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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 26, 2013 Page 7 Joh. &amp; EevthaSa.tovo Celebrate 66 th Wedding Anniversary by Sal Giarratani Happy 66 th Wedding Anniversary to John and Bertha Santoro of East Boston as they celebrate their 66 th wedding anniversary. They were married at Star of the Sea back on April 27, 1947. Both are life time residents of East Boston. Bertha grew up in the Point and John grew up in Star of the Sea parish. They have one son John Jr., daugh- ter-in-law Lisa and twin grandsons Jeff and Joe Santoro. They are regulars down at the afternoon chapter of the Knights of Dunkin' Donuts up at the Heights. "Your Oasis in the City" 30 Tremont Street, Boston (Located in between Beacon and Cambridge Streets) 617.367.2446 For the month of May Fascino Salon and Spa is giving back to St. John School in the North End o Boston! As an affiliate, staff or student of St. John's, come in from May 1st to May 31st and a percentage of the cost of your service will be given back to the school! 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. WHEELCHAIRS FOR DISABLED DOGS There are many carts and wheelchairs specially de- signed to help disabled dogs. Mobility-assistance devices for disabled animals have been around for years. But thanks to improved technol- ogy and enhanced design, today's doggie wheelchairs and carts are sturdier, more comfortable and more reli- able than ever before, ac- cording to County Veterinary Clinic, Okemah, Okla. A QUALITY LIFE These devices are de- signed to help an animal live a better quality of life as they're going through major health issues such as recov- ery from skeletal surgeries, car accidents and other in- juries. Some dogs need them permanently, such as older pets that have developed arthritic situations or mus- culoskeletal illnesses, but there is more of a need for them lately on a temporary basis. Gina A. Bolger, CVT (Cer- tiffed Vet Tech) of Pima North Animal Hospital, Scottsdale, Ariz., said that common dis- abilities requiring carts and wheelchairs include osteoar- thritis and neurologic prob- lems. Wheelchairs are also used often during physical rehabilitation of injuries, es- pecially in large breeds of dogs. "Depending on the injury or issue, some pets may use the device for a short time or part time throughout the day for recov- ery, while others may have to use them for life," Bolger said. Every pet recovers dif- ferently, but typically 8 to 12 weeks of use of one of these devices is typical. Bolger said that aside from providing rehabilitative and practical benefits, pet wheel- chairs and carts can bring pep and enthusiasm back to your pooch, making them feel more normal while re- covering from an illness or traumatic event by providing the freedom of mobility. ROUNDING OUT THE DETAILS Pet carts and wheelchairs come in many different sizes and configurations, some with two wheels and others with four. You can expect to pay from several hundred to a few thousand dollars, based on the type of device your vet recommends. Some vendors and provid- ers also rent these units out, but most are purchased by the owner because the siz- ing plays a huge part in the warranties and the pricing. Most mobility-assistance de- vices are designed to support the rear of the animal, be- cause most injuries and ill- nesses typically involve the rear legs first, Evans said. Equipped with a rear-support cart or wheelchair, the dog is able to use its front legs to walk and possibly even run if recommended by the veterinarian. All wheelchairs and carts are custom fitted to the size of the dog. Extra consider- ation is taken for extra-large dogs to ensure balance and sturdiness. "It's up to the -et to decide which device is right for your dog, depending on the dog's needs and what products and models are available," said Evans, who invented the Evans Mobility Unit, a four-wheeled sup- portive device ideal for all kinds of handicapped ani- mals, from dogs and cats to small pets to small cows. "But there are more and more of these products entering the marketplace, which is a good thing for consumers," he said. FEATURES TO LOOK FOR IN A DOG WHEELCHAIR Evans recommends look- (Continued on Page 14) DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING FOR EAST BOSTON "K" TRUST COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS The East Boston "K" Trust has been accepting college scholarship applications from qualified high school seniors. All applications must be completed and sub- mitted by Friday April 26 th, 2013 to: East Boston K- Trust, ATTN: Marisa Di Pietro, East Boston Social Centers, 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128 Applications are accepted from all high school seniors who are East Boston resi- dents (one year minimum) regardless of where they at- tend high school or who are members of the Key Club of East Boston High School. Scholarships are awarded to students based on their scholastic achievement, community involvement and financial need. Applications with complete instructions are available at most high schools as well as the East Boston Social Centers (Marisa Di Pietro 617-569- 3221 ext. 19), and East Bos- ton branches of the East Bos- ton Savings Bank. Applicants will be inter- viewed at Spinelli's in East Boston on Tuesday, April 30 m at 5:30 p.m. Scholarship winners will be honored during a special East Boston Kiwanis and East Boston "K" Trust Schol- arship Dinner on Tuesday, May 14 th at 6:00 pm at Spinelli's in East Boston. If you would like to make a donation of any amount or donate an individual schol- arship of $250 or more, please mail your check, pay- able to East Boston "K" Trust, to East Boston "K" Trust, P.O. Box 503, East Bos- ton, MA 02128. Please in- clude the donor name, amount, donor's home ad- dress and phone number, as well as any "in honor of' or "in memory oF notes. Dona- tions must be received by May 3 d, 2013. 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