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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 12, 2013 Page 7 EBNHC Let's Get Movin' Program Rita Sorrento, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Board Chair with Revere High School Junior Taylor O'Neil having her blood pressure checked by Erika LaMarre, a recent Clinical Nursing Assistant graduate from the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Service program at EBNHC. Representatives from EBNHC were on site at yesterday's Health Fair at Revere High School, including members of EBNHC's Let's Get Movin' Program, which promotes physi- cal activity, nutrition and healthier lifestyle choices for children, teens and their families. SONS OF ITALY' S RENAISSANCE LooG00 Black Tie Installation Ball The Renaissance Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America is planning their annual Black Tie Installation Ball for Sat- urday, April 27 th. This year, the Renaissance Lodge is cel- ebrating their 25 th Anniversary. They will be honoring the Founding Families of the lodge who have contributed so much over the last 25 years. The evening features a ceremony for Renaissance lodge officers, award presentations to their beloved Founding Families and dancing to internationally acclaimed musi- cian Frank Zarba's Orchestra. The event will take place at Boston University's beautiful Metcalf Trustee Ballroom and the reception and dinner will be catered by Boston University's "Catering on the Charles." The annual Black Tie Installation Ball is the highlight of the Renaissance Lodge's social calendar! Make reserva- tions now by calling Margie Cahn at 617-285-6564 or email at PINELLI(jFUNCTIONFACILSy 1 Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinellis.eo m Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. 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-heartedl Thanks. I have a friend that just loves Yorkies and what is there not to like? Good things come in small packages and that certainly applies to Yorkshire terrier. These pe- tite pooches were bred to catch rodents at clothing mills in Yorkshire, England, where the breed originated. Commoners were not per- mitted to own dogs over a cer- tain weight, so they kept smaller dogs to keep rats away from the cottons and linens. Of course, once the upper-class discovered these lovable dogs, they quickly became pampered pets. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A YORKIE Breed standard for these members of the toy group do not exceed seven pounds. Their coats are typically black and tan at birth and become a dark steel-blue color at a mature age. Terriers have a lot of energy; you just need to make sure it's positive energy, not the nervous or aggressive kind. If you pur- chase your Yorkie from a breeder, pay attention to the behavior she or he displays. Make sure she or he is friendly and playful, not hid- ing in a corner. Also check the dog's mouth to make sure his or her bite is right. You'll want to have your veterinarian conduct a pre-and post-bile acid test, which tests liver function before and after a meal, to make sure your new puppy doesn't have a liver shunt. A liver shunt is a fetal blood vessel in unborn pup- pies that bypasses liver tis- sue and allows the mother's system to filter out toxins. In some dogs, this shunt Stays open once the dog is born, which can seriously impair liver function and cause serious illness or death. TRAINING I start housebreaking my puppies from the beginning with four paws wee-wee pads. As with any dog, use positive reinforcement. Cel- ebrate when they do things the right way, and ignore the mistakes rather than yell- ing or screaming. I say "yahl" and give them treats. I teach my puppies to fetch a toy and to bring it back to me as soon as possible. I play games with them and train them to walk on a leash too, so I have control. I suggest a step in harness rather than a collar, because you don't want to put any pressure . around your dog's neck. Col- lapsing tracheas are very common among toy breeds, and they can be directly caused by collars. I also crate-train puppies immediately so they feel comfortable if they ever have to stay in one. KEEPING THEM ACTIVE Size isn't a barrier for these terriers. They're brave, determined and lively and they can do many things a larger dog can't! Yorkies also enjoy playing fly ball and going on walks. They're quite adaptable and do well with obedience work. Yorkies are also very social. They like children and animals and they love being around their people, so they're not going to do well unattended outside in the yard. A Yorkie needs to be in the house, treated as a member of the family. Many people even take Yorkies to work with them. As Terriers, Yorkies have a hunter instinct and they think they've got the size of a Great Dane. But you have to be in control of your dog. The only time I've seen Ter- riers with biting issues is when the dog appears to be neglected or abused. If you're a responsible dog owner and provide your dog with adequate love, exercise, socialization, vet- erinary care and a proper diet, you shouldn't have any issues managing these con- fident canines. They really just want to please you. They're fun, loyal, smart, attentive, and in my opinion almost like humans. They are everything you could possibly want in a dog. That's all for now! Annual Duckling Day Parade on Mother's Day, May 12 th, in the Boston Common A Boston Tradition Continues -- Parents and Children Parade through the Boston Common and Public Garden Dressed Like Characters from the Story "Make The Friends of the Public Garden will celebrate Mother's Day with Boston-area fami- lies during its annual Duck- ling Day parade on Sunday, May 12 th. Registration will begin at 10:30 am at the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common and the parade will begin at noon. Based on the children's clas- sic Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, Duck- ling Day is an annual event where children and their families parade through the Boston Common and the Public Garden dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard Univer- sity Marching Band, the parade will begin in Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous duckling sculptures. Prior to the parade there will be plenty of family en- tertainment including face painters balloon artist s, a magician, and puppet play- time with the Puppet Show- place Theater. Mayor Menino will greet families prior to the parade's beginning and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will do a dramatic reading from the book. There is a discounted fee for early registration. Each child who registers will receive a special goodie bag filled with Duckling Day toys and treats. "Duckling Day is one of the most cherished family tradi- tions in Boston," said Eliza- beth Vizza, Executive Direc- Way for Ducklings" tor of the Friends of the Pub- lic Garden. "Mother's Day would not be complete with- out seeing hundreds of little "ducklings" come to our parks and delight in reliving a clas- sic," said Vizza. "We look for- ward to celebrating with old and new families alike as this tradition lives on." For more information about Duckling Day, visit www.friendsofthepublic or call Regina Norfolk at (508) 494-6630 or HalTon Ellenson at (617) 267- 7366. , Ill& @lill/I@LB , . o,,,, muow m ISUU , 781 - 286- CASH Per Ounce. 24K "ldmu O- We Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver Jewelryl  We Buy Gold and Silver Coins J - Je, doe ($x 345 Broadway, Revere -- EXTRA SPENDING MONEY-- Hours lO-5:30 pm "every day. -Saturdays" until 3:30 pm ....