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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 20, 2012 Page7 Guido Vittiglio Honored with Achievement A ward for Solidarity 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- hearted! Thanks. Guido Vittiglio, President and co-founder of the Casa Monte Cassino was honored with the Achievement Award for Solidarity by the Consul General of Italy Giuseppe Pastorelli for his philanthropy and community service. Guido and his late brother Freddie founded the Casa Monte Cassino located at 11 Tileston Street in the North End 25 years ago. To date, the home has hosted several hundred children from all around the world who came to Boston for medical treatment. In the first quarter of 2012, the Casa Monte Cassino was host to children and their families that came from Haiti, Poland, China, the Philippines, Italy and Mexico. Shown in the photo are Peppino Giangregorio, Consul General Giuseppe PastoreUi, honoree Guido Vittiglio, George Matelli and Maurizio Cattaneo, President and CEO of Biovolutions Inc. Casa Monte Cassino would like to acknowledge the recent donations from St. Lucy Society of Boston and the Overseas Fund for Chinese Children Inc. To donate to the Casa Monte Cassino, you may send your donation to Casa Monte Cassino or call 617-227-1613. East Boston Harborside Community School to Hold Official GED Testing The East Boston Harborside Community School will be offering the official GED Test- ing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 12,13, & 14, 2012. Advance registra- tion for the test is required. You may register at the East Boston Harborside, located in the Mario Umana Academy, 312 Border Street, East Boston, MA, Monday through Thursday, from 4:00 - 6:00pro beginning Monday, April 23~d through Wednesday, May 9m. If you are in need of a different time to register, please call the Harborside at 617-635-5115 to arrange an appointment. Examinees must be a Massachusetts resident and must show a valid photo identification card at the time of registration and testing. "This project is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elemen- tary and Secondary Education. This mate- rial does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Elementary and Secondary Educa- tion or the federal government." How many of my readers watch "The Biggest Loser" that is on TV? Here is an interesting article should my pooch friends be on "The Biggest Loser?" Here are some tips to help my pooch friends lose weight. Maybe my pooch friends are too pudgy for their own good. More than half of the U.S. dogs, cats are overweight or obese, according to new data from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). What's worse, the number of obese pets has been in- creasing steadily in recent years; from 2007 to 2010, the percentage of obese dogs nearly doubled to 20 percent. This is troubling because more pets will be affected by weight-related diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. A little ex- tra weight on a small dog or cat adds up more than you might think. Is your pet packing too many pounds? Try to feel her or his ribs; you should be able to easily feel them without much extra fat in the way. If you can't it's time to put Oliver on a diet. Also watch how your pet handles his daily activi- ties he shouldn't be panting as he's climbing stairs or during a leisurely walk. Making sure that my pooch friends leads a healthy and active lifestyle is very impor- tant, so I was really upset to find out that Willy was overweight, You can look into food that is pre-por- tioned meals and treats kind of like Jenny Craig for your animal companions (check out for further in- formation). Many other pet- food makers, such as Iams and Eukanuba, also offer special foods designed to .help pets lose or maintain weight. But you don't need a spe- cial program to help your pet lose weight. The trick is the same as it is for human weight loss: namely, eat less and exercise more. Think your pet might be Biggest Loser-worthy? Think Mini Meals. Divvy up your pet's food into smaller, more frequent feedings, which will distract him or her from the fact that he or she's eating fewer calories. What should my dear overweight pooch friends be eating? Skip Snacks. find non-food ways to reward your pet. Think toys and cuddles, not biscuits and treats. Scrap the table scraps. Human food is too high in calories and low in nutrients for your pet. Take longer walks. If your dog's a couch potato, ease him into more exercise by gradually upping the length and frequency of his daily walks. Make time for play. Encour- age your kids to give your pet a workout with fun games. 1. Teach your dog new tricks. 2. Take your dog for a swim. 3. Play hide and seek. 4. Give his ball a spin. 5. Look for agility challenges. 6. Try other dog sports. Here are other suggestions how about workouts that dogs and owners can do together. 1. Walk it out. 2. Play fetch. 3. Run with caution. 4. Do downward facing dog ... together ... Yoga with your dog. Making time for exercise with your dog cai1 be fun and it will enhance both of your fitness levels. That's all for now ... remem- ber to pick up after your dog. And keep our North End Streets clean! 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