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POST-GAZE'IrE, OCTOBER 3, 2014 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-hearted! Thanks. TIPS FOR ADOPTING A DOG Breeder vs. Shelter After you have determined the type of dog you're look- ing for; the next question is "where do I go to get my dog?." First and foremost, do not get your puppy from a pet shop. Often those puppies do not come from reputable breed- you. don't just look at the pic- ture, look at the energy of the animal and ask, '.'Am I the right owner for you?" You can ask if the dog has any behavior issues and if those issues are going to be a problem if you decide to ers. You don't want to start adopt the dog. Don~t be afraid your new relationship with . to look at dogs online. It is a your puppy having to deal, 'great way to practice ener- with socialization issues and . getic- communications. other kinds of trauma that Ask Important Questions: puppies in sub-par facilities The most important thing often experience. You want here is to ask yourself some your first days with your new "questions first, and ask your dog to be joyful and fun. And potential dog a lot Of ques- :most important of all, you tions. Keep in mindl the dog want a happy, healthy, and, that runs to you and climbs , well:adjusted dog, not a sick in your lap is not by default or traumatized one. "Your': dog or the best dog for Getting a Puppy from a you. He just might be the Breeder: There are a lot most confident or pushy (or of reputable breeders all dominant) one. arotind the coulitry.. YOu Just the same, the one should be prepared to ask the hiding from you does not breeder some queStions, If a have to be your least likely breeder is unwilling to show choice either: He might just' you where their dogs are be extrashy (or submissive) housed or who tries to avoid and quiet. Who knows, that- questions (such as whether might be just what you are " or not the puppy has been looking forl And it's worth exposed to different people mentioning that the Pitbull while growing up)he might Terrier might not be the , be :a backyard breeder or a breed you need to avoid af~ puppy, mill. Please be aware ter at1. Some Pitbulls are ". that those puppies can-be super friendly and loyal-and severely traumatized- before the Shelters are full :of them. YOU get' them. A reputable: What it ali comes down to is breeder will ask you ques= thiS: takethe time to ask tions.that wil! reveal yourthe dog and yourself if you willingness and ability to , are a.match energetically, care for this d0g=They should: iAlso, try toapproach all of ; be quizzingyou as:muchas this .with ease and joy. you should,be:quizzhag themi Rather;than fearing that you . That shows that the breeder :might get. it all wrong. There cares about their dogs. The is the beauty Of knowing, ' more questions you -ask and I can almost guarantee about how the puppy has you that you Will know! In been raised, the better you will know what to expect. Als0, be sure to meet the puppy;s mother too. Is she a .confident, friendly dog? Her' demeanor will be indicative the end, there is this beau- tiful truth ab6ut it all, which a lot of dog owners will tell you: .Actually your dog will pick you as the owner. You just have the illusion that of her puppies' demeanor as they age. Getting a Puppy from a Shelter: If you do not care about having a purebred dog, then visit a shelter. There are loads of dogs that end up in shelters every year that need a home. Puppies usu- ally go fast; but you can still find them in the shelter! If you are willing to give your heart to an older dog; you will have a great com- panion. Most of them are so grateful for just a little walk and the companionship: you could have a great match there! Finding a Puppy Online: If you can't find what you are looking for from a local breeder or at your local animal shelter, then you might want to check online. There are lots of reputable breeders online as well. And of course, most shelters have websites too. The most important thing here is that you were the one to pick your dog! There are so many choices and I am certain everything will work out just fine. I think back to 15 years ago, my human companion never wanted another dog until I came into her life and we bond each and every day. Love is a bond of trust, caring, affection and uncon- ditional love, being there for each other, as we have been all these years and we hope to have many more years together. Hope you enjoyed my article and on that note, PLEASE REMEMBER that I, Freeway, will be having doggie Halloween at the Post-Gazette on Thursday, October 30th and Friday, October 31st from I0:00 am to 7:00 pm. So PLEASE drop by and pick up your pooches Halloween Treat Bag. That's all for now! 2014 NEAA FALL SOCCER PROGRAM / The North End Athletic Association kicked off its' 44th season of Fall Soccer on Dom Camp0chiaro Field at Langone Park on Saturday, September 13th. There are 3 divisions ages 4-5 year. olds, 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year o!ds. All divisions and teams are co-ed, with boys and girls enjoying a wonderful pro- gram. This year we have over 100 children enrolled in the program, our most ever. A special shout out to all the volunteer coaches, .most. which are parents of players, but not all. The program stresses teamwork and fun as well as learning the basic fundamentals of the game. This week is the third week of the program and it was a glorious: day with the weather in the high 70's. The pro- gram runs 8 weeks; all Saturdays starting at 9:15 am until 12:45 pm m wrap- ping up on the Saturday, November 8th! THE FRIENDS OF THE NORTH BOCCE TOURNAMENT UPDATE... by Victor Passacantilli The FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END BOCCE TOURNAMENT resumed play on Sundav. September 28. 2014. Charlie Marino. who Commissioner Sam Viscione appointed Director of Field Services, was on hand to assist in caring for and grooming the courts. Charlie for many years always had a part in helping us out. We want Charlie to know that we appreciate what he does for US. Team 5 captained by Richie "Duffle Bags" Delliago made a comeback to take 2 out of 3 matches. Team 4 captained by Anthony Antidormi and Team 7 led by Joe Blazo played inspired bocce all morning long with rivals Joe Testa and John Lombardi making many key shots prompting Joe Blazo to utter an old North End refrain. "We lost. but we should've won!" The Stars of Week #3 were Joe Testa and John Lombardi. STANDINGS AS OF SEPTEMBER 28TH TEAM #1 -- 7 POINTS TEAM #2 -- 3 POINTS TEAM #3- 1 POINT TEAM #4 -- 4 POINTS TEAM #5--6 POINTS TEAM #6--4 POINTS TEAM #7--1 POINT WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM