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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY-3, 2014 You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the q!uestions light-hearted! Thanks. 10 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR MY POOCH FRIENDS The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and to look forward to improving you and your dog's life over the next 365 days. Resolving to lose weight and to become healthier for you and your four-footed friend is always at the top of the list. The New Year is also a good opportunity to become more involved in pet activities. Here are some top 10 reso- lutions to add to your pooch New Year's list. 1. BANISH THE BULGE. If your pooch is overweight, resolve to begin a sensible eating program. A study by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention shows that 45 percent of dogs are over- weight, including 9 percent who are obese. Cut down on the amount of food you feed, especially the pack- aged snacks. Most commer- cial treats contain too much fat, sugar and unnecessary calories. If you must give your dog a goody, add some cut-up pieces of fruit or steamed veggies to the food bowl. (But make sure to stay away from grapes, raisins, avocados and onions, as they can be toxic to pets.) 2. FIT IN FITNESS. Give your dog more exercise. Being active offers:many health benefits; studies show that it reduces the risk of some canine cancers increases life span, main- tains weight loss and even improves arthritis. A daily 45 minute walk is ideal, but start off with five minutes and build up slowly. Don't for- get to take a clean-up bag with you and pick up any messes your dog leaves on the street. 3. SEE NEW SIGHTS. A trip to Grandma's or any overnight with you to a dog- friendly hotel changes your dog's routine and elimin- ates boredom or inappropri- ate household behavior. Short walks to new neighborhoods, a stroll around an outdoor shopping center, hiking or a ride to the country all can work wonders. 4. TAKE SAFE RIDES. Your dog should always wear a dog safety restraint while riding in the car and should never sit on your lap or ride loose. Unrestrained dogs can cause an accident and be thrown out of the automobile into traffic. With a small dog, use a doggy booster seat with a harness secured with the car seat belt. Medium and large dogs should always wear a safety harness seat belt in the car. 5. START TRAINING AGAIN. Work on any annoy- ing behaviors your dog might have developed, such as ST. hzllCHAEL CEMETERY  C R 5{30 Canterbury Street The Respectful gy Boston, MA 02131 617.524.1036 Serving the Italian Community www.stmichaelcemetery.com for Over I00 Years! 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Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 1/3/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (017) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P4982EA Estate of PETER REICH Date of Death August 11, 2013 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Lee C. Reich of Cambridge, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Lee C. Reich of Cambridge, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration, interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders, terminating or restricting the powers of Per- senal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 1/3/14 , begging from the table, bark- ing at other dogs on the street, jumping on strangers or destructive chewing. "It's never too late to train a dog to do anything." To locate obedience classes or train- ers in your area, ask your veterinarian or friends for recommendations. 6. GROOM REGULARLY. Resolve to groom your dog with regular bathing, weekly nail clipping and daily brushing. You can easily learn how to do it yourself or take your dog to a groomer. More than just a beauty treatment, bathing and brushing re- duces shedding and main- tains a healthy coat. 7. BRUSH UP ON DAILY DENTAL CARE. Start brush- ing your dog's teeth once a day. This helps reduce den- tal decay or oral infection. Use a dog toothbrush, it fits a dog's mouth more easily and apply dog toothpaste, which doesn't need rinsing. If your pet's teeth are neglected, your veterinarian may need to perform a pro- fessional cleaning to reach trapped debris. 8. SEE THE VETERINAR- IAN. Your dog may not need any vaccines, but should visit the vet every 6-12 months for a general check-up. And remember, the older your dog, the more frequently he or she needs to visit the vet. 9. BE A CANINE VOLUN- TEER. Consider donating time or money to a shelter or low-cost spay and neuter clinic in your area. Or, volunteer to walk dogs for elderly neighbors or animal rescue. I0. ADD TO THE FAM- ILY? Thinking about a sec- ond or third dog? Make sure you have enough time to care for another pet and contact your local shelter or buy a dog from a reputable breeder. Ring in the New Year with your dog in mind. Together, you and your pooch can work toward a healthy and happy future. To ALL my readers, my pooch friends and their human companions and without forgetting my Post- Gazette friends -- I wish you ALL a very happy, healthy and safe "New Year" That's all for now! Pray for our troops that they will come home safe. 4 z "''''-F': 1 by Sal Gtarratant " ( ........... v/'- LIFE IS WORTH LIVING As we begin to move into time or any other time of the year 2014, we enter it the year. filled with hope for the I also hope that those future. We feel alive and who don't believe in God, ready to go forth. All the find Him in 2014. If there is around the clock Christmas no God, we have no hope. music has been returned to Without believing that there its locked box for another is a greater power than us year. out there, is our life ever I always like reflecting on meaningful? the meaning of Christmas Too many believe we are and New Years. It is a time God. We aren't. Look around for rebirth to life, adventure at nature. Look around at all and new goals to reach, the wonder we observe with- Mostly, it is a time to re- out even knowing what we member how much life is are seeing. worth living. There's an old There is a God that I be- rock song with lyrics that lieve in. I can't begin to com- sing out, "You live your life prehend His Godliness. I like a canary in a coalmine." can't truly understand the Not very hopeful since many scope of the universe. I can canaries never get out the not explain the idea of infin- mines alive, ity either. There are some I am looking forward to things we either believe or many new ideas for my com- don't. mentaries and I will try not Politics often brings out the to be as judgmental as some worse in all of us, especially of my more liberal critics ac- some of the sad specimens cuse me of many times, we continue to elect and re- Finding topics is always too elect. easy since politics hardly Finally, I believe in ever makes good common AMERICA and all that it sense, means to be a free AMERI- Unlike many liberal jour- CAN. Most of are lucky. nalists who write columns, Many nations around the I have a great sense of hu- world are terrible places to mor as I gleefully mock some live. We can thank our outrageous opines. I don't try founders for the best gift of to make fun of my political all, our liberty which is why opponents. I just try and many times I take on issues point out their many flaws, and public policies that take Debate is always good be- away our individual freedom. cause none of us know ev- The Bill of Rights isn't a erything about everything, man-made government gift, My New Year's resolution it remains a list of rights is that all of us, myself in- handed as by God. eluded, be happier when de- I will never live my life bating political issues with- like a canary in acoal mine out demeaning those who because life is worth living either differ from us or hold fully. Happy 2014 to all. 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