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by Sheryl Wall


How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place five years after the first movie. It starts out with a Dragon race which has become a favorite sport of the Island of Berk. However, Hiccup and toothless are nowhere to be seen. Hiccup has created his own invention of wings he is using to try to fly.

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Maleficent: Movie Review

IN THE June 2 ISSUE

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Maleficent is a Disney movie about her life and how she became known as an evil fairy. It’s a new take on the story of Sleeping Beauty. The movie starts out with Maleficent as a young yet powerful fairy in the peaceful Magical Moors that borders the human land and how she met a human boy and fell in love with him. Stefan, the young boy, grows up and doesn’t come back for many years.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return begins with Dorothy waking up in her Kansas home after the tornado. She finds that all of the town is packing up to move and even her family are thinking of moving instead of rebuilding because the Tornado left little undamaged. Meanwhile in Oz, the Lion, Scarecrow and the Tin Man call for Dorothy to return to again save OZ but this time from the Jester who also happens to be the Wicked Witch’s brother.

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One evening my parents came home and called me to come outside to show me something, they were very excited. They had brought home a Dachshund mix puppy. I loved her from that first moment. I remember the first night she was scared and hovered in a corner outside, but it didn’t take long before we became the best of friends.

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Rio 2: Movie Review

IN THE April 21 ISSUE

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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