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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 9, 2015 Page 5 o A Frank De Pas( uale Venture o You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. How to Keep My Pooch Friends Snug in a Storm Don't forget the four-legged members of your family when preparing for rain, wind and snow storms this season and throughout the year. Whether you're staying put or evacuating, plan ahead to protect your pet. You've stocked up on canned goods, shuttered your windows, and booked a "just in case" hotel room out of harm's way. What's left? Fluffy and Fido. Don't leave them out in the cold. During a tropical storm or a hurricane, think of your pets as helpless creatures that need your protection. Animals are even more tuned in to weird weather than we are, so they'll know when a storm is a-brewing. Here's how to keep your furry pals safe and calm in every storm scenario whether you are staying put, planning your escape route, or just re- hearsing for disaster. When you're weathering the storm. If you're home, make sure to keep your pets as calm as possible. Reas- sure them, pet them, and don't get skittish; domesti- cated animals often mimic their owner's behavior. Fur- thermore, animals with their extra-keen senses are often more adept at sensing when weather change is in the air. According to animal behaviorist a dog's' olfactory cortex (part of the brain that analyzes smells) is roughly 40 times the size of a human's, which means that the slightest change in air quality can alert them of danger. Canines are also far more sensitive to shifts in barometric pressure. In short, your pet might expe- rience storm-related anxi- ety long before the weather forecasters make their pre- dictions. To help ease your pet's nerves set up a "storm- safe zone" in your home. This Could be as snug as a crate or as spacious as a small room toward the cen- ter of the house or in the basement (where storms are less noticeable). You'll want to distract your pet from the commotion, especially excit- able animals, like dogs by closing the drapes and turn- ing the radio or TV to some- thing soothing. Don't leave your pet all alone in his crate, make time to go in and play with him, feed him regularly and reward him for calm behavior. Keep this in mind. It's not helpful to punish bad behav- ior when your pet is nervous, they can't help being fearful and perhaps a little jumpy and they certainly can't vocalize their fears. Operation Evacuation: When you have to get out of harm's way. If you've con- sidered leaving your pooch and parakeet alone to fend for themselves, think again. The American Red Cross says that if it's not safe for you to stay home, then it's not safe for your pets either. A person who plans for disaster is going to be far more able to safeguard herself and her animal companions. Specialized pet shelters, animal control centers, vet- erinary clinics or a friends' home that is out of harm's way are ALL potential ref- uges for your pet during a weather disaster. If you do plan to relocate your animal to a shelter, call ahead and determine availability, most shelters fill up on a first- come, first-serve basis, To enter a pet shelter, you must come prepared with a whole list of items: proper identification collar and ra- bies tag, carrier or cage, leash, ample supply of food, water, food bowls, any nec- essary medications, specific care instructi6ns and news- papers or trash bags for clean-up. The National Hurricane Center also advises you to make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccina- tions. Some pet shelters re- quire proof of immunization. Keep a current photograph of your pet with you at all times and make sure that you have strong, secure collars and leashes both equipped with identification tags. You may also want to per- form evacuation drills to www.depasc Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 The ~ expressed by our co/unmisI~ and'~mtdI~t~rs are not r~ the same as those of The Past~lazette. ils pub/ishor or ed/tor. Photo sions are accepted by the Post~uzette provided they are clear, ~al photos. There is a $5 charge for each photo submitted. Photos can be submitted via e-mail: If you want your photos returned, include a self. addressed, stamped enveloi~. help pets become familiar with traveling in their car- riers. Usher your animal into his carrier and make sure he has enough room if not to roam, then at least enough to stand and turn around. When the time comes to leave home, the last thing you want is an uncooperative pet, eager to pout and run away from you like a cranky toddler. During a Downpour the time has come. Torrents are raining down upon your area and maybe there's even lightning and thunder. If your pet is in a shelter, have confidence that he is safe. Check in with the cen- ter routinely, but don't hassle them unnecessarily other worried pet parents could be calling around the clock too. If your pet is stay- ing with friends or family, make sure to leave them a detailed list of all his rou- tines and requirements. Choose only caregivers you would trust with your own children and then relax. Chances are Fido is safe and warm. Alter the Storm. Familiar scents and landmarks are often altered during storms, and animals can easily be- come lost and confused, so walk your dog on a leash until he becomes re-ori- ented and watch your cat for signs of disorientation and stress. That baby sapling you never noticed in the driveway could have been your pooch's primary way of identifying his home and if it's knocked down, he may not recognize his own back- yard. Once your pet is accli- mated to his surroundings, proceed with caution when you take him outside damaged streets could spell danger. In hurricanes, rain- storms, and windstorms, the Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency (FEMA) ad- vises you to watch out for downed power lines, debris and reptiles brought in by high water. And remember that while the storm may not have been traumatic for you, it could have been for your pet; your coping strategies are likely to be quite differ- ent. Animals can often be- come aggressive or defen- sive after storms, as they sense that their territory has been invaded. Be patient and monitor your pet's be- haviors until you're sure they can be unleashed. If you cannot find your pet after a weather disaster, contact your local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered. Bring along a pic- ture of your pet and stay calm in the case of a major storm, animals that have wandered or gotten lost sometimes turn up weeks later. That's all for now! 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In addition to language, the classes will explore the culture, terrain, people and the culinary arts of Italy. Due to popular demand, the course has been expanded to 12 weeks and will be offered in levels of Beginner I & 2; Intermediate I & 2 and Advanced. The 12-week session will begin on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Beginner 1 & 2 classes and Intermediate 1 & 2 classes will meet on Wednesday evenings at St. Margaret's School on Winn Street in Burlington. Registrations will take place on January 14 from 6:00-7:00 pm at St. Margaret's School. For more infor- mation, please contact Don Cortese, Director of the pro- gram, at 781-272-3971 or e-mail at 2015 SCHEDULE Beginner 1 6:00-7:30 pm -- Wednesday, January 21St (starting date) Beginner 2 7:30-9:00 pm -- Wednesday, January 21m (starting date) Intermediate 1 7:30-9:00 pm -- Wednesday, January 21st (starting date) Intermediate 2 6:00-7:30 pm -- Wednesday, January 21st (starting date) In the event of a snowstorm, classes will be rescheduled at the end of the course. If you are unable to register in person on January 14th, please complete the Registration Form on the Burlington Lodge's web site: www'burlingtnsnsfitaly'rg" Mail it with your check made out to the Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223 to Don Cortese, 97 Drake Road, Burlington, MA 01803. 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