Spring is just around the corner…
The third month of the year, March is traditionally a time of transition between the harsh weather of winter and the mild and balmy season of spring. In many parts of the country March almost certainly means stormy weather, cold temperatures and ice and snow. However, here in the Antelope Valley, even with our higher elevation, we have little or hardly any harsh weather in March and usually find signs of spring soon after.
And while a mild March and easy transition to warmer weather are ideal for the human population, they also mean fun times for certain four-legged friends, man’s best friend, the dog. In consideration of canines and the joy they bring to their human parents, we decided to make them our focus in this month’s issue of LIFESTYLE.
We are devoted to our dogs, their expressive eyes, wet noses, boundless energy and sometimes wacky behavior. We asked our readers to submit their favorite dog tales about why they love their dogs and what’s special about them, and several of them are featured in this issue.
The Pet Photo Contest winners are also showcased in this LIFESTYLE. The winners were selected from the more than 140 entries submitted in the six categories of Best Costume/Dressed; Best Pet/Owner Look-alike; Best Pet Smooch; Best Buddies; Funniest Pet; and Best Action Shot.
In addition, staff writer Julie Drake, in her story “Pooches play and learn at Littlerock ranch” with accompanying photos by staff photographer Christina Ramos, talks to dog trainer Carlos Banuelos III, who runs Custom Dog Training in Littlerock, which offers dog training as well as cage-free boarding and doggie day care.
Award-winning actress Linda Blair, in a profile “Linda Blair animal advocate and dog rescuer” by staff writer Claudia Lopez with photos by Ramos, describes how she came to establish the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which aims to rescue and help dogs of all breeds and sizes.
And staff writer Craig Currier, in his story “Tender, loving care for four-legged family members,” discusses veterinarian Balpal Sandhu and his state-of-the-art clinic that offers the latest in animal care, including stem cell therapy.
Also, staff writer Andrew Clark, in his story “Life-changing dogs in training” with photos by photo operations manager Ron Siddle, followed along as members of the AV Guide Dog Club, a Valley institution for decades, held a monthly training meeting at a Home Depot store where the dogs learned important skills while in an open environment.
But this issue of LIFESTYLE has not all gone to the dogs. It is packed with a variety of informative, entertaining and interesting articles on other topics, including a feature by staff writer Alisha Semchuck on historian and wildflower expert Milt Stark’s vast collection of 3-D stereo cards dating back to 1870, cameras and viewers.
Our other regular columns are featured as well, including Good Kids, Horse Tales, A Taste for Wine, Arts, and the March calendar of events, so please join us.