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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 7, 2013 Celebrating Saint Anthony Feast by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari The 38 th Annual Spaghetti Supper will be hosted by Saint Leonard Parish on Sat- urday, June 8% as in past years the event will be held in the parish hall located on Prince Street. The supper begins at 5:00 pm marking the beginning of festivities celebrating the life of the great Franciscan Saint. Pa- rishioners and friends of the parish are invited to attend the supper and spend a delightful evening of dining and conversation at this much anticipated parish event. A donation of $15.00 is requested. On Sunday, June 9% the regular Mass schedule will take place starting with 9:00 am. Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 10:30 am Ital- ian Mass and 12 noon Mass at Saint Leonard Church. At 2:00 pm the statue of the Saint will be processed through the streets of the North End accompanied by the North End Marching Band followed by the Bless- ing of the Children at Saint Leonard Church at 5:00 pm. A special Mass will be cel- ebrated at Sacred Heart Church in honor of Saint Anthony at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 12 th. On Thursday, June 13 th, Saint Anthony Bread and blessed oil will be available all day at Saint Leonard Church. Masses will be held at 12:00 Noon and 7:00 pm. Concluding this year's cel- ebration. Saint Anthony Bread is symbolic of the Saint's extraordinary love for the poor expressed most often by his feeding the hungry. Saint Anthony known as "Saint Anthony of Padua" on account of his long resi- dence in that city, was a native of Lisbon, Portugal where he was born on August 15, 1195. When he was 15 years of age he joined the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine. He transferred to the Holy Cross Monastery in Coimbra where he prepared for the priesthood. He lived in this house 8 years, intent on his studies. It was after observing the relics of 5 Franciscan Friars martyred in Morocco that Anthony was inspired to follow in the foot- steps of Saint Francis. He obtained consent to transfer to the Franciscan Order at (Continued on Page 12) 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. Freeway says here are 11 ways to protect my pooch friends from heat stroke. As you already noticed the weather has been get- ting warm and humid and don't forget that dogs and cats face increased risk of heat stroke during the sum- mer. Unlike people, they have few sweat glands, which are found primarily on their paws and noses. Though many people believe that dogs sweat through their tongues, panting is not an effective method of heat loss. If your pet exhibits frantic breathing, a bright red tongue, vomits or staggers, it is likely suffering from heat stroke. In severe cases you will notice your pet's lips begin to turn pale blue or gray. Pets most susceptible to heat stroke are animals with shortened muzzles such as Bulldogs, Pugs or Persian cats; old and over- weight pets; and those with respiratory problems. The Humane Society advises that immediately after you notice symptoms of heat stroke, move the pet into the shade or indoors with air conditioning. Apply cool not cold water to your animal to gradually lower their body temperature. Finally, seek veterinary care, which can best save your pet's life. Here are 11 tips to cool your pet down in the heat: I. Always supply your pet with water and make sure the dish is out of the sun. Put ice in to keep it cooler longer. 2. Take your dog swim- ming or hose them with wa- ter on hot days. 3. Walk dogs in the early morning or late hours of the day when the sun is least harsh. Carry water during these walks. 4. Check your pet for ticks and fleas. Look into purchas- ing a pet-safe bug spray if they spend a great deal of time outdoors. 5. Don't take your pets to crowded summer events. I can never comprehend why people insist on having their dogs with them at events such as parades and carni- vals. Dogs don't care about arts and crafts, parades or carnivals. So why subject the animals to the heat and excitement of these human activities? 6. Walk your dog on grass or dirt to avoid burning their paws on hot pavement. 7. Groom your pet properly and ensure they are free of matted hair. 8. Provide access to shade at all times. 9. Sunscreen can be used on pets depending on the lo- cation of the sensitive skin. Use care in picking the prod- uct as cats and dogs are prone to licking themselves and should not ingest most lotions. 10. If you have a rabbit, keep the hutch in the shade. In the wild, rabbits spend the hottest part of the day in their underground burrows where it's cool. 1 1. Above all, never leave a dog in the car, even with the windows open. Despite massive exposure regarding this topic, the No.1 cause of heat stroke in dogs remains being left in a hot locked car. Always be conscious of the effects of heat buildup in a vehicle, because it takes only a few minutes for the internal heat to increase forty degrees or more above the outside air temperature especially in direct sunlight. Summer weather can be extremely dangerous to your pets. It's your job to keep them safe and healthy! That's all for now!! lla ) osilla For 50 years, the Villa has been a Celebration of ltalian Food, Music, & Song promoting Italian Culture. Join us with Family & Friends for our July ,L00h Weekend Vesta reserve now 518-589-5060 Mid00v,eek Value Packa es