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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 26, 2014 Page 7 f Buon JV'atale KELLEY SQUARE PUB F' "I 84 Bennington Street ast oston, 617-567-4627 617-567-s080 Fax: 617-567-0800 Function Room Available for Private Parties 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. I from Sheri and the staff of the LE! -The Lombardo Family- GREAT THINGS START HERE Celebrating Over 50 Years! THE COMPANIESI : NIGHTcLuB" 6 Billings Street, Randolph, MA Visit us on FACEBOOK I 10 New Year's Resolutions for My Pooch Friends The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and to look forward to improving you and your dog's life over the next 365 days. Resolving to lose weight and to become healthier for you and your four-footed friend is always at the top of the list. The New Year is also a good op- portunity to become more involved in pet activities. Here are some top 10 reso- lutions to add to your pooch New Year's list. I. BANISH THE BULGE. If your pooch is overweight, resolve to begin a sensible eating program. A study by the Association of Pet Obe- sity Prevention shows that 45 percent of dogs are over- weight, including 9 percent who are obese. Cut down on the amount of food you feed him or her, especially the packaged snacks. Most com- mercial treats contain too much fat, sugar and unnec- essary calories. If you must give your dog a goody, add some cut-up pieces of fruit or steamed veggies to the food bowl. (But make sure to stay away from grapes, rai- sins, avocadoes and onions. As they can be toxic to pets.) 2. FIT IN FITNESS. Give your dog more exercise. Being active offers many health benefits; studies show that it reduces the risk of some canine cancers, in- creases life span, maintains weight loss and even im- proves arthritis. A daily 45- minute walk is ideal, but start off with five minutes and build up slowly. Don't for- get to take a clean-up bag with you and pick up any messes your dog leaves on the street. 3. SEE NEW SIGHTS. A trip to Grandma's or any overnight with you to a dog- friendly hotel changes your dog's routine and eliminates boredom or inappropriate household behavior. Short : ii MARIO REAL ESTATE 620 Bennington Street East Boston, MA 02128 Office: 617.569.6044 Fax: 617.567.3303 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM walks to new neighborhoods. A stroll around an outdoor shopping center, hiking or a ride to the country all can work wonders. 4. TAKE SAFE RIDES. Your dog should always wear a dog safety restraint while riding in the car and should never sit on your lap or ride loose. Unrestrained dogs can cause an accident and be thrown out of the automgbile into traffic. With a small dog, use a doggy booster seat with a harness secured with the car seat belt. Medium and large dogs should always wear a safety harness seat belt in the car. 5. START TRAINING AGAIN. Work on any annoy- ing behaviors your dog might have developed, such as beg- ging from the table, barking at other dogs on the street, jumping on strangers or de- structive chewing. "It's never too late to train a dog to do anything," To locate obedience classes or train- erd in your area, ask your veterinarian or friends for recommendations. 6. GROOM REGULARLY. Resolve to groom your dog with regular bathing, weekly ~nail clipping and daily brushing. You can eas- ily learn how to do it your- self or take your dog to a groomer. More than just a beauty treatment, bathing and brushing reduces shed- ding and maintains a healthy coat. 7. BRUSH UP ON DAILY DENTAL CARE. Start brush- ing your dog's teeth once a day. This helps reduce den- tal decay or oral infection. Use a dog toothbrush, it fits a dog's mouth more easily and apply dog toothpaste, which doesn't need rinsing. If your pet's teeth are ne- glected, your veterinarian may need to perform a pro- fessional cleaning to reach trapped debris. (Continued on Page 15 MODERN PASTRY SHOP, INC. ITALIAN & FRENCH PASTRY Cakes Confectionary Candies 257 Hanover Street, Boston, ,'LA 02113 ................ ~ (617) 523-3783 : 20 Salem Street, Medford, MA 02155 (781) 396-3618 ........ , .... . .... . 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