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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 8, 2014 Page 5 o A Frank De Pasc uale Venture o 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 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. Veterinarians warn against giving animals human food out of con- cern for their nutrition and overall health. But that doesn't mean you can't give Fido the occa- sional treat. You've heard it many times from veterinarians and friends: "Don't give people food to your petI" Yet you're still tempted to sneak a taste of pea- nut butter or ice cream to your adoring animal companion and it turns out that most human food in very small amounts is just fine. But before you indulge your animal companion, it's helpful to understand how people food affects pet health. Basically, the issue boils down to one of portion con- trol, a concept that any dieter should be familiar with. Just as you personally cannot overdo the treats without harming your waist- line, your pet cannot over eat human food (which is like a treat to him.) Animals eat principally to meet their need for calories, not protein, minerals, or vitamins. The human food animals tend to like the most (and that we humans enjoy giving them the most} is chock full of calories, but it does not provide the nutrients that the animals need. (The human equiva- lent would be living on do- nuts instead of a well-bal- anced meal.} Dry or canned commercially prepared pet food as unappealing as it is by comparison provides the correct calorie load per por- t.ion for your pet, as well as the nutrition he needs. So ff you want to give your pet a human food treat, you may www.depasquateventure~. .cam have to do a little math first. This is the same kind of math you should be doing to figure out how big a treat you can allow yourself in your diet. For pets, the math involves your animal's weight (often converted into kilograms). How active the pet is as well as health factors such as pregnancy will affect daffy calorie needs. Nonetheless, even fairly active pets need much fewer calories than we do (a 10 pound pet, for instance, might only need about 400 calories a day). It's recommended to keep people food taste sensations to less than 10 percent of the dally calories your pet consumes. Calorie dense treats are not a good idea because it is easy to give too much. For example, I table- spoon of peanut butter would provide 10 percent ofdally calorie need to a 32 pound dog, like a standard Schnau- zer. A calorie equivalent in apple slices would be about one and three-quarters cup. Any way you slice it, those portions do not seem like a lot to most owners, who may have a hard time cutting their pooch off at one tiny taste of pea- nut butter. However, the same thing hap- pens to pets that eat a lot of human food as happens to us when we try to live on donuts: They become overweight and malnourished. The bottom line for both you and your pet is this: Treats are okay to give, but not in excess on a calorie basis a diet that is primarily made up of human food would not be healthy for your pet. Human food can be digested by dogs and cats, certain types of carbohy- drates are difficult for cats to digest so steer clear of shar- ing sweets with your feline friends. Some Human Food Pre- cautions you many have also heard that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs. While these are foods that you might want to avoid giv- ing your dog on a regular basis, there's very little rea- son to worry if they eat a few grapes or raisins from time to time. On the other hand you should completely avoid let- ting your dog have any food with the sugar substitute xylitol in it. This is found in sugar-free gum. Xylitol is definitely uniquely toxic to dogs and can cause very low blood glucose and severe liver disease. Before I forget because I am getting older I want to WISH my co-worker at the Post-Gazette Frances Fitzgerald a very Happy Birthday and many, many more. (You're the bestl) That's all for nowl LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P2763EA Estate of MARY MADERLON BOLDEN Also Known As Mary Maderlon Crutchfield Bolden Date of Death April 12, 2011 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Rosalyn K. Bolden of Little Rock, AR. Rosalyn IL Bolden of Little Rock, AR has been informally appointed as the Personal Rap- resentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inven- tory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceed. ings and to obtain orders terminating or restrict- ing the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 8/8/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P2602EA Estate of WILLIAM D. JOHNSON Date of Death November 23, 2011 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Shirley i. Johnson of Tulsa, OK a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Shirley I. Johnson of Tulsa, OK has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inven- tory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceed- ings and to obtain orders terminating or restrict- ing the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 8/8/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P2692EA Estate of DAVID C. SALAZAR Date of Death February 9, 2014 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Catherine Salazar of San Antonio,TX. Catherine Salasar of San Antonio, TX has been informally appointed as the Personal Rep- resentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inven- tory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceed- ings and to obtain orders terminating or restrict- ing the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, it any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. 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She and her husband Peter were fixtures in Jeffries Point for decades. She was passionate in her causes, always fighting hard for her community. If there was an event in Eastie, you would find her there. She was also a political activist who was truly a voice for her neighborhood. Some people get more involved than oth- ers. Joanne didn't just reside in East Boston, she LIVED for East Boston. I will miss Joanne who along with her husband m Peter were members of the day division of the Knights of Dunkin' Donuts up on Bennington Street in the Heights. You could always hear her before you saw her when she was talking about some stupid thing a pollti- clan Just did to irritate her. All the Knights will miss her and her passion. We will gather together this upcoming weekend to remem- ber the interesting life of Joanne Cardinale. Her Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday morning at Sacred Heart Church in East Boston. The wake will be held at Ruggiero Memorial Home on Sunday. 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