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Page 8 . POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 6, 2013 Annual Holiday Open House at Bunker Hill Florist by Sal Giarratani It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over in Thompson Square in Charlestown at Bunker Hill Florist inside the old bank building. Real Estate Mcrlto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE Is NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.  : Your Holiday Parties Svi,,elli P.00,,,ioli & Sh00vl 282 B.,,.qto. Sta. EoSt Boto. CII fo, O,Je,s ]el,vho,-, 617-567-1992 [a 611-561-5150 Ring in the New Year at SPINELLI'S FUNCTi0N FAC,L,TY Lynnfield Call for reservations 781-592-6400 i i S ]m, 1-,o.11 ,.i Worm ... : Have Spinelli,s Cater -.--. !i .' y. 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. As usual my human com- panion is always looking out for my safety and she wor- ries about my pooch friends also, so here is a little ad- vice to help you during the cold weather. Winter is ac- tually a pretty good time for animals. They're out less, which means less injuries and less illness. But there are still serious incidents of cold weather related health problems in pets that can and should be avoided. I. Space heaters, as with any electronic appliance, take care where you place these in your home. You want to prevent your pet from chewing cords. And ei- ther make sure your cat isn't tempted or able to jump on the heater, your cat or dog can't brush up against it or that the temperature doesn't get too hot. Coming into con- tact with the heater could cause serious burns. 2. Temperatures below 45 degrees. Frostbite is rare, but you want to watch out for too much exposure to cold. We start to get concerned below 45 degrees when a pet is in the cold for extended periods of time. Below freez- ing we have to be even more aware. Your pet's feet, ears, nose and tail are likely to be affected, you may see the clinical signs for a couple of days, but if the areas are severely affected, the tissue starts to die, it changes to blue-black color and your pet will get severe infections. You may see limping or pain and licking at the area. Symptoms include weak- ness, shivering and lack of mental alertness. 3. Leaving pets alone out- side in the car or in the ga- rage. Leaving pets by them- selves even in a vehicle is strongly not recommended. Especially if they're not used to cold temperatures. If pets do need to be left alone in cooler temperatures, short periods of time is acceptable. Longer than 20 minutes is when it gets to be risky. The ASPCA reminds us that out- door cats like to sleep under cars so take caution before starting your engine. The ASPCA also advises against leaving outdoor cats outside all winter long, as doing so increases their risk of freez- ing, theft, injury and death. 4. Salty sidewalks and driveways. It's not toxic, but salt on the ground irritates your pet's paws. Particularly sensitive animals might limp after exposure. Dress feet in booties or consider buying pet-safe ice melt. The ASPCA recommends massaging petroleum jelly into your pet's feet pads before going outside and toweFmg off the feet and ap- plyi  moisturizer once everYone's back inside. 5. Antifreeze. Do not leave antifreeze unattended or allow: it to spill onto the garage floor or in the street. If you.. see your pet drinking any amount of antifreeze get him or her to a vet. 6. odies of water. If your dog a Swimmer keep him on: a:leash around open watt,or unstable ice, cau- tion. )Hypothermia dan set in quickly and the dog may be unable to get out of the water. 7. Going off without a leash in the snow. Canines often lose their scent in the cold weather and can become lost. Dogs also can panic in the snow storms and run away. The de- creased day light does not help either. More dogs are reported lost during the win- ter than any other season, so always keep dogs on leash when outside a fully fenced yard and make sure yours always wears proper identi- fication. That's all for now! 3 rd Annual Pet Food Drive "Thank You" ever so much for ALL the donations towards my 3 d Annual Thanks- giving Pet Food Drive. As you can see from the picture I was very lucky to fmd a spot on my own desk to sit. Look at all the dog food, bags and bags of goodies and the cat food, leashes, collars, toys all kinds of treats. It's not always about humans. I know they are special too. I have to think of all my furry friends at this special time of the year. How will I ever THANK so many people that con- tinue to support my pet food drive each year?. It is a wonderful feeling loving a pet. I know that the animal shelter at the MSPCA-AngeII was delighted to receive all these items. Each year the MSPCA-Angell is not surprised 7 that we do so well for this fundraiser and people are so kind at this time of the year. ! They don't know that I am a much loved . pooch and the North End residents and 7 friends support me with affection. I thank --A Huge Success Christine Wolczko takes a moment from her busy schedule to accept the many donations. you again, from the bottom of my pooch heart. Ruff. Ruff ... That's all for now!