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t’s official. February is my favorite month. Not because of Valentine’s Day or because my birthday is…soon (especially not because my birthday is… soon), but because February is our annual pets issue. And nothing is more fun than putting it together. To all of you who entered your beloved pets in this year’s Cutest Pet Contest, thank you. It was a delight seeing their adorable photos and reading your descriptions of their antics, skills, and the joy they’ve brought into your life. With all the cuties we had in the running, it can’t have been easy for readers to pick winners, but they did. To all who voted, thank you so much for taking the time to cast your ballot. Thank you also to Piedmont Pets Veterinary Care. They’ve sponsored this contest for the last three years. Without their support, I might have to find another month to declare my favorite! I hope you enjoy meeting first place winners Gus and Kayden, and Biscuit, Dusty, Sunshine, and Tillie, too. Every time I see their faces I smile. I hope you will as well.


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4 Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Osteoporosis How maintaining bone strength is vital as you age


Victoria Camille Hammonds, MD HER EXPERTISE:

Family and Geriatric Medicine



f you’re a postmenopausal woman, osteoporosis is a major cause of fractured bones, which occur most often in the hip, vertebrae and wrist. “Estrogen is necessary for bone health,” said Victoria Camille Hammonds, MD, a family medicine and geriatric medicine provider at Novant Health UVA Health System Bristow Run Family Medicine - Stonewall. “When you reach menopause, and you’re producing very little to no estrogen, bone density starts to decline.” Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone density decreases, which can lead to loss of bone strength and increase the risk of fractures. It can happen to anyone – in any bone – but your risk increases as you age. 1. Symptoms of osteoporosis “There are no signs or symptoms of osteoporosis,” Dr. Hammonds said. “The only way to know what's happening is through a bone density study.” She recommends the test at age 65 for women and 70 for men, earlier if you smoke, drink heavily, or take large doses of steroid medications. Bones affected by osteoporosis can become fragile enough that fractures occur spontaneously by minor falls or normal stresses, such as bending, lifting, or coughing. 2. Osteoporosis risk factors Some risk factors are innate, such as gender (women are at higher risk) and age (bone loss increases as you get older). Others include: • Body size: Slender, smallboned people are at greater


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risk for osteoporosis because they have less bone mass. • Race: White and Asian women are at highest risk. Black and Mexican-American women have a lower risk. White men are higher risk than Black and MexicanAmerican men. • Family history: Your risk of osteoporosis is higher if one of your parents has a history of the disease. • Other medical conditions can increase your risk, including endocrine and hormonal diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, HIV, AIDS and anorexia nervosa. 3. What you can do to reduce your risk Include calcium and vitamin D in your diet: If you don’t take in enough calcium, your body takes it from your bones. Good sources of calcium include: • Low-fat dairy products • Dark green leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach, bok choy, collards and turnip greens) • Sardines and salmon • Broccoli



Calcium-fortified foods (e.g., soy milk, tofu, orange juice and cereals) Foods that contain a lot of vitamin D include: • Fatty fish (e.g., salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and trout) • Fish oils • Egg yolks • Liver Another easy way to receive vitamin D is through sunlight. “The problem is, we're also skin-cancer-conscious,” Dr. Hammonds said. “We use sunscreen to block ultraviolet rays, but it can also prevent some of the vitamin D from being absorbed into our bodies, so increasing our vitamin D levels through diet helps us not be so dependent on the sun.” Exercise: “Do resistance or weight-bearing exercises,” Dr. Hammonds said. “Walking, using hand weights or bands, or walking in a pool are good bonebuilding exercises. Any sort of exercise is crucial.” Do not smoke: Tobacco usage increases your rate of bone loss. Limit alcohol: Too much alcohol can decrease bone

Victoria Camille Hammonds, MD is a family medicine and geriatric medicine provider at Novant Health UVA Health System Bristow Run Family Medicine - Stonewall. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Novant Health UVA Health System geriatric medicine provider, please visit NovantHealthUVA. org/pf.

formation. Women: no more than one drink per day. Men: no more than two drinks daily. Prevent falls: Remove electrical cords, area rugs and slippery surfaces. Keep rooms brightly lit, install grab bars inside in the bathroom, and make sure you can get into and out of bed easily. 4. Treatment for osteoporosis Dr. Hammonds said there are several options, and that most patients start with bisphosphonate therapy, an oral medication that helps slow bone loss and lower the chance of fracture. Alendronate and Actonel are two common oral medications taken weekly or monthly. Reclast is an annual infusion of bisphosphonate medication. Patients also can choose Prolia, which is given as a twice-a-year injection. ❖

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Medicine’s best-kept secret: Interventional Radiology Faster healing, less pain

Adam Winick, MD I N T E RV E N T I O N A L R A D I O LO GY

Because Interventional Radiology avoids large incisions, it might be an option for patients who are not capable of undergoing a traditional surgery. It also means lower costs, less pain, a shorter recovery time, and fewer complications than traditional surgical options. That’s why Interventional Radiology has become such an exciting field for patients: it provides lifechanging results to more patients than ever before and for most, gets them back to their normal life more quickly.

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n Interventional Radiology, doctors use medical imaging (like Fluoroscopy, CT scans, or Ultrasound) to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures to diagnose and treat many medical conditions. These minimally invasive procedures are often an alternative to traditional surgery. We sat down with Dr. Adam Winick, Associate Professor of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Virginia and Interventional Radiologist at UVA Radiology Vein and Vascular Care Gainesville, and asked him to shed some light on Interventional Radiology, medicine’s best-kept secret.

Why do patients need to know about Interventional Radiology? To treat you, Interventional Radiologists usually only need to make very small incisions in your body. From those small incisions, sometimes only a quarter of an inch or less in length, doctors can guide needles and catheters through your veins, arteries or other parts of the body to reach areas that need treatment.


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Interventional Radiology treats hundreds of conditions and diseases. Some of the most common conditions we treat include varicose and spider veins, which can cause leg pain; uterine fibroids, which can cause excessive menstrual cramps and bleeding; peripheral artery disease, which can cause leg pain when walking; benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can cause problems with urination in men; liver disease, and different types of tumors and cancer.

How would an Interventional Radiologist treat uterine fibroids or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), for example? One tool is called embolization, which means blocking off the blood supply to a tumor or area of the body that needs to shrink. This is a tool we use to treat both uterine fibroids and benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is a common condition that causes difficulty with urination as men get older. By reducing the blood supply to uterine fibroids, for example, they begin to shrink and the uterus will fully recover



Adam Winick, MD, is an Interventional Radiologist at UVA Vein and Vascular Care Gainesville. For more information about the doctors and services offered, visit uvahealth.com/ gainesvilleradiology or call our Vein and Vascular Care Clinic at 703-712-6062.

without the need for a hysterectomy or other surgery. This is called uterine fibroid embolization. For men with BPH, reducing blood flow to the enlarged prostate will cause it to shrink and relieve symptoms. This treatment is called prostatic artery embolization.

How easy is it to refer myself for these treatments? For many Interventional Radiology procedures, you can refer yourself. For varicose and spider vein concerns, for example, you can call our clinic and schedule a consultation immediately. For uterine fibroids or peripheral arterial disease, you can also call and come in to talk with us about your options. For other conditions or treatments, you may need to talk to your doctor first. Then he or she can refer you to Interventional Radiology if you are a good candidate for treatment.

What advice do you have for patients who’d prefer more minimally-invasive options? All patients have choices regarding their healthcare. If you want to explore more minimally and non-invasive treatments for your condition or disease, please ask your doctor for more information about all of your choices, including Interventional Radiology. ❖

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The Happy Ever After Playlist

So many romance novels. So little time. Let your library help you find one you’ll love! BY JEANINE RAGHUNATHAN


This story is part romantic comedy, part rock star romance and part playlist. I love all those things and really enjoyed this sweet, light-hearted, funny story. Sloan lost her fiancé two years ago and is trying to get her life back on track when she finds a darling stray dog named Tucker that brings joy into her life. After weeks of unsuccessful attempts to contact Tucker’s owner, he finally makes contact with her and wants his dog back. Tucker’s owner is Jake, a musician on tour in Australia. Through flirty texts and long phone calls, Sloan and Jake form a friendship that has the potential to blossom into so much more. I was drawn to “The Happy Ever After Playlist” because music and reading are two of my favorite things and I was not disappointed. You will see this is the second book in a series called “The Friend Zone,” but it can be read as a stand-alone book.

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ast year I found myself reading more romance books than any other genre, which is unusual for me. Maybe it was the stress of the pandemic that led me to read stories that were a little more dreamy, escapist, and had “happily ever after” themes. One of the best places to find all three of those qualities in a book - and more - is in a romance book. At Prince William Public Libraries, there are so many to choose from. Here are a couple of my favorites from 2020.


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A woman in my book club has been talking about Elin Hilderbrand’s books for a while so, when “28 Summers” showed up on the “New” bookshelf, I decided to check one out. It is the story of Mallory and Jack and their long-time love affair (28 Summers) that lasts for exactly three days each year when they get together at Mallory’s Nantucket cottage over Labor Day weekend. Based on the movie “Same Time Next Year,” it is a sweet love story about two people who are whole-heartedly and deeply in love, but who have very little time to express it to each other. When they are not together for the rest of the year, they live their own lives without contact, each looking forward to the next summer when they will meet again. This story will tug at your heartstrings and, if you fall in love with it and its setting, there are many other Hilderbrand novels to take you back to Nantucket! Not sure how to start looking for romance books? If you’re interested in physical books, but don’t have a specific title in mind, call one of the Prince William Public Libraries and ask for our Concierge Service. Our friendly staff will pick out books based on your criteria. Or, visit www.pwcgov.org/library and explore our Online Catalog. Go to the “Search” feature and type in “romance” to get started. Another great resource to help find titles is NoveList Plus, available on our Digital Library. If you’re interested in e-books or audiobooks, be sure to get Libby by OverDrive, hoopla Digital, or Freading through our Digital Library. All three have an app to use on your tablet or smartphone so you can read or listen anywhere. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or the pandemic that gets you in the mood to read a romance, your library is here to help you find one (or three!) you’ll love.

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Valentine’s Day Begins With...Breakfast

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And the winners of Lifestyle’s Cutest Pet Contest are...

Kayden G A I N E SV I L L E


Gainesville’s first place winner is Kayden, an adorable purebred Yorkie born in Germany whose fur mommy, Ella Alexander, describes as “full of life, playful and fun.” To find out more about your #1 cute pet pick, we talked with Ella about Kayden. Turns out this small pup is a big blessing in her life. How old is Kayden?

He’s two. He will be three in July.

Ah, a summer baby! How did he come into your life?

Kayden was a surprise gift for me. And he’s the best gift I have ever gotten in my life.

How has Kayden changed your life?

I am definitely much happier. Kayden keeps a smile on my face. He’s very energetic and because he loves being outside so much I spend a lot of time outdoors walking him. Healthwise, I feel better physically. Having Kayden in my life has increased my exercise from occasional walking to walking one to two hours or more everyday. I have more energy and have also dropped a few pounds.

I have a feeling Kayden has helped you cope during COVID.

You’re right. We don’t have family in the area, so he has truly been a blessing to me. Being outside and walking with him is good for me mentally, especially now. I find that it has been therapy for me and it gives me a chance to reflect on life through nature.

Being rather diminutive, how does Kayden do with bigger dogs?

Kayden loves dogs of all sizes. Lots of times owners of bigger dogs will move away from him but I always reassure them that it’s ok, he loves the big dogs and their owners are shocked by how well their dog reacts to him. Kayden’s also a bit of a show off. He’s a really fast runner and he likes to take off when the big dogs are watching him.

What will Kayden one day be remembered for?

He’ll be remembered for being friendly and wellmannered, not to mention a real cutie. He always gets compliments! He will be remembered by me for being my best friend, for always keeping a smile on my face including in the morning when he cuddles with me and wakes me up. He will be remembered for liking to have his paws and body cleaned after his walks and for being smart. When we walk, he knows all of the different routes, he knows how to wait for the cars to pass and he stays within the crosswalks. At the end of our walk he knows exactly which house is his. Finally he will be remembered as being voted Lifestyle’s cutest pet in Gainesville. Thanks to you, your staff and most of all the voters!


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Gus H AY M A R K E T

Haymarket’s first place winner is Gus, a brindle Maltipoo whose fur mommy, Jennifer Miller, says is a shoo-in for first place “should the National Dog Show ever add a doodle division.” To find out more about your #1 cute pet pick, we talked with Jennifer about Gus. Turns out this sweet, gentle boy is about to become a big brother! How old is Gus?

Gus was born on April 3, 2020. As of February third he’ll be 10 months old.

So he’s a pandemic pup! Tell us how Gus came into your life.

For about six months, we tried to adopt a hypoallergenic dog. It proved to be extremely difficult; the dogs are in very high demand and about eight of our applications fell through. Then we found a very lovely woman who breeds only purebred maltese and mini poodles as well as Maltipoos. But her litter of Maltipoos was in such high demand that again we missed out. We didn't give up though. We made sure to reach out to her and get on the list for the next litter. We lucked out then. The litter consisted of four puppies, one male and three females. When we received an email at 11:30pm one night with pictures of two puppies, both our little Gus and a female, the decision was easy. It felt like fate that, despite all the struggles we went through and all the patience we had to muster, he was meant to be ours.

How has Gus changed your life?

Gus has brought so much joy and love to our family, not only to my husband and me, but to our extended family as well. He has the best personality and is a true sweetheart. He loves giving kisses, being held, and is a champion snuggler. He is extremely playful and has never met another human or dog that he doesn’t love.

I understand you’re about to have your first (human) baby. How do you think Gus is going to be with the “new kid”?

My husband and I are certain that, because Gus just loves everyone, he is going to be an affectionate, loving and protective big brother.

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Like Gainesville’s first place winner, Kayden, Gus is a rather petite guy. How does he do with bigger dogs?

He does great with all kinds of dogs. He’s friendly and playful. He’s also extremely fast and can jump higher than any dog his size should be able to. He gets such great height that, if there were a dog olympics, he'd be a gold medalist in the high jump!

What will Gus one day be remembered for?

We hate to think of a day in the far distant future when Gus will be a memory, and I tear up even thinking about it (so I'll blame it on the pregnancy hormones!), but he will be remembered for being an extremely attentive and sweet boy who loves giving and receiving affection, a lover of all cheeses (including the really sharp ones), a talented athlete, and a beauty. You don’t see brindle Maltipoos that often and his beautiful coat is ever-changing in color. In short, Gus will be forever remembered as one of the greatest blessings of our life.




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“Besides the fact that Dusty is adorable and has the most zany personality, the look on his face pretty much sums up how we all felt during 2020!” Andrea Dotterer

“Birds are just as cute as dogs and cats. We just aren't represented like we should be. I'm not only bright in color but I'm a very smart guy. You should see me fetch a toothpick! I love my people and have never met a stranger. I'll sit on your shoulder all day and if you're lucky I'll sing you a beautiful song.”

“Our ten-year-old Maltipoo, Biscuit, is intelligent, loyal, adventurous and adorable! His many tricks include speaking, rolling over, and walking on his hind legs which gives us lots of laughs.”

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“Tilly was a rescue pup who helped lift our heavy hearts after we lost our 12-yearold lab. She loves snuggles and car rides and her adorable curly tail grabs everyone's attention!” Laura Fawley

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Owning pets can be a lot of work, but it can also be really rewarding, particularly if you learn to do some of the grooming yourself. We spoke with the pros at A Dog’s Day Out in Haymarket and All Around Town Mobile Pet Spa which serves Prince William, and compiled this list of dos and don’ts to help you reap the rewards of caring for and cleaning your pet.

DOS Make sure you have the correct tools to brush fur and remove mats from hair and brush your pet regularly. “A rotating pin comb or long tooth metal comb is recommended for nonshedding dogs like bichons, poodles, and doodles as they tend to get matts,” said Andrea Payne, owner of A Dog’s Day Out. Bond with your pet through grooming. Keep your pet as calm as possible by introducing new


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grooming tools slowly. “Sit down with your dog in a relaxing play spot. Set the dryer on the floor among the toys. Let the dog sniff the dryer. When he spends time near the dryer, offer a treat,” Payne said. Remember to check your pets eyes, ears, and nose. Weekly examinations will help avoid buildups of dirt or ear wax. Taking the time to touch, see, and inspect these areas early in your pet’s life will make the process easier over time.

DON’TS Don’t be in a rush to cut your pet’s nails, do so in dark lighting, or guess where you need to cut the nails. “Be conservative. If your dog has dark nails, shine a penlight on them so you can see the quick [the vein within the nail] and not guess. However, if you do clip the quick of the nail use some styptic powder and apply pressure to stop the bleeding,” Payne said. Don’t give a dog a bath if it has mats. According to Kim Yeick, owner of All Around Town Mobile Pet Spa, “People think matts are a clump of matted hair. It’s actually a dead coat



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of hair that is close to the dog’s skin and must be removed before giving the dog a bath.” Don’t give a dog a bath without knowing the proper steps. “Start on the body first,” Payne said, “and work your way down the legs and tail. Wash the head last.” Both Payne and Yeick agree it’s best to put cotton balls in the dog’s ears to avoid getting water in the ear canal. And finally, Yeick suggests purchasing shampoos and conditioners that reflect changes in the weather. During the winter a dog’s skin can get dry, so moisturizing shampoos and conditioners are important. ❖

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Crushing Cancer at Both Ends of the Leash Canines-N-Kids aims to end cancers kids and man’s best friend have in common BY FRANNIE BARNES PHOTOS COURTESY CANINES-N-KIDS


hildren and dogs have a lot in common and a very special connection. As newborns, both are without question the cutest little things on the planet! You want to hold them, talk in silly voices to them, teach them new things, and most of all, give them every bit of your unconditional love. Unfortunately, their commonalities don’t end there. Each year in the United States, 16,000 children and six million dogs develop cancer – and both


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groups develop cancers that are similar in nature, including bone and brain cancers, leukemia and lymphoma. Ulrike Szalay is on a mission to help both populations. She is the CEO and President of Canines-N-Kids, a non-profit organization she began with the sole goal to “crush cancer at both ends of the leash.” Szalay launched Canines-N-Kids (CNK) in 2017 after her tenure at a biotech company that was working on a cancer killing viral



TOP: Szalay and CNK’s ambassador, Pancho, who has been immortalized as a stuffed animal which is given to kids in cancer treatment. Visit the Foundation’s website for its selection of items, including its new Crush Cancer facemasks. All purchases support CNK’s fundraising efforts. caninesnkids.org/how-youcan-help/shop-cnk.html FAR LEFT: CNK’s “K9’s in the Vines” October 2020 event at The Winery at La Grange in Haymarket raised $5,000 for the organization. Founder Ulrike Szalay and CNK ambassador Pancho greeted dogs and their humans as they strolled through the vineyards.

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FIGHTING THE C-WORD WITH THE A-TEAM Szalay began contacting both pediatric and veterinary oncologists in the United States and around the world. Through her hard work, contacts and history in the field, she assembled a stellar team of doctors and researchers committed to building comparative research on bone cancers, brain tumors, lymphoma and leukemia. She also established the organization’s highly regarded Paws for a Cure Research Symposium which identifies the most promising projects and encourages researchers to work together. “We are looking at research that aligns basic data between shared childhood and canine cancers in order to better understand the genetics of those cancers and the fundamental biology of cancer development,” Szalay said. “We’re looking at how cancer spreads and comes back, as well as how tumors respond to new therapies and whether we can minimize the toxicity of treatments in our most vulnerable patients – two and four-legged.”

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PLAYING WITH THE BIG DOGS As you can imagine, an effort of this magnitude requires tremendous support to attract volunteers, donors, and partners to its cause. It is important to Szalay that the foundation perform not just top notch science but conduct fundraising programs people can connect with in their hearts. Through creative, grassroots fundraising efforts that include an annual dog bowl challenge (where you and your pup race to clean your dog bowl - don’t worry, you don’t have to eat dog food or treats!), community dog washes, and more traditional fundraisers like marathons and golf tournaments, CNK has steadily increased its fundraising efforts. It has also built serious awareness of its mission. Today, the group has partnerships with such notables as the Petco Foundation, Blue Buffalo Foundation, the V Foundation, and national drug research and manufacturer Lilly. “Love is at the center of everything we do.” Szalay said. “One of the really compelling parts of this is that when you work with children who are battling cancer and then you see a dog who is battling cancer, you see the common thread, they just want to get it over with and get back to playing. They don’t complain. This is so inspiring to me. The wisdom of children and dogs keeps me going every day.”❖ For more information, or to get involved with Canines-N-Kids, visit caninesnkids.org.



Comparative Research for the Win Pediatric cancers are not like adult cancers. In fact, they’re about 90% different from adult cancers. And sadly, pediatric cancer research is grossly underfunded in this country. Need proof? In the last 40 years, there have been just four new cancer drugs developed for kids and their unique cancers. Part of the problem lies in the number of patients clinical trials need to be conducted. Thankfully, there are only 500 to 800 children a year diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancer diagnosed in 50,000 dogs annually and one that is shared both biologically and genomically between canines and children. The larger number of pups with osteosarcoma means a greater number of clinical trials and critical discoveries that are helping both populations. It’s a true win-win and it’s spreading: today the same concept is advancing studies in aggressive brain tumors (glioblastoma) in kids and dogs, lymphoma and other cancers. “You might not have thought about it before, but canines live parallel lives to their humans,” Szalay said. “They walk on the same floors in your house that are cleaned with the same cleaning products; they breathe in the same air; and sometimes, if they’ve been a good boy or girl, even eat the same food. It’s only natural that they might develop the same diseases.”



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Miss Kibbles is a family-owned, minorityowned, women-owned and operated business. I handle the front of the house; my mom and sister handle the logistics behind the scenes. Our mission is to raise pet health awareness to all dog and cat lovers in our local community. Miss Kibbles also happens to be my German Shepherd’s stage name; her real name is Chicca.

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Like most people, at first I fed Chicca dry kibble even though my feeder strongly encouraged me to look into raw feeding. After carefully researching the pros and cons and common misconceptions, I decided to move forward and slowly transition over the course of six months. The reason for this long transition was, in all honesty, due to time, a busy schedule, commitment, and budget. But once I started seeing the changes in Chicca’s energy, coat, weight, teeth, even her excitement to eat, there was no looking back. She was so much healthier. It made me an advocate for feeding fresh and balanced meals to pets.

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Cancer is on the rise not only among people, but also pets. Studies show that one in two dogs will develop cancer by the age of six. Which raises the question: what are we putting into their bodies? The answers range from questionable ingredients in pet foods and treats, to over vaccination or simply side effects and adverse reactions to medications. Going beyond cancer, we can add diabetes, leaky gut, obesity, periodontal disease, yeast infections, even mast cell tumors into this mix as they too are on the rise. Miss Kibbles can help address a pet’s nutrition and prevent those disease markers.



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The Ambassador’s Dog Was the pup he found lost or looking for him? BY AMANDA M. SOCCI PHOTOS COURTESY SCOTT H. DELISI


n April 2012, a man traveled to the rural landscape of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal as part of his job. At the time, he was serving in his official capacity as United States Ambassador to Nepal and was working on disaster risk reduction to help save lives. The man, Haymarket resident Scott H. DeLisi, was there to make a difference, arriving in this southeast Asian country two years after a tumultuous earthquake took place in early 2010. “Nepal had just gone through an internal conflict and they were seeking a new path … they needed a new constitution and new understanding to come together to build their future,” DeLisi said. Clearly, he had only work on his mind as he sought to create change to help the Nepalese. That was about to change. Shortly after his arrival, while walking along Upper Mustang, a section of the Himalayas 12,000 feet in altitude on Nepal’s Tibetan Plateau, DeLisi stopped briefly to catch his breath. In that moment, his eyes rested upon the piercing blue eyes of a lost puppy, a puppy who spoke to him, saying, “Dhai, come here.”

Is it physically possible for a dog to speak? Is it possible the pup wasn’t lost but rather placed there by the Universe for DeLisi to find him? “The Ambassador’s Dog,” DeLisi’s enticingly written and beautifully designed new children’s book, invites just such thoughtful questions and answers. ABOUT “THE AMBASSADOR’S DOG” Filled with detailed, fanciful illustrations created by Blacksburg resident and illustrator Jane Lillian Vance, “The Ambassador’s Dog” was published this past November. DeLisi hand-picked Nepalese company Vajra Publications to oversee the physical design, assembly, production, and shipment. Mimicking the high attention to detail found in the illustrations, the

book contains pages printed with museumquality ink on textured paper, a raw silkwrapped hardcover, a golden bookmark, and a laminated jacket. DeLisi’s conscientious planning of all these details is because he hopes the book will be “a treasured object for generations.” “The experience of meeting the puppy on the trail resonated strongly with me,” DeLisi said. “People would look at this dog, look at those eyes, and ask ‘What’s the story?’.” It’s a story DeLisi shares lovingly in “The Ambassador’s Dog.” The pup, nameless at first, was given an unusual, yet meaningful name by the author, a name symbolic of the geography of his home and its peoples and one you’ll need to read the book to discover. (No spoilers here!) To purchase “The Ambassador’s Dog” and request signings from DeLisi and the dog, who provides custom paw print signatures to customers, please visit theambassadors-dog.myshopify.com. ❖

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the ‘gift of the grounds.’ Beautiful vistas, mesmerizing views and historical houses are often commonplace, and the wineries themselves are seemingly borne by the very presence of their historical predecessors. I confess that prior to moving to Virginia I had never heard of Haymarket, nor Nokesville. Even less so did I know that I’d find a winery or two there. Well, having lived in both locales, I now know. And for this month’s piece, I visit a couple of wine spots you might want to visit yourself, like I did when I resided in those hamlets. Given a certain romantic day that lands on the 14th of every February, it’s nice to have a local winery getaway.





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The manor house at the Winery at LaGrange dates back to 1790. It has been completely restored and is chock full of its own history, including ghosts.

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FAR LEFT, TOP: Built in the Tidewater style as per William Alexander, the patriarch of the property, the centerpiece of the Effingham Manor property was used as a dwelling for most of its 250-year history. FAR LEFT, BOTTOM: Winemaker Seth Chambers does a wonderful job of crafting La Grange wines from both the estate vineyards and fruit acquired from both Virginia and the west coast. ABOVE: Winemaker Chris Pearmund of both Effingham Manor and Pearmund Cellars, is driven to make the best wines Virginia has to offer.

elevation of about 600 feet, right at the base of the Bull Run Mountain foothills. The manor house, which dates back to 1790 and is chock full of its own history, including ghosts, is now fully restored. There’s also a wine production facility. As beautiful as the grounds are at The Winery at La Grange, with 20-foot American Boxwoods surrounding the manor house and forming an arch over a stone path leading to the winery building, there’s an array of wines to try that will satisfy all sorts of palates. Winemaker Seth Chambers does a wonderful job of crafting La Grange wines from both the estate vineyards and fruit acquired from both Virginia and the west coast. White wine highlights include the 2017 Meritage White and 2018 Petit Manseng. The Meritage (think merit + heritage) is an elegant blend of sauvignon blanc and oak aged Semillon. Touted as a white wine for red wine drinkers, it lives up to its billing. As for the red wine offerings, numerous blends dominate the line-up, including the 2016 Harrison House and 2016 Kali Blend, as well the Bordeaux influenced 2016 Meritage Blend, a dark fruit wine aged in American oak for nine months. Not to leave the monovarietal wines behind, be sure to check out their 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s also the Snort NV, a tasty dessert wine. A visit to The Winery at La Grange will show you a side of Haymarket that perhaps


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you never knew existed. Barely thirty minutes southeast of Haymarket, in the heart of Nokesville, lies Effingham Manor and Winery. If you’re aware of Pearmund Cellars (in Broad Run) – and you should be – then you need to visit Effingham. This is famed winemaker Chris Pearmund’s second winery and it’s every bit as enthralling as his eponymous wine home. The grounds are stunning and as I learned upon my visit, the centerpiece of the property was used as a dwelling for most of its 250-year history. It was built in the Tidewater style as per William Alexander, the patriarch of the property, former Colonel of the local militia, and County Justice. The manor is beautiful. There’s also a blacksmith shop, historic slave quarters and a smoke shop, adding to the complex history of the property. There’s also a Koi pond, English garden and the Lewis and Clark tree, gifted from the explorers themselves to William Alexander. Then, of course, there’s the wine. In the first two years of operation, Effingham wines won over 100 medals, including 50-plus gold medals from a variety of competitions. This speaks to Pearmund’s continuous drive to make the best wines Virginia has to offer. For the white wine fans, both the Traminette and Viognier are a must, with stainless steel aging and unique fruit profiles



showing off the wines in their own unique way. Not to be missed is the Cameo Wine Collection of rosé wines. The bottles bear the names and likenesses of twelve different women born in Virginia, and tell a small part of their unique stories. Notable women such as Martha Washington, Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald are featured, each with a bottle label depiction. This series of wines celebrates the 19th Amendment and the women who made a range of contributions to history, business, entertainment, and politics. For the red wine lover, there’s plenty to choose from, including the Merlot, Norton and Meritage. That said, the two wines that truly separate themselves are the Tannat and the multi-award winning King’s Ransom, a Bordeaux style blend ripe with dark fruits, tobacco hints and peppery spice finish. And finally, the Virginia’s Heritage Wine. Featured in this column a couple of years ago, and ready to drink now, VHW is from 16 Virginia wineries, blended, aged and bottled in August 2018 to produce 10,000 bottles. The number of bottles represents each of the original 10,000 vitis vinifera vines planted in Virginia by the Virginia Company, some 400 years ago. So, do a little wine exploring this February and visit these places. As expected, all current safety protocols are practiced, allowing for a reassured experience of true wine enjoyment. Until next time, Happy Vino’ing! ❖

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