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Leading the herd: Top sheep dogs compete for title at national finals

sheepdog1.jpg MIDDLETOWN -- Thousands of dog lovers -- along with 150 well-trained dogs and 650 sheep -- will descend upon Belle Grove Plantation in the coming week for the National Sheepdog Finals. comments
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Fun and games: Local dogs compete in national obedience, agility tournaments

Bear races through the weave BOYCE -- Leslie McLean runs alongside her big yellow Lab, motioning for him to shoot through a tunnel, leap over a jump and pause, both the woman and the dog exhibiting speed and coordination. comments
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Smithsonian institute's white-naped cranes hatch two chicks

White-naped cranes FRONT ROYAL -- The white-naped crane breeding program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute continues to thrive with the recent hatching of two chicks. comments
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Massage therapist treats four-legged family members

Mary Pat Corrigan massages Mary Pat Corrigan runs her hands down the spine of her 81⁄2-year-old American dingo, Nadia. Nadia's white head begins to droop and her panting slows as she feels her owner's fingers working their magic on her back and hip. She stands completely still. comments
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Wascally wabbits: Do your research before adopting a pet that needs lots of attention

Amy Shenk holds a Holland lop rabbit They're sweet, they're soft ... and they eat electrical cords. Rabbits might seem like a good idea for a holiday surprise for your little tikes, but it's best to do your homework before deciding to bring one home with you. comments
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Woofstock to benefit Frederick animal shelter

WINCHESTER -- Area residents and their canine companions have a chance to get out together and have some fun today while contributing to a worthy cause. comments
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Books & Barks: Program uses dogs in reading sessions

Buttercup entertains 8-year-old Anna Gray FRONT ROYAL -- Dogs aren't ordinarily commonplace at a library. But with the Books & Barks program at Samuels Public Library, they're a welcome sight. comments
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Bald eagle makes return to wild

injured bald eagle FRONT ROYAL -- A 7-month-old bald eagle born in Warren County, which had been injured and nursed back to health, flew to freedom on Friday. comments
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Missing dog reunited with family

EDINBURG -- Until Thursday afternoon, Benji, a 9-year-old bichon frisé, was one hot dog. comments
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Due to financial strain, woman must close farm devoted to saving horses

Holly Tomlinson works at her Healing Horse Farm BERRYVILLE -- Holly Tomlinson has living proof of her life's work. Healthy horses -- temporary residents saved from slaughter or neglect -- roam her sprawling 40-acre farm in Clarke County. comments

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