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By Jeff Danziger and Jeff Danziger,Special to the Sun | June 13, 1999
"Timbuktu," by Paul Auster. Henry Holt & Co. 180 pages. $23.Paul Auster, who first entertained us in the New York trilogy, a trio of odd novellas that were certainly inventive in style and point of view, has, over the last 20 years, written a string of inventive books. He has, as they used to say of John Hersey, never written the same book twice. This is laudatory as long as you provide a story to sustain the changes in style and pacing that result from inventiveness. With Auster, sometimes he does, and sometimes he doesn't.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2005
Bella was not content to spend the morning napping, merely living out her dog's life, when a springlike day had finally arrived. So she whined and she cried until she persuaded her human companion, law student Amy Paulick, to crawl out of her sick bed and take the Boston terrier to the Canton Dog Park. Once there, the outing seemed to work magic for both of them. They found the sunny promise of a new season, 60-degree temperatures that stirred up memories, and the soothing sounds of area work crews -- other people's labor.
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By Gina Spadafori and Gina Spadafori,McClatchy News Service | October 23, 1993
Those who have any doubts that reptiles are the hot pets of the '90s need look no further than bookstores, where the second issue of Reptiles magazine has just landed.Reptiles is the latest in the Fancy Publications family of animal magazines, which already includes Aquarium Fish, Bird Talk, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Horse Illustrated and Wild Bird, as well as the trade publication, Pet Product News.Responsible care is the motto of these magazines, and they deliver on the promise every month with a good mix of stories designed to offer something to both novices and experienced animal-handlers.
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By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 13, 2000
IT'S A dog's life at National Capital Therapy Dogs, headquartered in Highland. These canine volunteers and their handlers brighten the lives of hospital patients around the area. National Capital Therapy Dogs (NCTD) was formed in 1990 by Wayne and Shari Sternberger of Highland and Jane Bartholomew of Columbia. The Sternbergers and Bartholomew had been involved with Fidos For Freedom, but that organization decided to eliminate its therapy dog program. "Shari and I decided we couldn't live without doing therapy work," Wayne Sternberger said.
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By Ann G. Sjoerdsma and Ann G. Sjoerdsma,Contributing Writer | March 18, 1993
I once sat in the front row during a production of David Rabe's brutal "Streamers" and was sprayed with a soldier's theatrical blood. This sickening, yet somehow exhilarating, experience was not unlike reading Mr. Rabe's first novel, "Recital of the Dog," a nightmarish, stream-of-subconsciousness mixture of Kafka, Beckett, Jung and Mr. Rabe, being his usual cruel, coarse, chaotic, comical and cerebral self.Before this first-person, present-tense novel opens, the narrator has shot and killed a mongrel dog that was bothering his cows.
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By SUN FILM CRITIC | March 17, 2000
"Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" has all the earmarks of another John Woo rip-off, with a little "Sopranos" thrown in for good measure. But with the lumberingly graceful Forest Whitaker as a mob hit man trained in the Japanese warrior tradition, "Ghost Dog" instead takes viewers on a trance-like journey through a transforming world, as old ways merge, disappear and reluctantly give way to the new. In a city with no name, Ghost Dog inhabits the margins,...
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By Gina Spadafori and Gina Spadafori,McClatchy News Service | April 2, 1994
There comes a time in a young dog's life when the sweet creature he once was becomes possessed by the Other.He gets awkward. He gets troublesome. His attention span shrinks. He's more interested in testing the limits than in behaving himself. And if he's really unlucky, he'll push it too far and find himself at the shelter, along with other delinquents.That's because dogs, like people, can go through a difficult adolescent stage. And while most parents only fleetingly dream of abandoning their human teens, some pet owners aren't quite so committed to enduring this part of a dog's life.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | March 22, 1992
It's a dog's life, but not at St. John's College in Annapolis.Worried that dogs and cats have left their tell-tale marks beneath every tree, college administrators have decided to ban all pets from the campus.Jeffrey A. Bishop, vice president of the small liberal arts college, said he's tired of cleaning off his shoes every time he walks between the red brick buildings. He said the administration decided to take action only after repeatedly urging pet owners to scoop up the smelly droppings.
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By Karol V. Menzie | May 15, 1997
They understand us perfectly. They entertain us. They know when we're happy and when we're sad. They have a sense of humor, and they know what tickles us. They listen well. They obey (well, mostly). They are Very Good Dogs.And their Devoted People are the first to say so.Devoted People, even those with high-profile lives and frantic schedules, go to extraordinary efforts to make sure their dogs are happy. How far will they go? Think trans-Atlantic travel and cat companions. Think accessories from Paris and "cookies" on demand.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | January 20, 1993
An east Columbia man is undergoing a series of painful injections to prevent rabies because people who at one time had the unlicensed pit bull that bit him no longer know where the dog is.Evelyn Handy is a defendant in a complaint filed on behalf of the county Animal Control Office and the county Health Department. She was threatened with contempt of court last week for failing to obey a court order to produce the dog that bit Owen Brown resident Kenneth Price Jr. on Dec. 23.Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney denied the contempt motion.
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By SUN FILM CRITIC | March 17, 2000
"Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" has all the earmarks of another John Woo rip-off, with a little "Sopranos" thrown in for good measure. But with the lumberingly graceful Forest Whitaker as a mob hit man trained in the Japanese warrior tradition, "Ghost Dog" instead takes viewers on a trance-like journey through a transforming world, as old ways merge, disappear and reluctantly give way to the new. In a city with no name, Ghost Dog inhabits the margins,...
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By Jeff Danziger and Jeff Danziger,Special to the Sun | June 13, 1999
"Timbuktu," by Paul Auster. Henry Holt & Co. 180 pages. $23.Paul Auster, who first entertained us in the New York trilogy, a trio of odd novellas that were certainly inventive in style and point of view, has, over the last 20 years, written a string of inventive books. He has, as they used to say of John Hersey, never written the same book twice. This is laudatory as long as you provide a story to sustain the changes in style and pacing that result from inventiveness. With Auster, sometimes he does, and sometimes he doesn't.
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By Karol V. Menzie | May 15, 1997
They understand us perfectly. They entertain us. They know when we're happy and when we're sad. They have a sense of humor, and they know what tickles us. They listen well. They obey (well, mostly). They are Very Good Dogs.And their Devoted People are the first to say so.Devoted People, even those with high-profile lives and frantic schedules, go to extraordinary efforts to make sure their dogs are happy. How far will they go? Think trans-Atlantic travel and cat companions. Think accessories from Paris and "cookies" on demand.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,sun staff | September 29, 1996
"Dog Love," by Marjorie Garber. Simon and Shuster,$24.There is a computer program, Dogz, that allows one to download a pet. A colleague and fellow dog-lover described its wonders to me one day and I was entranced, although not enough to secure my own version, as any cyberdog would be a poor substitute for the flesh-and-blood canines in my household. For one thing, cyberdogs don't shed."Dog Love," by the cultural critic Marjorie Garber, falls into the same category as Dogz: Witty, intriguing, full of charming observations and anecdotes, but who is the intended audience?
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By Soren Andersen and Soren Andersen,McClatchy News Service | June 2, 1995
Matthew Modine has gone to the dogs. And no, I'm not talking about the fact that his last movie, "Bye Bye, Love," was a box-office bowser, skedaddling out of the theaters faster than a mutt with a Chevy to chase.I mean he's really a dog in "Fluke." Four paws, shaggy coat, wet nose, mouth full of sharp teeth and dog breath.Matt's life as a dog begins when his character's speeding car goes airborne and fetches up, grille-first, against a nice sturdy tree. Blackout. When he comes to, he's no longer a stressed-out yuppie but a cute little puppy named Fluke.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1994
Yuppie puppies don't go to kennels when their owners are away. Classy canines can go to camp in Uniontown.Camp Yuppie Puppy opened a few weeks ago on a 108-acre farm, off Uniontown Road. Pedigreed pets and mutts of diverse lineages can hang up their leashes at the 12-"room" facility, where owners can board their dogs for a night or a week or more.Pups may arrive at their shaggiest and get an appointment for a dip and clip with one of three groomers during their stay. Customers can select the most suitable hair styles from a wall full of snapshots of well-groomed customers.
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By Kevin Cowherd | November 4, 1991
IF YOU HAVE anything bad to say about dogs, just don't say it around me, pal, because I have a real short fuse when it comes to anti-dog sentiment.The first dog I ever fell in love with was Lassie, whose sole mission in life seemingly was to rescue that little jerk Timmy Martin from countless life-threatening predicaments.Every time you turned around, the kid was getting stuck in quicksand or trapped in a burning building or attacked by grizzly bears. I don't know what he did to deserve this kind of luck -- maybe he kicked a nun or something when he was younger -- but every day was a new crisis.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1994
Yuppie puppies don't go to kennels when their owners are away. Classy canines can go to camp in Uniontown.Camp Yuppie Puppy opened a few weeks ago on a 108-acre farm, off Uniontown Road. Pedigreed pets and mutts of diverse lineages can hang up their leashes at the 12-"room" facility, where owners can board their dogs for a night or a week or more.Pups may arrive at their shaggiest and get an appointment for a dip and clip with one of three groomers during their stay. Customers can select the most suitable hair styles from a wall full of snapshots of well-groomed customers.
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By Gina Spadafori and Gina Spadafori,McClatchy News Service | April 2, 1994
There comes a time in a young dog's life when the sweet creature he once was becomes possessed by the Other.He gets awkward. He gets troublesome. His attention span shrinks. He's more interested in testing the limits than in behaving himself. And if he's really unlucky, he'll push it too far and find himself at the shelter, along with other delinquents.That's because dogs, like people, can go through a difficult adolescent stage. And while most parents only fleetingly dream of abandoning their human teens, some pet owners aren't quite so committed to enduring this part of a dog's life.
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By Gina Spadafori and Gina Spadafori,McClatchy News Service | October 23, 1993
Those who have any doubts that reptiles are the hot pets of the '90s need look no further than bookstores, where the second issue of Reptiles magazine has just landed.Reptiles is the latest in the Fancy Publications family of animal magazines, which already includes Aquarium Fish, Bird Talk, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Horse Illustrated and Wild Bird, as well as the trade publication, Pet Product News.Responsible care is the motto of these magazines, and they deliver on the promise every month with a good mix of stories designed to offer something to both novices and experienced animal-handlers.
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