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Real Views. City Real People. Unwrapped Real City.

Spring Cleaning With Lemon Homemade Sugar Scrub and Lip Gloss St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dessert

Create Your Own Hay Bale Garden Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space Up-Cycle Storage Containers

Complimentary March / April


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13016 Eas ield Rd, Ste 231 Huntersville, NC 28078 We are able to offer City Unwrapped as a free publica on because of our adver sers. Please support these businesses. Adver se With Us! Owner/Editor Ka e Campbell (704) 719-0979 Regional Manager Pete Southworth (704) 756-3346 Account Managers Blake Lewis (301) 807-2662 Janice Scanziani (631) 742-0984 You may also email ques ons or materials to: info@CityUnwrapped.com Current Distribu on Areas: Highland Creek Skybrook Winding Walk Wynfield Moss Creek MacAulay Local Businesses *If you do not live in one of these areas, you can have a copy mailed to you. Just send your name and address to info@cityunwrapped.com and we will gladly mail you a copy! For more informa on about adver sing or to view City Unwrapped online, scan the QR Code:

The Light Spring is just around the corner. Spring represents birth, renewal, and growth. From your bulbs coming out of the ground, to your trees showing you how lovely they can be, Spring is showing us a new beginning. And quite frankly, I am ready for a new beginning. I am ready to start seeing something good. Winter around my house was dark and sad. It seemed a black cloud sat on top of our house and stayed there. Without going into all the details about everything that happened, one of the worst things was the loss of Maggie, one of our dogs. You can read about it in Maggie’s Story on page 28. That was just the last straw. I sat in a dark place for a long me a er her loss. I could really barely func on. Not just because of her loss, but because so many other bad things happened in such a short period of me. I had people telling me to “get over it,” “think of all the posi ves,” etc. But when you are in that dark frame of mind, it feels impossible to get up, to pull yourself up. Truly impossible. And then two things happened. First, I read this quote by Mar n Luther King, Jr. “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul.” And a light bulb flickered and I knew I could not let what happened to Maggie go unspoken. I made it my mission to make sure I spoke with all the agencies involved and try to bring about change to the current procedures. And you know what? My small voice, the one voice I have, the voice that cracks trying to hold back tears when I tell her story, made a change. But even though change happened, I was s ll in a dark place. And then the second thing happened. I purchased a “Gra tude” journal. It sat on my bedside for two weeks before I opened it up. I finally picked it up and as I answered the ques ons like “What are you grateful for today?,” “Who are you thinking about today?”, it made me really look at what happiness I did have throughout the day. It made me focus on others and what they needed. It made me realize just how grateful I am for everyone and everything I have in my life. And slowly, I pulled myself up. Kind of like that bulb buried deep in the earth, that pushes through the dark and dirt un l it finds the light it was looking for...the light that sustains it. My wish to you all is that you too find the light that helps you grow, that brings you through whatever you are going through, and for you to know, you are not alone. Just look for the light. Real Views. Real People. Real City. Katie Campbell Ka e@CityUnwrapped.com 704.719.0979

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Table of Contents Quotes About March And April Create Your Own Hay Bale Garden Five Tips to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space State Flags Events & Ac vi es NC & SC Fairs & Fes vals Gi Cards for a Cause Emergency Kits

pg. 4 pg. 5 pg. 6 pg. 7 pg. 9 pg. 10 pg. 11 pg. 12 pg. 19

Up-Cycle Storage Containers Spring Cleaning With Lemon Homemade Sugar Scrub & Lip Gloss Easy Spring Flower Arrangement All About St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dessert Coloring Page Kids Submi ed Coloring Page Maggie’s Story Featured Pet

pg. 20 pg. 21 pg. 22 pg. 23 pg. 24 pg. 25 pg. 26 pg. 27 pg. 28 pg. 31

Featured Businesses Streetwise Music Instruc on Highland Wealth Management O’Connor Insurance

pg. 8 pg. 14 pg. 18

Untangled Salon pg. 13 Sandy Alvis Realty & Consul ng pg. 16 Highlands Pet Hospital pg. 30

In Memory Of Maggie It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of Maggie, the City Unwrapped mascot. She was our friend, our light, our model. She was a huge part of our family. She passed away unexpectedly a er a series of mul ple tragic events. My hope is that just one person hears her story and can learn from it. If one person. one animal can be saved by reading Maggie’s Story on page 28, then her death was not in vain. “Maggie’s Story” was generously sponsored by Paws & Perms Pet Salon. To honor the memory of Maggie, there will be no “Find Maggie” in this issue, if you enter your name in this ‘contest’ instead of a Visa Gi card, we will donate $50.00 in your name to the charity of your choice. There is no Maggie to find, so anyone is welcome to enter. Let us honor Maggie. I am sure she would have loved to see how many people entered this ‘contest’ in her name. Just send your name and address, as well as the charity of your choice to Info@ CityUnwrapped.com or mail to: All entries must be received by April 10th. Winner will be randomly drawn and announced in the next issue as well as announced on CityUnwrapped.com. Official Rules can be found at: h p://cityunwrapped.com/find-maggie-official-rules/

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Patricia K. was the winner of the 50.00 Gi Card in the December/ January issue.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Mar n Luther King Jr.

“Right now I want a word that describes the feeling that you get--a cold sick feeling, deep down inside--when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don’t want it to, but you can’t stop it. And you know, for the first me, for the very first me, that there will now be a before and an a er, a was and a will be. And that you will never again quite be the same person you were.” ― Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a me.” ~ Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” ~ Anita Roddick

“Never doubt that a small group of though ul, commi ed, ci zens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

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“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ~ C. JoyBell C.


All About the Months of March & April March Na onal Cra Month Severe Weather Preparedness Week (3/3 - 3/9) Act Happy Week (3/18 - 3/24)

April Keep America Beau ful Month Cleaning For a Reason Week (4/18 - 4/24) Na onal Playground Safety Week (4/21 - 4/27)

March 1 - National Pig Day March 3- National Anthem Day March 6 - National Frozen Food Day March 11 - Johnny Appleseed Day March 12 - Girl Scouts Day March 16 - National Quilting Day March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day March 22 - National Goof Off Day March 23 - National Chip & Dip Day March 25 - International Waffle Day March 29 - Mom and Pop Business Owners Day March 30- Take a Walk in the Park Day March 31 - Easter

April 1 - April Fool’s Day April 4 - National D.A.R.E. Day April 5 - National Deep Dish Pizza Day April 7 - No Housework Day April 10 - One Without Shoes Day April 11 - National Pet Day April 13 - Thomas Jefferson Day April 14 - International Moment of Laughter Day April 18 - National Golf Day April 19 - Day of Silence April 22 - Earth Day April 27 - Save the Frogs Day April 30 - National Honesty Day

Birthstone:

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Bloodstone & Aquamarine

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Daisy & Sweet Pea


Create Your Own Hay Bale Garden I love to garden, and I spent many years collec ng perennials from friends and family, transplan ng them and watching my garden grow. When I moved to NC three years ago, I was frustrated when I realized I could not even dig a hole in the hard clay in my backyard. I wanted to build raised flower beds, fill them with soil, and design a new garden, but I did not want the work and expense. I then saw a hay bale garden and I knew it would be perfect! It is a great family project, and for me, it has been a wonderful Mother’s Day gi for the past two years. It is a simple alterna ve to digging in rock hard soil, it’s fun for kids, and easy to care for. The first year, we started with three bales of hay, and put them in a sunny loca on. We kept the bales bound, and soaked them thoroughly. We used a shovel to slightly separate the hay a bit so it was not so ght, and I pulled out a few chucks of hay to make some space. We poured a few bags of top soil and manure on the bales, forcing the mixture to fall inside. For our first garden, we used only annuals and vegetables. We chopped small holes in the hay, and planted right into the bale, adding a li le more soil. I also planted around the base. This garden will start to decay at the end of the season, and can be turned over for another year, used as compost, or expanded. Last year, we used the original three bales, turned them over, and outlined them with several fresh bales, crea ng a new hay bale garden with a composted center. We soaked them well, and added a mixture of top soil, peat moss and manure to the center. We also poured some dirt mixture over the fresh bales and planted a much larger garden. It was amazing, we could not believe the size of our vegetables, and how beau ful our flowers were. My herbs have survived the winter, and I enjoy them daily. This Mother’s Day, I have plans to expand my garden using the rich composted soil I have made over the past two seasons. Hay bale gardening has enabled me to enjoy doing what I love, and once again, I can watch my gardens grow.

Supplies For Your Hay Bale Garden: Hay Bales

Top Soil

Manure

Peat Moss

Plants of Your Choice Best Time to Plant? Plant your annuals or vegetables based on individual plan ng instruc ons, a er danger of frost is over. Full Sun or Par al Sun? Assemble your garden based on what you will plant, at least 4 hours of sun is suggested. If one area is more shaded, plant some shade plants there. How O en to Water? You can soak the bales well a few days before plan ng to prepare them. Keep the garden very wet the first few days a er plan ng. When hay bales are really soaked well, they hold moisture. Peat moss needs a lot of water to get soaked well, and will also hold moisture. Water plants as needed through out the season. Janice Scanziani currently owns an online and small retail business, Fancy Full Gi s, offering safe alterna ves to everyday products and custom created skincare oil blends. You can find her items online at FancyFullGi s.com, as well as in Ginny’s Wig Shop in Gastonia and Southern Market Place in Indian Trail. Janice has been a licensed hairdresser for several years and also works at Ginny’s Salon and City Unwrapped Magazine. Janice is also very educated about alterna ve living, nutrion, health, and grain free/sugar free ea ng. www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 6


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StreetWise Music Instruction --Charlotte’s Original Rock School! So, you know, I am a total rock chick at heart. Yea, I can listen to everything across the spectrum, but give me some good old rock ‘n roll and I am one happy girl! So when I was invited to the Rockin’ Winter Wonderland concert, hosted by Streetwise Music Instruc on in Charlo e, I jumped at the chance. While I really had no idea what to expect, I did expect some rock and I did expect kids to be doing the performing… Hmmm, how can I get the point across? THESE KIDS ROCKED THE STAGE BETTER THAN SOME SEASONED BANDS. Seriously. Their hard work and dedica on paid off. First up – Pink Fang

Next Up – NoteStorm Now that I have fully embarrassed my kids by seriously rockin’ out to all this good music, NoteStorm comes on stage. Why Can’t This Be Love by Van Halen, Harden My Heart by Quarterflash, and The Chain from Fleetwood Mac was just part of their song line up. Seriously? I knew every song by heart and those kids BLEW those songs away. Seriously. I was so impressed I was whistling really loud much to the dismay of my kids. Next up E.V.I.L.

When I saw these li le kids up on the stage I thought, (in my syrupy sweet Mommy voice that no one ever hears) “Oh, aren’t they so cute? They wanna play in a rock band.” Well I should have been slapped up side the head for saying that. The first song in their set? TNT By AC/ DC. Shut the front door. And they ROCKED IT!! I mean, it was awesome…. Next up – Civil Anarchy

From Green Day to Coldplay to Rise Against (one of my FAV bands!), E.V.I.L knew how to put on a show and they ROCKED Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal so hard the crowd got to their feet! AHHHMAYYZING! Seriously, these are kids playing…who knew they could rock so well!! All these kids a ended the Streetwise Music Rock Shop. Streetwise Music has been in and around the Charlo e area since 2001 but I had no idea!!! Streetwise Music recently opened a Huntersville loca on on Eas ield Rd that offers both private music lessons as well as their performance-based ROCK SHOP program to students age 6 and older.

Now that my kids are laughing at me about being SO wrong about the first band, I sit back and check out the playlist from Civil Anarchy. Sweet Emo on from AeroSmith? Paint it Black by the Stones? Are you even kidding me? These kids rocked it! They OWNED that stage like they had been playing arena’s from long ago…..

And don’t forget! Their next ROCK SHOP performance will be on April 21st at Amos’ Southend!! I cannot wait to go! Want to learn more? 704-821-7625 streetwiserocks@carolina.rr.com h p://streetwise-rocks.com

Back in December I was invited to a end the Rockin’ Winter Wonderland Concert hosted by Streetwise Music Instruc on in Charlo e. I was so impressed by these kids and the show they put on, I wrote a blog post on Ka eTalksCarolina.com about it. This is an excerpt from that blog post. www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 8


Did You Know the States Flags were so Colorful? Alabama

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Events and Activities Easter Egg Hunt Huntersville Presbyterian Shamrock 4 Miler Where: Stonecrest at Piper Glen When: March 16, 2013 Cost: Varies Hometown Heroes partners with Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital to present this family friendly event features a Kid’s Leprechaun Jog and The Easter Bunny Hop, a post race celebra on including bounce house, face pain ng, coffee and juice with The Easter Bunny. Day of event: 6:45 AM Registra on & Chip Pick-Up 8:00 AM 4 Mile Run 9:00 AM Kid’s Leprechaun Jog 9:15 AM Awards Ceremony 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Easter Bunny Hop at StoneCrest at Piper Glen For more informa on: www.runforyourlife.com/events/shamrock-4-miler-2/ All kids that par cipate in the Leprechaun Jog will receive a prize!

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Where: Huntersville Presbyterian Church When: March 24th - 3:00 pm Cost: Free More informa on www.humconline.org Children, ages toddler through fi h grade, will have an opportunity to make their own baskets, hunt for eggs, and enjoy some yummy cookies and snacks.

Wine Tasting, Silent & Live Auction Fundraiser Where: 201Central 13108 Eas ield Rd, Huntersville When: March 23 5:00 om - 9:00 pm Cost: Free For more informa on call (704) 598-5208 Great auc on items, social networking event, special recogni on of visionary partners, event gi s for the first 25 par cipants.


North and South Carolina Fairs & Festivals Charlo e Goes Green St. Patrick’s Day Fes val March 16 10:00 am - 6:30 pm Downtown Charlo e, NC Tryon St. from 3rd St to 1st St The fes val will feature live Irish music, Irish dancers & a pipe & drum band performance on the US Airways stage, Irish/Celtic & other vendors from around the U.S., a large Cel c Kid’s Corner plus plenty of food & beverages, so come hungry. Parade at 11:00 am. Boyd BBQ Expo 4/20/2013 Hendersonville, NC Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 4th Annual Henderson County BBQ Expo, Hendersonville High School Stadium, a family fes val with vendors, BBQ cooking compe ons, children’s ac vi es, pe ng zoo, mid-way rides, police dog demonstra ons, entertainment and Circle C Racing Pigs; Admission: Adults $6, Children $3 www.bbq-expo.com Herb & Plant Fes val 4/13/2013 Piedmont Farmers Market Concord, NC Herb & Garden themed educa onal speakers, demonstra ons and parking are all free. Visitors are encouraged to register for grand prize giveaway from all par cipa ng vendors. Registra on is confiden al and free. Over 85 garden/herb themed vendors will be available. Mayberry Comes to Westminister 4/26/2013 - 4/27/2013 Westminister, SC Guest stars include Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling), who will be the event’s Official Host and Parade Grand Marshal, and LeRoy McNees. A full slate of Mayberry Tribute Ar sts will be on hand, including David “Mayberry Deputy” Browning. Among the ac vi es planned are a Saturday a ernoon concert with the star tribute ar sts, and the popular VW Boys; a Cruise-In and parades; trivia, look-alike, and whistling contests; a “Salute to Elvis” show on Friday; and arts and cra s displays; lots of music; and food vendors. www.jneg.org

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No One Said You Couldn’t Shop and Donate to a Good Cause at the Same Time!

Gi Cards for a Cause (GCFC) is all about making the dollars you spend doing your rou ne shopping work to also support your favorite non-profit and charitable organiza ons.

Each me you purchase gi cards from GCFC, up to 20% of your purchase could be donated to a 501(c)3 non-profit organiza on that you have chosen to support. The gi cards can then be used to make everyday purchases that you would otherwise be paying for with cash or credit card. For example, if you spend $100 per week at the grocery store, why not purchase a $100 gi card to your local grocery store from GCFC and, at the same me, donate a few dollars to your favorite non-profit? With so many reasons to celebrate in Spring; Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and Summer, Last Day of School, Fourth of July, why not use Gi Cards for a Cause to buy your gi cards for groceries, party favors and supplies? How it works Choose the gi cards you would like to purchase. Choose the organiza on you would like your dona on to go to from our list of more than 40 regional and na onal chari es (or write-in your favorite if it’s not listed). Your order will be shipped directly to you within 48 hours (for in-stock items). Gi Cards For A Cause will make a dona on to your chosen organiza on.

= $7.00 dona on to your favorite charity.

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You buy the gi cards, they make the dona on! It’s that simple! If an average family of four spends $800 per month on groceries, gasoline, clothing and household items, and another $140 on dining out and entertainment, you could be dona ng approximately $375 per year to your favorite organiza on just by con nuing to do what you’re already doing. Add in hotels visits for vaca ons, gi s and special occasions, and you could be dona ng well over $500 per year. Now suppose everyone in your school, neighborhood, church, or other organiza on did the same? These families could easily raise as much as $25,000 - $60,000 per year for your cause. Average amount a family will spend monthly: Groceries $400 Gasoline $200 Dining Out $100 Clothing $100 Entertainment / Video Rentals $40 Home Repair / Improvements $100 Total Average Monthly Expenses $940 Es mate Annual Dona on $375 With 100 Par cipa ng Families $37,500 Want to start taking advantage of this? Visit Gi Cards For a Cause at www.Gi CardsForaCause.com. It’s hard to lose when you are shopping and dona ng to a worthy cause all at the same me! www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 12


Untangled Salon - Above and Beyond What You Would Expect From your first step through the door un l you walk out of the door you, are pampered and made to feel special at Untangled Salon. Untangled Salon strives to offer the best experience you can have at a salon, which starts with being offered something to drink as soon as you walk in. During the week of Valen ne’s Day they even offered their clients a scrump ous chocolate from Bar Chocolate! While customer service is their number one priority, part of that is making sure you, the client, are happy with the way you look when walking out the door. In order to insure you are happy, the stylists really listen to what you want and go above and beyond just offering the cut and color - they actually teach you how to style your hair so that you can get it to look the way it did when you walked out of the salon! All this and the prices are s ll affordable! Besides the services they offer, you can also find hair care products like ColorProof, Moroccan Oil, and Wella. But, they also have their very own line of hair care products that were created with only the best ingredients. If they won’t put it on their hair, they won’t put it on your hair. On top of the salon services they offer, you can also find a wide selec on of jewelry in the foyer to browse.

Untangled Salon (704) 895-9300 8305-8 Magnolia Plaza Cornelius, NC 28031 Call Today to Schedule an Appointment www.HairUntangled.com

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It’s going to be an exciting 2013….. Well, if the last 35 days are any indica on of what’s going to happen in 2013, it’s off to a very fast start from a financial perspec ve. We’ve seen the fiscal cliff averted, the U.S. stock market had its best January performance since 19941 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average started off February by exceeding 14,000 for the first me since October 20072. That all sounds like great news…but the last 6 years have been awfully rocky. Most of us can’t easily forget how the housing crisis, banking crisis and rising unemployment rates have impacted our confidence and… our wallets. We have all experienced significant changes – it might have been a job loss, decrease in pay or concerns about reaching our financial goals. During the month of March and April, we are offering investment seminars to help address some ques ons you might have about today’s market. These mely seminars will last 30-45 minutes with me for ques ons, followed by a wine tas ng event sponsored by 201central. And, best of all, they are offered at no cost – just come, listen, ask ques ons, and enjoy.

Why Highland Wealth Management? We are here to help. Our goal is to work with you to evaluate your investment strategy and determine the best way to invest in today’s market. Sandy and Jean have over 25 years in financial services and can offer you experienced advice, personalized a en on and independent thinking. If you’d like to take a fresh look at your financial strategy, give us a call.

Sandra Endsley Sandy@HighlandWealthMgmt.com 704-274-9232

Jean Burke Jean@HighlandWealthMgmt.com 704-274-9232

1 - The New York Times: 2 Major Indexes Have Best January Since 1990. (January 31, 2013) 2 - Dow Breaks 14,000 for First Time in Five Years. (February 1, 2013) www.nasdaq.com Sandra Endsley and Jean Burke are Registered Representa ves of H.D. Vest. Securi es offered through H.D. Vest Investment Services (SM), Member SIPC, 6333 North State Highway 161, Fourth Floor, Irving, Texas 75038 (972) 870-6000.Highland Wealth Management, LLC is not a registered broker/dealer or independent advisory firm.

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The Fiscal Cliff Was Averted, But You May Have Questions About Your Financial Future While the â€œďŹ scal cliffâ€? was averted, other issues, such as the U.S. debt limit, changing healthcare laws and changing taxation, may continue to have an impact on your ďŹ nancial goals. You may be concerned about making the right investment decisions or understanding the impact your decision can have on your ďŹ nancial future. To help keep you informed, please join us for one of our complimentary seminars. They are scheduled for 45 minutes, followed by a fun wine-tasting event and light appetizers. You don’t want to miss these informative sessions!

March 26 | 6:30 – 8 pm Riskology

April 16 | 6:30 – 8 pm A Future Full of Opportunities

Discuss the elements of risk in your retirement goals (timing, ination, volatility, longevity, equity and market risk).

Whether your child is a toddler, pre-teen or teen, paying for college requires planning. We’ll discuss what savings and ďŹ nancing options are available.

April 10 | 6:30 – 8 pm :[Y\J[\YLK*LY[PÄJH[LZVM+LWVZP[

April 23 | 6:30 – 8 pm For Women Only: The Successful Investor

Is this investment right for your portfolio? Learn more about this investment type, including features, risks and beneďŹ ts.

As women, we’re more likely to make the ďŹ nancial decisions, live longer, and earn less so understanding how to invest is crucial. We’ll discuss: 1) Why you should invest; 2) Where To Invest; and 3) What are the Risks.

3VJH[PVU!JLU[YHS>PUL;HZ[PUN9VVTÂś:OVWZH[,HZ[Ă„LSK=PSSHNL ,HZ[Ă„LSK9VHK/\U[LYZ]PSSL5* To reserve a space: Please call Sandy at 704-274-9232 or email sandy@highlandwealthmgmt.com Seminars are limited to 25 attendees. Reservations are required, as space is limited. No advisors, agents or children. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

HighlandWealth Management, LLC Sandra A. Endsley, MBA Registered Representative* sandy@highlandwealthmgmt.com 704-274-9232 *Sandra Endsley is a Registered Representative of H.D. Vest, and securities are offered though H.D. Vest Investment ServicesSM. Member: SIPC, 6333 North State Highway 161, Fourth Floor, Irving, Texas 75038. (972) 870-6000. Highland Wealth Management, LLC is not a registered broker/dealer or independent investment advisory ďŹ rm. Market Linked CDs are subject to inherent risk such as market and liquidity risk as well as tax consequences. Investors may be unable to sell their Market Linked CD prior to maturity and should an investor sell their Market Linked CD prior to maturity, they may receive more or less than the original investment. For further risks and considerations, consult the Terms Supplement and Disclosure Statement for a speciďŹ c CD.

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704 704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com www.alvissighting.com SMALL FIRM, BIG RESULTS We at Sandy Alvis Realty & Consulting concentrate on turn-key solutions for you that minimize your time, expense and hassles, rather than sales and volume. Our approach combines professional skills with a sincere passion for the service we provide and the community we represent. We are dedicated to provide you the highest standards of client care, aiming to make your realty experience a pleasant, peaceful and profitable one. Integrity is a core value of our company. This means doing what is right, and never compromising our relationship.

Unlock the Possibilities . . . “There are many adjectives you could use to describe Sandy Alvis. Our two favorites are professionalism and a good friend.� Gail and Jim Sandy Alvis Owner - Broker 704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com www.alvissighting.com www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 16


Phone: 704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissigh ng.com

We believe the true act of giving has no boundaries. Generosity is to give something outside of yourself whether it is convenient or not. Remember, everything we have is a gi .

Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence. ~ Author Unknown

If you are thinking about buying or selling in 2013, you may have many ques ons. We will meet face-to-face to review and understand your needs, address the market condi ons, provide answers to your quesons and develop a custom plan for you.

I have 16 years of experience in real estate of my 30 years in business, educa on and counseling. Together, we will build a truthful, respec ul, and professional rela onship.

Hope you will be “SOLD� on us in the Spring!

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Don’t Let a Tornado Topple You Ar cle from O’Connor Insurance Associates “Insuring Your Peace of Mind”

Tornadoes are one of nature’s most powerful and destruc ve forces; an F5, the strongest and most violent of tornadoes, can level almost any house and its occupants. Thankfully, F5 tornadoes are rare. Most are weaker and can be survived. And now is the me to prepare for them if you haven’t already. Tornadoes are most common from late winter through mid-summer. Here’s what to do before and during a tornado: • • • •

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Know where you can take shelter in the event of the storm. Prac ce a family tornado drill once a year. Prepare by gathering emergency supplies, including nonperishable food, water, medica on, ba eries and flashlights. Keep the emergency kit packed and easily accessible. Know the signs of a tornado: persistent winds, swirling dust or debris under a cloud base, loud con nuous roar or rumble. Know the difference and help your children understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. 1. Tornado Watch: Current weather condi ons could create a tornado, so be on the lookout. 2. Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted in the area. Seek shelter immediately and listen to the radio for further updates. A tornado warning is much more serious than a tornado watch. If a tornado is likely or known, take shelter indoors, preferably in a basement or interior first-floor room or hallway. Avoid windows and seek addi onal protec on under large furniture or ma resses. This will protect you from flying debris. A er a tornado has struck, stay out of heavily damaged homes or buildings. Keep clear of downed power lines, broken glass and other debris. Avoid ligh ng matches and cigare es due to possibly ruptured gas lines. Try to stay calm. Help will arrive. And remember, be prepared financially, too, before a storm ever hits. Don’t let nature blow away what you’ve worked hard to build. If you’ve made improvements to your home or purchased large cket items, let us know. We can ensure they are properly insured. We can also help you review your homeowner’s policy any me. Check out our Pinterest for more Disaster Prepara on ideas at www.pinterest.com/oconnorins. Give us a call 704-510-8884 Or visit our website at www.oianc.com.

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What Should Be in Your Emergency Kit? • • •

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Your basic emergency kit should include: General Disaster Kit Bag Water – One gallon, per person per day Each family member should have their own bag. The Food – Ready to eat, non perishable bag should be easy to carry in case of evacua on. Cooking/Meal Supplies – Manual can opener, • Flashlight plates, utensils • Ba ery operated radio First Aid Kit • Ba eries Important Documents – A copy of important docu- • Whistle ments & phone numbers • Dust masks Clothes – Clothes & rain gear for each family mem- • Pocket knife ber • Emergency cash in small denomina ons Gloves – Heavy work gloves • Sturdy shoes, clothes, hat Bleach – Unscented liquid bleach & an eye dropper • Local map for water purifica on • Water & food Personal Hygiene Items – Toilet paper, feminine • Photos of family members supplies, hand sani zer, soap • List of emergency contact informa on Blankets – Blankets & sleeping bags • List of allergies to any drug or food Tools – Plas c shee ng, duct tape, & u lity knife • Extra keys to your house and car (to cover broken windows), crowbar, hammer, nails, bungee cords, staple gun If you have pets, or use medica ons daily, those things should also be considered when crea ng your Emergency Kit! It is always be er to be safe than sorry! www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Pg 19


Spring Cleaning Idea Up-Cycle Your Storage Areas Looking for new ways to up-cycle what you thought was trash? Why not try one of these unique storage ideas!

No where to put those plas c bags? Use an empty ssue container to store them!

Use old Mentos containers to store nails, pins, and screws! www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 20

Always losing bobby pins? Store them in an old Tic Tac container!

Drawers a mess? Use ice cube trays to contain it!


Spring Cleaning- With Lemon? Lemon is a mild, yet effec ve cleaner, plus the acidic content in lemon is an effec ve anbacterial against most household bacteria. Even be er? Lemon juice is probably found in almost any home. Lemon juice has all sorts of uses besides cooking. You can use lemon juice for cleaning, cosme cs, health and beauty aids, whitener and more. Keep lemon juice in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, nursery, garage and basement. When cleaning with lemons always rinse with warm soapy water and dry with a clean cloth a erwards. What Can You Clean With Lemon? 1. Soak toothbrushes. Lemon juice will kill germs and sani ze toothbrushes. 2. Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout in your kitchen and bathroom. 3. Shine your chrome faucets with lemon and salt. 4. Bleach wooden chopping boards and remove stains from counter tops by rubbing them with undiluted lemon juice. Let sit for a while (a few hours for really bad stains) and wipe clean. DO NOT USE this method on marble and granite surfaces, lemon is too corrosive. 6. Add a few drops of lemon juice to your dish soap to increase degreasing ability. 7. Scrub grills with lemon juice and salt. 8. Clean your microwave and remove odors. Place a small bowl 3/4 full of water with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave. Heat to boiling. Don’t open the door for another 10 minutes. Then just wipe away food par cles with a clean cloth and dry. 9. Shine your windows and mirrors with a homemade cleaning solu on of 3/4 gallon water, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bo le. Shake well and use as you would store bought window cleaner. 10. Sani ze your garbage disposal. Pour a gallon of hot water mixed with a half cup of lemon juice down the drain. 11. Soak rusty tools, screws, hinges, nails etc, in lemon juice. The ace c acid will break down the rust. Add a li le baking soda for addi onal scouring. 12. Remove odors from your refrigerator with a half lemon on a saucer. Change once a week. 13. Clean food smells and sani ze with a diluted solu on of water and lemon juice. 14. Remove grease stains from clothing. Rub lemon juice into the spot and let sit overnight and then wash as normal. 15. Keep your toilet bowl fresh. Place a half cup of lemon juice in the bowl and swish with a toilet bowl brush. 16. Unclog drains. Pour baking soda into drain and pour lemon juice over it. The effervescent ac on will break up clogs safely. 17. Clean hard water stains on glass shower doors with half a lemon. 18. Make your wooden furniture shine! Mix one part olive oil to one part lemon juice, then rub the liquid in with a so rag. The same mix will also give shine to your wood floors.

What Else Can You Do With a Lemon? Relieve a sore throat - Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey into a cup of water and either simmer on the stove top or microwave unl warm, but not too hot to drink. The lemon clears conges on, while the honey soothes inflamed ssue. Repel insects without pes cides - Ants, fleas, moths, cockroaches and other insects are driven away by the strong scent and flavor of lemons. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto windowsills and doors where pests are likely to gain entrance to your home. You can also spray lemon juice into hard-to-reach areas, like the cracks between appliances and walls. Whiten yellow fingernails - Give your nails a healthier, more youthful look with a lemon juice soak. Remove any nail polish, wash your hands and then soak your fingernails in full strength lemon juice for a minute or two. Moisturize them a erward to prevent excessive dryness. www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Pg 21


Homemade Sugar Scrub and Lip Gloss! If I can make it...YOU can make it! Both the Homemade Sugar Scrub and Homemade Lip Gloss cra s are super easy and can be used for party favors, teacher’s gi s, or why not keep them for yourself? I did!

Homemade Sugar Scrub Ingredients 1 Cup granulated sugar 1 Cup light brown sugar 4 Tbs Pure Virgin olive oil 3 Tsp Real Vanilla Extract 3 Tsp Real Almond Extract Direc ons Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Then, pack mason jars and decorate any way you want!

Homemade Lip Gloss Ingredients 1 Cup Vaseline 1 Package koolaid crystals, your choice of flavor, we chose Cherry! Lip gloss containers Direc ons 1. Put 1 cup of Vaseline in a microwave safe bowl 2. Heat the vaseline in 30 second intervals, s rring vigorously between each hea ng, un l it is in liquid form (approximately 5 - 6 minutes). It will be very hot! Make sure you wear gloves or oven mi s when removing the bowl to s r. 3. Let it cool to room temperature, or close to it (or Koolaid will cook not dissolve) and then add koolaid un l desired color is reached. S r un l the crystals are completely dissolved. 4. Pour into your lip gloss containers and let solidify, about two hours. 5. And lastly, decorate your containers! www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 22

Whenever doing cra s, make sure you have adult supervision!


Try this easy Spring flower arrangement for your next Spring party or event, or even for your own kitchen table! What you need: Glass pitcher Large Cup Flowers 4-6 Sliced lemons (don’t cut them too thin!) Direc ons: 1. Slice lemons 2. Put the large glass in the center of the pitcher 3. Gently slide the lemon slices down into the pitcher, use a butter knife or something to get them all the way to the bo om. 4. Fill the cup in the pitcher 3/4 full of water 5. Cut and place flowers in the cup VOILA! Easy Spring Flower Arrangement!

What Can You Do With The Cut Flowers Once They Die? Compos ng. Add the old flowers to a compost so that they can become a nutri onal part of soil. Old flowers make the perfect addi on to the compost bin in your yard. Use them to keep your other plants healthier. Place old flower parts in the soil of your houseplants. They will break down and provide nutri on that will help your house plants stay healthier. Preserve flowers by pressing. Place at least one of the flowers in an old book and leave it. This will “press” the flower and allow it to dry out. Scrap booking. Once you have preserved the flower, use it in your scrap booking. Create a page that represents why you received the flowers. Include pictures and the old flowers. Make potpourri. Once you have dried the flowers, combine them with a jar of fragrant oil. Allow them to soak up the oil and place them on a sheet of wax paper to dry. Once the mixture is dry, you will have wonderful smelling potpourri.

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It’s All About St. Patrick’s Day! What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 annually, commemora ng St. Patrick’s death, believed to be March 17th, 461. Saint Patrick is the patron saint and na onal apostle of Ireland. Born in England, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Chris anity to its people. While St. Patrick has been credited with banishing snakes from Ireland, it is a myth. It’s true no snakes exist on the island today, but they never did. The waters are too icy for any snake to have migrated to Ireland. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Chris an season of Lent, Irish families would tradi onally a end church in the morning and celebrate in the a ernoon. Lenten prohibi ons against the consump on of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast on the tradi onal meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. Tradi onally, St. Patrick’s Day has been a religious holiday in Ireland, and up un l the 1970’s, Ireland mandated pubs be closed on March 17th. Since around the 9th or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17. However, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

St. Patrick’s Day Myths and Legends Shamrocks The shamrock is the most popular symbol of the Irish. It looks like a 3 leaved clover. St. Patrick is said to have been standing in a field of shamrocks when he drove the snakes and toads away. The four leaves of the shamrock are said to symbolize: One Leaf = Hope One Leaf = Faith One Leaf = Love One Leaf = Luck

It’s Your Lucky Day Need a li le luck? Try one of these “lucky” tradi ons! Find a Four Leaf Clover - Some modern day spiritualists claim that a four leaf clover releases energy and helps one’s judgment. Yet others feel that finding a four-leaf clover brings good fortune, not just on St. Patrick’s Day. I always look for a four leaf clover - Do you?

A Wee Bit about Leprechauns Leprechauns, in folklore, are fairies in the shape of old men, some mes thought to be cobblers, with a hidden pot of gold. Leprechauns are said to be very small and some mes live in farmhouses or wine cellars. They are known to aid humans and perform small labors for them. Some mes they ask humans for supplies and furniture, and in return they give objects which bring luck and fortune. They are described as merry li le fellows dressed in old fashioned clothes; green, with a red cap, leather apron, and buckled shoes. Full grown leprechauns are reported to only be about 2 feet tall.

They spend a great deal of their me making shoes. Most importantly, each and every leprechaun possesses a hidden pot of Wear green - This color represents Ireland (the “Emerald Isle”), gold. Stories say that treasure hunters looking for a leprechaun’s the shamrock, and spring. It is as closely associated with St. pot of gold should listen for the sound of a shoemaker’s hammer. Patrick’s Day as red is with Valen ne’s Day. If caught, the leprechaun must reveal the whereabouts of his pot Did you see the Shamrock Shake recipe on page 25? of gold. But be careful! Keep your eyes on the tricky li le lepreKiss the Blarney Stone - This famous stone is set in one of the chaun. He will try to trick you into looking away, and if you do, he walls in the tower of the Blarney Castle. It’s thought that an old vanishes and all hopes of finding the pot of gold are lost. woman cast a spell on the stone as a reward to the king for savAn Irish Toast ing someone from drowning. Under the spell, the king spoke elMay the leprechauns be near you oquently. According to legend, kissing the Blarney Stone brings To spread luck along your way. the kisser “persuasive eloquence” (“blarney”). And may all the Irish angels But you will have to travel a long way to try this one out! Smile upon you St. Patrick’s Day. The Blarney Castle is located in Cork, Ireland! www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 24


St. Patrick’s Day DiYer....and De]ert! Crock Pot Beef Brisket & Cabbage Ingredients 15 - 20 Baby carrots 2 Medium onions, quartered 4-6 Pounds beef brisket 3/4 Cup orange juice 1 Cup water 4 Whole cloves 3 Crushed garlic cloves 1/2 Head cabbage, cut into wedges Direc ons

Irish Soda Bread Ingredients 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 6 tablespoons melted and cooled bu er 1 3/4 cup bu ermilk 2 teaspoons bu ermilk, addi onal 1 cup raisins, op onal Direc ons 1. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add cooled bu er and bu ermilk and mix well. 2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface (sprinkling dough with addi onal flour if too s cky to handle). Knead for 2 minutes, un l dough is firm. 3. Shape into 2 round loaves. (If making one loaf a raisin bread, add the 1 cup of raisins to one loaf now.) Rub each loaf with 2 teaspoons bu ermilk, then sprinkle each lightly with flour. Cut an X into the top of each loaf with a knife. 4. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, and floured. 5. Bake at 375 degrees oven for 1 hour, or un l a deep, golden brown color.

Shamrock Shake Ingredients 3 cups vanilla ice cream 1 3/4 cups milk 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract Green food coloring, if desired Direc ons Blend all ingredients in a blender un l completely smooth. Pour into glasses and serve!

1. Put all ingredients in a crock pot in order listed, except for the cabbage. 2.Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours (about 5 hours on high). 3. Add cabbage, cover and cook for one more hour or un l tender. 4. Serves 4-6

Irish Mashed Potatoes Ingredients 3 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup bu er 1/2 cup half-and-half cream, or more if needed 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (op onal) Direc ons 1. Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer un l tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain. 2. Mash potatoes in a bowl un l smooth. 3. Heat bu er and half-and-half in a small saucepan over medium heat un l bu er is melted and half-and-half is warmed, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. 4. Pour bu er mixture, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder into mashed potatoes and mash un l potatoes are light and fluy. For a creamier consistency, add half-and-half, 1 tablespoon at a me, into potatoes.

Shamrock Shake With a Twist Ingredients 3 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream 1 3/4 cups milk Direc ons Blend ingredients in a blender un l completely smooth. Pour into glasses and serve!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

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Maggie’s Story

By Katie Campbell

If you don’t read anything else in this story, read this: *NEVER allow your pets Rabies Vaccine to expire * Know your rights as a pet owner * Understand all surgery comes with risks and ask ques ons “We have some terrible news....” Instantly I knew, she didn’t have to say anymore. I knew Maggie was gone. All I could do was blame myself, the decisions I made, or didn’t make. Maggie, our loving 2 year dog had died. But, the more I learned, the more I understood that I was not the only one who failed Maggie, the “system” also failed Maggie and this is her story. Maggie came to us on her own. On our last day at a cabin in Cherokee, we looked up and there was this li le pup, full of mats, cks and fleas si ng by the door. She was so happy to see us. The cabin owner told us she had been running the mountain roads for months by herself and there is no way in the world she would survive if someone didn’t help her. That was our calling. My kids loved her, my other dogs loved her, we all bonded immediately. She played catch and ran the yard faster than any other dog I have seen. She whined when my kids le for school and jumped for joy when they came home. She loved them with all her heart, and they loved her. December 30th - It was like any other day. My husband le for work for a few hours and I just didn’t feel like cooking. My kids and I each ordered small individual pizzas that come in a small box. One of those boxes was le by the sofa. Maggie jumped on the sofa and sat near it while my kids played UNO on the floor near her. Rosie, one of my other dogs, walked over towards the sofa, Maggie jumped down, bit her, Rosie bit back and the first fight ever between my dogs ensued. I grabbed Rosie by the collar and tried to push Maggie back and somewhere in between there I was bit in the hand and knee. When the dogs were finally separated, I looked down, my hand was throbbing in pain, there was blood seeping through my pants and I knew I had to go to the hospital. While at the hospital, they asked if my dogs were up to date on their rabies vaccina ons and I said yes, because I thought they were, and they told me they had to report it to Animal Care and Control. December 31st - An Animal Control officer was at my door at 8:00 am and told me Maggie’s rabies vaccine had expired a couple months previously and he was going to have to take her and Rosie (hers had expired too) for 10 days. We begged and pleaded for another alterna ve, but he gave us no alterna ve. According to him, it was the law that if the dogs were past due on their rabies shots, and because I did not know which one bit me, he had to take them both. Between the tears in our eyes and the pleading in our voices, he took our dogs to be quaran ned at Animal Care and Control and told us we could pick them up on January 10th. A er having to tell my kids Maggie and Rosie had been taken, they were so sad, we started coun ng down the days they would be with us again...9, 8, 7, 6.... January 5th - I recalculated 10 days in my head. If my calcula ons were correct, my dogs should have been able to be picked up on the 9th, not the 10th. So I called the number given to us, which really transfers you to ‘311,’ and asked again when they would be able to be picked up. They re-iterated the 10th. I thought maybe they didn’t count the first day as a day. January 9th - An Animal Control officer came to the door with a sheet of paper that indicated I had abandoned my pets and they could be euthanized or adopted out if not picked up within 72 hours. And that my dog (Maggie) was so cute, she would be adopted out quickly. What? Our paper said the 10th! Apparently, the ini al Animal Control officer had the date wrong and so did ‘311’. Fran cally, I called my husband, but he was at work and would not be ge ng off un l late that night. We decided to pick them up first thing in the morning. January 10th - We arrived at Animal Care and Control the minute they opened. When we got to the desk, CMPD Animal Care and Control Released Rosie to us, but encouraged us to spay Maggie. While my husband and I were not fond of the idea of spaying Maggie (no par cular reason), the lady behind the desk at Animal Care and Control made us feel like it was the responsible thing to do, it would cost less than Rosie’s release ($202.00) and that the spay was no big deal. As we were signing the spay permission papers, my husband asked about the ques ons on the sheet of paper and she said, it was no big deal, don’t worry about it because that was only for people who actually brought their dogs in specifically to be spayed. We signed the paper. January 11th - Before school, my daughter Betsy put Maggie’s blanket and toy in our car. I was supposed to pick her up at the bus stop and then we would go get Maggie. Betsy and Reece were so excited for this day, as was I, a er having not seen Maggie in 12 days! At 11:45 I got a call from the Humane Society telling me Maggie had passed away a er receiving anesthesia. She didn’t even get to the surgery before she died. My life felt like it fell apart. I could not bear the pain I was feeling. All because of decisions I had made and lack of informa on I had. www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 28


January 11th 3:30 pm - Betsy walked in the door and asked why I had not met her at the bus stop. I had to tell her. The scream that came out of her mouth was from her soul. It was a heart wrenching scream I will never forget. Ever. It is etched in my brain. 4:30 pm - Reece walked in the door, wondering why we were home. We had to tell him about Maggie. He pulled his sweatshirt over his head and just cried. My husband held him while his heart was breaking. Today, I am s ll wracked with guilt, heartache, and sadness. I don’t know that I will ever forgive myself for the tragic events surrounding Maggie’s death. However, I truly believe Maggie was meant to be a teacher. She was sent specifically to us because she knew I would tell her story. She knew I wouldn’t let it go. In the days following her death, while I felt like I could hardly func on, I did some research. And what I found out made me even more angry at the events leading up to Maggie’s death and this is what I need you to know. Rabies Vaccine - Do not rely on your vet to remind you your animals rabies vaccina ons are expired. Put it in your phone, your calendar, anywhere that will ensure you know your dogs rabies vaccina on is up to date. Know Your Rights as a Pet Owner - When the Animal Control officer came to our door January 30th, he did not explain to us that we had the op on to quaran ne our dogs at our veterinarian. Yes, it would have cost us more. No, maybe it would not have made a difference in the ul mate outcome of Maggie’s life. But we weren’t given that choice. When in a stressful situa on like that, we assumed he knew all the answers. We trusted him. But had we been given the op on and did not take it, that would have been our choice. Not his. We would have been able to make an informed decision. And that is what I am asking you to do. My dogs were not bad, not vicious, they just happened to get in a fight, and I got in the middle of it. It could happen to you. And if you get bit, you can bet Animal Care and Control will come knocking. It is their job to keep the community safe. And while circumstances are different, my dogs never posed a threat to anyone, or even each other and we should have been given that op on. Know your rights, stay informed before a situa on happens. You will feel much more in control if you are ever in this situa on if you know your rights. There is Nothing Simple About Any Surgery - Do not assume any surgery is simple. All surgery comes with risks. One thing lacking at Animal Care and Control is that if you reclaim your pet and you choose to have a spay, you are given a piece of paper to sign. That’s it. You do not talk to a vet, you do not talk to the Humane Society who actually performs the surgery. I assumed the vets at the Humane Society would do bloodwork prior to Maggie’s surgery. I assumed wrong. In order to keep costs low, for the people who need the Humane Society, they only offer bloodwork at an addi onal cost. We did not know that. When we were given the paper to sign to have Maggie spayed, it was just glossed over, like it was nothing. If you are ever in this situa on, I urge you to ask ques ons, request bloodwork, request to speak to medical personnel, know every detail of the surgery. If you are not 100% comfortable with what is going on...Don’t do it. A er Maggie’s death, I had the opportunity to speak with the Medical Director, Opera ons Director, and CEO of the Humane Society as well as with the Director at Animal Care and Control. The amount of compassion and concern shown to me and my family was truly amazing. They understood my pain, they were very empathe c to our situa on. “A tragedy of errors.” It was also discussed that Animal Care and Control and the Humane Society’s current spay/neuter policy for reclaimed pets would be reviewed, and possibly be refined, so that pet owners are informed of all of their choices, op ons, risks and effects. Once this new policy is in place, it will be known as “Maggie’s Rule.” I was also assured that CMPD Animal Care and Control officers would be reminded about offering quaran ne op on at your own vets office, as well as the importance of explaining the spay procedure. Maggie’s death will not be in vain, her memory will last forever. I urge you to get to know the Humane Society, I urge you to learn more about CMPD Animal Care and Control. Both organiza ons are doing their best for animals and society. Unfortunately, some mes lessons are learned from the hardest of situa ons. Maggie was our teacher. Maggie is your teacher. If one animal gets their rabies vaccina on, or person verifies the vaccine is up to date, if one person reads up on their rights as a pet owner, if one person asks more ques ons about surgical procedures because of Maggie’s Story, then Maggie saved one dog...one family. I urge you to listen to Maggie’s Story and take it seriously. In all my years of owning dogs, this has never happened to me before. But it did....tragedies happen. Let Maggie be your teacher...and learn something from her story.

Free Rabies Vaccina ons at Animal Care & Control At the shelter: Animal Care & Control 8315 Byrum Dr Charlo e 28217 8:00am to 11:00am March 9 April 13 May 11 June 8 In loving memory of Jasper, Brandi, and Bailey - All Rescued Dogs www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Pg 29


Why Rabies Vaccinations Are So Important Descrip ons of rabies go back thousands of years, as rabies has classically been one of the most feared infec ons of all me. It is caused by a virus that is easily killed by disinfectants. Establishing infec on requires direct contact with infected mucous membranes. In most cases, disease is transmi ed via bite wound. Only mammals are suscep ble to rabies, and when wildlife comes into contact with humans or domes c animals, rabies becomes a public health problem. Despite vaccina on being readily available, every year the U.S. reports hundreds of dog and cat deaths from rabies, not to menon several human deaths. Worldwide some 55,000 human deaths from rabies occur and rabies remains an important and nearly untreatable illness even now in the 21st century. Rabies is nearly untreatable once symptoms begin, despite all the resources of modern medicine, and it is important to take its threat seriously. It is because of rabies that most municipali es have dog licensing requirements in order to ensure that the community’s dogs are vaccinated. The most common wildlife species to spread rabies to domes c animals and humans in the Northern Hemisphere are the skunk, bat, raccoon, fox, and coyote (do you ever see those in your neighborhood?). Animal Bite Policy According to the CMPD Animal Care and Control Website:

MANY PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE HOW FAST DEATH OCCURS FROM RABIES. While it may take a long me for the virus to incubate, once even mild symptoms begin, death occurs within 10 days. Course of the Disease Virus in the infected animal’s saliva enters the vic m’s ssues during the bite. The virus a aches to the local muscle cells for a couple of days before penetra ng to local nerves and beginning its slow ascent to the brain. Once in nervous ssue, the virus is not accessible to the immune system and may safely proceed to the brain. In two to three days, the virus can be found in all body secre ons, including saliva. At this point, the disease becomes transmissible and symptoms begin. When human exposure to the animal in ques on is involved, what happens depends on an assortment of criteria. If the animal in ques on is dead, its’ brain can be tested for rabies. There is no test for rabies in a living animal, but since we know that death follows quickly a er the virus becomes contagious, a living animal can be confined for 10 days. If the animal is s ll alive 10 days a er bi ng a person, then the bite could not have transmi ed rabies

“North Carolina state law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets which bite people are to be quaran ned for ten days. If the animal has a current rabies vaccina on, this quaran ne may take place at home at the discre on of Animal Care & Control. If the animal is not currently vaccinated against rabies, then this quaranne must be done at a veterinary hospital or the Animal Shelter. The purpose of this is to ensure that the animal did not transmit the rabies virus to the bite vic m. If a wild animal bites or scratches a person and is apprehended, the animal will be euthanized so that its brain may be tested for the presence of the rabies virus. If the wild animal is posi ve or it cannot be caught, the bite vic m will be advised to take the post-exposure rabies shots. If a wild animal bites a dog (or any domes c animal), the course of ac on depends on the vaccina on status of the dog. If the dog has a current rabies shot, the pet only needs to receive a booster vaccina on. The wild animal will not be tested for rabies unless there is also a human exposure.

If the dog is not currently vaccinated and the wild animal is apprehended, it will be quaran ned at the Animal Shelter un l the rabies test results on the wild animal Preven on come back. If the rabies test is nega ve, the dog may be Happily, rabies preven on is accomplished with vaccina on and limi ng reclaimed. If the rabies test is posi ve or the wild animal exposure to wildlife. Vaccines are available for both dogs and cats and, was not caught, the dog must be euthanized or quarana er the ini al dose, which is good for one year, subsequent doses are ned for six months at the owner’s expense. This is just generally good for three years. Rabies vaccina on protocols are typically one reason why rabies vaccina ons for your pet are so controlled by municipal regula ons. North Carolina requires all dogs and important.” cats be vaccinated for rabies star ng at 4 months.

Ar cle contributed by Betsie Condon, Owner and Veterinarian at Highlands Pet Hospital (704)464-4463 bcondon@highlandspethospital.com www.CityUnwrapped.com | March / April 2013 | Page 30


Featured Pet ‘Abigail’ We call her Abigail. Perhaps we should have called her Cinderella. “Abby” is a Jack Russell Terrier about six years old. I say ‘about’ because Abby’s origin is unknown. Four years ago she was found running with a pack of wild dogs in a garbage dump in Traverse City, Michigan. Carol, a customer of the dump was befriended by Abigail and exclaimed, “I just couldn’t leave her there!” Consequently, she took Abby to her “no pets allowed” apartment and immediately contacted Pat, a friend across the state in Alpena, Michigan. Pat was anxious to acquire another dog to keep her ailing red Doberman, Chesterfield, company during the work day. Chesterfield has since gone to reap his big treat in the sky, but Abby remains in Alpena. The mystery of how she ended up in a garbage dump is unclear and may never be solved. Did she climb a chain link fence (it takes her three seconds) and run away, or was she abandoned by a dark heart? The only thing we can be sure is that Abby is a Junk Yard Dog that made good in Alpena, Michigan.

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