SPIRIT Gala 2017

On the Cover: Erin Purdy and her three sons are caretakers of eight chickens. Cover photography courtesy of Rod Pentico, Pentico Photography




Welcome to our March NOCO Wellness issue. Wellness includes many topics that contribute to overall mind, body, and spirit good health so our topics are interesting and varied. In fact, most people feel that wellness includes our pets as they contribute to our overall quality of life. Recently I was introduced to a pet I’d never heard of when a discussion came up about sugar gliders in our editorial meeting. Jon, our account executive, mentioned that his wife had two sugar gliders and started telling us all about them. I couldn’t resist; I had to include an article about sugar gliders since I was sure many of you probably


didn’t know anything about them. I was surprised it wasn’t difficult finding families to speak about owning sugar gliders as pets so I learned a lot about them. Be sure to read “Sugar Gliders, the Perfect Pocket Pet” to be introduced to this tiny marsupial which bonds to its owner, is social, noisy and active at night, and sleeps during the day. It’s a fun and entertaining companion. Another intriguing popular pet trend is raising chickens in the backyard. More and more families are deciding to build a coop and introduce chickens to their kids as pets and for a healthy supply of fresh eggs. For a fun look at three households that enjoy their pets quirky entertaining personalities, read “Raising Chickens in Town.” Of course, dogs are the most popular and common pet. I have two dogs myself; Roo, my little 14 year-old black Pekapom has a big personality for his small 4 pound body. And, Lulu my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel/ Pekingese mix eighteen-month old puppy is a white fur ball of boundless energy. Recently, Roo has had several bouts of congestive heart failure and has been under the care of Colorado State University Veterinary doctors. His incredible care precipitated learning more about the cardiology department at this world-renowned Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Learn about this common disease in dogs and meet Dr. Robin Downing of Windsor Veterinary Clinic, and Dr. Brian Scansen, Assistant Professor of Cardiology, at Colorado State University, in “The Heart of the Matter, Canine Heart Disease.” A key component for people to stay healthy, by many accounts, relies on exercise and movement. Although working out in a health club on a regular basis is a good way to stay fit, many people prefer to stay fit participating in fun sporting activities. Northern Colorado has

numerous opportunities to participate in adult sports to stay active and fit. We barely scratched the surface; you can read about nine indoor facilities that offer individual and league sporting activities. Read, “Get Your Fun On!” and get moving! If you would rather be active outdoors, another fun option to meet likeminded people is to join a meetup group. It’s the way to find friends with shared interests. Hike, bike, run, enjoy yoga and much more by just logging on and showing up. Read “Let’s Meetup Next Week!” for a look at how this popular process works. Staying healthy is most everyone’s goal and one way to encourage this is with the care and guidance of a chiropractor. Meet three chiropractors and learn about their individual approach to wellness and to treating spinal related health concerns. Read “Staying Healthy with Chiropractic Care,” for insight into specialties, modalities, and practices. The weather is changing and spring is on the horizon. With the arrival of nice weather, our thoughts go to planting and enjoying our back yards. Be sure to catch “Landscape Tips from the Pros” to learn about what you ought to do to prepare your yard to be the best it can be this summer. I hope you enjoy the many interesting articles in this issue. As always, we enjoy hearing from you. Our goal is to bring you monthly magazines focused on Northern Colorado that you enjoy and find relevant, informative and beautiful. Wishing you good health,


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Capturing Your Pet’s Personality Lauren White is a freelance fine artist specializing in vibrantly intricate paintings of animals and custom landscape patio furniture where every square inch has unique detail. Her acrylic paintings delightfully capture each pet or animal’s personality, and her commissioned paintings run from a small 5x7 in. to a 4x4 ft. Lauren lives in Fort Collins where she graduated from Colorado State University. Her use of color and meticulous detail create vivid work that Lauren prefers to let speak for itself! You can view her portfolio at, 970-412-8315

WHAT WE HELP WITH (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST): Low cost Micro-chipping • Cat food • Dog food Dry & canned food • Education on food and health Treats • Toys • Resources for other assistance Hours: Tue-Sat: 9 a.m. - 3p.m (970) 484-7297 • 328 S. Link Lane Fort Collins, CO 80524 CycleTote has been a family owned business for 40 years. Tim and Sue Whetten bought the business 6 years ago and are carrying on the tradition of hand built, rugged bicycle trailers that are manufactured in Fort Collins. CycleTote builds bicycle trailers for kids, dogs, cargo and special needs children. Their dog trailers accommodate large dogs or small dogs along with gear. Many of their 4-legged friends and their bicyclists have traveled thousands of miles in their CycleTote., 970-482-2401


The mission of 4 Paws Pet Pantry is to help families stay together during times of financial crisis, and reduce the emotional and financial burden that resuts from families suddenly thrust into poverty from having to make hard decisions about their pets. We teach our children that pets need forever homes, to value the love and loyalty of these furry family members as much as the humans that love them. We teach them that all life is valuable and no life is disposable. STYLEMEDIA.COM




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LITTLE DOGS COLORADO Rackel Ward’s Passion By Kyle Eustice

CLOSING THOUGHTS “Watching people and their dogs

form a lasting and loving relationship that benefits everyone,” she says. “That’s what I live for. It’s

amazing. We really love all dogs,

and they seem to love us back with

doggie kisses and pure joy, shedding

lovely hairs of happiness all over us.”

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than they love themselves.” My favorite quote, Rackel

adds, “Unconditional love is what a dog brings into your life. You can’t

buy that. You can only be grateful to have that kind of love in your life, even for a short time.”


“It’s not a job,” Rackel Ward says. “It’s a calling.” As the founder of Little Dogs Colorado in Eaton, Ward has built her life around animals. Like most animal professionals, her passion for animals began early, bringing home every stray animal she found. As the former owner of the Loveland Dog Club, her own dogs grew up in daycare and the socialization and training aspect was tremendous, pushing her to establish Little Dogs Colorado, offering boarding, training, grooming and doggie boarding school. “My very favorite thing to do is teach classes,” she says. “I teach families how to live harmoniously with a dog as part of the family, creating a strong human/animal bond." Ward is one of very few trainers that encourage the entire family to participate in classes, especially the kids. At Little Dogs Colorado they also train Specialty Companion Dogs for adults and children with special needs, such as seizure alert and companions for the disabled. Just 30 minutes east of Fort Collins, Little Dogs Colorado sits on nearly five-acres of


land inside a beautiful Victorian farmhouse with a custom-built kennel room. Rubber play floors, a huge play yard, and custom fencing, provide a secure environment, especially for smaller dogs. Tiled suites feature custom built arched gates. “They’re gorgeous,” she says. “They cost more than my car [laughs].”


Aside from providing boarding, Little Dogs Colorado is an all-encompassing experience for every little dog that enters its doors. It’s much more like a warm, inviting home. Ward’s dog training and boarding school training are integral to the business. “I help people learn to teach their dogs everything from “sit” to how to safely introduce your dog to new things in their environment, and how to care for your dog,” she says. “When you get a dog, they become a part of your family. Make your dog feel safe and they will be more open to training at all levels. My specialty has always been working with kids and dogs, and I love having kids

in my classes.” Ward believes it’s important for the entire family to participate. It’s also twice as rewarding for Ward, a grandmother herself, to not only work with animals, but also inquisitive children. “It’s so fun and very rewarding,” she says. “There are a lot of children out there who are afraid of dogs. We try to empower children in the eyes of the dog so they can build a better relationship, and fewer dogs end up in shelters. That’s a really big deal.” Ward’s vision for Little Dogs Colorado is based on how she’d want her own animals to be treated, especially the smaller ones, which is truly her focus. “Not every dog owner feels comfortable with their 4-pound Chihuahua playing in the same space as big dogs. We turn the spotlight on the little guys.”


Little Dogs Colorado’s claim to fame is its keen attention to dogs 40 lbs. and under, making it a safe and fun place for little dogs. Ward has created an environment as stress free as possible with custom-built aluminum fencing for the outdoor play yard - the pickets are very close together - keeping little dogs safer. Every exit is a gated double entry system, STYLEMEDIA.COM

an important safety measure. “We built 15 tiled custom kennel suites with aluminum picket fence gates,” she explains. “We have rubber play floors, so dogs can play inside or outside, and they are always supervised by our trained staff. Little dogs are accustomed to spending a lot of quality time with their owners, so when they’re in a boarding kennel, they can sometimes get depressed for lack of attention.” Ward’s training regime for her staff is equally as thorough. Staff members of Little Dogs Colorado have to be as passionate as she is about the dogs in our care. “Sometimes people who work with dogs aren’t as well trained as they should be, so I advocate ongoing training for my staff. People who work for Little Dogs Colorado know their job and are passionate about it,” she says. “You’re taking care of someone’s fur kid. At the end of a normal working day, some boarding kennels put all the animals in their kennels, turn off the lights and leave. That terrifies me.” Little Dogs Colorado offers kennel suites, but dogs may sleep in a kennel in my room, or even in my bed. We have dogs that like sleeping on the floor in the bathroom. We have a family room where my husband and I watch television, and they can hang out with us in there. It’s like being at Grandma’s house.”


“The thing about Little Dogs Colorado, when your dog comes here, they’re part of the family,” she says. “My dogs are great about welcoming them. The new dogs become part of the pack in no time.” In addition to boarding, Ward also provides countless toys, lots of playtime and treats, administers required medicine, pays attention to each dog’s individual diet, and is acutely aware of any health issues that may require special attention, even during the night. “We provide each dog with lots of individual attention and love. This is the Concierge Style Service we provide that almost nobody else does,” she says.


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CLOSING THOUGHTS “I love dealing with the customers,” he says. “I like educating and help-

By Kyle Eustice

ing people. I’ve actually lost sales by talking them into keeping their old

vacuum. Transparency shoots me in


Thirty-two-year-old Greeley, Colorado native Trevor Bertelsen and his wife, Nacole Carter, recently acquired Foothills Vacuum & Sewing Center, a longstanding Fort Collins business founded in 1983 by Lawrence Williamson. Once Williamson deemed it was time to retire, Bertelsen, a loyal employee of the business, took the opportunity to buy it in 2016. The 2003 Akron High School graduate now makes the daily commute from his home in Loveland six times a week to helm the beloved store. “I worked at the store for six or seven years and purchased it last year,” Bertelsen explains. “I’ve been doing this most of my adult life. I used to run another store in Boulder and also worked in Denver. It’s what I know and what I’m comfortable doing, so I stuck with it.”


With a staff of only three people, Foothills Vacuum & Sewing Center manages to help 30 to 40 customers every day, fix 30 to 40 sewing machines each month, and repair anywhere from 160 to 300 vacuums per month, as well. Bertelsen juggles everything from sales and


half of the accounting to repairs and service calls. Above all, they really pride themselves on top notch customer service. “Customer service is the most important thing,” he says. “From instructing customers on the care of their vacuums, and selling parts and accessories to pairing them with the proper machine for the job, we try to be as knowledgeable as we can.” In addition to its industrial and commercial products, they also carry sewing machines, accessories, and, of course, an array of high end vacuums. Although it’s not advertised, Foothills Vacuum & Sewing Center is also able to handle small repairs on desk lamps, shampooers, small heaters, and even vintage rotary dial phones. “If it has electricity running through it, we can fix it,” he says. “We do all kinds of odd stuff.” As an exclusive dealer of Miele’s Maverick UI Dynamic products, Foothills Vacuum & Sewing Center is truly one stop shopping for the best vacuums in town and any type of repair service on any make or model.


“Customer service is definitely our claim to fame,” he says. “We don’t do a lot of advertising, so we want to do right by our customers. It’s a lot of word of mouth. Some people might think we’re like used car salesmen, who will over charge or something. So, we more or less rely on explaining things the best we can, offer free estimates, and we are as up front, honest and educational as possible. There is no pushing involved here.”


With cleaning accounts going back over 20 years, Foothills Vacuum is a name the community can trust. With its impeccable customer service, vast experience, and knowledgable employees, it takes the intimidation factor out of both shopping for vacuums and repairing them. “We take our time with each customer and custom tailor what the customer is looking for, including price points and their criteria,” he explains. “We are not interested in pushing

the foot sometimes, but I think it’s best for business. I want people to talk to me like I want to be talked

to—up front, honest and transparent. It’s how my business has been

successful—by treating people right and doing the right thing.”

things out the door. It’s a very crazy industry. There are a lot of nice carpets that are high maintenance with specific ways to clean them and that demand has only grown. We want to make sure to get our customers something that fits their lifestyle without that big box store mentality.” Foothills Vacuum & Sewing Center is also acutely aware of health risks that come along with a vacuum that is not up to par. “Believe it or not, in our industry, there are health benefits with well performing vacuums,” he says. “Not everything is created equally. Without proper air filters, the amount of pollutants put into the air—dirt, dust mites, mold, allergens, bacteria—can make the indoor air five times dirtier than outside. It’s important to get a high quality vacuum. Independent research has shown that our brand, Miele, emits the least amount of particulates of most leading brands. And that means healthier air!”


Monday thru Friday — 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday —10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday — Closed


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Raising Chickens in Town By Lynette Chilcoat

People who raise chickens are cheery. They have smiles on their faces, and laughter in their voices. There is an air of healthy happiness about them, because, in their own words, they have happy hens. Caring for critters who live close to the earth provides a grounding effect on the humans who choose to do so. NOCO Wellness 2017


The Purdy boys look after their 8 chickens.

A growing resurgence is on the rise to raise chickens within town limits. The practice is no longer limited to folks who live in rural settings. Mini backyard barnyards are relatively straightforward to attain, as well as maintain. Chickens are universally iconic of a rustic lifestyle and idyllic self-sufficiency. They can be found in nearly every culture across the globe, with a number of varieties to choose from. Chickens provide highprotein food in the form of eggs, fertilizer from a base consisting of composted straw or wood chips combined with their waste, as well as pest control when they are allowed to forage for insects. Not to mention the sense of contentment provided for young and old caregivers alike. These unorthodox pets, which were once relegated only as a farm staple, provide a stabilizing factor. The daily chores of feeding and collecting eggs teach children a sense of responsibility. Adults find joy in not only the quirky behavior of chickens,


but the simple tasks associated with keeping them well. And, according to four local chicken raisers, the benefits of having the winsome fowl around are many. The Charm of Chicken Feed Not only has she made the care and feeding of animals, including chickens, her life’s work, Karen Horak has also been raising them herself for years. “I love chickens,” says the owner of Poudre Pet and Feed Supply, with six locations in Northern Colorado, which was voted Best Pet Supply Store of 2016 by Style readers. Whether the reasons for having the birds around are as basic as wanting them for unique pets or the wish for fresh eggs, providing a safe environment for them is paramount. Their housing is a matter of top concern, especially since they are outdoors and prey to many. “With chickens, it’s not so much about them getting out, but rather stuff getting

in,” muses Horak. “Animals such as raccoons, dogs, hawks and foxes are all predators. Even skunks will eat the eggs, as well as the babies.” Just as important, though, “they need a good, balanced poultry diet,” says Horak. Horak recommends quality feed to set them on the road to good health. Starter, poulet and then lay feed, for good egg laying, are suggested. “It never hurts to give extra calcium, such as oyster shells. You can also give them scraps, but stay away from anything spicy, salty or containing animal fats. Bugs, such as mealworms, are a treat,” says Horak. In addition, Horak emphasizes cleaning their houses regularly and “administer overthe-counter poultry dust and dewormer for parasites.” Kids connecting with cluckers Erin Purdy, who lives in south Fort Collins, is the mother of three sons ranging in age from toddler to 15. The family have STYLEMEDIA.COM

been the caretakers of eight chickens for the past three years. “We already garden and raise honey bees, so from a fresh egg standpoint, this seemed like something we could do,” says Purdy. “Just knowing that we are raising happy hens is important. Plus, it’s good for the kids to be around animals that are part of our food source.” The Purdy’s picked several different breeds — Leghorns, Red Stars, SilverLaced Wyandot and Columbia Wyandot. Their choices stemmed from the decision to pick hens that were good egg layers and known to have decent temperaments around children. Also, according to Purdy’s research, these breeds “are not very broody, which means they don’t have a strong inherent desire to sit on the eggs until they hatch.” Chickens on the Purdy backyard homestead are allowed to free-range somewhat, so the kids not only help feed them, but “herd them back into the coop,” says Purdy.

They also collect eggs, which “they like to eat.” The Purdy boys have learned the importance of keeping things sanitary, as well. “They’re great,” says Purdy, referring to practices her children implement to keep the possibility of outdoor bacteria from coming inside. “They’re pretty careful with cleanliness. Their boots stay in the backyard — they don’t come into the house at all.” Purdy adds that her family “simply rinses the eggs off a little bit because they have their own protective coating.” “For us, I think the benefits outweigh the cost,” adds Purdy, who adds they average about four to five eggs a day. Yields vary depending on the chicken’s breed and age, plus time of year. “Knowing you are getting really good quality eggs, have less overall food waste because our vegetable and grain scraps go to the birds, and developing a nutrient-dense compost for the garden are all benefits. For us, those things are really important.”

When asked about her favorite part of having chickens around, Purdy lets a giggle escape. “I should say the mature thing — eggs,” she answers. “But, honestly, they are just funny to be around and are entertaining.” Poultry Pals Margaret Cottam is a semi-retired software developer who only recently moved from Wisconsin to the heart of Fort Collins. She and her partner, Diane Barrett, have three small dogs and four chickens — all similar in size. The dogs aren’t left unattended around the chickens, but they were raised together and get along well. Upon stepping from house to backyard, the sight of the sizable coop in the midst, complete with outside run, lends a country feel to the entire space. City streets, sounds and concerns are shut out. The two ladies ran a farmette in Wisconsin where they raised goats and llamas. Chickens were a logical next step. Barrett

Margaret Cottam brought her chickens when she relocated to Fort Collins. NOCO Wellness 2017


Charlotte and Ron Williams raise chickens as pets and for the fresh eggs.

gave them to Cottam for her birthday, and she liked them so much, an extra effort was made to bring them along when they came to Colorado. “I think they’re interesting. They make quiet, soothing noises and have distinct personalities.” says Cottam, a sparkle in her eyes as she speaks of her ‘happy chickens’. “I don’t like production poultry farming and think the eggs taste better. But, they’re really more pets than anything.” The coop boasts a heated water dish and roosting house door which shuts automatically at night. The set-up is well ventilated with chicken wire, yet tightly constructed to keep tenacious hunters out. “We held a coop-forming party and worked hard to make their coop predator proof. The structure has also been inspected by the Humane Society. There aren’t any issues with the neighbors — sometimes they squawk loud (the chickens, not the neighbors), but the boy behind us says that they sound like they’re laughing, so I’ll go


with that.” Cottam’s four hens were picked specifically so that she can tell them apart. Angelique is an Australorp, Loretta a Welsummer (the same type found on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal box), Charlotte’s the Easter Egger and Victoria is a Silver-laced Wyandot. Cottam says of her feathered girls, “I like to go outside and listen to their clucking. It’s relaxing, a de-stressor.” Venerable Hens For Charlotte and Ron Williams, both in their 70s, raising chickens was “just something we liked. We both had them as kids so when the City of Fort Collins changed the ordinance to allow chickens in town, we decided to keep them for fresh eggs as well as pets,” says Charlotte Williams. “My husband has built a chicken coop with two heated roosts and two nest boxes in an enclosed house. Every morning I give

them a little bit of scratch, plus vegetable scraps, orange and apple peelings or dry oats,” says Williams. “The people behind us have the Chicken Hotel, but ours is just a regular old coop. You’ve got to build the coops so they’re animal proof with wire sides and a wire or tin roof.” These features are important factors for their Buff Orpingtons, a very gentle giant breed that withstand cold weather well, and Black Austrolorps, a strikingly black with iridescent green, hardy chicken, also noted for their gentleness. Williams says chicken ownership is worth the effort due to the camaraderie offered by their birds. “They crouch down, waiting to be picked up and snuggled, wanting to be held and petted. They chatter, making soft cooing sounds.” Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. She has 20 years experience enjoying the freelancer’s lifestyle. Reach her at STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Chipper's Lanes

Get Your Fun On! By Brad Shannon

A different kind of sports mom and dad When you think of a soccer mom, do you think of a soccer playing mom? Probably not, but local facilities and leagues are seeing more and more adult participation in various sports leagues and activities. For many, starting, returning to, or staying with an athletic activity provides an opportunity to maintain or improve physical fitness and agility, mental health and acuity, and make social connections – and just have a chance to get out of the house on a regular basis. If you have a sport or activity you’d like to try, or perhaps return to after some time away, there are a wide variety of options available in Northern Colorado where you can get started. Take your pick from individual or group lessons, classes and clinics,


and teams and leagues that range from casual evenings out to higher levels of skill and competition. Out for Kicks There are several options on the soccer front locally, though it helps to know someone involved and have some prior experience and basic skills. Arena Sports, just off the Windsor exit, offers indoor leagues for men’s, women’s, and coed teams year-round on a field with walls like those around a hockey rink. Edge Sports Center, at the SE corner of Mulberry and I-25, also offers year-round indoor soccer for men’s, women’s and coed teams. Outdoors, the Fort Collins Soccer club offers men’s and women’s spring and fall leagues, and a summer coed league. “Our

adult leagues are going gangbusters,” noted Brenda Hampson, the club’s director of member services. “Our women’s league has seven teams, and we have open and men’s over-40 leagues that are thriving. We’re excited about where we are and where things are going as things have taken off the past couple of seasons and we can hope that many more get out there to have fun.” Strikes or Spikes Chipper’s Lanes offers bowling leagues at all five of their centers. “Each is customized for all kinds of different people,” said Bryan Smith, senior operations manager. “It’s really something folks can engage in for life.” From college leagues with teams from CSU, UNC, CU and FRCC to leagues for STYLEMEDIA.COM

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seniors that play in the morning, there are options for never-evers through serious, seasoned bowlers. “Our approach is to create fun for everyone, even in the more serious leagues,” Smith added. “It’s about the experience, and we work to ensure our staff is well trained and everyone feels welcome.” Chipper’s has leagues every night of the week but Saturday. Beginner leagues run eight to 16 weeks. Some leagues bowl in the dark, some add trivia to the mix, others offer gift cards for fuel to top performers. Costs vary, but start around $14/week. Chipper’s also offers volleyball, with two courts at their facility on Horsetooth Road, along with a horseshoe pit and cornhole boards. Volleyball leagues play two eightweek summer sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Teams are typically NOCO Wellness 2017

made up of players of mixed abilities. “Pick a session and a night that works for you, come out and enjoy some beverages and socialize before and after your game,” said Smith. Is Your Aim True? If not, Rocky Mountain Archery can help. To get started, come in, get a quick safety briefing and tutorial and a rental bow, then take aim at a target for a couple of hours for $13. Or take a private lesson for an hour, for $45, or bring a friend or group. Samantha King, bow technician and manager, can set you up with equipment or you can bring your own. The real fun happens Tuesday nights, but, King notes, you need your own equipment. “Our 3D bow hunter league places foam

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animal targets on the range and you have to account for obstacles and work through different shots,” King shared. “It’s a great way to get ready for a hunt or just have fun. We keep score and award prizes.” Rocky Mountain Shooters Supply doesn’t host competitions, but offers classes, training, an indoor range and a partnership with an outdoor range for practicing your marksmanship. The outdoor range, Pawnee Sportsmens Center in Bridggsdale, offers regular competitive events. The indoor lane is open to the public and has a variety of rental firearms available. Take the NRA basic pistol class, also offered in a ladies-only session. Other classes are also offered by local instructors. Try FiTS – Firearms Training Simulationswhere videos of scenarios are projected on


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the wall and you decide how to respond in each case. “The basics class assumes you know nothing, and covers safety, loading and unloading, cleaning, maintenance, stance and grip, with time shooting on the indoor range,” said Tim Brough, owner and manager. Gliding Along If you’re a hockey player – or want to be one – visit Collin Floyd at the NoCo Ice Center near the Windsor exit along I-25, next door to Arena Sports. There, up to 300 players in coed leagues grouped by ability play year-round. If you want to work your way into a league, try the learn-to-skate program first. Then move to hockey school for adults, a four-session class for beginners offered fall and spring. “It covers skating, puck control, passing, shooting and positioning, to educate and get people interested and having fun so they feel more comfortable moving into a league and playing games,” shared Floyd.


Beginners play in D league for those who are just starting and didn’t play as a kid. Low C, high C, and B are progressively more competitive, with faster, more skilled players, and A league in the summer attracts college kids, former professional players and others who play in competitive leagues during the winter. Games are three 14-minute periods once a week and winter season is 20 games. The investment if you’re new can be a bit steep. Floyd says a player can get started – skates, stick, pads, and helmet - cheaper with used equipment. New, expect to spend around $1,000, plus the cost of the league ($550 in winter, $250 in summer). Need Some Speed? Whether you’re new or a seasoned skater, call Jondon Trevena of Jondon Speed, a speed skater who can help you get around the roller rink or ice rink faster, or boost your hockey speed. He teaches power skating for hockey players and speed skating to all ages at EPIC on Wednesdays. He helps with inline speed skating at Rollerland on

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Sunday mornings and Thursday nights. Hit the Court If you’re curious about learning tennis, or have played and want to get back into the swing of things, visit the Miramont Lifestyle Fitness south location. There, tennis manager Cynthia Wooldridge says, “We have something for everyone, for all different levels of player. We get beginners started and get folks back into the game. Our classes and group lessons have a place for you at whatever level you play. We have a healthy mix of competitive and social or recreational tennis.” With players from 18 to their late 80s and everything in between, the eight Miramont courts – four indoor, four outdoor – are often busy. “We think of it as a lifetime sport, and our focus is on helping folks experience it and develop a passion for the game. Some compete, some just play for fun, and everyone benefits from the social interaction, making friends, and the physical activity. There’s always something new to learn, and as folks keep getting better, STYLEMEDIA.COM

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they find something else new to learn and challenge them.” If you are new to the sport, Miramont offers a free half-hour lesson and evaluation by a pro to determine the best level for you and help integrate you into the program. Bring a good set of tennis shoes and they are happy to give you a demo racquet that fits your level of play and experience. Social Climbers There are more and more options to learn and practice climbing locally, with dedicated climbing facilities and fitness centers with climbing walls. John Lachelt, owner and general manager of Ascent Studio, even hosts occasional climbing competitions. “It’s low on competition and high on collaboration and community,” he notes. In addition to climbing instruction, the facility offers yoga classes. “We have climbers in their 60s and 70s, and for many the social side and the opportunity to interact with people, even among those with different abilities, makes it enjoyable for all.”


Dunking Baskets If basketball or volleyball is your game, visit the brand new (opened February 3) Power2Play Sports Event Center just east of the Larimer County fairgrounds in Windsor. The 52,000-square-foot facility has six basketball/volleyball courts, a 10,000-square-foot sports lounge, seven big-screen TVs, WiFi, a 4,000-square-foot patio, food court, team store, conference rooms, and children's room where kids can hang out, read, and play, supervised, while siblings or parents compete. "We will offer leagues for fall and winter, and now we're educating people on where we are and what we're about," said Michael Peterson, owner. Meanwhile, stop by for daily open gym times to practice your skills or engage in pick-up games, or bring your teammates and rent a court to practice and play. Individual day passes and monthly memberships for individuals and families are available. Details at powertoplaysports. com. Your City’s Offerings Local city recreation departments also

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offer a wide variety of classes and leagues that are quite popular, including softball, basketball, flag football, kickball, volleyball, pickleball, tennis, martial arts, lacrosse, inline hockey, soccer and more. In Fort Collins, look for the city’s Recreator catalog, or visit In Loveland, look for Leisure Times, or In Windsor, visit Activity-Guide. In Greeley, visit activities/recreation. In Wellington, visit townofwellington. com/178/Recreation-Department. Brad Shannon is a freelance writer and provides public relations and marketing communications services through his Loveland-based Shannon Marketing Communications LLC. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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Adrenal Imbalances W HA T I S Y O UR B OD Y T E L L IN G Y OU ? By Ann Kasky

You may have never thought about how much we have in common with our cars. Car problems may begin with one issue, which turns into another, until the years of wear & tear take a toll. Let’s not forget what happens if you keep driving the car when the little dial is showing low fuel. But, often we keep on driving, ignoring those noises in the engine until the dashboard lights up and the car breaks down. This is similar to what can happen with the human body. It’s become common for people to over-schedule, skimp on sleep, eat on the run, all while chasing the next deadline, until they find themselves running on empty. The result can lead to stress, fatigue, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, aches & pains, and a variety of other symptoms. The adrenal glands are little-thought-of


but highly important organs in our body. Sitting on top of the kidneys, these two glands produce hormones that are important in regulating blood pressure and metabolism, controlling the body’s immune system, balancing sodium and potassium in the blood, and regulating sex hormones. Adrenal fatigue is a modern term, first used in 1998 by chiropractor and naturopath, James Wilson, and recognized by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and other alternative medical practitioners. While Western medicine does not recognize adrenal fatigue because the symptoms are considered to be non-specific and not scientifically proven, other adrenal problems are recognized. Dr. James Speed, MD and Endocrinologist from Banner Health Fort Collins, diagnoses and treats people with Addison’s

disease, also known as adrenal insufficiency (AI). AI is an endocrine or hormonal disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands don’t produce enough of certain hormones. AI can be primary or secondary. Addison’s disease, the common term for primary AI, occurs when the adrenal glands are damaged and cannot produce enough of the adrenal hormone cortisol. On the other hand, when too much cortisol is produced, the result is Cushing’s syndrome. Secondary AI occurs when the pituitary gland—a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain—fails to produce enough adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), a hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. If ACTH output is too low, cortisol production drops. Eventually, the adrenal glands can shrink due to lack of ACTH stimulation. Secondary AI is much more common STYLEMEDIA.COM

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than Addison’s disease. Dr. Speed shares that people with Addison’s may develop hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, on scars, skin folds, and pressure points such as elbows, knees, toes, and lips. Other common symptoms include chills, night sweats, anxiety, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, and loss of sex drive. The majority of Addison’s disease cases are caused by an autoimmune disorder but can also stem from tuberculosis, bleeding into the adrenal glands, and certain medications. Dr. Speed confirms AI through a hormonal blood ACTH stimulation and urine test which measures the levels of cortisol in the blood before and after an injection of synthetic ACTH. Addison’s and Cushing’s disease are serious and are treated with steroids. Dr. Speed advises caution with the use of herbal supplements because they are not regulated. He prefers to work with his patients and their holistic providers to ensure that supplements do not interfere with medications he prescribes, so to “do no harm.” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Adrenal Fatigue Monique Larson, DAOM (Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and owner of Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic in downtown Fort Collins says, “Chinese Medicine has been treating and healing illnesses, including adrenal imbalances, for


over 2500 years.” Monique explains, “Your adrenals produce cortisol and sex hormones, and work with the Hypothalamus-Pituitary to regulate and manage hormone levels, thyroid function, metabolism, stress levels, sleep cycles, blood pressure, heart rate and sex drive.” Cortisol’s job is to regulate blood pressure and keep blood sugar elevated to overcome the stressor. This is known as fight-or-flight. In TCM, the kidneys are considered to be the life force and the center of the body’s yin/yang. Based on this theory, when there is an imbalance in the kidney yin and kidney yang, health problems occur. Symptoms of a kidney ‘yin’ imbalance can include low back pain, dizziness, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, and inflammation. Kidney ‘yang’ imbalance produces more ‘heat’ symptoms, such as intolerance to cold, pain or cold sensation in the knees and back, and loss of sex drive. When under stress from the imbalance, the body isn’t able to return to a normal state and the adrenals are taxed. “If the process of adrenal fatigue continues, the sex hormones become affected, leading to a hormonal imbalance. The hypothalamus, which release corticotrophin, and pituitary glands come into play and the cortisol changes the adrenals leading them to ‘search’ for reserves. The HPA-Axis then addresses both the brain chemistry and sex hormones because the feedback loop between the adrenals and brain is not firing correctly. There is a miscommunication as to

when to release the stress hormones, causing disharmony in the body.” “People with adrenal fatigue may have anxiety attacks, and, as the cycle of fightor-flight continues, the brain chemistry changes,” Monique explains. “Cortisol stays elevated, depleting the hormones. Serotonin becomes depleted as elevated cortisol for long periods results in neuro-endocrine dysfunction. Hot flashes, irritability and weight gain may worsen.” “Chinese medicine doctors can detect adrenal fatigue by a pale, swollen tongue and a deep, weak pulse. Blood work is normally ordered for the thyroid and saliva to test the adrenals, and patient’s individual symptoms are also taken into account.” “The goal in Traditional Chinese Medicine is to find the disharmony and reestablish the function of the HPA-Axis via the kidneys and other organ systems. Healing from adrenal fatigue takes commitment to lifestyle changes. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbs can help support the organs that are affected, regulating the nervous system and hormones, and reducing symptoms to bring the body back into harmony.” Monique also suggests building up reserves through good diet, exercise and sleep habits. She recommends Chi Gong for low-impact exercise and making a nourishing bone broth with organic beef or chicken bones, vegetables, spices, and apple cider vinegar for a warm meal or snack to be enjoyed twice a day. Healing through Mindfulness & Yoga Beth O’Brien PhD, a psychologist and yoga instructor in Fort Collins, counsels and teaches people how to cope with stress. Beth says, “Adrenal fatigue is caused by chronic stress events we may not have control over, leading to continual fight-orflight reactions. The physical symptoms can cause a vicious cycle of worry as people begin to be concerned about 'what is going on in their body and feeling hopeless and out of control.' The person who is resilient is the person who is able to think about what he/she can control and focus on feeling hopeful." Beth suggests creating a support team through massage therapy, counseling, or yoga. Sometimes social media can generate STYLEMEDIA.COM

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support by sharing news with a community of supportive people, but it can also be negative and a break may be needed. Beth pauses, reflecting that so much in Colorado is about pushing our bodies to do more. “Yoga takes the pressure off. People leave yoga class feeling restored and with a sense of contentment.” She teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, flow, and restorative yoga classes. Yoga helps stop the stress response by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system. Being in the moment is Beth’s practice for helping the body to regulate. She teaches square breathing - the practice of concentrating on each point of a square, inhaling on the count of four, and exhaling through the nose.” Hobbies and adult coloring books can also create mindfulness. Beth uses coloring in her therapy with patients as it calms the Amygdala, the trauma and emotion storing part of the brain. Is your body in need of a tune-up or repair? Just like a car, our bodies need attention so we can function and be the vehicle to live the best life possible. Respect, nourish, and treat it with care. Ann Kasky is a writer and communication specialist. She is passionate about social justice, loves to read, work with non-profits and is a beach lover. NOCO Wellness 2017



Deb Campbell, Heather Maestas, Ashley Whittemore, Barbara Selden, Danielle Dent, Cheri Jackson, Christina Salas

Cancer Was a Blessing “Cancer was a gift. It changed my life.” So says Barbara Selden, administrative assistant and medical staff coordinator at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. Selden was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2012. “I got the call at work, and I burst into tears,” she says. Her husband was unable to come get her, so she was planning on driving to the doctor’s office herself. When the hospital’s human resources director saw Selden in distress, however, she drove her to the physician’s office. Another staff member followed so neither Selden nor her husband would have to worry about getting the director back to work. While recalling that moment, Selden says that it was “the first time that the hospital touched her heart.” And, it wouldn’t be the last. “The staff at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital was instrumental in my healing,” she says. Selden had worked at the hospital two years before learning of her diagnosis. Following a double mastectomy and total hysterectomy, she was determined to return to work. After her surgeries, she endured 18 weeks of chemotherapy, while only missing one day of work.


“During this time, I was really concerned about losing my hair and how my colleagues would react,” she says. “The day before my birthday, a large amount of my hair came out at work. So, that night I shaved my hair and wore a wig to work the next day. I received quite a few compliments, but the wig was uncomfortable.” The following week, Selden wore a different wig, but became upset when no one complimented her. She thought it was because the wig looked bad. When an administrator noticed and asked Selden why she was upset, she told her. “What do you wear at home?” the administrator asked. “Hats,” Selden replied. “Wonderful! Did you know that Friday is ‘Wear Your Hat to Work Day?’” When Selden returned to work that Friday, nearly everyone at the hospital was wearing a hat. From that day forward, periodically a different hat would show up anonymously on her desk. “To be so outwardly supported was overwhelming,” Selden says. Another time during her chemotherapy treatments, Selden broke her pelvis and began walking with crutches. “Every morning I’d come to work, someone would carry my purse and lunch inside the building for

me because I couldn’t,” she says. “And, at the end of the day, someone would carry them back out for me.” Along with the staff ’s support, Selden also credits the hospital’s patients for helping her heal. “When patients leave our hospital, we create a congratulatory tunnel and clap and cheer in support,” Selden says. “I was doing that one day when I realized…I’m just worried about my hair. Some of these people have lost entire limbs, and they’re leaving grateful and healthy. It was then that I realized, we can be victims or we can find the blessings.” Now a mentor to other women with breast cancer, Selden says she tries to never leave a day at work without helping a patient in some way. “I now think every day, ‘How can I bless someone today?’ she says. “I want to give back to the patients here.” Selden has been clear of cancer for more than 4 years now. “I fought the fight, and I won,” she says. “It’s not a bad thing. I’ve learned to be so much healthier and grateful, and I’ve learned to live one day at a time.” Story courtesy of Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital. STYLEMEDIA.COM


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Next Week! By Malini Bartels

It’s the 21st century way to find friends, share common interests, and create connections. is a social networking website dedicated to facilitating in-person meetings for people with common interests and within a certain geographic radius. The easy to read calendars and message boards make finding friends stress-free and fun. It’s as simple as setting your geographic location, choosing topics, and selecting a radius for the website to search within. Some groups have a fee to participate, due


to essential costs for specific activities, but signing up on the site is no cost and just takes a few clicks. Pam Keller is the founder of Sassy Spokes of Northern Colorado and Boulder Bike & Brews. She first heard about through her neighbor. “She knew that I was looking to meet new people once I moved to Northern Colorado and felt this would be a great way to do so and to also participate in activities that I enjoyed with people who enjoyed similar interests/growth opportunities,” mentions Keller.

As an active member of eight meetups in Colorado and leader of two of those groups, Keller knows a thing or two about staying active. In 2015, she started Sassy Spokes of Northern Colorado, a women-only bikeriding group devoted to empowering and motivating all women to ride bikes, despite age, ability, level or size. The group currently has 224 members and also focuses on educating women interested in basic bicycle operation and safety. “As a cyclist, I love meetups associated with bicycle riding - both actual cycling and learning from others in the cycling STYLEMEDIA.COM

industry at events that showcase businesses,” says Keller. “I also enjoy networking with other women business owners, as it’s very empowering!” Her advice for anyone hesitant to join a meetup group is simple. “JUST DO IT! Get out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself ! If you're uncomfortable going to a meetup alone, invite a friend to join you. Meetups are such a great way to meet likeminded people, and you never know what type of bonds you may form and what you might learn.” Keller summed up why there is nothing to lose by attending a meetup event in your area. “There is terrific diversity in the people who join and participate in meetups and in the subject matter. There really is something for everyone, and it's a great opportunity to network, learn, and just plain old have fun!” As the creator of Fort Collins Free Yoga, Sam Davidson is a huge fan of what has to offer. “My wife and I moved to Colorado this past August and we were looking for ways to meet people with like-minded interests. It was important to us to meet other couples in the area who liked to be active as well as play board games, travel and enjoy the weekly happy hour,” says Davidson. “Meetup was an incredible and efficient resource for us to find our new friends.” Davidson is a member of about a dozen meetup groups and actively participates with four of them on a regular basis. “My favorite groups are Fort Collins Free Yoga, New Couples in Fort Collins (which he also founded), Front Range Hikers, and Fort Collins Creator Hub. “The best thing about doing meetups is being able to make new friends who share your interests or who may be in the same life stage as you. It’s efficient real-life networking that leads to great conversations and lasting friendships. I love all of the active meetups in Northern Colorado. You can find a hiking or yoga meetup just about everyday!” He recommends reaching out to the organizer of events beforehand if you have any questions about attending. Personally, he loves it when a newcomer to one of his groups introduces themselves online first. “I make it a point to find them at the event and introduce them to others.” The connective opportunities found on are endless, and what was once known as an outlet for singles is quickly becoming the adult go-to for people who are new to town. Pete Stevenson found back in 2007 when he first started running and training for marathons and trail races. At the time, there weren’t many online groups that were easy to find so he started his own. “I currently manage the Fort Collins Running Meetup. Meetup. com is a great network to garner new participants, since the events typically show up well in search engines so they are easy for people to find,” mentions Stevenson. He is the race director for Gnar Runners and uses the website to advertise events and attract participants, in addition to other outlets. There are so many great social outlets for anyone looking to harmonize mind, body, and spirit while meeting new people through Plus, it’s never too late to pick up a new hobby. Malini Bartels is a Capricorn who works at The Music District. She is also a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host, and actress. Her incorrigible Corgi occupies most of her time. NOCO Wellness 2017



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Staying Healthy with Chiropractic Care By Lynette Chilcoat

The POP!-ularity of chiropractic care doesn’t stem from the sound the spine makes when re-aligned, but rather from a desire for wellness treatments apart from mainstream medicine. With nearly 150 chiropractic businesses operating in Larimer County, residents have a wide variety of practitioners to choose from. People are increasingly turning toward natural health procedures. Thus, the fact that chiropractors offer an alternative source of healing that is neither invasive nor utilizes heavy doses of pharmaceuticals is important. But what, exactly, is chiropractic? The body’s basic infrastructure, our spine and the bones radiating out from that central vertebral column, are periodically in need of alignment. Muscles, joints and ligaments can use some tweaking now and then, as well. If a balance is kept between these parts of our anatomy, from brain to proverbial tail bone (a figure of speech, humans don’t really have a tail bone — just fused vertebrae at the bottom of the spine called the coccyx), it makes sense that other health issues will come in line, too. Chiropractic medicine helps to keep the human skeletal system running smoothly, like a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine. Just as nature intended. The premise is to let the body heal naturally as balance is reestablished. This equilibrium then allows for ideal communication between the brain and the nervous system. NOCO Wellness 2017

Specifically, chiropractic focuses on the spine, nervous system and the fixation of joints. A primary point of the practice is the detection and removal of subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae or partial dislocations). This results in a physical correction by which an impulse in the spine frees up movement. Fortunately for Northern Colorado residents, treatment programs are as individualized as those looking for relief. Three area chiropractors are highlighted here. Each offer distinctive modalities to get their patient’s bodies completely in sync. Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center Dr.’s Brian and Jenn Rohrick, of Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Fort Collins, use a variety of chiropractic methods. The primary focus of the team, which was named one of the region’s best chiropractors in 2016 by Style readers, is to make the next generation healthier. Their ultimate goal is to add value to their patient’s lives. “Basically, chiropractic is just working on the nervous system so that the body can heal,” says Dr. Jenn Rohrick. “We offer a free consultation and do a nerve test.” Both have bachelor’s degrees in different sciences, but received their Doctor of Chiropractic educations from Logan Chiropractic in St. Louis. Dr. Jenn focuses on prenatal and pediatric chiropractic, whereas Dr. Brian specializes in sport’s chiropractic. He works on high school athletes and can lend aid to

correct a lot of injuries, such as in the knees, ankles and shoulders. “Adjustments are a little different in kids than adults,” notes Dr. Brian. Although the duo’s specialties are different, they complement one another. With an enthusiastic mindset, they run a lighthearted operation. “We always have smiles on our faces,” notes Dr. Brian. Dr. Jenn continues that train of thought by adding “we keep our office upbeat and fun. People don’t dread coming here and we try to educate the public.” “We do mostly manipulation, or hand’son,” says Dr. Jenn of their style preference. “The nice thing is that different techniques work for different people. There are ‘diversified’ and ‘table’ techniques. The Webster technique is important for pregnant moms — it’s an adjustment that looks at stress alignments and sets her up for a more comfortable, easier labor. Drop table techniques are for people who don’t care for popping and cracking. Really, it’s all on a patient-topatient basis.” According to Dr. Brian, the main principle of care is “taking stress off the nervous system. Stress makes your body less efficient and the organs won’t function at an optimum level. By removing the stress, we help the body heal itself.” Dr. Jenn emphasizes, “We really only treat subluxation.” The term implies a misalignment of the spinal column resulting in the dislocation of one or more joints, which likely manifests


into subsequent function loss. In a nutshell, some of the symptoms are that the spine locks up, adjacent nerves become blocked and muscles may go into spasm or tighten. But, not everyone exhibits symptomatic difficulties. “We have patients who come to us for either symptoms of problems or just general wellness,” says Dr. Brian. Muscular retraining as well as nutritional consultations and supplements are also offered at the business. On the flip side, they also work in tandem with other medical professionals. “If we see anything on an x-ray, indicating breakage or disease, or if something isn’t healing properly, we refer to another doctor or specialist. Also, we can enhance the care of some physicians, such as a neonatal doctor, but we are not here to replace their level of expertise,” says Dr. Jenn. “Visits to our office are tailored to individual needs,” adds Dr. Jenn. “There are options to treatment plans and we make things as affordable as possible.” Dr. Simon Dove of Chiropractic Wellness Center

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Chiropractic Wellness Center Dr. Simon Dove, of Chiropractic Wellness Center in Fort Collins, uses Network Spinal Analysis as his dominant technique. “This really utilizes soft tissue aspects of the spinal cord by a series of light touch, from the neck to the sacrum area,” explains Dr. Dove. “Touch receptors help us to access tension. We can then find and manage it. Interference on the spinal column is then removed and the body is able to wake up, turn back on and reorganize.” As an emerging, innovative procedural approach, reorganizational healing addresses why an issue continues to happen rather than simply restoring what is damaged. “What we offer is timely and needed right now,” says Dr. Dove. “We focus on what is behind the symptoms. Why does this keep happening?” Going the extra mile for a person, so they can experience transformation, helps a person live a quality life. Dr. Dove likens the process to “a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. There’s no going back to a caterpillar.” In the same vein, once a patient has experienced those self-correcting systems, that person will move toward understanding that proper function is a big part of overall health. “There’s an innate intelligence running STYLEMEDIA.COM


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the show; it’s on the job, thank goodness,” continues Dr. Dove. “That information does need to flow through the spinal system and a chiropractor’s job is to remove any blockages. This is an approach to help the person create a map and explore healing without the tension blockage, to create action within the spine so that they can lead the life they want to live. It’s recommended at all stages, from babies to 90. If you have a pulse, I would recommend you have your spine checked.” Dr. Dove, through a thorough examination, draws up a long-term care plan. He explains that in his practice it’s necessary to follow the laid out process in order to achieve maximum results. Alignment Natural Medicine “For me, chiropractic care really has the foundation that the body is a self-healing, self-generating organism,” says Dr. Tara Zeller of Alignment Natural Medicine, also in Fort Collins. She notes that a Doctor of Chiropractic has just as much education as a MD. “I practice functional medicine, which optimizes overall health,” says Dr. Zeller. Her focus is on soft tissue therapy and


cranial work, as well as the entirety of the spine and nervous system. “I also enjoy working with infants, children, and pregnant women, specifically for chiropractic.” Alignment Wellness also has an on-site holistic nutritionist, massage therapist and lab for tests. Visits for all can be scheduled on an as-needed arrangement. In addition to the main menu of hand’son body work, Dr. Zeller applies principles of diet, nutrition, plant medicine, stress relief and environmental elements. This then supports other issues, some of which are: gastrointestinal, breathing, sexual function, hormone imbalance, cardiovascular, food sensitivities, immunity and skin disorders. What she doesn’t treat is serious infection, life-threatening illness or anything broken or fractured. She does allow that each patient is unique and so, after an initial assessment, decides where to go from there. “I help the body heal in conjunction with other medical care,” says Zeller, who “endeavors to restore function by manipulating structure. The communication from brain to the rest of the body can be seriously interrupted. The nervous system is electric, so it’s like dimming the lights.

That’s where we get disease and pain. The brain is a bright, bright light. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain, then branches out and has roots. If someone gets a restriction anywhere, it interferes with that communication.” Hers is a philosophy of the true potential individuals possess to restore themselves toward the most favorable state of vitality. “The depth of understanding of ourselves is what contributes to health of body and brain,” concludes Dr. Zeller. “There’s a complexity of mind and body. My intention is fully set on the internal power of the body and what we can do to help it heal.” For more information visit: Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. She has 20 years experience enjoying the freelancer’s lifestyle. Reach her at


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Tips for landscape beds in early spring • Clean out any leaves or dead foliage. • Cut back any perennials that weren't cut back in the fall. • Cut back ornamental grasses, leaving between 3"-6" height. • Hand water plant material if it's been over a week without precipitation. • Spring is a great time to


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Wake up your lawn and garden this spring Spring showers and warmer temperatures are just around the corner, which means it is time to gear up and get your outdoor areas ready for anything. Lawn and garden care is all about timing, so here are some common tips and tricks to keep your lawn and garden looking great. RAKING THE TURF: During the winter months, dead grass and lawn clippings can become matted down. This prevents the germination of new grass seed and promotes pest infestation or fungus growth like snow mold. Once the soil is good and dry, give your lawn a decent once-over raking with basic lawn rakes. Be careful not to rake too soon in the season, as this can disturb the soggy soil and damage your new grass shoots. Still have lingering snow patches in shaded areas? Use your garden tools to distribute the moisture to help the snow melt faster and prevent mold from growing on the grass underneath. CLIP, PRUNE, REMOVE: Get a jump-start on pruning back your branches, shrubs, and bushes this spring. Clipping back larger sections of your plants helps the smaller area absorb more nutrients from the sunlight and water. It is an easy way to help your landscape stay healthy, grow fuller, and last longer. Knowing exactly when to prune is an important step in making sure your garden thrives. Ornamental grasses, perennials, evergreens, flowering shrubs,

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summer-flowering trees, vines and roses are best pruned in early springtime. Always use caution when pruning to make sure you do not clip back too much of the healthy plant to ensure a successful regrowth process. Remove any damaged, dead, or diseased areas as soon as you become aware of them. Dead stems attract insects and invite diseases, ultimately hurting your plants. Don’t forget about your lawn this spring. Remove any fallen leaves or debris that has accumulated during the cooler season to give your grass shoots some room to breathe. MULCH THE BULBS: The warm weather spells may fool you, but we are just beginning to head into the beginning of spring and cooler temperatures are still likely to come. Your spring and summer flowering bulbs need moisture, but consider lightly covering them with mulch. The mulch will add some insulation to protect against chilly temperatures. Plus, when the snow all melts and your bulbs start blooming, your beds will look fantastic! If you planted your bulbs in September, October or November, they will usually remain dormant until March or April. Start feeding the bulbs with high phosphate fertilizers during or right after their prime bloom times in spring.

MAKE THE MOST OF THE RAIN: Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for a lush looking lawn. Watch for a late season rainstorm to come and then lay down some springtime fertilizer to give your grass the nutrients it needs to be

looking green for the months ahead. Be careful not to apply fertilizer too early in the season as this could throw off the natural growth cycle of the lawn’s root system. If you fertilized your lawn in late fall, products generally have slow release functions that linger to provide extra nutrients as the snow melts off. Wait for the later season rainfalls before applying any new products. SHARPEN, TUNE UP, REPLACE: While you are waiting for spring showers to help your lawn and garden wake up again, do not forget to sharpen your tools, tune up your mowers, and replace any older yard equipment. Having the right maintenance tools for your outdoor spaces not only helps make upkeep easier for you, but can also help promote new growth of your plants through precision cutting and gentle digging or raking. Many of these topics and more are covered by local nurseries. Fossil Creek Nursery begins their seminar season in March, April and May. All seminars are free to the public but registration is requested. Visit to learn about dates and topics.

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Springtime and Sprinklers

We have all been hiding indoors, or under the protection of our heavy coats. However, recently, we’ve seen teasers of warmer spring weather. As spring approaches, we will all begin to shed our winterized mentality and get ready for the warm air. The same can, and should, be said for your sprinkler system. Your system has been hibernating, and anxiously awaiting spring. It’s time to start getting it ready. To get the most out of any item, proper care and maintenance is key. You may not think of your sprinkler system as an appliance. But, most often, it will be your most expensive yet longest-lasting appliance. With proper maintenance, your system will be able to operate at peak performance levels. Why is this so important to you? The better your system is performing, the more water, and money, you save. Also, your lawn and landscaping will be healthier, beautiful, and more green. Fun fact: on average, 50 percent of a household’s water is used outside each year. So where do you start to make your system more efficient? An audit may be the best place to start. Our qualified team uses “catch cans” to calculate precipitation rates, discover any issues, and make appropriate adjustments. These audits will ensure that 70 percent of the water is being distributed at the


same rate, which can cut your energy costs by as much as 50 percent. Now that your system is where it needs to be, how do you keep it there? State-of-the-art technology called Smart Controllers are today’s most innovative sprinkler clocks. The controller makes watering adjustments based on temperature, wind, precipitation and humidity. Connected to weather stations, these clocks adjust watering times based on actual climate conditions. Who knew there was so much to sprinkler systems? We service Fort Collins, Timnath, Windsor, Greeley, and Loveland, so give us a call today. We look forward to helping your sprinklers move passed winter, so your yard can jump into Spring!

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Now is the time to make sure your trees are just as prepared. Follow the phases of spring tree care below to boost tree nutrients and strength for a healthy growing season. Phase I: Before Waving Winter Goodbye Inspect your trees for signs of winter damage or disease while they are still bare. Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches before spring growth. Waiting to prune in warmer weather may lead to an unwelcome spread of pests and diseases. Phase II: A Pre-bloom Prep Remove fallen leaves, branches and waste from your landscape to set the stage for healthy growth. Feed your trees the nutrients they crave after winter. A slow release fertilizer helps trees defend against pests and diseases. Phase III: During Springtime Sprouts Plant new trees to maximize energy saving and property enhancing benefits. Before planting, make sure to secure an ideal growing spot. Add 2 to 4 inches of mulch around your trees to improve soil moisture and control weeds.

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RECIPE: GRILLED TURKISH KOFTA KEBABS Grilled skewers of spiced-up ground lamb or beef, served Turkish style with fresh vegetables, pita and garlicky yogurt sauce. Serves: 6

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You will need long 6 skewers, preferably flat (12 inches or more) or 12 shorter ones. If you use bamboo skewers, soak them in water first, for at least 30 minutes. For the Garlicky Yogurt Sauce: 1¼ cups plain Greek Yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 small garlic clove, pressed or finely minced 1½ tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon sumac (plus more for the meat and vegetables) ½ teaspoon salt For the Lamb: 2 pounds ground lamb or beef 1 small yellow onion, peeled and grated, blotted with towel to soak up excess liquid 1 large bunch flat leaf parsley, just the leaves, divided 3 tablespoons Urfa pepper 1 tablespoon sumac, divided 1½ teaspoons kosher salt For The Accompaniments: 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced in half through the core, each half sliced thinly 1 English cucumber, washed and thinly sliced, crosswise 1 red onion, peeled, slivered, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes, drained Parsley leaves (about 1½ cups or whatever's left of the bunch) 12-18 romaine lettuce leaves (depending on size), washed 3-6 pitas, sliced in half, warmed

Make the Garlicky Yogurt Sauce: Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Store in the fridge until you're ready to use it.

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Make the Kebabs: Finely chop ¼ cup of the parsley leaves. Set the rest aside for the salad. In a large bowl combine lamb, onion, chopped parsley, urfa pepper, 2 teaspoons sumac, and salt. Work the ingredients together with your hands for a couple of minutes until they are fully incorporated. Divide the meat mixture into 6 or 12 equal portions, depending on the size of your skewers. You can simply skewer them and then squeeze them into long sausage shapes or you can try the ridge technique: Keep a bowl of ice water handy to dip your hand in, if the meat starts to stick to you. Slide a portion of meat onto the skewer and stand the skewer upright - pointy side down - holding the top with one hand. Use the other hand to form the meat into a long, ridged, sausage shape by gently squeezing it from top to bottom, and pressing the side of your thumb in as you go, to make the ridges. Flip the skewer and repeat the process, squeezing and ridging the other side. Keep flipping and repeating until you have a long, flat, ridged kebab. Store the kebabs in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap, until ready to grill. Arrange Accompaniments: Put tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, parsley and lettuce in piles on a platter. Sprinkle onions and cucumbers with ½ teaspoon sumac. Grill the Kebabs: Heat the grill to high. Charcoal grilling is more authentic but gas works well, too. Oil the grates of the grill to prevent sticking. Grill the kebabs for one minute on each side to seal them. Cook them for about 8 minutes longer, flipping them after 4 minutes. Turn off the grill and warm the pita on the hot grates for a few minutes, while you unskewer the kebabs. To Serve: Carefully remove skewers (they'll be hot!) and set meat on a platter with the warmed pitas. Serve with accompaniments and garlicky yogurt sauce. Divide remaining ½ teaspoon sumac, sprinkling some over meat and some over the yogurt sauce.

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SUGAR GLIDERS The Perfect Pocket Pet By Kyle Eustice

Brooke Alexander holds one of her five sugar gliders.



Sugar gliders are undeniably cute, unquestionably cuddly, and most of all, incredibly tiny. Described as an omnivorous, arboreal and nocturnal gliding possum belonging to the marsupial family, sugar gliders are quickly becoming one of the most highly sought after pocket pets in the animal kingdom. Dr. Maura Backstrom, who is a veterinarian at Moore Animal Hospital in Fort Collins, is well-versed in the care of the lovable creatures. Along with her young daughter, they own two furry friends. It is crucial to each animal’s happiness to be purchased in pairs. “They are a social creature in the wild and have large family units, between 10-15 per unit,” Dr. Backstrom explains. “That will be a bonded family unit. If they get lonely or are by themselves, they will self mutilate or starve themselves. If they get depressed in any way, they can get sick very quickly.” On the other hand, the more the NOCO Wellness 2017

merrier. Nineteen-year-old FoCo native Brooke Alexander is the proud owner of five sugar gliders, and got her first pair two years ago. She loves their frisky nature and close bond they’ve formed with her. “When I just had two, I kept them in a pouch in my shirt, took them to school and no one knew,” Alexander says. “They tolerate other people but I am their mama. If I stick them on someone else, they’ll want to jump on me.” Aside from always buying them in pairs, their specific diets are crucial to their survival. It’s not as simple as buying a bag of dog food and calling it a day. Sugar gliders have extremely specialized diets, which must be carefully administered. Calcium and vitamin supplements can be found online while the rest of the ingredients are available at the local grocery store. “The biggest issue we can see with these guys is malnutrition,” Dr. Backstrom explains. “Because they’re a

marsupial and not a rodent, they do have a very different diet. They are omnivorous, and require a specific amount of proteins combined with vitamins through fruits and vegetables. However, we don’t recommend any of those. The diet we use is a special homemade diet and they have a calcium supplement that goes along with that. It seems to be best for these guys. The specialized diet has to be used.” “It’s not an extremely expensive diet,” she adds. “We use a combination of eggs, applesauce, yogurt, fresh fruits and veggies, and a little bit of oatmeal along with the supplement.” While sugar gliders are very friendly, inquisitive, intelligent, and bond closely with people in the family and other pets, they aren’t exactly ideal for small children — at least not in the sense of primary care. “They’re not a first time pet owner kind of pet,” Dr. Backstrom says. “They take a lot of time and energy, and like I said, they have special dietary needs. The


Caitlyn BucknerBackstrom with her two sugar gliders.

Maura Backstrom, DVM, with Moore Animal Hospital, examines her daughter's sugar gliders.


food has to be prepared.” The fact they are also nocturnal is another huge deciding factor in whether or not a sugar glider is a wise pet choice for a particular home. “About the time smaller children go to bed would be when the little guys wake up, and they’re very active throughout the night,” Dr. Backstrom says. “They go to sleep when the sun comes up.” Due to their rowdy nature, it’s also important to have a large cage and clean up after them every day. They aren’t exactly the tidiest pets on the planet. “They need a really big cage,” Alexander says. “The one I have is over seven feet tall. They’re really messy. They keep themselves clean, but they make a huge mess every night, so I have to clean the cage every morning. It’s like they invited every sugar glider in Colorado over. It looks nice right now, but tomorrow it will look like a storm hit it. They fling food everywhere.” Sugar gliders can cost anywhere from $75 (which is the price Alexander paid for her first one from the Humane Society) to several thousand dollars. It depends on their ability to breed, colors and genetic makeup. Their average lifespan is between 10-12 years, but can live longer depending on the care given. “In general, the most important thing is making sure they have appropriate housing, food and supplementation,” Dr. Backstrom says. “You should also keep their nails trimmed on a regular basis and make sure they are the appropriate weight.” Sugar gliders weigh anywhere from 115 to 140 grams, depending on gender. Above all, remember to have fun with them. Unlike a hamster, sugar gliders will seek companionship. They also love toys. Alexander has a barrel of monkeys, bracelets and jingle balls in their cage. “Sugar gliders are very playful and smart,” Dr. Backstrom says. “Those things alone make them a great pet. They can be mischievous and get into things, so it is always good to have some toys. They love them.” Kyle Eustice moved to Fort Collins in 2014 with her husband Paul Lukes. As a published writer for the past 10 years, she also writes for publications like Wax Poetics, Thrasher Skateboard Magazine, and The Source. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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The Heart of the Matter Canine Heart Disease By Michelle Venus Canine congestive heart failure is perhaps the most common ailment you’ve never heard of—and probably never even thought you had to be concerned about. About 10 percent of all dogs seen in primary care practices have some form of heart disease. Knowing how it impacts your best friend’s health can make all the difference. What is canine heart disease? First, an overview. Anatomically, a dog’s heart is similar to a human heart. There are four chambers, two on the right side, and two on the left. The


upper chambers are called atria, and the lower chambers are called ventricles. In a normal functioning heart, blood enters the right atrium from the head, neck and abdomen and flows through a valve to the right ventricle. From there it is pumped through the pulmonary valve into the pulmonary artery, then into the lungs where it receives oxygen. Blood re-enters the heart via the left atrium and travels through the mitral valve into the left ventricle. Finally, oxygenated blood exits the heart through the aortic valve into the aorta, and from there it flows throughout the dog’s body, sending

blood and oxygen to the rest of the body’s tissues. In a broad sense, congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the dog’s heart cannot deliver enough blood to the lungs and the body. In the early stages of the disease, the body can usually compensate to ensure that blood and oxygen are delivered to the tissues. As heart disease advances, the compensatory mechanisms become overwhelmed and are no longer able to pump enough blood throughout the body. This causes fluid buildup in the lungs and congestion, accounting for the term congestive heart failure. CHF can STYLEMEDIA.COM

occur at any age, in any breed, or in dogs of any gender, but it happens most often in middle-aged to older dogs. Heart disease can be congenital, meaning it is present at birth. A congenital heart defect, or combination of defects, can occur as a malformation of any valve, chamber, or vessel. A defect can also involve abnormal connections between the heart chambers. Certain breeds, such as Boxers and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, are known to have congenital valve defects. Many conditions can lead to canine CHF. One of the more common causes, chronic valve disease, is when the heart valves degenerate and fail to function properly, leading to an increased burden on the heart and eventual heart failure. Another, dilated cardiomyopathy, is a condition in which the chambers of the heart become enlarged and subsequently, too weak to pump adequate amounts of blood to the body. Other causes of congestive heart failure may include heart rhythm abnormalities, endocarditis (an infection of the heart lining), fluid in the sac surrounding the heart, heart worm disease, and high blood pressure. Most heart disease is found during routine annual checkups, says Dr. Robin Downing, owner of Windsor Veterinary Clinic. When listening to the heart through a stethoscope, a heart murmur, which is an early sign, may be detected. A murmur doesn’t mean heart failure is on the horizon. But over time, the leak may become more severe as more and more blood travels backward into the left atrium. Pumping efficiency is reduced and, eventually, CHF is the outcome. “Hypertension—high blood pressure—is a contributing factor in heart disease,” explains Dr. Downing. “It’s now much easier to screen patients in an exam room setting.” Normal ranges for canine blood pressure is similar to normal ranges in humans. The systolic (top number) reading is typically between 110 and 135. Hypertension is when that systolic number is upwards of 150 - 200. That’s when Dr. Downing and her team treat that condition, hoping to stave off heart disease. Obesity is problematic, too, says Dr. Downing. “The best thing any pet owner can do when it comes to disease prevention of all sorts, is to ensure that the dog NOCO Wellness 2017

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maintains a healthy, normal body mass for their entire lives. Obesity has the same implications for the cardiovascular system of the animal as it does in people. An overweight animal is going to have a dramatically increased risk for cardiovascular disease as they age.” Once heart disease has been diagnosed, what options are available to the pet owner? One is ensuring an appropriate nutrient profile. Commercial prescription food is available, formulated to physically facilitate the body compensating for heart disease. Dr. Downing also prescribes medication and stresses the importance of dosing the correct amount at the correct time. Third, keep the dog active while being mindful that your pet is just not capable of the same activity levels prior to getting sick. Overworking a compromised cardiovascular system can be extremely harmful to your furry friend. Dr. Downing refers patients to

cardiology specialists when necessary. “They have skill sets and technology that I, as a primary care practitioner, don’t have. I see lots of different illnesses; the cardiologist sees lots of hearts,” Dr. Downing states. Establishing relationships allows for a smooth hand-off to the specialist for treatment recommendations and then back to the primary care doc for execution of that treatment. Canine cardiologists. They’re a thing. Northern Colorado pet owners have the great fortune of having a world-class veterinary teaching hospital within an easy drive of almost any address. Specialists of every stripe are working at Colorado State University to develop new treatment protocols. As Associate Professor of Cardiology and a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Brian Scansen is on the front lines of current cardiology research. He and his colleagues work with both dogs and cats, as well as horses and cows

Robin Downing, DVM, MS, Clinical Bioethics, Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, owner of Windsor Veterinary Clinic and The Downing Center for Animal Pain Managment. with cardiac issues. He’s seen CHF in all of those species. Dr. Scansen explains that just like with people, canine heart disease is treated with medical therapy to control irregular heart rhythms and fluid build up to manage the symptoms and help the animal feel better. A second option is interventional: using a catheter or stent guided by a specialized x-ray, the cardiologist can perform procedures such as repairing structural issues or injecting dyes that show the path of the blood pumping through the heart. The third option, he says, is more traditional surgery, which opens the chest and at times, requires actually putting the patient on a bypass machine and stopping the heart while the surgeon works on the dog. Currently, CSU has several early-stage clinical trials in place. The majority are not yet enrolling patients, but should be looking for participants in the next several months. The trials relate to all three treatment areas. “One of these research areas is looking into new methods to measure hormones in the blood, tying into the medical side of therapy. If we can take a patient’s blood sample and determine exactly



Dr. Brian Scansen, DVM, MS, Diplomat ACVIM, Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Colorado State University

when some of these hormonal systems are activated, then we can intervene with the right medications for the right period of time,” explains Dr. Scansen. Catheter lab research, led by Dr. Scansen, uses advanced imaging of the heart and working with engineers to create actual 3-D models of the patient’s heart to develop devices to repair specific defects. Once a device is developed, it will be tested on the 3-D model to ensure functionality before going into a live patient. Another project involves a new device that replaces damaged heart valves through a very small incision. In April, CSU plans to break ground on a state-of-the-art cardiac operating room. While canine heart disease is something to take very seriously, protocols are in place to help your pet lead as healthy a life as possible. “It’s not the years in your pet’s life,” quotes Dr. Downing. “It’s the life in their years. And that’s the most important thing we can give to you and your pet.” Michelle Venus is the Development Director at KRFC 88.9 fm. She is often found singing loudly (and badly) to her favorite shows. NOCO Wellness 2017


HEALTHY{pets} Spring Prevention

Keeping Our Four-Legged Friends Healthy By Kyle Eustice Colorado is a state that undeniably loves its animals, and most residents are dog people or at least have a family member or friend who is. Along with owning a four-legged furry friend, however, comes a great sense of responsibility, especially during warmer months when pets spend more time outside. Dr. Maura Backstrom, a veterinarian at Moore Animal Hospital in Fort Collins, cautions pet owners to take certain steps to ensure good health for their animals.

“During the summer here in Colorado, we are outdoors with our animals on a regular basis,” Dr. Backstrom explains. “Summertime health recommendations include making sure that animals don't overheat when exercising on hot days. Concrete on roads and sidewalks get very hot and can burn the pads causing blistering and pain. Try to limit your pets from drinking from ponds and streams. Bring your own water from home.” Bacterial infections are also something to be aware of, especially leptospirosis, a bacterial disease passed through the urine that affects the liver and kidneys. “Rodents such as squirrels, rats and

Leptospirosis Carriers: Rodents such as squirrels, rats and prairie dogs


prairie dogs infect garbage, waterways, and other sources of water in your yard, putting your pet at risk,” she explains. “On top of this, leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can pass to humans from animals. Surprisingly enough, leptospirosis is found more often in suburban areas like Fort Collins. Although leptospirosis is not considered a core vaccine, we do highly recommend that all dogs in our area are vaccinated.” In addition to bacterial diseases, heartworm is another common condition animals can easily contract, however, Heartguard, along with multiple other prescription medications, is available for

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the prevention of heartworm disease. In the Front Range area, one to five cases of heartworm per year per clinic are reported to the American Heartworm Society, according to Dr. Backstrom. “Heartworm disease is a condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs, and occasionally the right side of the heart of dogs, cats, and other mammals,” she says. “It is a very serious and potentially fatal disease that can be prevented by regular monthly treatment.” Regular flea and tick prevention treatments are also crucial each spring. Fleas go dormant in the winter, but as soon

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as the thermometer begins to rise, so do the number of fleas. They can prove to be difficult to get rid of, and within just minutes of landing on a pet they can start reproducing and biting. Fleas can also carry other nasty diseases, including the bubonic plague. Treatment should occur year-round and special care should be given with dogs that go into boarding, to the groomers, or have contact with other dogs at dog parks and other play areas. “We definitely have a lot of ticks in Colorado, and being here people like to be out and about,” she says. “We take our dogs to Horsetooth and there are a lot of fleas in the prairie dogs, so we do recommend flea and tick prevention, at least in the spring, summer and fall months. There are a lot of great flea and tick preventions out there. The mainstay tends to be topical right now, although there are some pill forms. We don’t have a flea problem like other places in the United States, so we tend to recommend a topical, once a month treatment. It’s easy, convenient and highly effective.” Last but not least, kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis), a highly contagious respiratory disease, is commonly contracted at places where large amounts of canines congregate such as boarding and daycare facilities, and dog parks. While the majority of cases will resolve without treatment, medications may speed recovery or minimize symptoms during the course of infection, including antibiotics that target bordetella bacteria. Most dogs recover completely within three weeks, though it can take up to six weeks in older dogs or those with other medical conditions. Ongoing kennel cough infection can lead to pneumonia, so it’s important to follow up with a veterinarian if the animal doesn't improve within the expected amount of time. “Much like a human cold, it’s spread by coughing,” she explains. “It can be bacterial or viral in nature. Dogs should be vaccinated for it every six to 12 months. If you do all of these things, you increase the chance for your animal to live a happy, healthy life.” Kyle Eustice moved to Fort Collins in 2014 with her husband Paul Lukes. As a published writer for the past 10 years, she also writes for publications like Wax Poetics, Thrasher Skateboard Magazine, and The Source.

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PURPLE RIBBON BREAKFAST January 25 Embassy Suites | Loveland

More than 100 local business owners, members of Loveland law enforcement, community leaders and sponsors attended the first annual Purple Ribbon Breakfast event hosted by Alternatives to Violence (ATV). Attendees at the morning event enjoyed a delicious breakfast as they learned the history of ATV and heard a moving testimonial from a survivor of domestic violence and the positive role the nonprofit played in changing her life forever. The event raised $13,000 and will enable ATV to continue to provide essential supportive services to those impacted by violence including counseling, advocacy, transitional housing and now safe shelter in their SafeHouse.

Back:David Powell. Front: Yvonne Zack, Donna Hunter, Kathryn Frey, Peggy Martin, Lorraine Leverenz, Mark Koentopp, Lanette Beezley

Ann Clarke, Colleen Cushman

Jean Clark, Jim Clark

Linda Fischer, Wes Sargent, Deanna Sloat, Kim Kuxhausen

Cheryl Redmond, Brenda Moore

Glenda Shayne, Loveland Chief of Police Robert Ticer, Katie Wiseman


Brittany White, Frederick Richart, Pat Linson

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about town NCMC FOUNDATION GALA January 28 Embassy Suites | Loveland

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Nearly 700 guests enjoyed a very exciting and fun filled evening at the 28th annual NCMC Foundation Gala. “Havana Nights� themed black-tie event provided Cubanstyle gourmet cuisine and specialty drinks, the opportunity to bid on an expanded silent auction with nearly 100 one-of-a-kind items and dynamic entertainment including salsa and mambo performances, a stilt walker, aerial fabric duo, giant puppets, a cyr wheel and other performances reminiscent of Cuban culture. In addition, Sunrise Community Health was presented the 2017 NCMC Foundation Legacy Award. The evening raised more than $223,000 in net proceeds for the North Colorado Medical Center Cancer Institute. Photos courtesy of Juan Leal.

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Jack & Rose Stoller

Joe & An Leuthmers, Bleny & Benjamin George

Audrey Carlson, Alex Barrios

Wendy Sparks, Steven Loecke, Tiffany Hettinger


Bryan & Amberly Guest, Jeannine & Robert Truswell

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NIGHT TO SHINE February 10 | Redeemer Lutheran Church | Fort Collins

An unforgettable prom night experience greeted 400 people with special needs along with their caretakers and companions at the 3rd annual Night to Shine event. Hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation, the special event held on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, is found in 11 countries, on 6 continents, and in all 50 states. Groundbreaking collaboration between Redeemer, Grace Community, Crossroads, Foundations Churches and Mosaic in northern Colorado provided royal treatment for attendees as they exited limos and walked the red carpet in their finest dress-up attire donning a tiara, corsage or boutonniere. Photos courtesy of Pentico Photography.

Brianne Wittenauer, Elli Wittenauer

Monica & Mikel Zimmerman

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SPIRIT GALA 2017 February 11 Hilton | Fort Collins More than 400 supporters of Catholic education gathered to celebrate St. Joseph Catholic School’s 90th Anniversary at this year’s annual SPIRIT gala. Guests enjoyed an evening of food, drink, party games, and a chance to go home with something unique and exciting from the silent and live auctions. The infamous dessert dash also provided lavishly decorated desserts for some spirited bidding among guests. The SPIRIT gala raised more than $200,000 and will support St. Joseph Catholic School’s operating fund, tuition assistance programs and other special projects.


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