On the Road

Ryan and Tracy Unverzagt treated their daughter, T. Adlee, to her first trip to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming this fall. Ryan is one of the OTC’s contributing writers and pens the From the Trainer column for us. They are pictured here at their stop at the famous Old Faithful geyser and at Grand Prismatic Spring […]

Home for the Holidays – Old Town Alexandria

By Bob Tagert Home for the Holidays – Old Town Alexandria As most of you know, every month we take a road trip and then write about the experience and destination. Each December, however, my road trip is about our home town of Alexandria, Virginia and the history that has been created here and about […]

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best By Melinda Myers The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care. And that starts the minute you leave […]

Enjoy the Holidays with Your Pets—and Maybe Meet New Ones

Enjoy the Holidays with Your Pets—and Maybe Meet New Ones By Steph Selice Holiday celebrations may be what many humans look forward to all year long, but they’re not always a treat for our beloved pets. Fortunately, there are many simple and even fun ways we can help our animals enjoy the holidays safely and […]

December Pets of the Month

Bugsy, Adult, Female, Brown Guinea Pig Bugsy is a sweet little pig looking for a family to call her own.  She is very social and loves running to the front of her enclosure to meet new visitors and being held and petted! Photo courtesy of Dirty Paw Photography Peedee, Senior, Neutered Male, Brown and White, […]

Are You Prepared to Handle a Personal Financial Crisis?

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Are You Prepared to Handle a Personal Financial Crisis? Individuals who are married or in a committed relationship face the possibility they’ll end up managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many experience handling complicated financial matters alone is during a personal crisis […]

Fishing for Holiday Gifts?

By Steve Chaconas Fishing for Holiday Gifts? Shopping for anglers is frustrating; but for the person on the receiving end, there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line! Choose gifts for on and off the water! Football players wear gloves for better grip. Fishing gloves must enable finger use for knot tying and sensitivity. Fish […]

On the Road- November 2018

Cathy with a “C” and her husband Brad Bradford, longtime friends and clients (they are the proprietors of the popular King’s Jewelry in the heart of Old Town Alexandria) of the OTC took a few minutes out of their fabulous trip to Athens, Greece to snap this picture of them with the October issue. This […]

Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage

By Melinda Myers Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage It’s a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery.  There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same. A lack of outdoor growing space, […]

Finding Wildlife and What to Do

By Jason Berger We all love our dogs and cats – but pets are not the only animals we come into contact with – or the only animals we may want to help. What should you do if you come across wildlife that you think might be in danger? Although your initial urge may be […]