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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 11,2014 Page7 2014 NORTH END FESTIVAL DIRECTORY JULY MADONNA DELLE GRAZIE July 13 Procession Only - Hanover- Prince Sts. 2 pm ST. ROCCO July 20 Procession Only - Hanover- Prince Sts. I pm AUGUST ST. AGRIPPINA Hanover & Battery Sts. Sunday Procession MADONNA DELLA CAVA Hanover & Battery Sts. Sunday Procession August 1, 2, 3 I pm August 8, 9, 10 I pm MADONNA del SOCCORSO August 14, 15, 16, 17 North, Fleet & Lewis Sts. (Fisherman's) Sunday Procession I pm ST. ANTHONY Endicott & Thacher Sts. Sunday Procession August 29, 30, 31 12 pm ST. LUCY September 1 Monday Procession - Endicott St. 5 pm SEPTEMBER ST. ROSALIE September 7 Procession Only - North Square 1 pm OCTOBER ST. JOSEPH'S FEAST Prado - Hanover St. Sunday Procession October 3, 4, 5 1 pm MORE ITALIAN FESTIVALS Malden, MA SAINT ROCCO FESTIVAL Pearl Street Sunday Procession Lawrence, MA FEAST OF THE THREE SAINTS Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino Common & Union SL, Lawrence Sunday Procession August 8, 9, 10 1 pm August 29, 30, 31 3 pm Cambridge Festival SS COSMAS AND DAMIAN September 6, 7 Warren and Cambridge St., Cambridge Sunday Procession I pm RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 Private Function I ooms lop ant! Occasion Donato Fraffaroli dnat @ luciabstn'cm The Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent ........... fraud and deception. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP (!-877-382-4357) or log on to 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. Early handling and events that occur during the first few months of life are criti- cal factors in the social development of dogs. Expos- ing young puppies to many different stimuli, including people, other dogs and new places, reduces the possibil- ity of fearful responses as a puppy grows and matures. Dogs that are not well social- ized to people, other animals, and new environments dur- ing this critical time can develop permanent fears that often lead to timidity or aggression. The primary socialization period for dogs begins when puppies are 3 weeks old, peaks at 6-8 weeks, and then tapers off by about 12-16 Weeks. Fears can begin to emerge around 8 weeks of age, the fears that are present after 12 weeks of age may no longer respond to increased social- ization. Although there is a great deal of variability between breeds and indi- viduals, all dogs should be socialized to as many differ- ent people, animals, and situ- ations as possible before the sensitive socialization period begins to wane. However, regular social interactions should continue through adulthood so the puppies do not regress and become more fearful as they mature. Another important time period for socialization is when dogs are 6-8 months old. If social contact is not maintained during this time, canine social skills may diminish and fear may escalate. Several factors affect a puppy's overall sociability. Genetics plays an important role in how playful, fearful, excitable, or domineering a puppy becomes. Individual puppies can be shy and fear- ful, or friendly and unafraid. However, it can be difficult to make an accurate social assessment of a puppy that is younger than 3 months old. Puppies that are handled from birth to 5 weeks are generally more confident and handle stress better. For dogs to have healthy social relationships with other dogs throughout life, puppies should stay with their mother and littermates un- til they are 6-8 weeks old. You should work toward keeping each new introduc- tion a positive experience. Every time your puppy is exposed to a new situation or person, you may want to provide a reward such as a favorite toy or dog treat. If you see any sign of fear emerging, work on repeat- ing the situation very slowly and gradually, using favored rewards to turn the situa- tion into a positive experi- ence. There is always a con- cern about the risks of tak- ing the puppy out of its home before it is fully vaccinated because of potential expo- sure to infectious agents. However, the benefits gained from these new and early public appearances can be enormous, and without them the risk of the puppy devel- oping permanent fears or anxiety is a serious concern, One solution is to have people and only healthy, vac- cinated animals visit the puppy in its own home until it is fully vaccinated. A com- promise is to take the puppy out to meet people and other pets in a low-risk environ- ments. For example, visiting a neighbor's yard and pet is a much lower risk than tak- ing a puppy to a public dog park. Q&A WHAT IS INVOLIrED WITH PUPPY SOCIALIZATION? Socialization involves ex- posing young puppies to many different stimuli, in- cluding people, other dogs and new places. Dogs that are not well socialized during the critical early months of de- velopment can develop per- manent fears that may lead to timidity or aggression. WHAT DETERMINES OVERALL SOCIABILITY? Both genetics and early social interaction play im- portant roles in how playful, fearful, excitable, or domi- neering a puppy becomes. Puppies need to interact with their mother and litter- mates during the first 6-8 weeks, but should also be handled by people during that time. HOW CAN I ASSURE THAT EARLY INTERACTIONS WILL BE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE? You may want to provide a reward, such as a favorite toy or treat, every time your puppy is exposed to a new situation or person. IS IT SAFE TO INTRODUCE MY PUPPY TO NEW PEOPLE AND PETS BEFORE IT IS FULLY VACCINATED? Infections disease is always a concern in such situa- tions, so you may want to consider low-risk social in- teractions. For example, you can invite healthy people and vaccinated pets to your home (or visit theirs), which is safer than taking a puppy to a public dog park. All said and done I like to wish my boss Pamela Donnaruma a belated "Happy Birthday and many, many more. Love, Freeway That's all for now! The Flag Still Waves Over Squantum by Sal Giarratani The Fourth of July would not be the same for folks living in Squantum without the annual community cel- ebration for America's birth- day. While Hurricane Arthur was somewhere out there on the morning of this holi- day, it was no match for folks in Squantum celebrat- ing all that is good about America. The streets lining this neighborhood were lined with celebrators viewing the parade marches and floats as they passed by to cheer- ing crowds. The politi- cians were there too -- all decked out in patri- otic garb. This year's win- ner for a great patriotic look goes to Norfolk Sheriff Michael Bellotti all dressed up wearing his size large red, white and blue flag shirt. Dottie Ostiguy, Sheriff Mike Bellotti and "Lady Liberty" Ruth Meyer. Plenty of kids, parents and grandparents just having a great time once again. On this day I remember the lyrics of Lee Greenwood's song, God Bless the U.S.A.!