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The charm of Hermann, Missouri draws many a wine lover

Sitting on board a flight to St Louis, I am reminded of my visit to Hermann, the charming town that is situated along the Missouri River in the heart of the Missouri Wine country. The location of Hermann is reminiscent of the Rhine River Valley and the quaint German Towns that reside along its banks. 

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Paso Robles: A dog friendly weekend escape

San Luis Obispo County is a very pet-friendly area.  This is the first in a series of articles showing the virtues of this dog-friendly region of California.  I will begin with Paso Robles, as this was my first stop in my journey discovering fun places to visit with a dog.  My canine companion on this

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I Took My Dog to Greyhound Fest — Not Knowing It Would Be Our Last Weekend Together

The event known as Greyhound Fest in the Southern California city of Solvang had special meaning for me this year. It was the last weekend I spent with my beloved Parker, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge at age 7 on the Wednesday after the weekend event. I had planned our weekend together because I spent

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Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines: A passion for wine made real

The wineries of the Ste. Rita Hills focus primarily on the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines is one of those wineries but they also create some other varietals that make their winery unique. Kessler-Haak is one of the few Sta. Rita Hills wineries that produce a Riesling. Read More…

Cafe Quackenbush: The food

Cafe Quackenbush: A colorful palette of art and cuisine

My husband and I had gone in to our Audi Dealer to test drive the new Audi Allroad as we are thinking about replacing our 2001 Audi Allroad. Little did we know that our service person would arrange for us to take the car for as many days as we wanted so when we were

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Sydney Tibetan Terrier by Cori Solomon

Sydney Was Supposed to Die — Not Win Awards at Dog Shows

This is the week of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which ended last night. Exhibitors find this prestigious show a great honor and privilege. Those who watch on television see some of the beautiful dogs, but there’s more to the competition and the event behind the scenes. Last year was my first visit to

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Parker, a Saluki

I Enabled My Saluki’s Midnight Rabbit Hunt — By Accident

It was time for the last walk of the evening. My husband was sprawled out on the bed, so I took on the midnight task of getting that last potty in. I strolled outside clad in my pajamas and a long heavy overcoat, thinking, “Let’s hope they do their business quickly as it’s freezing outside

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Gabe, a Military Labrador

We Interview the People Behind the First U.S. National Monument to Military Dogs

If you watched the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, you probably saw the Canines with Courage float that was dedicated to military working dogs. It was sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Food, and it was modeled after the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, which is scheduled to be dedicated in the fall. The

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