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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 10, 2013 Page7 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&apos; questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Ear Cleaning for Cats and Dogs Cleaning your pets' ears is important to their overall health and well being. Dogs and cats have deep ear canals that travel down and in before reaching the ear drum. Because air flow is limited in the canal, mois- ture can build up, especially in dogs with floppy ears or a lot of ear hair. Moisture and ear wax promote bacterial growth, which is why ear infections occur, so keep your pet's ears clean and dry. How often you should clean your pet's ears. (Weekly, bi- weekly, monthly, etc.)? De- pends on your pet's physical characteristics and their in- dividual habits (dogs that spend a lot of time in the water need to have their ears cleaned more frequently). If you suspect that your pet already has an ear infec- tion, see your veterinarian for a professional cleaning and appropriate medication. Your veterinarian can rec- ommend a commercial ear cleaning solution, which is designed to breakdown the ear wax and clean the canal of any other dirt or debris. It is a good idea to have some- one else hold your pet while you clean the ears, at least until you get comfortable with doing it on your own. Be careful not to press on or obstruct the ear canal while holding your pet's head, so that the cleaning solution can get all the way into the canal. Use one hand to hold the ear flap out of the way (if your pet has floppy ears). Hold the bottle of cleaning solution in the other hand and squeeze a substantial amount of the liquid into the ear. Don't worry about using too much solution because the excess just ends up on the floor (or spattered on you). Then, immediately message the area between the ear and the neck to help loosen and dissolve the wax and debris. It can help to close the ear flap and hold it there while messaging the area. You may be able to feel the solution swishing around in the canal, like water in a washing machine. Finally, use a cotton ball to remove the remaining liquid from the ear canal. Repeat the above process until the cot- ton is free (or almost so) of wax and debris. You can insert cotton balls one at a time into the ear canal, reaching in with the cotton balls in your fingers and always pulling it back out toward you (not pushing it deeper in the canal). Make sure to not leave any cotton in your pet's ear when you are done. Do not use O-tips, tweezers or another instru- ment to reach deeper into the canal to avoid possible damage to the canal or ear drum. During the ear cleaning process, your pet will prob- ably shake their head. This is normal (but a little messy) and helps remove remaining solution from the canal. However, try to prevent any head shaking at least until you have had a chance to massage the solution into the ear canal. Keep your pet clear of hard surfaces (example doors and tables) as it shakes to avoid possible injuries to the ear flap that could lead to hematoma. How often should I routinely clean my pet's ears? It depends on the indi- vidual pet, but monthly or weekly cleaning is usually recommended. What should I use to clean my pet's ears? It is best to use a commer- cial ear cleaning solution and cotton balls, because this combination will not damage the ear. What if my pet shakes its head? You will get spattered but otherwise no harm is done. Continue with the cleaning and repeat the process if necessary. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND to always contact your vet with what you are using. My advice comes from articles that I read and I share with you. That's all for now! REMEMBER ... to keep our streets clean and pick up after your pet! East Boston Resident Brian Teixeira Brings Prince John to Life at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival Actors from across New England breathe life into beloved characters of the Middle Ages during this year's Robin Hood Spring- time Festival in Guilford, CT. Visit Nottingham and Sher- wood Forest and join Brian Teixeira of East Boston, MA as he portrays Prince John in an original production by Renaissance faire-circuit veterans and brothers David and Paul Stickney of Pas- times Entertainment. Teix- eira connects with a cast of over 50 actors, who will have audiences on their toes dur- ing The Robin Hood Spring- time Festival's Robin Hood Springtime Festival, every weekend from May 18 to June 2. Teixeira has performed in numerous productions over the years, including Fiddler On the Roof, Pirates of Pen- zance and Two Gentleman of Verona to name a few of his stage credits. This marks Teixeira's fourth year as a performer at the annual Robin Hood Springtime Festival. "Every year, I look forward to auditioning for the Robin Hood Springtime Festival, and I am thrilled to be play- (Photo courtesy of The Connecticut Renaissance Faire and shot by Eric Tetreault) ing Prince John in the 2013 production," said Teixeira. "The Robin Hood Springtime Festival has something for everyone, be first-time visi- tors to the Festival or faire enthusiasts, and I can't wait to meet and interact with everyone attending this family friendly Renaissance faire." To prepare for their roles, Robin Hood Springtime Festival's cast members re- ceived free, professional training in Renaissance his- tory, stage combat, dialect, voice lessons, and character development and improvisa- tion from The Robin Hood Springtime Festival, which organizes several, seasonal Renaissance faires through- out the state. The Robin Hood Spring- time Festival does not require guests to dress in Renaissance-period cloth- ing. Visitors are invited come as they are or as (Continued on Page 14) EAST BOSTON Meridian Street Library News The Ship of Romance "Great Harry," 1935, by Frederick Leonard King Want stuff to do? Don't forget to call 617-569-0271 Merid- ian Street Library for programs for kids and adults. There is an automated message but feel free to wait for a librar- ian who can fill you in on what is being offered. Look around Eastie for stuff to do before you get in your car, gas, time and all that jazz and art. The Friends is again sponsoring the Franklin Zoo passes this year. Check with the Meridian Street Library for availability. There is something fun going on most of the time. You just have to go on Eastie.com. Visit Piers Park, Shades Beach, walk on the waterfront. Central Park's trees are gorgeous. The Meridian Street Library gardens are delight- ful. Coffee and ice cream isn't bad either. Pick up the self walking tour map at the Meridian St et Library. You won't be bored. Eat? Drink? Italy one minute, Puerto Rico, Morroco, Peru the next. It is all up to you. Enjoy! There are a series of paintings "Ships thru the Ages" by Frederick Leonard King hanging in the Meridian Street Library. In the fall when the new library opens four of them will be hung and rotated once a year with another four. Once a year all of them will be on display at the new library and an event will be planned to celebrate. Wouldn't it be great to have the four that are being hung in pristine condition? The art restoration committee of the Friends of the Library is embarking on a fundraising venture. The goal is to restore four paintings that will be hung at the new library when it opens this year. Plans to raise funds to restore four more paintings every year until all 14 are restored are also in effect. The paintings have been photo- graphed and appear digitally restored on the www.bpl.org/ NeighborhoodBranches/EastBoston/BranchTreasures site of the Boston Public Library. Why do the paintings need restoration? The paintings are dirty dingy in need of restoration before the damage becomes irreversible. The paintings being considered for hanging are 1935 The Ship of Romance Great Harry, 1935 Junk, 1935 Magellan's Ship Victoria, 1935 Constitution & Boston. A great represen- tation "Ships thru the Ages". Want to help raise funds or support the Friends of the Library the next meeting is at the Meridian St. Branch Monday, May 20 TM at 6:30 pro. Any ideas e-mail me Penbano@aol.com. The paintings are National Treasures. Eastie is fortun- ate to have them. They are a reminder of Eastie's mari- time history, culture, art and heritage. "Unique to our community." EB's Artists group is having their Open Studios event May 18 m and 19 th. Look for our "Friends of the Library" display at that event. This is a great opportunity to support our local artists, many of who live and work in East Boston, free. LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 PPivote Fundion [ooms Joe any Occasion B+,-+lh,:l<:,,j B,+er,,+ovemenl, Ek. Donato Fraffaroli donato @ luciaboston.com www.luciaristorante.com