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  You know you're getting old when you start complaining about winter. But 'tis the beauty of dogs - they never really age. Well physically maybe, but they approach most of their lives like kids playing in the snow for the first time. O, the joy of it all, the joy of a winter wonderland! Ergo, I bundle up snugly, wear warm boots and always give my dog, DJ, a few extra minutes to frolic in the snow. It makes me feel young again, appreciate the beauty of winter too. To see life again, even for just a few fleeting moments, through...

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Sometimes something big just blows your mind. Something - like salmon. This regal fish plays a crucial role in the ecosystem of the great Northwest, returning ocean nutrients to the rivers and streams where they were born, feeding wildlife and even the forests - (but I'll get to that later). It's even shaped the lives of the indigenous people.  But getting back to the part that blew my mind: The other night I was watching a nature show about the great Canadian Northwest. The highlight of the show was the stuff about bears, notably their feasting on spawning salmon swimming upstream. Good fats,...

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When you're a dog-walker, you feel like the neighborhood is your show, a stage where we are all but actors. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhoodA beautiful day in the neighborhoodIt's a beautiful day to walk the dogA spectacular day to walk the dogWon't you come along with me? That eyesore across the street, that's the podiatrist, Ira Potashner's house. Ira doesn't mow his lawn and that's a violation of municipal Bylaw 6221, (letting weeds or grass grow higher than 15 cm). Look at the city official parked in front of Ira's house writing up a ticket. That's gonna...

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