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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 1,2012 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. I am writing this article especially for my cousin Mar- garet, who just got a Golden/ Poodle (as in Golden Doodle). Before bringing a new puppy or dog as a pet into your home, it's important to con- sider the following. 1. Owning a dog is a life- time commitment. (As I have been with my human com- panion for 12 years) Animals develop deep bonds with you and your family. Any change in ownership can be ex- tremely traumatic, so you should be prepared for the responsibility involved in dog ownership. Dog owners need to be able to provide shelter, food, water, medical care and love and attention. 2. Owning a dog is also a considerable financial com- mitment. The average care for one dog, which includes food, supplies and basic med- ical care, averages $800- $1,000 a year. Emergency care can range from $250 to $5,0O0. 3. Before you take your new dog home, make sure you have all the basic sup- plies. This includes a collar, ID tag and rabies tag (you should be able to put two fin- gers between the collar and the dogs neck and the leash should be four to six feet long) food and water bowls (steel, glass or ceramic pre- ferred) a comfortable dog bed and toys. 4. Find a good vet in your area and veterinary hospitals. 5. Dog-proof your home. Be sure to keep anything that may be toxic to your pet out of reach. Key things to look out for are poisonous plants, plastic bags and cleaners. 6. Puppies require house training as they will not au- tomatically know that the yard, not the house, is the appropriate plaee to elimi- nate. It's the responsibility of the owner to house train the dog. This requires time, lots of patience and a consis- tent and dedicated regimen. 7. Socialize your dog early on by exposing your dog to various people and environ- ments. He/she will become more stable, happy and con- fident. Be sure to continue socialization beyond the puppy years. Socialization reduces the likelihood that your dog could become fear- ful or aggressive toward other people and animals. 8. Groom your dog making sure to ease into a groom- ing routine. Begin with shorter sessions and gradu- ally increase to the normal grooming session. Be sure that whoever is grooming the dog pets it frequently and that your dog is rewarded at the end. Your dog's nails should not touch the ground and your dog should be brushed regularly. This will prevent tangles and reduce the risk of skin irritation. Your vet can help you plan an appropriate grooming schedule for your particular dog depending on breed and hair type. 9. Brush your dog's teeth in order to prevent dental diseases. Three or five times a week is recommended and your vet can give you a les- son as well as recommend an appropriate toothbrush and paste. 10. Above all, make sure that owning a dog, particu- larly the right dog, is a wise decision for you, your family and your living situation. Good Luck Margaret with "Raine" she will be the enjoy- ment in your life. Be happy with your puppy and lots of TLC. Before I forget, I'd like to THANK all the residents in the North End and the Wa- terfront who came out to vote for my human companion Marie Simboli for the Elec- tion of NEWNC on May 19 th. That's all for now ... Remem- ber to Keep our North End Streets CLEAN! Container Garden Program Saturday June 2 nd Free Seed, Sow & Grow Programs Hosted by Boston Natural Areas Network Containers can be a cre- ative way for the urban gar- dener to grow food, herbs and flowers. Whether you are struggling to make the most of your limited garden space, or simply want to decorate your front steps, this program will help you create beautiful and produc- tive container gardens. BNAN stewardship manager Karen Chaffee will cover the techniques used to design, construct and maintain suc- cessful container gardens. BNAN's horticultural ser- ies Seed, Sow & Grow, Con- tainer Gardening program will take place from 10:00 am LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 Peivote Func|ion ooms foe any Occasion Ch, 9 Bri1 Skow00r B.I00, B0000tt, Jo, Et00. Donato Frattaroli clonato @ J to 12 noon at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mat- tapan. The program is lim- ited so Registration is re- quired and registering early is recommended. To register call 617-542-7696 or email info@bos tonnatural, org. The Seed, Sow & Grow hor- ticultural series is free and open to the public and pre- sented by BNAN staff, invited guests, and graduates of BNAN's Master Urban Gar- dener program. 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