From the Vet: Mitral valve disease in dogs

The mitral or left atrioventricular valve is one of four one-way valves in the heart. It controls blood flow from the left atrium, where oxygenated blood coming from the lungs collects, to the left ventricle, where arterial blood is pumped out into the body. When the left ventricle contracts, the mitral valve closes, thus preventing…

Military Wire: Veteran-related issues solved by outgoing administration?

The President’s final State of the Union is this Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. PST. His plan is to address the nation on what his Administration has deemed critical pathways forward: Economic Progress; Acting on Climate; Engagement in the World; Health Care Reform and Social Progress and Equality. A continual issue that has plagued…

Playtime: Saying good-bye to our family’s best friend

The parental heavy lifting I forecast while pregnant could have never prepared me for having to navigate the majority of what has actually gone down. In my days of trying to “make everything that’s uncertain certain,” I could have never pictured the look on my 6 1/2-year-old’s face when he walked into the vet’s examination…

Military Wire: The first step to making 2016 your year

I have a confession. Yep. Instead of kicking off the New Year with a few new commitments, I’m kicking the New Year off with a confession. My “confession” is that some of my commitments weren’t commitments last year – they were “intentions” with an exit strategy. After watching the movie “South Paw” last year, I…

Fitness Corner: 31 Days of New Year’s fitness inspiration

1. Water–an essential weight loss tool. Make it a habit, bring it with you. Hydrates, filling, ice cold burns more calories. 2. A little goes a long way. Take the stairs, park farther away, eat a bit less each meal, skip that final drink. It adds up. 3. I once knew someone who lost 60…

Recommended Reads: ‘Alone on the Wall’ chronicles climber’s passion

Alone on the Wall, by Alex Honnold with David Roberts Alex Honnold is probably the most famous adventure athlete in the world. He’s a world-class, free solo climber, known for climbing without the help of ropes, equipment, or a partner. He’s been known to scale 2,000 feet with only shoes and a chalk bag for…

Military Wire: Take part in memorable event Dec. 12 — Wreaths Across America

(Portions reprinted with permission) Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12- year-old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News when he won a trip to Washington, D.C. His first trip to our nation’s capital was one he would never forget, and Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression…

Fitness Corner: Practicing thankfulness

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kicks into full gear, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out and eat and drink too much. This is normally a great topic to write about at this time of year. But in the wake of the events in Paris a week ago Friday, it…

Fitness Corner: Getting (and staying) motivated to exercise

It’s Sunday morning, and it’s absolutely pouring outside. It’s windy, and water isn’t the only thing falling from the sky. Our driveway is absolutely littered with broken branches and twigs. Ugh. Not exactly a prime day to go out for some exercise. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about staying motivated to keep up my…

Military Wire: All Veterans Job Fair set for Safeco Field Nov. 12

Finding employers willing to hire, jobs with adequate pay, and securing an interview is often a daunting task. While the unemployment numbers for the past quarter held steady on a national level, some economists and investors are suggesting Christmas may “gift” the U.S. with job losses, making the competition to secure viable employment in the…

Healthy Eating: Develop a taste for moderation and mindfulness this holiday season

We are entering the season of “robust” eating, overindulgence and busy schedules. Many folks stock up on candy for Halloween trick-or-treaters and the cupboards stay full of goodies right through New Year’s Eve. This can be hard on the waistline….as well as for those at risk for diabetes, heart disease or any other condition where…

Fitness Corner: Boosting low morale

For reasons I won’t bother expanding on, I have been physically unable to walk for seven weeks. I am talking about my daily four-mile-long fitness walks through my Edmonds and nearby Woodway neighborhoods that I have been doing almost daily for about as long as I have lived in Edmonds. Not only does my career…

From the Vet: Can dogs think?

Dogs have been in close contact with humans for thousands of years. Estimates range from 9,000 to 30,000. Due to this long association, dogs are thought to have the ability to not only understand but to communicate with humans. Many researchers in this field attribute these communication skills to the manifestation of unique traits that…

Fitness Corner: Walking with ghosts

Note: This isn’t the complete story, just my recollections of the fantastic and fascinating day we had trying to track down my father-in-law’s experiences during the Battle of Argentan, in World War II. This day occurred close to the end of our trip, after we had spent four days in Italy, at the Italian Grand…

Healthy Eating: An ovarian cancer survivor’s quest for balance

We are nearing the end of September and for me that means the end of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The world is about to get a lot pinker in October. For those of us on the TEAL journey, it is challenging to have everything “pinkified” all the time. Women get “below of the belt” cancers…

Fitness Corner: It’s mine to choose

It’s Friday evening and my last client just left. I head toward the door. I’ve been on my feet all day, my stomach is growling and there is a glass of wine with my name on it in the near future. The very NEAR future! Then I stop at the door, because I just remembered…

Arts of the Terrace Art Show coming Sept. 26

The 37th annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W. Sponsored by the Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission and the Friends of the Arts, “Arts of the Terrace” is one of the major juried art shows held…

Fitness Corner: Goal met, or how I vanquished ‘The Bierch’

I’m almost there. Well, I’m actually way past the first there–the initial 10 pounds I set as my original goal. Once I’d gotten to that goal, I set myself the goal of a total of 20 pounds before we left for Europe (on Monday!). That last stubborn pound just won’t give up, but neither will…

Military Wire: Solving unemployment with a 21st century program

Solving the “jobs” issue is both a local and national concern for not only politicians but certainly for many of those out of work and those who wish to see America not buckle under the weight of its own debt. When people earn a wage, they add to the tax revenue. When they don’t work,…

Healthy Eating: Ratatouille a delicious way to use summer veggies

Many gardens are bursting with zucchini and tomatoes. Have you been zucchini bombed by your neighbor yet? That means that they left you an unmarked paper bag full of very large zucchini on your front porch. I just picked up a lovely bowl of tomatoes from a neighbor who graciously offered them to me because…

Military Wire: ‘Shell Shock’ — A ‘faction’ novel that will make you think

It’s summer time. And while I could certainly report on the failed efforts and initiatives of Congress or which presidential hopefuls really have veterans’ initiatives at heart, I’m pausing that drama to bring you information on something far more intriguing to me at the moment — Dr. Steve Stahl’s “Shell Shock.” His debut novel, Shell…

Fitness Corner: For young athletes, play more important than competition

Remember lying on the carpet with your infant? How innocent was that? More so than you know! The endless crawling and chasing on all fours allowed us to play at our child’s level of development. Their development depended upon a supply of endless wonder and new stimuli. As they grew and eventually walked, we chased…

From the Vet: Most common pet toxins of 2014 — and other hazards

The Animal Poison Control Center was started prior to my arrival as Head of the then-named Veterinary Biosciences department in the College of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After I took office, the center was taken over by the ASPCA and has grown and become more effective as a result. The service…

Military Wire: Veterans to benefit from ‘Treasure’

The pursuit of wealth, fame and treasure in America is a staple to its history. In the early days, men and women alike flocked to the west in pursuit of gold. Today, some sue cities to gain a bit of wealth, others play lottery and some use their elected office for personal financial gain. A…