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j~ ;L, ' Li_ ........ =. POST-GAZETTE, JULY 29, 2011 Page 7 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-heartedt. Thanks. L ST. JOSEPH Hanover & Battery Sts. Sunday Procession July 29, 30, 31 I pm ST. AGRIPPINA Hanover & Battery Sts. Sunday Procession August 5, 6, 7 1 pm. MADONNA DELLA CAVA Hanover & Battery Sts. Sunday Procession August 12, 13, 14 I pm MADONNA del SOCCORSO August 18,19, 20, 21 North, Fleet & Lewis Sts. (Fisherman's) Sunday Procession I pm ST. ANTHONY Endicott & Thacher Sts. Sunday Procession August 26, 27, 28 12 pm ST. LUCY August 29 Monday Procession - Endicott St. 5 pm | ST. ROSALIE Procession Only - North Square September 11 I pm Malden, MA SAINT ROCCO FESTIVAL Pearl Street Sunday Procession August 12, 13, 14 I pm Franklin, MA SAINT ROCCO FESTIVAL August 12, 13, 14 Corner of Main and Pleasant Sts. Healing Mass and Sacrament of the Sick Saturday Io am Lawrence, MA FEAST OF THE THREE SAINTS September 2,3,4 Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino Common & Union Sts. Sunday Procession 3 pm Cambridge, MA SS COSlI)IAS AND DAM/AN September 10 - 1 1 Warren and Cambridge Sts. Info: Call 617-354- 7992W .... Ristorante and Pizzeria Bella Vista", n Boston at 288 Hanover Street 617-367-4999 Lucia Pezzano, Proprietor HaplJ Anniversary ari C,'f 2).r/or 15c~ton's larsesk prwate c~5ar locker~ & museum food orleans, c~ar ofledr~, and top ~helfliqueur 292 Hanover Street Boston, Massachuseg~s~ 617-227-0295 The dog days of summer: Ten tips on how to keep your pet safe from summer heat. With summer in full gear, dog owners are anxious to get their pets and themselves off the sofa and out into the glo- rious land of blue skies, fresh air and endless sun- shine. I know my human companion is sitting at the North End Pool soaking her buns, but as far as my pooch friends are concerned, I have to worry about them and this is why I have con- sidered extending this infor- mation to all my readers es- pecially with pets. As tempt- ing as it may be to want to take Charlie (Fido) with you everywhere you go, remem- ber that the sweltering heat can take its toll on your dog. Here are a few important things to remember as you and your dog prepare for fun in the sun this summer. (I) Dogs suffer from heat stroke like humans. Dogs can. quickly come down with a bad case of heat stroke, however, unlike people, our canine counterparts have limited ability to cool off by sweating. Dogs have sweat glands on their foot pads only. Their main mecha- nism for cooling down is panting,_and it can be insuf- ficient to lower body tem- perature on a very hot day. (2) Whether your dog is playing in the back yard or you're exercising with your dog in the park, make sure you always have an ample supply of water .on hand. At home make sure his or her water bowl is in the shade so the water stays as cool as possible and so your pet doesn't run the risk of burn- ing its tongue on an over- paws on the hot pavement and provide access to shade at all times. (4) Protect your dog from ticks, fleas and other pests. As summer nears, it's im- portant to provide your pet with proper treatment for the prevention of heart- worms, ticks, and fleas. De- pending upon the climate in which you live there are varying guidelines. Check with your pet's vet to ensure you're doing everything pos- sible to protect your pet. Make sure your vet knows all of the products you are using as well as all the medi- cations your pet is on to pre- vent any drug interactions. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, also look into purchasing a pet-safe bug repellent to prevent annoy- ing insect bites. (5) Avoid crowded summer events. While it might seem like a good idea to bring your pooch to the local festival or parade, your dog is almost always better off at home. The heat, noise, crowds and general excitement can be physically and emotionally taxing for your pet causing a great deal of anxiety and stress. (I find this one funny because living in the North End there are no quiet events. Now with the feasts and the music and the fire- works I am going to have to leave town until this is all over). (6) Do your homework be- fore shaving your dog in the heat of the summer. Many pet owners believe it's best to shave their dogs and in some eases it is. In others, it's not such a good idea. If your dog a vnmmer, get easily matted, tends to shed (7) Dogs need protection from the sun as do people. Overexposure to UV rays can give your dog a nasty case of sunburn, peeling skin, pain- ful inflammation and also increase the risk of skin cancer. Because dogs have fur, people often assume they are not in danger of getting sunburned. This isn't true. While fur does pro- vide some level of sun pro- tection, the bridge of the nose, ear tips, skins around the lips and other areas lack- ing pigmentation are highly susceptible to sun damage. There are specially formu- lated sunscreens available for dogs, but check with your vet to find the best solution for your pet. (8) Not all dogs are born swimmers. Swimming with your dog is great exercise and can also provide relief from summer heat. Despite popular belief, not all dogs were born to swim. Theoreti- cally all dogs can swim, how- ever, some breeds such as Bulldogs, Basset hounds and Pugs have more difficulty than others. When encour- aging your dog to swim it's important to know its physi- cal ability, stamina, body shape, condition and breath- ing ability. Fit your dog with PFD (personal flotation de- vice) if you are not sure about his swimming ability or if you plan on taking him boating. Life jackets made for dogs keep the head above water and have a handle on the back to make it easier to grab them out of the wa- ter. The most important thing is to remember to never force the dog, take it low, have red,enable ex- pectations and have fun. heated bowl. An easy way to a lot or spends a lot of time (9) Exerciae good water do this is to use half ice and outdoors, you might want to safety. For your dog there half cold water. If you're out consider a summer shave, are many safety precautions ! and about with your pet carry Reasons not to shave your you should take when your an extra bottle of water with dog include that their fur dog is around water. First you and bring along a small provides protection from theand foremost, make sure i container from which they sun, biting flies and mosqui- your dog can swim. Other can drink, toes. Believe it or not, many dangers are less about the (3) Walk your dog during dogs feel naked and vulner- dog and more about the place cooler hours in the hot sum- able without their coats. Al- they are swimming. The key mer months. Consider walk- ing your dog either in the early morning or late after- noon when the sun is least harsh. Additionally, be sure to walk your dog on grass or dirt to avoid burning their Thirst? J-Iungnj ? sure tO experience the tradition of these fine I establish ent ,,J ways check with your vet before shaving your dog in the summer. to water safety is to be aware (Continued on Page 12) RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Frattaroli 415 Hanover freef, 8oston, MA 021 ] 3 617.367.2353 -- Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily -- Private dining rooms for any occasion