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F. Cohan, DO to St. Luke’s Gastroenterology Specialists. Dr. Cohan joins Stephen Strohlein, MD, and Robert Malcolm, MD. The team has been serving Monroe County for decades. “Between Dr. Strohlein, Dr. Malcolm, and I, we collectively represent over 50 years of dedicated gastroenterology service to Monroe County,” says Charles Cohan, DO. To schedule an appointment, call 272-212-3090.
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• For the Love of Dogs • Help Your Dog Maintain Calm Behavior
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For the Love of Dogs THEY'RE MORE EMOTIONAL THAN SCIENTISTS ONCE GAVE THEM CREDIT FOR
By: Kimberly Blaker
n living with and interacting with our dogs, we get to know them well. Despite their inability to talk, we often understand their emotions based on their body language. Scientists now know what dog owners have suspected along. Dogs experience a wider range of emotions than scientists once thought. The dog brain is substantially smaller than the human brain when accounting for body size, so it isn't as complex as our brain. Yet, MRI studies reveal dogs' brains aren't much different from humans. MRIs have revealed the same sections of both the human and dog brain light up based to various types of stimuli, according to board certified neurologist, Dr. J.P. McCue, at New York City's Animal Medical Center, reported in “Dog Brain Facts: Understanding Canine Cognition.” It's also been found that dogs produce oxytocin, the neurotransmitter and hormone that creates the emotion of love in humans. In fact, research has found that when our dogs stare into our eyes, it activates oxytocin, creating a bond similar to that between a mother and infant. David Grimm, in his article, “How dogs stole our hearts,” at sciencemag.org, reports on the research of this phenomenon. In an experiment by Takefumi Kikusui, an animal behaviorist, and his colleagues, dogs and their owners gazed into each other's eyes. Their gazed ranged from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. The researchers found in those dogs and owners who gazed longer, the oxytocin levels rose 130% and 300% respectively. This adds to the growing body of research that supports dogs can feel love and attachment.
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Just like in humans, dogs' brains develop as they grow. In humans, the brain reaches full development around the age of twenty-five. But dogs' brains are fully developed around the age of 6 months. At this point, dogs' emotional development is equivalent to a two and a half year old human, according to researchers.
The researchers found in those dogs and owners who gazed longer, the oxytocin levels rose 130% and 300% respectively.
To gain perspective on what that means in regards to dogs' range of emotions, Stanley Coren, in “What Emotions Do Dogs Actually Experience?” charts the emotions of a two-and-a-half year old child. These include joy, love and affection, contentment, excitement, shyness and suspicion, fear, disgust, distress, and anger. At that age, however, children don't experience feelings that require selfconsciousness, such as pride, shame, guilt, and contempt.
How to read your dog's feelings Here are some of the ways dogs express different emotions. Joy. Dogs often express this when a family member comes home or a familiar guest comes to visit. Dogs often run and jump, wag their tails, and lavish kisses. They also express joy when playing by barking or giving a playful bow. July/August 2019 Pocono Family Magazine © | 7
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When dogs are feeling affectionate, they might nudge you with their nose, make affectionate eye contact (as opposed to the threatening eye contact of an unknown dog), or make soft groans and sighs while lying next to you.
Love and affection. When dogs are feeling affectionate, they might nudge you with their nose, make affectionate eye contact (as opposed to the threatening eye contact of an unknown dog), or make soft groans and sighs while lying next to you. Some dogs will lean their bodies up against you while sitting or standing. They also express their love through kissing, jumping, and rolling onto their backs with a wagging tail. Shyness, suspicion, fear. These emotions are often quite evident. Dogs might flatten their ears, avoid eye contact, tuck their tail under, cower, pant, or shake. They can also have dilated glassy eyes. Pacing, hiding, whining, barking, sneering, nipping, or submissive urination can also be signs of fear or shyness. Distress. When dogs are depressed, they can experience changes in appetite, behavior, sleep patterns, and reduced activity levels. Emotionally distressed dogs also show this in their posture with downcast eyes and a low bent neck. They might also lick or shed excessively. Anger. If your dog has ever ignored you or given you the cold shoulder, there's a good chance it's mad at you. But if you're doing something that makes your dog particularly angry, your dog might take a rigid posture, bark loudly 8 | Pocono Family Magazine ÂŠ July/August 2019
in your direction, or make sharp or short barks. This is a warning to stop whatever you're doing that's making your dog angry. If your dog begins growling, howling repeatedly with a rising pitch, or showing teeth, it's prepared to attack.
What about hackles? People often think raised hackles indicate a dog is angry or showing aggression. Sometimes that's the case. But raised hackles are an involuntary reaction and most often caused by a host of other emotions. These include excitement, arousal, fear, shyness, defensiveness, or being startled. That said, dogs can bite out of fear, not just anger. The best way to know the meaning behind the raised hackles is to look at other body language that indicates what the dog is feeling. ď Ž
About the writer... Kimberly Blaker is a parenting and lifestyle freelance writer. She also writes a blog, The Young Gma's Guide to Parenting at www.theyounggma.com
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6 Ways to Help Your Dog
Maintain Calm Behavior Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs who experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While you may not be able to prevent your pet's anxious behaviors entirely, there are ways you can ease your dog's apprehension and manage the behavior it can potentially cause. In a survey* by Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements, 62% of dog owners reported seeing regular anxious behaviors in their dogs, such as excessive barking, compulsive jumping and shaking or trembling. Yet 35% of owners surveyed believe their dogs' personalities are among the primary causes of concerning behaviors. "It's important to talk to your veterinarian if your dog is displaying undesirable behaviors," said Jason Gagne, DVM, DACVN and director of veterinary technical communication for Pro Plan Veterinary Diets. "What might be perceived as a characteristic of a particular breed or part of a dog's personality could really be an anxious behavior that needs attention." Gagne suggests pet owners take these steps to help keep pets comfortable and calm. 10 | Pocono Family Magazine July/August 2019
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For stressful situations near your home, such as fireworks, help prepare your dog by exposing him or her to recorded firework or thunder sounds. Begin training several months in advance and gradually increase the volume while rewarding your dog for maintaining calm behavior.
Create a safe space Prepare a special area in your home where your dog can feel safe and secure during noisy instances. If crate trained, your dog may feel most secure there with a favorite toy to stay occupied. If not crate trained, put the bed in a quiet place during fireworks or thunderstorms, close the windows and play some music to help muffle sounds.
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Make your dog comfortable Giving your dog a special treat or favorite toy during a potentially upsetting event might help establish a positive association with these loud noises. Calming wraps may help for some dogs, too. Like swaddling for infants, these may help your dog feel secure during stressful situations.
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your dog to lay down comfortably. Use a reward such as a favorite treat or interactive toy to get him or her excited to get in the car and crate before taking a trip.
Stay calm Pets look to their owners for reassurance, so showing them a calm, relaxed demeanor helps them understand there is no real danger. For more information, visit Purina.com or speak to your veterinarian. ď Ž *The survey data was collected by Relevation Research via an online survey from Aug. 15-19, 2018. Eight-hundredtwenty-six nationally representative dog owners qualified for and completed the survey. Qualified participants were men and women age 18 and older, owned one or more dogs (age 13 months or older), were household members most responsible for taking the dog(s) to a veterinarian and had taken the dog(s) to a veterinarian in the past 12 months. Courtesy of Family Features
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Enhancing the lives of dogs and their owners. By: Amanda Kuhn
hey say that dogs are not our whole life, but they certainly make our lives whole. For Lisa Kirschner, not only does her dog Lucy bring her joy, she also gave her the inspiration and motivation to open Sit, Stay ’N Play, an indoor, year-round dog training and social center located in the Stroudsburg area. Since July 2013, Lisa and Lucy have been helping owners learn, train, bond, and have fun with their dogs. From puppies to older dogs, Sit, Stay ’N Play offers obedience classes, training programs, agility courses, and more to dogs of all ages and experience levels.
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“When I got Lucy, I wanted the best for her. My vision began with an energetic 3-month-old puppy. I wanted to spend all my time training her to be the best dog she could be. We attended some obedience classes, but I wanted more for her…and for me,” explains Kirschner. Unable to attend local dog agility classes and feeling dissatisfied with regular dog park visits, Lisa decided there had to be a better way to accomplish the goals she had for Lucy. Knowing she couldn’t be the only one looking for a safe place for her dog to learn and play, Lisa decided to create an indoor training and social center that would be open year-round to local dogs and their owners. “We believe that a tired dog is a happy dog, and our indoor dog playground will help achieve that.” Today, not only can you wear your dog out at Sit, Stay ’N Play, you can also provide him or her with the training and skills to be a well-behaved, helpful, and always lovable pet. July/August 2019 Pocono Family Magazine © | 15
One of the most popular services at Sit, Stay ’N Play is the beginner obedience class which provides the basis for all the other classes offered. Before playing most sports, dogs need to have a strong understanding of basic commands so that they can be successful moving forward. Lisa and her team of amazing trainers work with owners to set them up for success and help them achieve the specific goals they have for their dogs. Agility classes are also very popular…and FUN! The dogs go through a numbered obstacle course in order. However, dogs must complete an evaluation before participating in the agility course to make sure they are interested in playing.
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Training for all dogs is recommended. “We all want the best dog possible, and that looks different for each dog. All dogs, like children, should learn what the rules are. This happens through training. We can help them be polite in public as well as at home,” explains Lisa. That doesn’t just go for puppies either. Contrary to popular believe, you can teach an old dog new tricks which is why classes are available to all ages. “I personally started my older adult dog in nose work. She did well, and it gave her something to look forward to each week. It also helps older dogs stay mentally active which is very important to their health.”
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Along with the many opportunities for your dog to learn at Sit, Stay ’N Play, owners can also bring their dogs in just to hang out! All puppies under 4 months are eligible to come and play during Puppy Playtime which is offered most Sundays. Small, medium, and large dog meet-ups are also available as well as open gym time and private gym time. To participate in these social activities, your dog must first undergo an evaluation to ensure that your pet is not dog or people reactive. While fun is always a priority at Sit, Stay ’N Play, safety is too. Health is also important at Sit, Stay ’N Play. “We really believe that having a healthy dog shows from the inside out. This includes some behavior. If the dog is not being fed a healthy diet, he or she may not be feeling well which could compromise how he or she reacts to the world,” says Kirschner. Other
symptoms, like itchy skin, hot spots, or digestive issues, can also be resolved through nutrition. Lisa and her fellow dog experts love talking to guests about how to improve a pet’s diet. You can also find a number of preferred products at Sit, Stay ’N Play. They offer both dry and raw food and treats. “We strive to offer only the best and even changed what we offer after I lost one of my dogs to cancer. Since then, I’ve been learning what is best for a healthy dog, and we
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will only stock products that we will give to our own dogs. Each item offered has been tested and approved by members of our staff. We take what we offer and recommend very seriously.” A dog's life is already too short, so it's important to do as much as possible to help prolong it. In addition to standard training and socializing, Sit, Stay ’N Play also offers Intermediate Obedience, Show Dog Handling, Competition Obedience, Canine Good Citizen Training, Therapy Dog Training, Rally-Obedience, Nose Work, Treibball, and Canine Conditioning. For schedules and more information, be sure to visit the Sit, Stay ’N Play website or Facebook page. Lisa would like to remind everyone, “Make time for your pets; they are family and deserve your time as well. We have friends, family, work, and activities outside of the house. They only have us. We are their whole world.” It is the vision of Sit, Stay ’N Play to enhance the lives of dogs and their owners. Call or visit today to learn how you can maximize you and your dog’s relationship by working and playing together.
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ire up your summer cookouts with crowdpleasing kebabs, which are easy to prepare and fun to experiment with because you can use nearly any combination of meats and veggies. Skip the typical steak and try an option like Maple Leaf Farms duck breast instead. Because it's a red meat, duck has a texture similar to steak. Plus, it's a lighter option that's lower in fat and calories than other red meats, and its mild flavor easily adapts to a variety of cuisines. The Asian marinade in this Thai Barbecue Duck Kebabs recipe coats crunchy veggies and chunks of juicy, tender duck with a sweet and tangy glaze. The combination of charred, colorful veggies and smoky, grilled duck can leave your family and friends asking for more. Find more grilling recipes and tips for cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.
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In bowl, whisk soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, red chili pepper and cilantro. Set aside. Cut duck breast meat into 2-inch cubes and place in container. Pour 1/2 bowl of marinade over duck. Cover and refrigerate 2-6 hours. In small saucepan over low heat, simmer remaining marinade 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to sauce. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Heat grill to medium heat. Drain duck and discard its marinade. Thread duck on skewers, alternating with pieces of red bell pepper, green onion and zucchini. Grill skewers 3-4 minutes on each side. When done, duck should be slightly pink in center. Serve kebabs with room temperature sauce. July/August 2019 Pocono Family Magazine © | 21
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The real science behind your pet's food Pet food science Pet owners will do just about anything they can to keep their furry friends happy and healthy, which is why the vast majority of pet owners say they're concerned about the ingredients in their pet's food. Based on a quality and safety Purina survey conducted in 2017, 84 percent of pet owners are concerned about the ingredients in their pet's food, and more than four out of five pet owners are likely to read the list of ingredients in pet food before buying it. Yet many dog and cat owners are often confused about what constitutes safe and healthy food, have misperceptions about ingredients, and aren't clear about what types of nutrients their pets need. A lot of thought has been put into the ingredients in the pet food you see on shelves and online, including many backed by full teams of scientists who work every day to create nutritional breakthroughs that will help pets of all ages live their best life. 22 | Pocono Family Magazine ÂŠ July/August 2019
A lot of research goes into developing food - both for pets and humans - and much of this innovation was born out of necessity. Since pets clearly have different nutritional needs than their owners, pet food scientists have developed complete and balanced meals that give pets all the nutrition they need in one product. Pet food companies like Purina employ hundreds of scientists to research different ingredients, combinations of ingredients and the nutritional needs of pets of different breed, size, age and lifestyle. Ultimately, they look beyond the latest ingredient fad and develop pet food based on a smart blend of nutrients that supports pets' overall health.
Targeted nutrition When developing pet food formulas, scientists keep in mind that some pets have unique dietary needs. They also account
for pets who have ongoing concerns and formulate pet food based on age (whether a pet is in the early or later stages in life). Simply put, puppies and kittens have much different dietary needs than older dogs and cats. In response, pet food companies have put increasing resources into developing life stage-specific pet food formulas. For example, Purina's Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+ product contains enhanced botanical oils, and is a source of Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which promote alertness and mental sharpness in older pets. These enhanced botanical oils can be used as an additional energy source for the brain in dogs age 7+. What's sometimes lost on pet owners is the ingredient benefits, and how varied a pet's nutritional requirements are based on age, activity level and overall health.
Knowledge gap The knowledge gap related to food science isn't limited to pet food. Misinformation and lack of clarity about food science techniques have prompted people to change how they eat. In the pet world, this has led some owners to develop their own DIY food plans. But despite their best intentions, they may actually be depriving their pets of critical nutrients they need to stay healthy. This is where knowing your pet's nutritional needs comes into play.
Nutrition for your pet When it comes to feeding your pet, it's important to understand that high-quality nutrition starts with nutrients, not just ingredients. Although the level of research may be similar among brands, the actual formulas can be quite different. To keep your pet feeling their best, try to match their food with their lifestyle and activity level. For example, if your dog is your daily running buddy, make sure they are getting enough protein and fat in their diet - try feeding them a formula like Purina Pro Plan Sport. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian to better understand the specific needs of your pet. They can tell you when to feed, how much to feed, and which formula is best suited to keep your pet as healthy as possible. ď Ž Courtesy of Brand Point
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Our faithful fluffy friends love bounding through expansive green grass with nothing to stop them but their own instincts. Depending on living situations, this isn’t always easy. A high percentage of the population owns a dog and many people seek a place to bring them where they can run off-leash, wild and free.
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This summer, bring your dog to a local dog park. Their speed is endless as they run around a large piece of land in the company of other furry friends and their owners. The camaraderie is apparent on all levels— between the dogs themselves and their masters. Dogs delight in their own playgrounds at dog parks throughout the area. Aside from the obvious health benefits of regular exercise, bringing a dog to a park can increase their socialization and make them less aggressive and better behaved. This works easier if a dog is introduced to others at a young age. If a dog spends too much time home alone they are not getting the proper amount of physical and mental stimulation. Bringing them to a dog park enhances all of their senses and gives everyone the opportunity to breathe deep and take in their surroundings. Allowing dogs to scamper and sprint around without feeling restricted is in their best interest.
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Local Dog Parks W. Leroy Lewis Dog Park W. Leroy Lewis Dog Park, East Stroudsburg, Pa. The park is in Middle Smithfield Township, along Milford Road (Route 209) at 108 Leroy Lane. Named in honor of Leroy Lewis, the longtime caretaker, the park is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is a section each for small and large dogs, a gravel walking path around the outside of the off-leash areas, shade trees, seating, and tall fences. A water spigot is available for thirsty dogs. Call 570 223 8920.
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Plans for the Riverside Dog Park in Hawley, Pa, were recently approved by the Hawley Borough Parks and Recreation Department. The Riverside Dog Park Committee proposed a fenced, off-leash dog park, which will encompass approximately a one acre area with separate play areas for small and large dogs, a pavilion for shade and shelter from other weather elements, agility equipment so dogs can stay active and learning, and a walking trail along the fence interior. “The loss of our beloved family dog was the inspiration for this park, but it’s not just for him, it’s for all the dogs who brighten our lives and our love for them,” explains Committee Chair Heather Genzlinger. “Personalized pavers are a great way to remember a pet or honor a family member.” This park will be a welcome addition to the community since there aren’t many large areas where dogs can run and play freely. The park will be located next to the existing
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During the summer months, forego trying to keep up with neighbors' lush green lawns.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS ACCELERATING
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THIS SUMMER FOR A SUSTAINABL E PLANET
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continue to have with increasing frequency and severity. This includes: • natural disasters • loss of food resulting from climate threats to agriculture • displacement of human populations resulting from disasters • health issues resulting from heat and air quality • numerous environmental impacts, including a decrease of oxygen in both coastal and open oceans, as well as, a significant threat to ecosystems But global warming isn't our only threat. Scientists have also long warned us of the decline in our natural world and the impact this is having on tens of thousands of species that are at risk of extinction, and that ultimately will be catastrophic to human survival as well. It's going to take drastic measures both nationally and globally to halt global warming and the human imprint on our planet. But we can still all do our part in our daily lives to reduce the rate of acceleration.
SUMMER GO-GREEN TIPS Despite heroic efforts by scientists and leaders in the fight against climate change and the best intentions of most Americans, climate change isn't slowing down. In fact, on March 28, 2019, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported, “The physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels.” According to the WMO, key indicators of global warming include, but are not limited to, record sea level rise and a warming trend that's lasted for 20 years with “exceptionally high land and ocean temperatures over the past four years.” The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018 indicates we've seen roughly a 12% rise in carbon dioxide levels just since 1994. The WMO statement points out the many impacts this warming trend is already having on our planet and will
During the warmer months, we further contribute to global warming and damage to our planet in ways that differ from colder seasons. Add to that, summer is the perfect time of year to implement many strategies to reduce our imprint on the planet. Best of all, not only are these habits better for the planet. Most are better for your wallet too and can add up to sizable savings. So make a resolution to implement the following go-green tips this summer.
Transportation. Make nearby errands or visiting family
and friends a part of your exercise regimen, and either walk or ride your bike. For more distant treks, use public transportation whenever possible.
Electricity. Run all heat-producing appliances such as
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Water. During the summer months, forego trying to keep
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Locally grown food. Shop farmers markets for your
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Buy used. Garage sales and flea markets abound
throughout the warmer months. So, reduce both yours and others' imprint on the planet by buying and using goods that would otherwise end up in landfills. First, this reduces waste. But it also reduces environmental pollutants that result from manufacturing new goods.
Chemicals. During warmer seasons, we use a broad
variety of chemicals to treat our lawns and plants, protect our yards and homes from pests, and protect ourselves from mosquitos. So look for green products that don't negatively impact our environment or the people and wildlife around us. ď Ž
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5,345 dogs have been adopted through DVGRR...and counting!
Loyal, intelligent, and playful, Golden
Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. While many people go to great lengths in search of the “perfect” pup, the answer is closer than you think. Located in Reinholds, PA, just two hours south of the Poconos in Lancaster County, Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue has been finding homes for loveable goldens since 1993.
DELAWARE VALLEY GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE By: Jamie Bowman
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Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, or DVGRR, got its start by offering foster homes to displaced dogs. John Plummer, a former volunteer and DVGRR’s Executive Director, recalls the evolution of the non-profit organization. “By 1999, DVGRR had found loving homes for more than 800 Golden Retrievers, but that same year, we were unable to help more than a dozen dogs – a very frustrating situation. We no longer had enough foster homes to accept relinquished Goldens or provide necessary training and consistent medical care,” Plummer explains. So in September 2000, DVGRR established its “Golden Gateway campus,” a five-acre property with plenty of space for every displaced dog.
Since then, DVGRR has continued to grow. In 2011, DVGRR opened an on-site veterinary center, allowing them to care for every dog that comes their way. They were even able to expand their property and, in 2014, opened the Lynne Glennon Sanctuary for Senior Goldens and Puppy Mill Survivors. Here, senior dogs experience a “home-like atmosphere” similar to which they have grown accustomed. Hospice care is also provided to dogs in need. Furthermore, DVGRR’s Project Home Life works to rescue dogs from puppy mills and help integrate them into normal life. From bath time and treats to introducing them to household items and car rides, these dogs are loved and cared for in preparation for future adoption. In addition to Golden Retrievers, DVGRR accepts Labrador Retrievers, golden/Labradoodles, and mixes that are predominantly golden. With all of the breeds out there, you may be wondering, why goldens? Golden Retrievers are cute and cuddly, making them one of the most popular breeds. They’re also a lot of work. According to Plummer, “At the time the organization was formed, the Golden Retriever was one of the most popular breeds and still ranks in the top 5 today. However, people would fall in love with the cute bundle of fluff that was an 8-week-old puppy, not researching the characteristics of the breed. While being known for their intelligence, people did not realize that Goldens are a very energetic breed that needs a great deal of time and exercise. As a result, they were too much to handle, and owners made the decision to give them up.” Whatever the situation may be, DVGRR is there to find people who are able to care for and give these wonderful animals the loving homes they deserve. (5,345 dogs have been adopted through DVGRR...and counting!) At DVGRR, there is a thorough placement process that takes place to find dogs their forever homes. First, prospective owners must complete an application that includes information about the home, ownership experience, and other pets. This extensive application allows DVGRR to determine what type of dog will be the best fit for the owner. After working with DVGRR’s Adoption Manager and Adoption Team to find a match, a meet and greet takes place in which the applicant, family members, and other pets meet at DVGRR. “During
the adoption appointment, the staff member facilitating the adoption will observe the interaction between the applicant, family members and the dog(s) to determine if it appears that the match would be a good one,” says Plummer. It is this attention to detail that makes DVGRR so successful, with a return to program rate of less than 2%. As a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, DVGRR operates on support from donors and volunteers, something of which Plummer is proud. “We believe that our success is as much attributable to our supporters and volunteers as our staff members.” In addition to 8 full-time administrative employees and 18 part-time kennel workers, DVGRR is fortunate to have over 300 approved volunteers who assist the organization in a variety of ways. Whether they’re walking dogs or assisting with fundraising efforts, these volunteers are an integral part of the DVGRR team. How can you help? If you’re searching for a pet, please adopt, don’t shop. If you’re interested in a Golden, Lab, or Doodle, consider DVGRR. Plummer notes, “We have adopted dogs from Maine to Florida and everywhere in between up and down the East Coast. While DVGRR is two hours south of the Poconos, it really isn’t all that far to go to find a wonderful, new furry family member.” Not in the market for a pet? In addition to monetary donations, DVGRR accepts donations of food, toys, paper towels, and more. The dogs especially love hot dogs, cheese, and peanut butter! A complete wish list can be found on DVGRR’s website under “Support.” You can even purchase items on Amazon and have them shipped directly to DVGRR - how convenient! Whether you are interested in adding a new member to your family, know of a dog in need, or wish to help DVGRR’s mission, visit www.dvgrr.org or call (717) 484-4799.
about the author... Jamie Bowman is a freelance writer, Penn State graduate, and lifelong resident of the Poconos. A teacher by day and a writer by night, Jamie spends her free time running and cheering for the Nittany Lions on game day.
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Whether you're a seasoned pet owner or a first-time puppy parent, these tips can help your newest family member feel right at home: Purchase the necessities ahead of time. Similar to newborns, new pets require products that fit their size, age and life stage to ensure their safety and good health. This includes chew-proof food and water bowls, an ID tag with name and contact information and a sturdy leash for both walks and training. Many experts discourage retractable leashes because they offer little control. For puppies specifically, some veterinarians recommend harnesses to attach a leash to because their necks are too fragile to attach a leash to a collar. Remember, puppies are
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for New Pet Parents
Introducing a new dog to the family can bring plenty of excitement, sweet snuggles and puppy kisses. However, there are also plenty of practical steps to consider to successfully transition a pup into its new environment.
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going to grow, and items like beds, crates and collars will need to grow as they do, so you may want to hold off on investing in pricier options until they've matured. Offer high-quality food that provides balanced nutrition. Feed new pets the best quality food possible because an investment in your pet's food is an investment in its health and longevity. "Quality is a top priority when new pet parents are selecting food, so reading ingredient labels and understanding what nutrients are important for your pet at his or her life stage is key," said Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, Ph.D., R.D., nutrition manager at Petcurean. "Better quality food will usually equate to fewer vet visits overall. The same goes for treats." An option like Petcurean's Now Fresh wet food features novel textures like shredded, stews and pates and is made with 100 percent fresh meats and bone broth gravy, which adds a meaty flavor. All recipes are 100 percent grain- and gluten-free and non-GMO, making for a perfect treat, topper or complete and balanced meal. Have enough playthings around the house. Keep dogs from destroying furniture, shoes and household items by providing them with fun, safe and entertaining toys. Chew toys and puzzles that combine play and treats are interactive, which can give dogs mental stimulation and help keep them out of mischief. Pet-proof the house. Dogs are naturally curious and spend time exploring their homes, especially pets eager to get to know their new environment. Items on counters and shelves that could be dangerous to a small child are also dangerous for dogs, including wires, sharp or small objects and fragile items. Store them up and away from your dog or in locked cabinets for safekeeping. Provide a safe spot to retreat. Moving in to a new home can cause a pet to feel a little disoriented and overwhelmed. Providing a safe place for the dog to retreat from enthusiastic kids, other pets and general household commotion can help the pup feel calmer. A crate or kennel lined with a soft pad or blanket in a quiet area of your home is typically a good choice - it's a confined space and can also serve a dual-purpose with housetraining, if needed. Courtesy of Family Features
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Even insisting on interaction with your cat can be stressful if it's more interaction than your cat wants.
Cat Psychology 101 HOW TO COEXIST IN HARMONY By: Kimberly Blaker 36 | Pocono Family Magazine Â© July/August 2019
What does it mean when your furry feline friend puffs its tail? What's the best way to handle your cat's neuroticsim? Why is your kitty scratching up all of your furniture? The truth is, cats have darn good reasons for most of their behaviors, none of which are intended to punish you or drive you crazy. So, the trick to prevent or remedy problems is to better understand your cat. This will result in a more adjusted cat and a peaceful coexistence between you.
Five personality traits As most cat owners can attest, cats definitely have their own personalities. Like humans, every cat has a combination of traits that make-up it's unique personality. In fact, researchers from the University of Australia published their fascinating findings on cat personality in the journal, PloS ONE, in August 2017. The researchers refer to the cat traits as the “Feline Five.” Dominance, agreeableness, extraversion, impulsiveness, and neurotocism are the traits that blend to form a cat's personality. The researchers explained that understanding cat personality is helpful, so cat owners can better nurture their feline companions.
Extraverted cats possess self-control and are decisive and persevere. At the same time, they tend to get bored easy and need plenty of stimulation. Extraverted cats should have plenty of toys, human interaction and, perhaps, other cats to play and socialize with. Impulsive cats tend to be erratic and reckless. This often results from a stressful environment. Factors that can cause your cat stress include other pets in the home, young children, confinement, or lack of access to hiding places or a litter box. Even insisting on interaction with your cat can be stressful if it's more interaction than your cat wants. Resolving many of these issues is self-explanatory. So, evaluate the situations that could be causing stress, and try to remedy them. Neurotic cats can be fearful of people, anxious, insecure, suspicious, or shy. Offer these cats additional hiding places, as well as, quiet spaces. Also, just like with impulsive cats, look for environmental stressors that might be aggravating your cat's neurotocism.
Cat behaviors The following are a few of the common signals and behaviors every cat owner should understand.
Dominant cats tend to bully or act aggressively toward other cats. If you bring home a young kitten, discourage it from grabbing or biting you or playing aggressively. This will help prevent it from growing into a dominant cat. If you have multiple cats, feed them in separate areas to reduce competition. Also, give your cats equal time with you to reduce the possibility of jealousy. In addition, when your cats play together nicely, reinforce it by giving them plenty of praise, petting, and treats.
Agreeable cats are gentle, friendly, and affectionate toward people. So, what more could a cat owner want? The truth is even an agreeable cat can have its drawbacks. Because of thier friendly, affectionate nature, an agreeable cat might often paw at you for attention. If so, set up a routine for cuddling, which might help. Also, consider adopting an additional cat to keep yours company. Just make sure it's not too dominant.
Nonstop yowling can also be a sign of discomfort or illness. Cats yowl out of worry, when their territory is threatened, or they want to mate.
When your cat meows, it's usually asking for something. Although, it could just be saying 'hello.' The more frequent and intense the meows get, the more intent your cat is on getting you to respond. But, if the meowing is continuous, particularly after trying to satisfy your cat's needs, your feline may be sick or injured and need to be seen by a veterinarian.
Some cats even yowl when they're bored. Many a cat owner has experienced this frustrating sleep interruption. Since cats are nocturnal, try to combat this by helping your cat adjust to a nighttime sleep schedule. Keep your cat awake more during the day, particularly in the evening before July/August 2019 Pocono Family Magazine © | 37
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bedtime. You can also leave out food and water at night to pacify your bored cat. Purring usually signifies contentment. Although cats sometimes purr when they're worried as well. You can decipher the meaning by looking at your cat's body language. A tense posture and ears laid back most likely indicate worry. Hissing, snarling, or growling are a clear warning to back off, or else. When a cat feels threatened, it might scratch or bite. So, remove the threat (such as your playful puppy or toddler) immediately. 38 | Pocono Family Magazine © July/August 2019
TAILS TELL A TALE A cat's tail movement says a lot about what it's thinking or feeling. When a cat sweeps its tail widely, it's annoyed or wants to be left alone. If a cat becomes very agitated or frightened, its tail movement is intensified and sweeps back and forth rapidly. Either cue indicates the cat wants to be left alone. The latter cue also indicates it's ready to flee or attack.
Nonstop yowling can also be a sign of discomfort or illness. Cat's tails can puff up too, which can be for several reasons. If your cat's tail puffs up with its ears erect and whiskers pointed forward, the cat's usually happy or having fun. But, when a bristled tail points straight up or down, possibly coinciding with an arched back and flattened ears, the cat is fearful. When the fur on a cat's whole body puffs up, the cat's very angry and might even hiss. Cats sometimes do this to intimidate. But it can also mean an attack is imminent.
THOSE DESTRUCTIVE CLAWS If your cat still has its claws, you've probably dealt with the frustration of snagged upholstery, carpet, or drapes. But this is instinctive behavior cats do for several reasons. First, it's kind of like a kitty manicure. Cats do this to shed the dead frayed layers and sharpen their claws. It's also one of the ways cats mark their territory. Finally, it's a natural part of feline play and stretching. To combat the problem, give your cat a scratching post. Cats each have their own preferences though. So, you might need to try a variety of shapes, upholsteries, and other characteristics. Also, keep your cat's claws trimmed. When your cat does scratch on other objects, clap loudly so the cat stops.
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summer lawn Grass is a highly resilient plant, but even the healthiest lawn will require some TLC to help it keep up with the high-traffic summer recreation season. Follow these three tips for improved summer durability to make sure your yard bounces back quickly from whatever you throw at it - whether your activity of choice is a rowdy game of flag football or a leisurely backyard dinner party.
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Lawn & Garden
Don't stress; cut less As a rule of thumb, when you mow your lawn you should never cut more than one-third of the grass blade height at a time. Scalping a lawn will cause stress, which can create problems all summer. To best protect your lawn before a high-traffic activity, mow at the tall end of the recommended range. For most grass species, this means increasing the mowing height to around 3 inches. Leaving a little extra length will also provide more cushioning for the soil and your guests' feet.
Fertilize correctly When your lawn starts to brown in the summer, don't throw fertilizer on it. Fertilizing in the spring and summer favors shoot and leaf growth at the expense of root growth, which is key for creating a healthy, hardy lawn. Feed your lawn twice per year (plan for midMay and mid-September), with the spring application featuring slow-release nitrogen fertilizer to minimize excess growth. Still feel the need to fertilize? Simply leave the clippings on your lawn after you mow. This not only saves time, but can provide up to 25% of the lawn's fertilizer needs.
Water properly Instead of watering a little every day, water more deeply twice a week - aiming for a total of about 1 inch of water per week, including rainfall - to help the water penetrate the root zone and then dry out a little in between waterings to keep good oxygen in the soil system. This will create a resilient, low-water lawn with a strong root system that will thrive and require less watering during the hottest months. If you're
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Ah, summertime. Who doesn’t love sunshine, swimming, flip flops, and...bugs? When the weather warms up, those dreaded pests come out. We break out the bug spray and surround ourselves with citronella, but how can we protect our pets? Fleas and ticks are the obvious offenders when it comes to things that pester our pets. The warm, humid weather we often experience in the summer is the perfect breeding ground for pests like fleas. Not only are fleas a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous. In addition to their itchy bites, fleas can carry tapeworms which can be harmful to your pet and you. Ticks are another major concern for both people and pets alike, especially here in the Poconos. During warmer months, frequent tick inspections are a must, even if you weren’t outside long or spending time in a wooded area. Remember to check your indoor pets too, as ticks can enter your home by clinging to you or another pet. If your pet is not already being treated with a product to prevent fleas and ticks, talk to your veterinarian about the options. There are also some things you can do outside your home to help deter these pests. Mow your lawn regularly and clear any leaves and brush, places that ticks love to hide. The dreaded mosquito is also a problem this time of year. Along with a number of serious diseases, mosquitoes can carry heartworm which can be deadly in cats and dogs if not caught in time. Many flea and tick products for dogs will repel mosquitoes, and specially formulated bug sprays are also available. You should never use your own bug spray on your pets as ingredients, like DEET, can be extremely harmful to them. Prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your property by eliminating areas of standing water, removing unnecessary clutter, and keeping your lawn mowed. Have a great summer!
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planning to host a large gathering on your lawn, avoid watering for two or three days beforehand, but then water immediately after. A drier lawn will help protect guests' shoes, better support furniture and other structures and minimize damage from heavy traffic - especially if you're playing yard games. "A natural grass lawn creates the perfect setting for a whole host of outdoor activities for the entire family," said Bryan Ostlund, executive director of Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers and turf specialists. "If you're lucky enough to have a grass lawn, use it! Spending time outdoors is good for both mind and body." So take advantage of your green oasis and gather on the lawn to eat or play together. If you're looking for games, children's classics like tag or flag football might be the first activities that spring to mind, but a quick search on Pinterest
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed in June. This is a great reminder and call to action to act on this topic. Through increased awareness and concrete steps, we can help our loved ones better protect their financial assets.
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How to spot financial fraud Former FBI section chief of the Cyber Threat Division Greg Ruppert, now the head of financial crimes risk management at Charles Schwab, said, "I've seen every trick scammers use to separate older adults from their money and they are ever more targeted and sophisticated in their approach. Financial scams, no matter the amount lost, are devastating to older adults, who rely on those resources and are unable to recoup the loss." Common types of scams targeting older adults include healthcare insurance scams, counterfeit prescription drug schemes, romance scams, person-in-need scams, lottery scams, funeral and cemetery scams, telemarketing/phone scams and investment schemes.
How family members can help Help protect your older family member against financial scams by staying engaged so you can spot the signs of an investment scam and help if warning signs appear. Speak to them regularly and be on alert for clues, for example if they mention being asked for money, or that managing their finances is confusing or overwhelming. When you visit them in their home, notice visual cues such as unpaid bills or piles of unopened mail and physical clues like fearful behavior, worsening of an illness or disability as the result of the pressure from a scammer's tactics. One of the biggest risk factors for older adults when fraud has taken place is being too embarrassed to admit they may have been scammed to ask for help. This hesitancy can only be overcome with regular communication and wellness check-ins with trusted family members.
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5 steps to safeguard financial assets Here's how you can avoid scams and make sure you and your senior family members are not victims of financial fraud:
Designate a trusted contact. Financial institutions like Charles Schwab provide an option to designate a trusted contact - a person who can speak to your financial services provider in the event of an emergency, such as financial exploitation.
Get your financial affairs in order. Understand your full financial situation, including locating and filing key financial records, creating or reviewing wills, establishing trusts and power of attorney declarations, and updating account and insurance policy beneficiaries as your life situation changes.
Guard your passwords. According to the 2018 FBI Internet Crime Report, people over 60 experience the most incidents of online investment scams and the highest monetary loss. To protect your online financial accounts, create unique passwords and never share usernames, logins, passwords or personal identification numbers.
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Up your technology game. Local recreation centers and libraries offer technology and digital literacy classes to help older adults and their family members protect themselves online and learn about the latest financial schemes. To learn more about how to educate yourself and your older family members on the latest financial schemes, visit: https://www.schwab.com/resource-center/insights/ section/resources-for-senior-investors. Courtesy of Brand Point
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In & Around the Poconos Bog Walk
Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle
Join an Environmental Educator at 10am at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our environmental educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited. mcconservation.org
Come join us for a free paddle on our ponds! Beginners are welcome—we will teach you everything you need to know! Dress appropriately—you may get wet. Spaces are limited; call to reserve a canoe or kayak! *Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.* www.peec.org
Wednesday, July 10 - 10am-12:30pm
Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk Saturday, July 13 – 10:00am-12:00pm
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Saturday, July 13 – 1:00-3:00pm
Sunday, July 14 - 1:00-3:30pm Join an Environmental Educator at 1pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our Environmental Educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited. mcconservation.org
Sunday, July 14 – 10:00am-12:00pm Bugs are everywhere! Come join us as we go discover some insects on our trails and learn about what makes them so
unique. Don’t worry; they’re not as scary as they look! $5 www.peec.org
Sunday, July 14 – 1:00-4:00pm
10th Anniversary Season
Founded 2009 as
Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
July 24th – 28th
Performing Arts Camp Showcase
2 0 0 9 – 201
BROADWAY H CABARET H DANCE EDUCATION H JAZZ and THE WORLD PREMIERE OF CIRQUE d’OZ
The Delaware Water Gap has quite a few waterfalls within the park that all flow into the Delaware River. Join us for an afternoon as we check out some of the larger and well
known falls in the park. Spaces are limited so call early! $10 www.peec.org
Saturday, July 20 – 10:00am-12:00pm Learn some primitive and modern fire making skills. Try
your hand at a flint & steel and more! Ages 10+ please. $5 www.peec.org
Bridge the Gap: Reptile Search Saturday, July 20 – 1:00-3:00pm
Our local reptiles depend heavily on having clean sources of water. Come explore with us as we try to find some aquatic and terrestrial reptiles in their native habitat. *Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.* www.peec.org
Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle Sunday, July 21 – 10:00am-12:00pm
Thursday, July 25, 7:30 PM Pocono Mountain East High School, Swiftwater A world-premiere event! The Festival takes flight with a new production. Daring acrobats, world-class musicians, and celebrated New York performers follow the yellow brick road to tell the beloved story of Dorothy and her pet dog, Toto, as they journey from Kansas to the magical Land of Oz. cirque d’OZ is sure to be a memory making and delightful evening for the entire family.
MUSIC OF THE KNIGHTS Saturday, July 27, 7:30 PM
Featuring THE POCONO POPS! Pocono Mountain East High School, Swiftwater
THE HOT SARDINES
Sunday, July 28, 4:00 PM
Pocono Mountain East High School, Swiftwater
KATE BALDWIN, Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 & 8:30 PM Fairway Grille, Buck Hill Falls
CAROLE J. BUFFORD, Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM Evergreen Ballroom, Skytop Lodge
Come join us for a free paddle on our ponds! Beginners are
welcome—we will teach you everything you need to know! Dress appropriately—you may get wet. Spaces are limited;
call to reserve a canoe or kayak! *Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.* www.peec.org
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Sunday, July 21 – 1:00-3:00pm Get out and explore PEEC! Join Paul Kovalski, aka Dr.
Dinosaur, as we hike one of our trails and discuss the natural history of our park. Free for PEEC Members/ $5 for NonPEEC Members www.peec.org
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Bridge the Gap: River Paddle Saturday, July 27 – 9:00am-3:00pm
Join us for this paddle down the Delaware! Bring a lunch, water bottle, and don’t forget to dress for the weather. We will provide extra water and snacks. Choose between a
canoe or kayak. Preregistration is required and begins at
8:30am on July 27th. *Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.* $10 www.peec.org
Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, July 27 – 6:00-8:00pm Enjoy summer at PEEC’s 3rd Farm to Table Dinner. This
dinner features local produce perfect for the season! Bring
your friends & family to enjoy this cozy evening. Payment
is required at registration. Space is limited - call early! $25/ person www.peec.org
Sunday, July 28 – 10:00am-12:00pm Learn about the wonderful world of butterflies! Join David Trently on a search through the fields and around the ponds for butterflies and dragonflies. Call early – spaces fill up fast! $5 www.peec.org
Wednesday, July 31 - 10am-12:30pm Join an Environmental Educator at 10am at the Bog
parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into the
unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our
environmental educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local 50 | Pocono Family Magazine © July/August 2019
Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in
its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited. mcconservation.org
Pocono Family M A G A Z I N E
Get in Touch with Nature Day Camp August 5 - 16 8am - 3:30pm
Spend one week or two with the experienced staff at the
Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center “Getting in
Touch with Nature”! Campers will be split into age groups and will participate in age appropriate activities. We’ll
explore the trails at the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary;
learn about the critters, plants and habitats of the Poconos; venture to other cool places in Monroe County; splash
around in the puddles, ponds and creeks at Kettle Creek and so much more! It’s a camp that you don’t want to
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