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How a Columbia athlete rekindled Maryland’s Strongman community

Metal clangs as an athlete loads more weight onto a bar. Grunts of effort follow another man as he walks 50 feet with 700 pounds “yoked” across his shoulders on a metal bar. The chill of winter seeps through the cinder block walls painted steel blue and black, but the athletes carrying and lifting...

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Winners: Howard Magazine's best restaurants 2016

Craving a killer crab cake? Howard County has it. In search of a sizable steak? Got you covered. Have a loved one with dietary restrictions? Even then, the dining options are plentiful. More than 2,000 voters shared their recommendations for the county’s best cuisine in this year’s Best Restaurants...

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What to consider before gifting a pet for the holidays

What to consider before gifting a pet for the holidays

Q: Our grandkids have embarked on a campaign to get a pet — any pet — for Christmas. Should we indulge them with a surprise pet? A: As a grandparent myself, I know the urge to indulge! But as a veterinarian, I have to say the decision depends on several factors — most of which should be cause for...

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  • Clipper's Canine Cafe moves to historic Ellicott City

    Clipper's Canine Cafe moves to historic Ellicott City

    Ann and Kate Bowman love Ellicott City, and they’ve put their money where their mouths are. Mouths, in fact, are their business — the canine kind. The mother-and-daughter co-owners of Clipper’s Canine Cafe have enough faith that they moved to Main Street from Savage Mill, confident that flood...

  • A fond farewell from Howard Magazine's vet columnist

    A fond farewell from Howard Magazine's vet columnist

    When I graduated from Michigan State University with my veterinary medicine degree in 1969, I could not have predicted the great experiences ahead of me, how much the practice of veterinary medicine would change — and when my personal journey might conclude. Back in ’69, we still dialed rotary...

  • How to incorporate pets into your emergency plans

    How to incorporate pets into your emergency plans

    Q: Any pet-care emergency preparedness tips in case of natural disasters and power outages? A: As we often see in the news, Mother Nature can be punishing, but we’re generally fortunate here in the Mid-Atlantic. Unlike other regions, we’re spared from major earthquakes and wildfires. And while...

  • What it takes to train a therapy dog

    What it takes to train a therapy dog

    It’s Wednesday night in Laurel, which means it’s class night at the one-story headquarters of Fidos for Freedom. There are no desks, no computers, no blackboards or screens in the large, mirrored room. Instead, it’s filled with about two dozen dogs and their handlers. “Maintain eye contact with...

  • Pet picks from Howard County shops

    Pet picks from Howard County shops

    With luxuries like these, a dog’s life in Howard County should be a pretty nice one. But local shops don’t forget treats, gear and supplies for other furry and feathered friends.

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