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Volume 1 | Issue 10 | October 2016

Freeze Out Holiday Stress

News | Notes | Tips

Celebrating the memories and history of the Kingsville area.

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Contributing Writers Tom DiFrancesca Angel M. Hoodye Tina Johnson Shelly Morales Tamara Brennan

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Simple Ways to Freeze Out Holiday Stress By: Angel M. Hoodye, MS, LPC, CART

Tis the season! The time is here for bundling up, snuggling with a loved one and watching your favorite seasonal movies. There’s even more spending time with family and friends. It’s helpful to take a moment and reflect over the year. Taking time out to think about all the things you have to be thankful for and how you have been a blessing to others. This is also the time of year when things can really get out of control for some people. Having a huge to do list and a heap of task to complete before family comes into town can cause some anxiety and stress. This can lead to an emotional outburst happening if you’re not careful. This article will give you some sure-fire ways to put a stop to some common holiday stressors. Have a realistic to do list Creating a realistic task for projects and task to be completed can really help put the freeze on holiday seasonal stress. Set realistic deadlines for things that must get done. Give yourself some wiggle room, just in case things don’t go according to plan. Break large task down into more manageable chunks. Have realistic expectations. If things do not go exactly as planned regroup. Remember things will come together. Delegate task Another great way to get things done and not feel so super stressed is by delegating task. Many times there’s one person takes on the brunt of responsibility for keeping things running smoothly. If that person is you it’s time to make a major shift. Everyone can get involved. Make sure that tasks are age appropriate. It helps to make sure that the duties given to that person plays to their strengths. This helps you to get things done. It’s a wonderful way to have others get involved and you don’t have to carry the whole load of responsibility alone. If someone offers help take it. Relax and be open minded Go with the flow. Keep in mind that things do not always go exactly as planned. Be open to the changes that come up from time to time. Since you will probably be dealing with many different people or even a select few this will require some adaptability and adjustment. Remember that everyone is not you and if it doesn’t happen exactly the way you would like for it to go that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a horrible experience. Be open and go for the ride. Relax, take it one day at a time. This could be a great moment to practice gratitude. Stop and reflect over the positive things that are going on instead of immediately looking at what is not going well. When visiting, family have an exit strategy Spending time with family can be a great moment of joy for many people. Others dread the experience. If it is that spending time with family is something that you and your family will be doing remember to be open to the experience. It also helps to have an exit strategy. It may be a certain catch phrase or signal that only you all share to know it’s time to make a run for it. It helps to have an estimated time of escape. If you arrive to the gathering and you both are having a great time you can always decide to stay longer, if not out the door you go.

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Have a budget When you create a budget to prevent overspending it helps a lot. Sometimes people get so much in the giving spirit that they forget about other responsibilities. At the end of the holiday season bills still arrive (the not so nice presents). It helps to be prepared. Have a set budget of how much you will spend. Know where your funds will go ahead of time. This helps prevent arguments. Plan to have a Christmas fund next year to help offset some of the holiday spending.

Bonus tips: Have fun Enjoy your holiday Savor the good meals and flavors Have fun with the family and friends Cut a rug (dance) Sing a song or two Embrace the quite moments on the couch resting Grab a minute or two Reflect over the good moments Think about something good you will try to accomplish in the new year Love unconditionally

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that the first five years of life are critical for building the foundation for traits such as honesty, generosity, compassion and kindness, which will impact children for a lifetime. (Family Features) In a typical day, it's possible for children to spend more time engaging with technology than interacting with their peers face-to-face. As a result, the "selfie culture" is on the minds of today's parents, who worry about how they can make sure their children grow into kind and selfless adults. However, a national survey revealed that parents don't fully realize the power they have when it comes to developing good character in their children. The online survey, commissioned by national high-quality preschool provider Primrose Schools(r), profiled hundreds of U.S. parents whose children attend, will attend or have previously attended an early education program between the ages of 3-5. In today's social media-focused world, 92 percent of parents agree that nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Yet nearly 50 percent of parents are unaware of just how early they can and should start helping their children develop these traits. When Character-Building Should Begin The foundational skills for good character start emerging in the first year of life. Children as young as 6 months old can demonstrate outward signs of budding empathy skills. Character and emotional intelligence continue to develop throughout the early years and are significantly influenced by young children's interactions with their parents and caregivers. Yet almost 50 percent of parents believe preschool is too early for children to start learning social-emotional skills, and could be missing critical opportunities to support their child's development. Why Nurturing Good Character Early is Important Intentionally nurturing social-emotional skills starting at birth is an important and often overlooked opportunity as these skills have been shown to be key predictors of future health, academic and life success. Early brain and child development research now shows more clearly

"We now know that IQ no longer represents an accurate predictor of school readiness, much less future life success," said Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician and nationally acclaimed parenting and children's book author. "It's not just about learning the '3 Rs' of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic anymore. It's the addition of a fourth 'R' that represents relationships and the importance of reading other people, which sets children up for success in today's world." Finding Child Care that Nurtures Good Character In addition to parents, child care providers play a key role in helping children develop a strong foundation. However, more than half of parents surveyed feel their child did not or will not acquire honesty, generosity and compassion (54, 54 and 62 percent, respectively) during their early education experience. Parents seeking early education and care for their children should look for providers that emphasize character development. In these nurturing environments, children have opportunities to learn and practice socialemotional skills every day through games, puppet play, books, music, art projects and more. At Primrose Schools, their Balanced Learning(r) approach also includes hands-on experiences to help children apply concepts like generosity in real-life situations. For example, each year thousands of children at more than 325 Primrose schools across the country take part in the annual Caring and Giving Food Drive. The preschoolers earn money to purchase canned goods through chores at home. They practice perspective taking, learning about the importance of giving through stories, songs, art projects and more. They even take field trips to grocery stores to shop for food items, which are then donated to local charities. At the end of the experience, the children feel a sense of accomplishment and have practiced skills like empathy, generosity and compassion. "We believe who children become is as important as what they know," said Gloria Julius, Ed.D., vice presi-

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dent of education and professional development for Primrose Schools. "That's why nurturing children's social-emotional development and building character has been an integral part of our approach for more than 30 years." For additional information, tips and resources on how to nurture good character in children, visit Developing Character at Home Take an active approach to helping children develop a solid foundation in good character with these tips: Help children recognize their feelings. Help little ones recognize and understand their feelings by giving them vocabulary words to express themselves. Lead by example. Children learn a lot by watching the interactions of adults. Model social-emotional skills by listening to others, apologizing when you hurt someone's feelings, being respectful of others, etc. Help children identify other perspectives. Point out differences in other people's thoughts and feelings. When reading with children, ask what they think the characters are feeling or narrate the emotions and exaggerate facial expressions for young children. Talk about your own decisions in terms of right and wrong. As children's abilities and understanding grows, discuss your values and take advantage of everyday situations to describe and demonstrate good citizenship and desirable behavior. Let kindness and respect rule the day. Set household guidelines grounded in showing kindness and respect, and help children learn to follow them. When they break the rules, calmly explain how or why their behavior was unkind and how they could have better handled the situation.


Now that Christmas day is quickly approaching and most of us are in full holiday mode, our thoughts often wander back to our favorite seasonal memories. For the benefit of the younger generation of Kingsville residents and for those folks who now live here but have little knowledge of Kingsville’s rich history, I’d like to help them connect with the past. Imagine what it’s like for older residents who grew up in Kingsville back in the 1950’s, as they exit the front door of Harrel’s Pharmacy downtown, after doing some of their Christmas shopping there, and as they gaze fondly across the street at the old Ragland building. You probably know the building I’m writing about, it actually says “Ragland” and “1909” up high on the building and now houses the King Ranch Saddle Shop. Now, imagine what the Christmas season would have been like in downtown Kingsville so very long ago. I can already hear vintage Christmas music playing in my head as I imagine 1940’s and 50’s automobiles parked up and down E. Kleberg Avenue. I easily visualize all of the storefronts decorated beautifully for the holidays as each store is packed with friendly shoppers. In 1950, according to the King Ranch Archives, the Ragland building was purchased by the King Ranch and was totally remodeled (inside and out) into one of the nicest retail department stores south of San Antonio. Believe it or not, the building even contained one of the first escalators in south Texas. So imagine what Christmastime during the early 1950’s must have been like with such a fabulous new Kingsville store available to the regional populous. Hordes of festive Christmas shoppers from dozens of other communities traveled to Kingsville to shop “Ragland’s” for the holidays each year. That yearly cherished tradition of Christmas shopping at the store then continued on right through the late 1970’s until “mall shopping” became popular. Sadly, Ragland’s closed in 1979 but that was not the end of the Ragland building by any means.

We can actually trace the history of the Ragland name as it is associated with Kingsville as far back as 1892; that’s when Victoria native Sam Ragland went to work as cattle manager for the King Ranch. A few years lat-

er, after learning that Sam’s brother John had built and operated successful mercantile stores in Alice and Rockport, Robert Kleberg Sr. of Kingsville Ranch began trying to persuade John into moving to Kingsville and to open a store here.

In 1904, John Ragland opened his single level store which was housed in a very small building that was no more than six-hundred square feet in size. The store was considered a success and John operated it until his death in 1908. Just prior to his demise, John Ragland sold his town lots and the store to his brother Sam along with Robert Kleberg Sr., Caesar Kleberg, and Charles Flato Jr. To memorialize John’s name and efforts, the new company was entitled the John B. Ragland Mercantile Company and that new company set about quickly to create something unique and attractive in downtown Kingsville. Famous architect Jules Leffland of Victoria, by way of Denmark, was commissioned to design the building. Leffland had graduated the Copenhagen Institute of Technology and had eventually settled in America in 1886. According to the National Register of Historic Places, dozens of Leffland’s designs that were built in various locations in south Texas are now listed with the Register. By 1910 Leffland had designed nearly eighty beautiful structures. The Ragland building was eventually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. For the Ragland building, Leffland chose the Italinate design which harkens back to the design of buildings during the 16th Century Italian Renaissance. According to a summer 1993 edition of Heritage magazine published by the Texas Historical Foundation, the new building had beautiful wooden floors, a large open mezzanine that wrapped around the interior, and the ceiling was covered with pressed tin. The second floor of the new building contained office space.

Can you just imagine what it was like for shoppers during that first Christmas season at the new “Ragland’s”? By then, the business had already become the leading mercantile in the area. There was just about nothing

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the store didn’t carry. Everything from dry goods to men’s and women’s clothing and everything in-between was available at Ragland’s. Ragland’s motto was “Kingsville’s Center of Style and Quality”.

Tom is a former freelance newspaper columnist whose weekly and monthly pieces once appeared in several publications throughout the U.S.A. and Canada. He has resided in Kingsville since 2012 and now owns Storm Creek Media which builds and manages an ever growing chain of internet radio stations. Tom has been a big fan of vintage Americana ever since his teenage years.

Over the next several decades, Ragland’s evolved to meet area shopper’s needs. In the 1920’s, a grocery department was added and Ragland’s had become known as the best clothing store in south Texas. Sometime during the 1930’s, Ragland’s added meeting rooms upstairs where men’s and women’s clubs met for years. When the late 1940’s rolled around, ownership of the store was transferred to the King Ranch and plans for the complete interior and exterior 1950 remodel had been drawn up. The Christmas tradition of shopping at “Ragland’s” in downtown Kingsville lasted for over sixty years and was a positive influence on thousands upon thousands of residents of south Texas. Just imagine the memories that live on in the minds of those shoppers as the holidays approach each and every year.

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(Family Features) Hosting a large group of family and friends can be overwhelming, especially if entertaining isn't something you do often. No matter the occasion, these tips can help you avoid common party pitfalls so you can keep the focus on having fun.

to select a couple bottles that everyone will like. If you want to please everyone but worry you'll end up with a stash of partially poured bottles, there is an alternative to pulling all those corks. The Coravin Wine System lets you serve wine without removing the cork, allowing your guests to pour as much or as little wine as they like (you Offer an assortment. Rather than attempting to plan the can save the rest or what's left for another day). Using a menu around a wide range of likes, dislikes, allergies Coravin System is like having a wine bar in your house. and other considerations, simply create a menu that sat- Rather than settling for what is open, everyone can drink isfies everyone's cravings. If you're serving a buffet, pro- whatever they like, even if the entire group has dramativide a mix of hot and cold dishes in a variety of tastes cally different tastes. If someone wants to taste lots of and textures. For a plated meal, offer several robust different wines, they will have the freedom to do just sides so if the main dish misses the mark for one or two that. Learn more at guests, there's no chance of anyone going hungry. Plan ahead for refills. Clear as much space as possible in Create a beverage cart. The kitchen is likely to be a hot- the refrigerator for extras so you can easily replenish bed of activity, but setting up a remote beverage cart can anything that runs out. Make extra pitchers of punch, help redirect some of that traffic. A cart or table with and have bowls of popular items ready to replace as multiple shelves is ideal. Stock the cart with an ice buck- needed. For warm items, use the warming feature on et and tongs; garnish such as lemons, limes, olives and your oven to hold dishes at serving temperatures, or cherries; and an assortment of glasses. Offer a couple of simply leave the oven off and contain the precooked dishbottled beers on ice (one light and one with a bolder flaes' warmth. vor), at least one white and one red wine, and a couple of liquors that work with a wide array of mixers, such as Remember to enjoy yourself. Your guests can easily vodka and rum. Round out the cart with a few mixers, sense when you're frazzled or stressed, so plan ahead including fruit juice so non-drinkers can enjoy mocktails and get all your preparations completed well before anyas well. one arrives. Then you'll be ready to mingle, visit and set a warm and inviting tone for an event that everyone can Never compromise on wine. Lots of times, guests have enjoy. wildly different tastes in wine and it can seem impossible 18 | December 2016


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By Tamara Brennan

Holiday time is upon us. I am sitting here musing about the meaning of it all while wearing my favorite cozy sweater. There’s a hint of frost on the window pane next to me and a glass of red wine in front of me. The dog is napping in front of the fire. Ah, if only that were all true.

us. We have also had our issues with backyard fire pits. There is a really good reason the city has that warning on the lid about not putting hot ashes in those big, brown wheeled trash cans they give us to use. We were certain that those ashes were cold.

The reality is way different. It is still hot and steamy here in South Texas. My vintage desk fan is blowing air at me and the papers off my desk. There is no need for a sweater and I seriously doubt I will ever see frost on anything other than a mystery item from the bottom of my freezer. And yet, the one true thing is that holiday time is upon us. The blow-up snowmen will soon appear on neighborhood lawns each evening and in the morning they will be a puddle on the grass as if they had melted in the Texas night.

But fire is more than just a fire at this time of year. It’s a source of light and purity. It pushes back the darkness that the shorter winter days bring. It warms our hearts as well as our bodies. It brightens our nights and brings us together. It roasts our marshmallows for s’mores.

In the next few weeks, houses will be decorated with lights. Now that we are officially Texans, we also put up a strand of the red shotgun shell lights in the kitchen. We wrap our live oaks in the front yard with the little white lights. A time honored tradition at our house is keeping our tempers in check while learning which strand of those little white lights that worked when we lovingly packed them away last year will still work this year. This tradition never fails to give my beloved husband a serious case of frustration; one he would gladly forego, as if that were possible. Each year, we decorate the fireplace mantle and stair banister at our house with garland, ribbon and ornaments. The fireplace in our living room is a rarity here in south Texas and so is a banister railing because two-story houses are also rare in this part of the world. We are fortunate to have both. These two particular architectural features are my favorite parts of the house to decorate. Holiday mail order catalogs provide plenty of inspiration for decorating both the fireplace mantle and the stair way banister. At holiday time, the fireplace is a focal point of social gatherings. When the fire is roaring everybody takes a turn standing in front of it either warming hands or backsides, depending on your gender. But gathering around a fire isn’t just for indoor fires. It happens in many a backyard around south Texas. The fire pit or chimenea provides the same primal reaction in all of

As the season of giving and sharing continues throughout the remainder of 2016, let us all share in the warmth of the fire and the gift of friendship. Keep the home fires burning so friends and family can find their way and join you in celebrating this holiday season. May the coming year bring you and yours joy, peace and prosperity. Happy holidays!

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(Family Features) A holiday season filled with gatherings and celebrations with friends and family calls for easy dishes that bring exquisite flavor to your festivities. One way to spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating is to plan for quick-prep dishes you can have on the table with next-to-no fuss. The perfect centerpiece to your holiday table, Smithfield's Signature Spiral Sliced Ham is fully cooked, hickorysmoked and easy to prepare. All you need are a few sides and your meal is complete. You can use the leftover slices to create a delicious next-day brunch or lunch dish, like this Ham and Cheddar Cranberry Melt. If you're in need of a simple holiday hors d'oeuvre or entertaining recipe that you can plan ahead, look for convenient meal-helpers like Smithfield's Sweet & Smoky Pork Roast. Pre-seasoned and perfect for the slow cooker, this roast delivers tender, juicy perfection with minimal prep work. Plus, it can serve as the base for an endless number of festive dishes, like these sweet and savory Barbecue Pull-Apart Sliders. For more quick and easy holiday recipes, visit Ham and Cheddar Cranberry Melt Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Makes: 4 sandwiches

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8 6 1 1/4 3/4 1 3

slices bread tablespoons butter, softened pounds Smithfield Signature Spiral Sliced Ham, sliced pound white cheddar cheese, sliced cup whole berry cranberry sauce cups (2 ounces) salad greens

Heat heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat. Butter one side of two slices of bread then turn buttered side down. Top one slice with 5 ounces ham slices and the other with 3 ounces cheese slices; transfer to skillet face up and cook 5-7 minutes, or until bread is lightly browned and cheese is beginning to melt. Remove sandwich halves from skillet and transfer to cutting board and repeat to make three additional sandwiches.

Top ham side with cranberry sauce and greens, and place cheese side of bread on top to finish sandwich. Cut in half to serve.

Barbecue Pull-Apart Sliders Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 4 hours, 30 minutes Makes: 18 sliders 1 1/2 18 9 5 2

Smithfield Sweet & Smoky Pork Roast cup barbecue sauce jalapeno or butter Hawaiian dinner rolls, sliced in half horizontally dill pickle stackers, cut in half large slices sharp cheddar cheese tablespoons melted butter barbecue seasoning

Place roast in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Cook on high 4-5 hours (Low: 8-10 hours). Heat oven to 375 F.

Remove roast from cooker; discard juices. Use tongs or two forks to pull pork; mix in barbecue sauce. Arrange bottom half of rolls in 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan. Spoon pulled pork evenly over top. Place dill pickle on each sandwich and lay cheese slices on top to cover all sandwiches.

Place tops on rolls and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle tops with barbecue seasoning. Bake about 15 minutes until cheese is melted and top buns are slightly crisp. Serve warm.


(Family Features) As the holiday season approaches and you're tasked with hosting family and friends, it can be a little overwhelming to imagine all the work that has to take place for a successful celebration. However, there's no reason the host can't join in the fun. To help keep calm and have your home ready for the party, follow these tips. Cleaning More often than not, the first step to readying your home for a house full of guests is to clean. Start by going room to room seeking out trash, recyclables and things that can be stored away - anything to clear up much-needed space. Once the clutter is cleared, work from the top down to clean surfaces, so any dust or debris that hits the floor can be vacuumed or swept neatly away. Remember to steer clear of harsh or highly fragrant chemicals, which may be an irritant to some guests.

Upgrading Don't try to sneak by with old appliances this time around. Instead, upgrade your most important resources throughout the house in order to find success

when it comes to playing host. For example, swapping out your old, cluttered refrigerator for a Whirlpool French Door Refrigerator with industry-first infinity slide shelves is a useful way to create more space in the kitchen. Its pantry-inspired layout lets families fit and find all their edible favorites. Every section, shelf and bin in the refrigerator was redesigned to deliver smart organization with panoramic shelves and unique features to store 30 percent more than other leading French door bottom mount refrigerators. Perfect for a big shopping run before a party, the refrigerator features dedicated spaces places like the Treasure Bin, Platter Pocket and Small Items Bin to give maximum visibility and easy access when it's time for the food prep to begin. Planning Staying organized and having a precise plan are vital to putting together the perfect night with family and friends. Make sure to nail down the specifics, such as the number of guests, what food will be brought, what needs prepared in advance and what can wait until the big day. Making lists and involving others in the family to help can make a seemingly insurmountable volume of work feel instantly manageable. As you think

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through your plans, remember to anticipate the unexpected and have an emergency party kit on hand to quickly respond to pitfalls, like spills or broken glass, before they derail the festivities. Decorating With all the energy you put into planning and upgrading, don't overlook the importance of taking time to make your home shine with a creative touch. Go festive with holiday-specific decor or keep it classic with timeless decorations placed throughout the home to make it really sparkle. For close family and friends, consider adding personal touches like mementos of holidays past. Or go with a themed approach with similar colors and textures that you carry throughout the house. For more ideas to upgrade your kitchen, visit Get Organized for Entertaining Hosting a holiday gathering is no small feat, but you can get organized ahead of the big day with these entertaining tips.

Set the guest list early: Send out invites in advance. Longer notice allows for you to better gauge who will be attending and how much food you'll need to make. Rather than waiting to see who shows up and who doesn't, send out RSVPs via mail or email so that you have a precise idea of how many people to plan for. Plan the menu ahead of time: From drinks to side dishes to dessert, with special storage spots and industryfirst infinity slide shelves, Whirlpool's French Door Refrigerator allows you to store 30 percent more so you

can buy all your groceries in advance. This way you won't have to worry about running to the store just moments before guests arrive.

Set the table the day before: Organizing where you can, such as setting out plates and silverware in advance, allows you to focus on preparing food and drinks on the day of the party. Unless you'll be using fresh cut flowers, go ahead and complete the centerpieces and any other decorative touches the night before, as well. Make a party-night cheat sheet: Keep a checklist nearby so you don't forget about any of your delicious courses or what tasks need completed throughout the evening. Remember to include items like refreshing the ice bucket and swapping out buffet dishes or appetizer platters periodically.


By Tina Johnson

This month with the trees and all the other decorations going up we need to remember that our fur babies need to be looked after because of all the plants and foods that are toxic (poisonous) to them. So I hope you find some of these plants and food of use to look out for when they are around your fur babies.

gestive track or get stuck in their mouths; cords can cause shock and burns to their mouths. Lights and glass balls used to decorate our houses can cut or be chewed on as well. You should be aware of the dangers year-round. I hope that this has given everyone some food for thought. If your fur baby does happen to get into trouble with one of these at any point, contact your local vet clinic or emergency clinic to have your fur baby looked at, or call the 24 hour hotline for pet poisoning 1-888-426-4435.

Christmas and winter poisons Food Hazards: Onions, nuts, blue cheese, chocolate, fruit cakes, pudding and mince pies. Watch out for turkey bones cause they can cause splitting just like chicken bones can. These types of foods cause intestinal problems for fur babies.

If you find yourself not having a vet, they may be able to help you find one in your area. You should always have this number by your phone. We never know when it might be needed.

Christmas plants & trees: Tinsel and ribbon can cause intestinal blockages if eaten. Holly, Poinsettia, Mistletoe, Amaryllis, Christmas cactus, Christmas Dagger, Christmas Orchid, Christmas palm, Christmas Rose, Pine Needles. These can cause a mild gastrointestinal or blockage in fur babies.

Batteries: Ingestion of batteries especially when chewed and pierced can cause heavy metal poisoning or chemical burns. If swallowed whole they could cause a blockage. All batteries are toxic to our fur babies.

Our pets are part of our families too, so once you finish decorating, stand back and look if your pets can they get hurt or get caught in any way. As being a good pet parent it is up to everyone in the family to keep them safe. If you are ever in doubt the ASPCA also has a lot of info on their website. Or just call a local vet or groomer in your area. Hoping everyone a safe and happy holiday season where everyone is able to make more memories with their family and friends and fur babies.

Antifreeze: This is poisonous because it is sweet-tasting and palatable. Another name for it is Ethylene Glycol. If ingested even in the smallest amounts it can cause serious kidney damage and can be fatal. Let’s not forget lights and hangers for decorations. These too can be harmful to pets. If you have a new puppy or one that hasn’t been around all the decorations of the season, they can get easily tangled in the cords. Hangers can get stuck or cause holes in the di26 | December 2016

Tina Johnson is the owner and operator of Precious Dog Training &Grooming. She has always had a love and passion for animals having grown up on a farm in Northern Indiana. Precious Dog Training & Grooming is located in Riviera, Texas.

(Family Features) The holiday season seems to last longer and get more hectic every year. Whether cooking the Thanksgiving feast or doing last-minute gift shopping, everyone can get a little stressed out. Most people don't know that their dog may also experience anxiety during these celebrations.

During the busy holiday season, common behavioral signs of canine noise aversion include: panting, trembling or shaking, pacing or restlessness, vocalizing, hiding, owner-seeking behavior, cowering, refusal to eat, excessive vigilance or hypervigilance, and escape behaviors.

According to an online survey conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by Z oetis, 46 percent of dog owners reported their dog showed symptoms of stress during the holidays; that stress could be due to noise aversion. The survey also found that 44 percent of dog owners said their dogs suffer from noise aversion.

Although noise aversion is common, dog owners often do not seek help from their veterinarians. One reason may be that pet owners recognize their dogs overreact to noise, but do not recognize that these behaviors are a demonstration of fear. This fear can disrupt the humananimal bond by causing anxiety for the dogs and stress for their humans.

Noise aversion is the set of fear-based behaviors that dogs display when subjected to "noise triggers." During the year-end holidays, such noise triggers might be the doorbell, boisterous family gatherings, children playing with loud toys or New Year's fireworks.

Therefore, it is important to seek treatment for your dog if he is displaying signs of noise aversion. Not only are these dogs distressed and suffering, but when left untreated, noise aversion can progress to a more severe state.


"It is crucial to understand the level of physiological suffering that occurs with the stress and anxiety of noise aversion," said Dr. Lynn Honeckman, a Florida veterinarian. "Ignoring the fearful pet during a noise event or using prescription medications as a last resort is not the standard of care as outlined by the American Board of Veterinary Behaviorists." A new medication called SILEO(r) (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel), the first and only FDA-approved treatment for canine noise aversion, is available via prescription from your veterinarian. It can be easily administered at home to calm your dog without sedating him for the duration of a noisy holiday event. The first dose can be given as soon as the dog shows signs of anxiety and fear, or approximately 30-60 minutes before a known fear- or anxiety-causing noise stimulus. There are additional ways to make your dog with noise aversion feel more comfortable. Dogs always need a safe place to call their own, and that can be especially true when they need comfort from loud celebrations. Sometimes a dim, quiet room or crate can provide comfort, while soft music can soothe other dogs. Don't suffer through the holiday season with a fearful and anxious dog and a stressed family. If you think your dog is showing signs of noise aversion, consult your veterinarian for guidance on a solution that allows you and your dog to enjoy the holidays together. For more information about treating noise aversion in dogs, including prescribing information and important safety information, visit IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Do not use SILEO in dogs with severe cardiovascular disease, respiratory, liver or kidney diseases, or in conditions of

shock, severe debilitation or stress due to extreme heat, cold or fatigue, or in dogs hypersensitive to dexmedetomidine or to any of the excipients. SILEO should not be administered in the presence of preexisting hypotension, hypoxia or bradycardia. Do not use in dogs sedated from previous dosing. SILEO has not been evaluated in dogs younger than 16 weeks of age or in dogs with dental or gingival disease that could have an effect on the absorption of SILEO. SILEO has not been evaluated for use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs. Transient pale mucous membranes at the site of application may occur with SILEO use. Other uncommon adverse reactions included emesis, drowsiness or sedation. Handle gel-dosing syringes with caution to avoid direct exposure to skin, eyes or mouth. SILEO has not been evaluated for aversion behaviors to thunderstorms. For full Prescribing Information, visit Z Survey Methodology This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Z oetis from May 2325, 2016, among 2,136 adults ages 18 and older (among which 887 are dog owners and 395 whose dog has experienced noise anxiety). In the survey, noise anxiety was defined as trembling, shaking, clingy, hiding, panting, pacing, whining or whimpering, cowering, escape behavior, or property destruction when exposed to loud noises. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, contact Lindsey Goodman at

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“Nando! Get home now!” She shook her head as she peered out the door to the two room home she shared with her grandson. “Down at that creek again, after I’ve told him not to,” she muttered to no one in particular. The boy’s dad, her only son, was in the army, stationed in England. They hadn’t seen him for 13 months, since before the Japanese had surrendered. She was glad Hitler was gone and the fighting was over, but it sure would be good to have her son home. He might as well have been stationed on Mars, though, even though he was in Japan, for all the good it did her and the boy. And the boy’s mom? Taken off for parts unknown soon after the war broke out. Good riddance, the old woman thought each time her name came up. Like a torpedo, Nando burst through the tall grass that hid the slope to Tranquitas Creek. His cheeks red from the mid December cool, and his eyes merry, he giggled as he ran. Short as he was, he was speedy for a seven year old and soon leaped gracefully onto the sagging front porch. “Where have you been? You know I told you not to go down to that creek,” she scolded. “Wuelita (Grandma), I was trying to catch a fish in creek for our supper!” He held up a stick he’d broken off with a piece of frayed twine fastened to one end. He’d even fashioned a hook out of a piece of rusty wire. “But the fish weren’t biting. Don’t worry, though, I’m big enough to

start helping with our food. I’ll catch one soon!”

kerosene lantern she only sparingly to conserve the fuel.

His grandma looked at him sternly. “Do not be down at the creek, even though other boys are there. You don’t know how to swim and I don’t want you to fall in.” She tousled his hair as she guided him into the small house, already darkened with the shadows from the setting sun.

“Who is it?” she called out before she went to the door. There was no answer. In just a bit, though, the soft tapping resumed, more urgently this time.

The cozy aroma of frijoles simmering on the ancient wood burning stove welcomed them in. “I’m hungry, Wuelita!” He didn’t need to ask what was for supper, because every day, every meal was virtually the same with little variation: frijoles (pinto beans) and fresh tortillas his grandma rolled out each morning. Sometimes they had a small cube of butter from the dairy over on the other side of town and she’d spread a thin layer of the pale yellow goodness onto the tortillas while they were still warm, melting into a rich mess that he’d lick off his hands as he ate the tortilla. But this was not one of those days. She set his chipped bowl on the worn oilcloth she kept on the tiny table. The steam from the frijoles wafted upwards as she ladled two generous helpings from the olla (pot) and handed him two tortillas she’d just warmed on the comal (griddle). Before he dug in, Nando asked, “Are you going to eat, Wuelita? Where’s your bowl?” “Yes, mijito, I’m going to eat.” She pulled out the remaining tortilla and spooned the remainder of the beans into her bowl. A soft tapping at the door stopped her. She lit the

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She pulled the old .22 rifle out of the corner. It had belonged to her husband, God rest his soul, but she knew how to use it and could bring down an occasional rabbit or squirrel if they strayed near the front porch. Firmly, she yelled at the door, “Who is it? I have a rifle pointing straight at the door!” Nado’s hands flexed as he put down his spoon and stood next to his grandma. A voice so faint that at first it sounded like the rustling of leaves, barely whispered, “Please, Senora. I am very hungry. It has been a long time since I have eaten. I mean you no harm.” Her face set like flint, she opened the door slowly, raising the rifle to her shoulder and peering down the barrel as she did. A slight man, perhaps in his twenties, stood on one foot, the other gingerly touching only the toes to the porch. “Please,” he breathed softly as he bent his head down. “I have no food and I am only trying to get home.” He gestured southward. “My name is Jesus.” “Mexico?” she asked. “Are you from Mexico? How are you traveling?” He hesitated. “I’ve been walking, two weeks, almost three. Sometimes

someone will give me a ride, but I Finally, when it seemed he’d tamed have to stick to the back roads so I the beast of hunger, he looked at won’t get picked up.” Nando carefully in the flickering light of the kerosene lantern. She lowered the rifle from her shoulder but kept a tight grip on it. “Why “You look like a good boy. What are are you walking now, when it looks you going to get for Christmas?” like your leg is hurt?” She winced in the shadows, out of He looked up and for the first time a the periphery of lantern light. There hint of a smile played on his face. would be nothing beyond the orange “It’s only a small matter, the leg. I and apple the church gave the chiljumped into a ditch when I thought I dren each year. There just wasn’t saw the sheriff coming and hurt it, money for anything else. but it will be better, God willing. I’ve been up here working at farms to Nando eagerly replied, “My daddy’s a earn money so I can build my wife soldier, and I want toy soldiers to our own house. We’ve been living play with so I can be like him!” with her family, but she has many “And you, Senora? What will you brothers and sisters.” have for Christmas?” His eyes shone. “But now, Senora, my wife has had our first baby, a son, and the letter she sent me tells me she named him after me, Jesus! I have a son, and he will be strong and smart. I’ve never seen him, but I already know I would give my life for him. I just have to get to them by Christmas, Senora. I feel like my heart will explode out of my chest if I can’t get to them.”

She was already shaking her head when Nando eagerly broke in. “When I get big enough, I’m going to but her a manger scene, just like the one they have in the window at Ragland’s store downtown!”

“Go see if Jesus is ready to eat. I’ll start the fire and get breakfast going.” Nando hopped his way to the shed, but soon came back. “Wuelita, he’s gone!”

“Gone?” she replied incredulously. She pushed her way through the screen door at the back of the kitchen and strode through the small yard to the shed. She pushed the door open and the small space was already well illuminated in the morning sun. The hay had been neatly piled in a corner, but some things carefully placed at the edge, neatly laid out, caught her eye. Fashioned tightly out of the straw that had been the goat’s were four small men, twisted from the straw. As she looked at them closely, they resembled soldiers, each with a small stick for a rifle, and each in a different fighting pose. Nando caught his breath. “Are those for me?”

She pursed her lips and forced a chuckle. “You will be big before too “Yes, mijito, I think they are. He long. Right now you don’t need to made you some soldiers, so you can practice and be like your daddy.” worry about me.”

She turned her attention to Jesus, the stranger. “You may sleep in the shed we have out back. There is still a good bit of hay in there from the old nanny goat we used to have. But remember, I have this.” She pointed to the rifle. “No funny business. You may come for breakfast in the mornHe happily pulled the chair and ate ing and then be on your way.” so quickly the food seemed to fly off the plate. Nando still had a tortilla His features relaxed for the first time left and without prompting, quietly that night. “Thank you, Senora. I am placed it by the man’s resting hand. forever grateful for your kindness. You’ll never know what you’ve done The man suddenly stopped and for me.” asked, “Did you already eat? I’m not She didn’t sleep much that night in taking all your food, am I?” the old bed with the iron headboard She had always taught Nando not to she shared with Nando lie, and she gave him a quick look as and kept the rifle beside a warning to be quiet when she an- the bed. She did doze, swered, “We’ve already had our fill. though, just before the Please, eat.” sun broke the horizon. He devoured all that was left and She shook her head as washed it down with some of the Nando stirred next to her. brewed tea she offered him.

Her heart overreached her brain and she set the rifle down and gestured toward the table. She placed the bowl of frijoles that had been meant for her in front of him and gave him the rolled up tortilla that had almost been in her mouth.


“Wuelita! Look! Look! There’s more!” She knelt down to the small hay pile, and there, carefully arranged and unmistakable for what they were, made out of twisted straw and sticks, were the figure of a man, and a woman, and could it be? A baby? And the baby resting in a small wooden scoop they had used for the goat feed? “Jesus left us presents!” Nando shouted. “Jesus left us presents!” He danced as he celebrated with his crude soldiers. “Indeed he did,” she replied as she brushed a hand under her moistening eyes. “Indeed, he did.” Shelly Morales is a retired teacher. She is an independent writing consultant for schools and is a 4th generation resident of Kleberg County. She is married to Joe Morales and they have two beautiful daughters.

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