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A dog's hair traps air Does your dog have long locks some grown long and some and helps insulate him or ... or does he or she prefer to clipped short, her from the cold, so the only keep it short? No matter the Regularity of haircuts for real reason to give your dog style, it's important to groom your dog varies with the a winter haircut is if he or your pooch on a regular ba- breed and with the owner's she has mats that can't be sis (and to keep his or her preference. (my human combed out. However, if you nails, teeth, eyes and ears companion likes me short think your pooch is in dire healthy, too) and clean) need of a trim, short hair With busy schedules keep- If your dog is a show dog, should be fine as long as she ing us on the go, dog groom- you may need to have it done or he is not left outside for ing often gets pushed aside every month or two to keep unreasonable amounts of for other commitments, the coat clipped to the breed time. Owners should pay par- However, proper pooch hair standard. If you're not too ticular attention to older care is crucial not just to concerned about appear- dogs who, like people, can keep your dog looking good, ance, you can leave it longer get cold more easily and but also to ensure he or she between haircuts. Many pet therefore should keep longer is in good pet health. Dog's, owners feel sorry for their coats when possible. like humans, Teel better long-haired dogs in the heat Grooming goes beyond coat when they are clean and of the summer. Some be- care. Keeping nails properly healthy. Whether you're lieve that, as long as ani- trimmed is another impor- grooming your dog on your mals are given shade, plenty tant aspect for healthy pets. own or taking him or her to of water, and not too much Clipping your dog's nails ev- a professional, remember exercise in the heat, they ery month is ideal for pre- the importance of proper will be just fine in fact; their venting long nails that can brushing and combing. Dog coats may insulate them split, break, or tear. Nails grooming spreads skin oils against the heat and protect should be cut just above the throughout the coat, result- them from sunburn, quick (the pink in the nails). ing in fewer tangles and Historically, long haired And don't forget the rest of mats, which CAN BE PAIN- dog breeds did not evolve in your pooch. Brush the dog's FUL and can injure the skin. hot countries, so some vets teeth daily, clean around the Grooming also provides the feel that it's better to trim eyes as needed to avoid mat- opportunity tO spot any prob- dog's hair, they seem hap- ting of fur or skin irritation, lems sooner rather than pier with less fur in the sum- and clean the ears. Dog later, including skin irrita- mer. Keep in mind there grooming takes a little bit of tions, fleas, ticks, unusual aren't many health risks work (or the expense of a pro- lumps, or hernias. Even involved with trimming a fessional groomer) but, in more, it's a great way to bond dog's fur, but some animals' the long run, proper care and show affection, hair may never grow back leads to a happy and Is it Time for your Dog to the same. What about dog HEALTHY PET. get a Haircut? haircuts in the winter? When is a dog haircut nec- Some pet owners worry this That's all for now! r$ $-1 NORTH END AGAINST DRUGS presents I I r CASH in Your Gold Neighborhood Meet Up and Annual Fundraiser I I SUNDAY JANUARY 29TH. 2PM - 5PM STERITI SKATING RINK , COMMERCIAL STREET I I raffle, bake sale, bocce tournament, free public skating I Honest & Trusted for 33 Years!! I nozzaro center childrens bond, face pointing Nodn n<i Watrfonl Neighbocho Couc--t Noa Cfe " Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call 617-227-8929 Remembering Anna LoPizzo Sunday, January 29, 2012 On Sunday, January 29; 20i2 at 10:00 am at Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts a memorial will be held for Anna LoPizzo. Sunday marks the 100 m Anniversary of the death of Anna when she was killed on the corner of Union and Garden Streets in Lawrence, Massachusetts when a shot was fired and she was struck in the chest by the bullet and died. To this day the incident is a mystery, the strikers claim the shot came from the police and the police accused the strikers. There will be a short walk to the site of her death leaving flowers, lighting candles, saying a few words, and leaving behind a memorial sign with informa- tion on what happened at the sRe 100 years prior. All are welcome to attend ...... Additional information can be obtained online at exhibit, / node / 63. r INCOME TAX PREPARATION WWW. BOSTO N POSTG AZ ETTE.COM Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal.& Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: