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Rio 2: Movie Review

IN THE April 21 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Rio 2 is a sequel that starts up their story a few years after the first movie, Rio. Blu, Jewel and their three children are thought to be the only Spix’s Macaws left in existence. However, Blu’s former owner, Linda and her husband Tulio who is an ornithologist, discover that there may be more Spix’s living in the Amazon. When Jewel hears this, she wants to go and check it out for herself. Blu isn’t excited about the idea but goes along with it. Their friends, Nico, Rafeal, and Pedro, join Blu and his family as they head for the Amazon, although they are going more to look for talent for the upcoming carnival they want to put on.

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Muppets Most Wanted: Movie Review

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


The Muppets Most Wanted begins where the last movie ended and the Muppets are trying to decide what to do next in their career. However, when they are approached by Agent Dominic Badguy to do a World tour, all but Kermit get excited for the new adventure. Kermit is not so sure they are ready but goes with the majority vote.

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Westies Talk

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


I have two Westies and they are very smart and love to learn. They also are very good communicators and will always find a way to tell me what they want. I will share with you a few stories to give you a good picture of their unique communication skills.

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Nut Job: Movie Review

IN THE January 20 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Nut Job is about the animals in a park struggling to store enough food for the winter, and one Squirrel in particular, named Surly, who is known as a troublemaker who only looks out for himself and his rat friend, Buddy. Surly ends up causing the little food that the other animals have stored in a tree to end up being burned up by a run away peanut cart and finds himself banished from the park to live out in the city alone.

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Christmas With Westies

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


As a child, can you recall how excited you would get when the Christmas tree and stockings went up for the holidays? Or how eager you were to open the gifts under the tree? Kids are not the only ones who enjoy the holiday festivities. Our pets too can get involved in the excitement; I know mine do. As long as we make the effort to keep the holidays safe for our pets, it can be a fun time for everyone. I always have to be sure that anything hazardous to my dogs are kept out of their reach and not allow them to be munching off of the humans food. I find that if I give them their own fun activities it makes them less eager to get into what is not theirs.

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Free Birds: Movie Review

IN THE November 4 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


I always look forward to the Christmas movies that come out every year in the Theater and to my surprise this year we got to enjoy a Thanksgiving movie called Free Birds. It is an animated story about Turkeys and how they don’t want to be the main course for the holiday anymore.

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by Sheryl Wall


I have been going to Agility Trials for several years and I just love it. My West Highland White Terrier, Cosette, achieved her Championship in October of 2011. She was my first Agility dog. Now I am competing with my Irish Setter, Maiyah and my daughter gets to run Cosette.

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Smurfs 2: Movie Review

IN THE August 12 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


In this sequel to Smurfs, Gargamel has become famous in Paris as a magician with the help of the Smurf essence he obtained from Papa Smurf in the previous movie. His ultimate goal however is to obtain all of the Smurfs essence.

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Turbo: Movie Review

IN THE July 29 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Turbo is an animated film about snails and how the snail Turbo (voice by Ryan Reynolds) desires to race like the race car drivers he watches on TV in the garage where they live. Instead, he has to work with the other snails in the tomato garden, which he does not find fulfilling. On top of that, the other snails give Turbo a hard time for his dreams to race and put him down. However, one day his world changes when he has an accident that leads him to be sucked into a speeding car and he is changed by the nitrous oxide into a fast snail.

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Despicable Me 2: Movie Review

IN THE July 8 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Despicable Me 2 is a computer animated sequel to Despicable Me starring Gru (voice by Steve Carrel) who is an ex-evil villain and now a parent to three small girls, Margo, Agnes, and Edith.

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Epic: Movie Review

IN THE May 27 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall


Epic is an animated fantasy adventure movie based on the book The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce. Teenage Mary Katherine comes to stay with her father who is an eccentric scientist who believes there are tiny people in the forest who live in a faster mode where we can’t see them. His life work is based on learning about these tiny forest people but Mary Katherine doesn’t believe they exist, like everyone else in his life, and is trying to convince him to quit his pursuit.

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A Day in the Life of A Yorkie

IN THE April 13 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



Yorkshire Terriers are beautiful and elegant dogs that are loved by many. They are loving and full of life. They are known as lap dogs but there is a lot more to a Yorkie then cuddling with their owner. They can be very active and inquisitive little dogs who sometimes think they are much bigger then they really are. Yorkies are not the best choice for active and rambunctious children, but if your children are calmer and know how to interact with a small dog it can be a great match.

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The Croods: Movie Review

IN THE April 8 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



The Croods is an animated movie about a prehistoric family that lives in a cave. Their father, Grug, voice by Nicholas Cage, is overprotective and never lets them wander from home. His daughter Eep, voice by Emma Stone, wants to venture out and doesn’t like being stuck in the cave all the time.

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by Sheryl Wall




Oz The Great and Powerful
is a fantasy adventure movie based on the Oz novels by L. Frank Baum. This story takes place before the popular Wizard of Oz movie from 1939 starring Judy Garland. Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, also known as Oz.

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by Sheryl Wall
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Logan’s Secret written by Suzanne Burke is a children’s story about a retired racing Greyhound and his journey to his forever family. It is told as if Logan, the Greyhound, is telling his own story. During his last race he just stops mid-race and his owner decides it’s time to retire him. The book goes through Logan’s experiences that lead up to his adoption.

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The West Highland White Terrier

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



In 2002, our first West Highland White Terrier (Westie for short) joined our family and I have been in love with the breed ever since. Our first Westie we named Mei Kumi Na Tisa. Her name is Swahilli for May 19, which is our Anniversary and she was our gift to each other for our first Anniversary. We chose a Swahili name because our love started in Africa but that is a whole other story. Later our Westie family grew and Cosette (Natisa’s daughter) joined our family. The two of them are inseparable.

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