O Wednesday, January 9, 2013 ur Bridal Planner will show you how to make the most of your time, energy and budget, while keeping your wedding’s style and fun factor sky high. January 8, 2014 MyConnection 2014 Bridal Planner Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald — See ad on page 3 — Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 Beloved dog, best friend gets new lease on life By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL email@example.com Brian Ziifle pictured with his best friend, Lady Lady, an 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, is Brian Ziifle's best friend. The perky Yorkie has formed an incredible bond with Brian, a Coweta County resident who has Down Syndrome. Four years ago, Brian moved into his own condo. "We sent Lady with [Brian] to be his roommate, so he had someone waiting there for him when he came home," said Brian’s mother, Helen. "They really have formed a bond that goes beyond owner and pet. He talks to her like a human and tells her everything, and she is really his best friend." In the days leading up to Christmas, Lady became very sick, and the Ziif les thought they were going to lose her. The family prayed fervently, along with starting a prayer chain among friends. Brian even wrote a letter to Santa Claus. Then the Ziifles received a Christmas miracle. Lady woke up fou r days before the holiday, gasping for breath. “We took her straight to the veterinarian and they sent us to an emergency place in Fayetteville,” said Helen. “Lady was in respiratory distress and was suffering from renal disease.” The emergency veterinarian staff discovered Lady had pneumonia and they suspected an enlarged heart, but couldn’t see the heart clearly because her lungs were filled with fluid. The tiny dog was put on oxygen and was given heart medication. On Monday, Lady was placed in intensive care. “The internal medicine veterinarian said she would do all she could do to get her home to Brian on Christmas Eve,” said Helen. O n Mond ay, t he Z i i f le s stopped by a new restaurant in Fayetteville on the way home from visiting Lady at the pet hospital. Santa Claus was at the restaurant visiting children. Santa was preparing to leave when he spotted Brian and returned, putting an arm around the young man. Brian told Santa he had one Christmas wish, that Lady could come back home. “Lady is very sick and she might die,” Helen recalls Brian saying to Santa, “The poor man. His eyes filled up and he said, ‘Well son, I’m only Santa, but I will pray for you and your pet.’” L ady ret u r ne d home on Christmas Eve, but the doctors and the Ziifles thought she was coming home to die. Later that evening, the family attended midnight mass services at a nearby church. Brian lit a candle for Lady. “Then, just to cover all his bases, he returned home and wrote a letter to Santa,” Helen said. “He explained who Lady was and how he loved her. He wrote she was his best friend and asked if Santa would please use his magical powers to help heal lady,” Helen said. “Not to leave everything just to God, we enlisted Santa, too,” Helen said with a smile. Brian left the letter with milk and cookies. Lady made it through Christmas. On Thursday, the family took Lady to the veterinarian for a follow-up visit. “The staff was flabbergasted. Lady was walking around and looked so good,” Helen said. “The X-ray showed Lady’s lungs LADY, page 3 Chase away winter chills with meals from your pantry Resolving to eat more healthily nothing new By BRADLEY HARTSELL firstname.lastname@example.org The end of the year gives way to a lot of reflection — “best of 2013!” — and promotes a lot of looking forward — “this will be the best of 2014!” Trends in food may be a bit more difficult to predict, but some foodies are already placing bets on some hopeful contenders. 201 3 gave us t he R a men burger and the fried Twinkie burger, but it’s likely none of those social media food fads made it into a Coweta kitchen. Places like the Huffington Post and CBS News provide several predictions, but two trends dominate the upcoming year: international flavors becoming staples of American kitchens, and foods that place emphasis on healthy eating habits. If these trends seem familiar, it is likely because these ideals of new flavors and healthconscious choices typically are predicted annually. Americans will be cooking dishes spanning the globe and they’ll be doing it with responsibly grown food and exercising portion control. These hopeful projections are optimal, but local food fiends aren’t buying the hype. “[These lists] are ineffective because these ideas are only introduced in January and do nothing to help people see the need for a lifestyle change,” said Gina Bruce, a food enthusiast who often appears in the Culinary Exposure column in The Newnan Times-Herald. Bruce’s favorite gift this Christmas was a set of Julia Child’s cookbooks. “Nobody is telling people how bad it is to drink diet Coke, but we tell people to stop eating sweets cold turkey. It’s unrealistic.” If these lists are unrealistic, why do they pop up in some form every January? “Because of the hype. It’s January. If [these articles] don’t make it sound appealing and ‘new,’ even though people have known these ideas for years, then people don’t get excited. The problem is, that excitement doesn’t last through February and beyond.” For many families, including Bruce’s, there isn’t always the time or money for the lifestyle these popular lists promote. “People can’t maintain the lifestyle because it’s expensive or because they don’t know how to change eating habits for good,” Bruce said. “Everyone cleans out their fridge, buys organic food and cookbooks on better eating. They join a gym and then go broke and head back to McDonald’s for the next 10-11 months. Jan. 1 comes along and we repeat.” “I worked at a gym for years,” she added. “I saw this trend. People get too excited and aren’t realistic. We romanticize working out and being healthy without the commitment.” 2014 will likely be a year very similar to 2013, at least when it comes to food. Bruce doesn’t discount eating healthily, but the change doesn’t automatically come because the calendar turns. Some foods will be “buzz” foods, like kale a few years ago. Cauliflower is tabbed to be the next big thing. If you ask Bruce, these lists may get foodies excited — i.e. every dinner party in 2014 will be dishes from the South Pacific — but ultimately, people will cook what’s in their fridge, and hopefully the contents of the fridge will be just a little bit healthier than they were the year before. I N S I DE Heart-wa rm satisfying ing, recipes ➤ PAGE 3 Turkey Green Bean Chili with Cheesy Corn Fritters (Family Features) There’s nothing quite like a hearty, homemade meal to help warm up those cold winter nights. And with a well-stocked pantry - or “Cantry” - delicious meals, like Turkey Green Bean Chili and Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie, are just a few cans away. Because ca ns lock in foods’ freshness and nutrition, stocking up on staples like canned tomatoes, green b e a n s , p e a s a nd c a n ne d chicken means that you have access to wholesome ingredients all winter long. Plus, the more cans you store in your Cantry, the fewer last minute trips you have to make to the supermarket. So this season, when you’re sea rch i ng for sat i sf y i ng, heart-warming meals that you and your family can cozy up to, start by looking in your Pantry.