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BIRTH ORDER by Kathy Wolfe

Is your personality the result of the chronological place in your family? Psychologists have had theories on the issue of birth order for decades, and this week, Tidbits studies up on their findings. Follow along and see if you agree with their conclusions! • Renowned Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler was a pioneer in the area of birth order in the early 1900s, and was one of the first to present theories that family placement affects personality and how individuals deal with life’s issues. He believed that parents tend to treat children differently based on the order of birth. • Adler’s theory maintained that first-born children receive an abundance of attention, but only until the second child is born. When a new baby arrives, the first-born may feel unloved, believing he or she has lost the mother’s love to the new baby. Adler called this being “dethroned,” and claimed it had a lasting effect on the individual. The loss of attention might cause the first child to become fearful, highachieving, anxious, or competitive. He might have a need to retain praise from parents and become prone to perfectionism, making him vulnerable to stress. • The accomplishments of the first-born, such as walking and talking, are monumental in the eyes of parents and the child is pushed to achieve at a faster pace. First-time parents worry if the child isn’t advancing as they expect and might pressure for success. Parents might push the child to carry out the dreams they had for themselves, and are often harder on first-borns. • Because first-borns often feel the need to be perfect in everything they do, they are usually wellorganized, goal-oriented, and respectful of rules. First-borns tend to become people pleasers, ambitious, and aggressive.

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History

The first 50 years of the NIRA

At a meeting on November 6th, 1948, in Alpine, Texas, twelve schools came together to discuss the creation of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Decided at that meeting was the need for a constitution, which was then established at a second meeting held in February 1949. Hank Finger, then Sul Ross State Universities Rodeo Club President and chairman of the constitutional committee, worked with that committee on developing eligibility guidelines, scholastic standards, and rodeo structure. The committee created a format for Continued on the next page


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intercollegiate rodeo that would regions were formed; Southern, remain consistent throughout the Northwest, and Rocky Mountain. country and provide national recPro-tem ognition for their constituents. p r e s i d e nt At the first NIRA National ConCharles vention on April 14-15, 1949, in Rankin Denver, Colorado, final approval was electof the constitution was granted, ed NIRA fees were accepted, and rules and president. regulations were finalized. Three There were thirteen member schools at this time, representing Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico,

On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner, an English country doctor from Gloucestershire, administers the world’s first vaccination as a preventive treatment for smallpox by scratching the fluid from cowpox into the skin of an 8-year- • old boy. The disease had killed millions of people over the centuries.

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Arizona, W y o ming, and Texas. August 1 9 4 9 marked the official, legal birth of NIRA when they filed for non-profit status. The first College National Finals Rodeo was held the same year in San Francisco, California. The first NIRA All Around Champion crowned that year was Harley May of Sul Ross State University.

• On May 17, 1885, for the second time in two years, the Apache chief Geronimo breaks out of an Arizona reservation. A famous medicine man and the leader of the Chiricahua Apache, Geronimo achieved national fame by being the last American Indian to surrender formally to the United States. On May 15, 1942, Lt. Ronald Reagan, a cavalry officer, applies for reassignment to the Army Air Force, where he would eventually put his thespian background to use on World War II propaganda films. Reagan was given a job in the First Motion Picture Unit. On May 13, 1958, during a goodwill trip through Latin America, Vice President Richard Nixon’s car is attacked by an angry crowd in Caracas, Venezuela. The trip began with • some controversy, as Nixon had engaged in loud and bitter debates with student groups during his travels through Peru and Uruguay. On May 12, 1963, Bob Dylan walks out of what was to be his first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He had previewed “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” for Sullivan, who’d approved it days before. But the CBS Standards and Practices department equated the John Birch Society’s views with those of Adolf Hitler. On May 16, 1975, Japanese

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mountaineer Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Located in the central Himalayas, Everest stands 29,035 feet above sea level. In 1988, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to successfully climb Everest. On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens, a volcanic peak in southwestern Washington, erupts, killing 57 people and devastating some 210 square miles of wilderness. The lateral blast leveled nearly all vegetation for as far as 12 miles away. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Entering into the 60s, the Sikes family led college rodeo into consistent membership growth and the television boom. The 1962 College National Finals Rodeo appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. NBC aired the 1965 finals, and ABC, again aired the event in 1967. Rodeo at this time was experiencing a huge growth in several arenas, professional and college, the television airtime was a welcomed partner in the growth. Member schools totaled 97 in 1966. Over the years, NIRA’s history has read like a Who’s Who in the sport of rodeo. Roy Cooper, Chris LeDoux, Ty Murray, Tuff Hedeman, Dan Mortensen, and many more, are all champions in college rodeo, as well as professional rodeo. They have added to the success of college rodeo, and created some of it’s rich western history. Preserving Western heritage through collegiate Continued on the next page

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Welcome to Glenrock! rodeo�, has been a theme repeated over the course of fifty years. Today these efforts are being made through over 100 college rodeos a year, over 3,500 student members annually and 137 member schools and universities. College rodeo has yet to its peak. What will the next fifty years offer?

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6 Things I Wish I Knew When I Bought My First House A 2 Part Editorial — Part 2 Of 2

I wish I hadn’t wasted my time hunting down those foreclosures and short sales, only to miss some really good deals Just because it’s a distressed property doesn’t mean it’s a good deal; foreclosures aren’t a guaranteed bargain. If you looking to get a steal (and you want it in a timely manner), avoid short sales, and even some foreclosures. These deals can drag on for months and generally have higher interest rates. And even if the distressed home you’re looking at is wellpriced, the hoops you’ll have to jump through may just have an opportunity cost high enough to offset your monetary cost savings. I wish I knew the one essential question to ask before I had bought my condo There’s one question that can save you thousands of dollars and help you avoid a condo building (or community with a homeowners

association) that will become a money pit: Has there been any discussion of possible future improvements, changes, renovations, or maintenance or any financial difficulties that would result in an assessment or charges to be leveraged against all condo/ home owners? Make sure to get the answer in writing. This question is critical because the condo association board must answer honestly or it could be held liable. All condo meetings must provide notes that can be subpoenaed, so any discussion of assessments, current or future, could be proven. I really wish I had talked to the neighbors before I bought the house A few years back, I bought a wonderful home in the Hollywood Hills. Unfortunately for me, I did not follow my own advice and mingle with

the neighbors to learn about potential problems ahead of time. And it caused me many sleepless nights – literally. My first night in the house, I woke to the sounds of two barking, yelping dogs that howled and bellowed until morning. I couldn’t believe it. The next night the same thing happened. I later found out that the seller had been fighting with the neighbor over the barking dogs for six months. The surrounding neighbors had also been complaining, but the awful, miserable owners of the dogs just didn’t care. It took me more than a year of working with L.A. Animal Control before the owners agreed to take responsibility for the problem. I was unable to put the Continued on Page 7


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6 THINGS— (continued): house on the market for an entire year, because I would have had to disclose the problem, and I would have had to take a steep discount prior to resolving the issue. Otherwise, I would have been liable for not disclosing, just as the man who sold the house to me without disclosing it was. Had I chatted up neighbors, I would have been much less tired all year long!

We all make missteps when we do something for the first time. It happens, it’s life, but buying a home is one of those things that’s just too important to flub. Keep in mind these common mistakes to ensure that you buy safe, sane, and secure when it comes time to close on that home.

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TODAY’S REAL ESTATE TIP

You’d be dismayed at the things sellers aren’t obliged to disclose in most states, including on-premises felonies, suicide, murder or a neighboring sex offender. Don’t be afraid to thoroughly question the selling party in writing before signing the contract. Some questions: Is there a cell tower, water tower, natural gas well, oil well or other non-residential construction scheduled to be built in this neighborhood (then define “neighborhood”)? Is there commercial zoning on nearby vacant land? Is the yard prone to flooding? Are train whistles or other regular loud noises audible there? Did known criminal activity occur in the house? Have there been reported hauntings? Are there loud neighbors, dogs or other noise pollution? Are there registered sex offenders or other known criminals living nearby? If the selling party refuses to answer any of these questions, that’s a bright red flag.

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First-borns dominate the list of Nobel Prize winners, National Merit scholars, and astronauts. A few famous first-borns are Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Harry Truman. When a second child arrives, the first-born often becomes the “helper.” This results in a desire to protect and lead, and they become nurturers and caretakers. The behavior of a middle child is often the result of the fact that they have never been “in the spotlight.” Their older sibling seems to be forging ahead with achievements while the younger one is the “entertainer” of the family, making the middle-born feel upstaged, left out, and insecure. The middle child often tries hard to be different from the older sibling. Because they sometimes feel ignored, they branch out on their own, becoming mentally tough and independent. They develop good social skills as a result, and often turn to their family for support. Adler believed that middle children are more cooperative because they’ve grown up sharing attention. This also makes them more flexible and diplomatic, skills that allow them to thrive in business. The middles are also frequently good at peacemaking and negotiating – they’re good at seeing both sides of an issue! Fiftytwo percent of U.S. presidents were middle children. Because parents start to relax by the second

child and become less demanding, middle children tend to have a more relaxed attitude toward life than their older sibling. Some famous middles include David Letterman, Richard Nixon, Madonna, and Princess Diana. A recent study indicates that first-born children receive about 3,000 hours more time with parents between age 4 and 13 than their younger siblings. Perhaps this is why first-borns are more pressured to succeed, as parents “loosen up” as more children arrive. Parents also spend less time with each arriving child because they get more proficient at child-rearing tasks. The baby of the family is often more pampered than his older siblings. Adler believed this was one of the worst actions of a parent, leading to dependence, selfishness, and irresponsibility. He theorized that babied children easily become manipulative and temperamental. The youngest child often gets more attention because the older children have grown to different developmental stages and are somewhat independent. The baby of the family is often the entertainer or the charmer and likes being in the limelight. He is more carefree and affectionate, and has a good sense of humor, but usually seems to be more rebellious than his older siblings. The baby tends to be less responsible and more adventurous, taking part in risky activities and aggressive sports. He is the daredevil of the family. A recent study points out that

those major league baseball players who are the youngest are 10 times more likely to steal bases than first-born players. The down side of being the baby is that parents often don’t give a lot of attention or praise to the milestones, since tying shoes and riding a two-wheeler for the first time have become “old hat” to them. Famous babies of the family include Jim Carrey, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and Rosie O’Donnell, which makes sense since babies like being center stage and making people laugh. An only child has the advantage of receiving all the attention and resources. This often results in high achievers and better performance on intelligence tests. Single children learn how to play alone, which can lead to the development of vivid imaginations and fantasies. They also tend to be very close to their parents. A recent study indicates that being raised with siblings makes for more healthy relationships later in life. The American Sociological Association says that the more siblings you have, the better your chance of a long and happy marriage, since you’ve developed skills in conflict negotiation and personality clashes. The research points to a reduction in the likelihood of divorce by 2% per sibling. Which child is the least likely to get married? Studies indicated that would be the only child.

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guard wouldn’t let him in because the guard having been employed by Buick and the Overbelieved anyone wearing sneakers with a tuxland Motor Company, he insisted that all of the edo couldn’t be an attendee of the august Acadcars turned out by his company be oversized. It emy Awards. Incensed, Rybcyznski kicked the seems that Chrysler was a large man and wantguard and landed himself in jail. ed to be sure he could fit comfortably into any • Pigeons have the distinction of being only birds of the models produced in his name. that don’t have to raise their heads to swallow • You might have heard that the band on the when they drink water. doomed ocean liner Titanic played music on *** the deck while the ship sank. But you probably don’t know what song they were playing at the Thought for the Day: “Luck is the residue of devery end. According to witnesses, it was a pop- sign.” — Branch Rickey © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. ular British waltz called “Autumn.” It was Danish physicist Niels Bohr who made the following sage observation: “The opposite • If you’re planning a trip to Sweden, keep this point of law in mind: In that country, it’s illegal of a correct statement is a false statement. The to teach a seal to balance a ball on its nose. opposite of a profound truth may well be an• In 1983, a Polish director named Zbignew other profound truth.” Rybcyznski won the Academy Award for Best It was in 1954 that the first TV dinner was inAnimated Short. After he had been presented troduced. with his award, he stepped outside to smoke a When Walter Chrysler started his own autocigarette. When he tried to re-enter, a security mobile manufacturing company in 1925, after

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More families are opting to have only one child now than ever before. In 1970, 33% of families had only one child. That percentage is about 43% today. Perhaps part of the reason is the amount of money it requires to rear a child to his 18th birthday. That figure is close to $300,000, which does not include saving for college. FAMOUS CANADIANS: WAYNE GRETZKY It’s no surprise that hockey’s greatest player should hail from Canada, home of many heroes of the ice. Here are the details about some of the many accomplishments of “The Great One.” • Wayne Gretzky owes much of his success to his father Walter, who built an ice rink in the family’s Brantford, Ontario backyard, where he could keep an eye on his four sons from the kitchen window. Walter dubbed it the “Wally Coliseum” and it was here that Wayne was skating before he was three. Walter set up practice drills around bleach bottles and tin cans and regularly advised his sons to “skate where the puck’s going, not where it’s been.” • Wayne began team play at age six, playing with a group of ten-year-olds. In his final year of peewee hockey, at age 10, scored an amazing 378 goals, and by the time he was 13, he had scored 1,000 goals. • Although Gretzky was anxious to turn pro at age 17, he was prohibited from playing in the NHL, who had an age restriction of 20. The World Hockey Association did not have the same rules, so Wayne signed a contract with the Indianapolis Racers. The team folded soon after and sold the young player to another WHA team, the Edmonton Oilers, When the WHA went bust, the Oilers became part of the NHL, and the young Gretzky played his first NHL season in 1979. • Gretzky led the Oilers to Stanley Cup championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988, shattering records along the way, including most single-season goals and assists, and becoming the only player to break the 200-point mark. Just two hours after the 1988 Stanley Cup victory, Gretzky was informed he was being traded to the L.A. Kings. He was a member of that organization for the next eight seasons, leading them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1993. • It was on to the St. Louis Blues in 1996, but after just one season, he moved to the New York Rangers. While with the Rangers, Gretzky was a member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic hockey team. After three years in New York, the Great One retired after 20 seasons of hockey. He held or shared 61 NHL records, including most goals in season play, with 894 in his 1,487 regular season games. • Post-retirement, Gretzky became a partner with the Phoenix Coyotes and later became head coach until 2009. He served as executive director of the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, leading the team to its first gold medal in 50 years. This father of five is active in the restaurant business in Toronto, as well as owner of his own wineries. • Players and commentators said Gretzky played like he had eyes in the back of his head, that he was constantly improvising. Gretzky says he actually sensed players more than saw them and would get a feeling about where a teammate was going to be. In his words, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great player plays where the puck is going to be.” He attributed much of his success not to instinct but to practice, crediting his father his perse-

verance. “I’ve put in almost as much time studying hockey as a medical student puts in studying medicine.” • No NHL player will ever wear a jersey with the number 99 again. Gretzky’s jersey has been retired league-wide, the only player to be honored as such. • “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky OH, MY! Fans of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will recognize the familiar phrase, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!” uttered by Dorothy. Here is some interesting info about each of Dorothy’s fears. • Lions are found primarily in Africa, from the southern border of the Sahara down to SouthAfrica. Although we often refer to lions as “King of the Jungle,” they actually dwell in a prairie grassland habitat. They’re the second in size of the “big cats,” after tigers. A male lion is about 10 feet (3 m) in length, usually weighing between 330 and 550 lbs. (150-250 kg). Its tail adds another 2 or 3 feet (0.6 – 1 m) to its length. At its shoulder, an adult lion stands nearly 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. Its roar can be heard nearly 5 miles (8 km) away. • The cats live in groups called prides, surprisingly, usually led by the females. A pride might have as many as 40 lions, and the females stay in their mother’s pride their entire lives. • A lion’s diet is most large animals, such as zebras and wildebeests. The females are the primary hunters in the pride. • Very vulnerable to extinction, there are only about 3,200 tigers existing in the wild today. In just over 100 years, the world has lost 97% of its wild tigers. • Whereas the lion is a social animal, tigers are solitary and typically hunt alone. They are massive animals, with the male Siberian tigers weighing up to 660 lbs. (300 kg). When their prey is bagged, the tiger might eat up to 88 lbs. (40 kg) of meat at one time. Their large size doesn’t slow them down, however, as tigers can reach a running speed of up to 40 mph (65 km/hr)

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and can swim distances of up to 3.7 miles (6 km). White tigers are extremely rare, carrying a gene that is present in just one out of every 10,000 tigers. There are eight different species of bears, including brown, black, polar, and pandas. Brown bears are the largest of all, and can weigh up to 2,200 lbs. (998 kg). Polar bears are the second largest species, weighing about 1,500 lbs. (680 kg), and measuring up to 10 feet (3 m) long. Their thick white coat has nearly 9,700 hairs per square inch. Diet consists mainly of seals and walruses. A polar bear can track down an odor from 20 miles (32 km) away, and can detect a dead seal under 3 feet (0.9 m) of solid ice. Once it captures its prey, the polar bear’s stomach can hold 150 lbs. (68 kg) of meat. About 1,000 to 2,000 giant pandas live in the wilds of China today. At birth, the cub weighs just 5 oz. (150 g.), but will grow to about 330 lbs. (150 kg). Its diet is almost entirely bamboo, about 45 lbs. (20.4 kg) a day. It’s not wise to try to out-run a bear. Some bears can run up to 40 mph (64 km/hr). Compare this to the pace of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the fast human alive, who can run 27 mph (43.5 km/hr.).


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Glenrock & Douglas Senior Center Menu Thursday - May 1st BBQ Ribs, Baked Potato, Mixed Veggie, Salad, Roll, Mandarin Oranges Friday- May 2nd Baked Fish, Rice Pilaf, Broccoli, Salad, Roll Mixed Berry Tart Monday -May 5th Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Salad, Roll, Peaches Tuesday - May 6th BBQ Chicken , Parsley Potatoes, Carrots Coins, Salad, Roll, Fruited Jell-O

There’s been a lot of talk at my house about kitchen gadgets that do double duty, especially since I have made whipped cream for the first time — in my coffeemaker! I have a French press that I rarely use, until now. Add heavy whipping cream and a bit of sugar to the pot, and use the screen to whip the cream by rapidly pumping it up and down. Magic! — JoAnn “I love to eat pancakes, but I don’t have time

to make them every orning. I make a very large batch on Sundays and reheat them through the week. In order to recreate that freshfrom- the-pan crisp (which you don’t get if you microwave them), I put them in my toaster.” — P.E. in Ohio • “I use an extra coffeepot to brew a pot of hot water. I use the water for both tea and instant oatmeal packets in the morning.” — M.S. in Nevada • Ice-cube trays can be handy for freezing portions of foods. Try freezing individual servings of baby food. Or clean and snip fresh herbs from your garden. Fill the ice cube tray with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and tuck the herb snippings into the oil. Then freeze. Whatever you

Wednesday - May 7th Liver & Onions, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Mixed Vegetables, Salad, Roll, Applesauce

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freeze can be popped out and stored in a zippertop bag for quick access. “Here’s my tip: Use a muffin pan to make big ice cubes for drinks.” — A.L. in Missouri Hashbrowns can be made on a waffle iron. Coat liberally with canola oil or butter-flavored nonstick spray, and add shredded potatoes and finely diced onion. Allow the iron to cook the potatoes to your desired level of crispness, and flip out both sides onto a plate. They will be both crisp and soft! Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo. com. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Crummy weather? Take a mall walk. Check your mall to see if they offer a mall-walking program or early morning hours for walkers. If it doesn’t, you can still get there first thing in the morning — hours before the teens get out of bed — do a few laps, and then treat yourself to a skim milk latte.

Treatments Not Same

for Toe Joint Pain DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 82-year-old male.

In my younger years, I participated vigorously in sports. As a result, I ended up with a degenerated joint in the big toe of my right foot. Forty years ago, the doctors gave me an artificial joint. Prior to the joint installation, I was in severe pain. After the procedure, I had no pain or problems of any kind with the joint. My oldest daughter has a bad joint in her big toe that gives her a lot of pain, plus problems walking. Her doctors tell her that they will not replace that joint anymore. Instead they propose to fuse the joint. She would be off her feet for six weeks, and she would have to undergo eight weeks of intensive therapy and learn to walk differently. What’s missing here? Why would they not do the procedure for her, when my procedure was so successful? — A.E.C. ANSWER: First off, not everyone with a “bad joint” in the big toe -- usually a bunion -- needs surgery. Many people get relief from conservative measures, such as shoe modification, orthotics, night splinting and stretching. However, if pain or difficulty walking persists despite conservative measures, then referral to a foot surgeon is appropriate. There are more than 150 surgeries described for treatment of bunion deformities. Joint replacement (arthroplasty) is still being done, but a 2005 trial comparing a fusion procedure (arthrodesis) to joint replacement found arthrodesis to have superior pain control. Other studies have found the two procedures to have very similar outcomes. While I am glad you had such a good outcome, one has to be very careful when comparing one’s own treatment with someone else’s. There may be subtle differences between you and the other person that you aren’t aware of. Or, as may be in this case, surgery techniques may have changed over time.

The arthritis booklet discusses joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and lupus. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Roach -No. 301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 72, and for the past few weeks I have been fighting a case of hives. The dermatologist has taken me off nearly all meds, as a biopsy shows I have a chemical allergy. The itching is severe. Is there anything other than triamcinolone cream that can calm things down? The hives are large, most of them flat, and most ringed with red. The only meds I take are for diabetes and a thyroid condition, and I’ve taken them for ages. — F.L. ANSWER: I am surprised you aren’t taking an antihistamine, like Benadryl or a prescription equivalent. However, the real issue here is why are you having hives? There are many causes, and the biopsy report, while consistent with chemical allergy, might not be definitive. If the hives last more than six weeks, normally you’d get a series of blood tests, with perhaps some additional follow-up testing if necessary. Sometimes the cause is never found. *** Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@ med.cornell.edu. To view and order health pamphlets, visit www.rbmamall. com, or write to P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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use your smartphone’s note-taking app — to jot down the time and place that Benny takes a rink and how long he drinks. You also might want to note any changes in Benny’s coat, his behavior (overly excited or lethargic), or even if everything seems normal. If Benny’s excessive drinking continues or worsens, his overall condition worsens or if you still just don’t feel right about how things are going, contact the vet again to continue testing and monitoring him. Send your questions or comments to ask@ pawscorner.com. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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