Author: Michelle Venus

Mountain Modern Meets Prairie

By Michelle Venus  •  Photos by Robert Yone The husband-and-wife team behind NoCO Custom Homes create dream homes for their clients. No detail was overlooked when they designed their own custom-built home, a reflection of their design philosophy. Two deployments to Iraq—where there isn’t much to do and not a whole lot of opportunity to spend money—gave Jason Jones the opportunity to build a nice nest egg. When he returned to northern Colorado after leaving the Marines, he invested that money in real estate. Purchasing rental properties turned out to be more than a good investment. It started Jason...

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Lake Living

By Michelle Venus Perched above Warren Lake, this home’s sweeping, expansive views of the foothills fringing one of Fort Collins’ most desirable neighborhoods is just one of its spectacular features. Take note—this house is chockablock with original touches that make it extraordinary and unique. It starts before you even set foot inside. Swinging double gates of deep rich wood compliment the native field stone facade and open into a private courtyard with an arched ceiling, that acts as another room three seasons out of the year. Designed by Denver landscape architectural firm R Design, the courtyard is serene and...

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To Declaw or Not to Declaw ~ Is it really a question?

Robin Downing, DVM, doesn’t pussyfoot around when she talks about cat declawing. She tells it like it is: “It’s feline toe amputation,” the Windsor-based veterinarian states emphatically, “and in most cases, is a completely unnecessary procedure.” The American Association of Feline Practitioners’ position statement calls it “ethically controversial.” Many people assume that declawing their cat is a harmless way to prevent their pet from scratching furniture and carpeting. Not true, says Dr. Downing, whose numerous credentials include diplomate status in human pain management and a master’s of science in clinical bioethics. Cat declawing is much more than an extreme...

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