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TIDBITS® CONSIDERS PIRATES
by Janet Spencer After Spanish explorers established regular trade routes with the Americas, a new industry was born: Pirating. Come along with Tidbits as we sail the high seas! • Pirating reached its height in the years between 1650 and 1730. Pirate ships didn’t roam around hoping to chance upon a victim; they patrolled known shipping routes. During this time, many governments (particularly England) supported piracy, encouraging it as a cheap way to get expensive goods into their country. Piracy became so prevalent that sea-faring trade nearly ground to a complete halt. At this point governments began working against the plunder, tracking down pirates and hanging them in public. The last pirate of this era ever hanged in England was strung up in 1840, and in 1862 the last one was hung in America. • In the mid-1600s, there were about 50,000 British sailors making an honest living on the sea, and probably somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 British pirates making a dishonest living at the same time. During this period, about 80 pirates served on each pirate ship. The career of a pirate generally lasted only a few years or so before they were drowned or killed or jailed. Although some made a fortune and retired, it was more common for the ones who made money to squander it in short order, necessitating another trip. turn the page for more
Tidbits® of CDA MYTHS & LEGENDS • The image of the typical pirate that’s been passed down through history is partly true and partly false. Pirates often wore a scarf tied around their head to keep their hair out of their face and to prevent sweat from running into their eyes. They frequently went barefoot which gave them better traction on slippery decks. Pirates wore earrings because they thought it would improve their vision. (Acupuncturists say this isn’t far from the truth.) Burying their treasure is not something that happened often, although there are a few cases on record. Leaving a treasure behind left it vulnerable. Most often plunder was carried to the nearest port and sold. Likewise, walking the plank was a rare occurrence. In fact, there are only two pirates known to have used that method. One was Major Stede Bonnet, who is credited with inventing it, and the other was a Dane called Captain Derdrake. More commonly, men were simply thrown overboard. • Contrary to popular belief, a pirate ship tended to be a fairly democratic workplace. A charter establishing ship rules would be drawn up at the start of each voyage with each sailor contributing to the list and expected to stick to it. Disability pensions were awarded for pirates wounded in battle. Usually, the captain was elected by secret ballot and could be voted out of office. Likewise, ships’ officers were often elected democratically. Many pirate captains preferred to win their battles with a show of force rather than bloodthirsty slaughter. Booty was generally divided fairly, with the captain receiving a share and a half; officers receiving a share and a quarter; and crew getting one share each. Nobody on the pirate ship got paid anything at all unless they captured something of value. Most ships carried musicians on board to provide entertainment.
From the Publisher’s Desk Evelyn Bevacqua
An INVITATION to Come Together and CONNECT
We are announcing a new network and looking for members who service people in the age group 40 plus. The focus will be to Educate, Support and Expand. We are committed to making a difference, living simply, giving and receiving with care and respect. Rather than a monthly meeting we will come together to help support at least one of our fellow members with a function or event that they may be hosting, especially our not-for-profit members. Coming together in this manner will help us all. A fresh way to network! FOR MORE INFO CHECK OUT PAGE 4!
Page 3 PIRATE WAYS • In the late 1600s, when most of humanity was still illiterate, ships flew flags with pictures on them indicating their identity and intention. Flags might depict an hourglass (indicating time running out for surrender), or a sword (indicating willingness to fight), or a skull and crossbones, which was by far the most popular design. The color of a flag also sent messages: A black flag meant the pirates would give quarter, and would spare the lives of the captured crew if the treasure was handed over without a fight. If the victims refused to lay down their weapons, a red flag (preferably dipped in blood) would be run up. If a red flag was flying, it meant no quarter would be given and the crew could expect to die. Seeing the sight of a red flag with skull and crossbones was often all it took to convince the victims to give up and hand all their goods over. After all, the cargo on board usually didn’t even belong to them. A white flag indicated surrender. • The French phrase ‘joli rouge’ means ‘pretty red’ which is thought to be the reason the pirate flag is called the Jolly Roger. • Cannon shot was carefully aimed to destroy the sails and masts of the ships being captured without damaging the ship itself. Pirates needed to immobilize the ship but did not want to destroy it. Treasure didn’t do much good if it was sitting on the bottom of the ocean, and the boat itself was a prize worth keeping. Cannonballs were often made imperfectly on purpose because they would make more noise in flight if they were not perfectly round, and noisy cannonballs were more intimidating than silent cannonballs. • The fierce Gujarati pirates made captured merchants swallow an emetic called tamarindi mixed with salt sea water which would cause them to vomit, throwing up any gemstones they may have swallowed prior to being caught.
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• Family reunions are fun and worthwhile. Being together with many generations is a wonderful experience. Often, these gatherings are highly scheduled, but remember to set aside time -- and a designated place -- to simply sit and talk. Here are some other great family reunion tips from our readers. -- JoAnn • T-shirts are fun for reunion memorabilia, but we also did water bottle koozies this year, and they were a big hit. You can write your name in permanent marker on one side, and then you can keep track of your bottle. -- B.F. in Georgia • We find that when planning our reunion, the young adults really like theme parties, so we always have a mixer theme night to start. We had a scavenger hunt for the children, where we collected clues about some of our more senior family members. To figure out who it was, the kids would listen to them tell stories and ask questions. What a great time for all! -- T.E. • Make sure that you schedule sitters for the little ones so that the adults can relax and participate. Last year, each adult with kids (and some who just wanted to help out) took shifts to be official kid wranglers and entertainers. They did an outstanding job, and the unscheduled parents had time to reconnect with adults without dividing their attention. It felt good that someone was designated "in charge." -- P.G. in California • Our family has several members with allergy restrictions and alternative food requirements. I made sure to write up a list, which I made copies of and passed along to all our planned food venues. This way, there was advance notice for those who needed gluten-free and vegetarian options. -- M.S. in Florida Send your tips to Now Here's a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
June 27 Cowgirl Up Networking at the Roadhouse 509.928.9664 June 29 Bikes, Brews & BBQs northidahofair.com July 3 Kiddies Parade cdadowntown.com July 4 4th of July Festivals, Parades and Fireworks July 7 Old Timers Annual Picnic 208-691-9823 July 12-14 Post Falls Days postfallschamber.com July 13 Hayden Sprint Triathlon haydentri.com July 13-14 Classic Boat Festival woodboatfestival.com July 19-21 Rathdrum Days rathdrumchamberofcommerce.com July 20 5th Annual Steak Fry stvincentdepaulcda.org July 20 3rd Annual Muddy Miles muddymiles.org July 20 CHaFE 150 chafe150.org July 21 Ride the Pass-50 Miles at the Pass familypromiseni.org July 26 1st Annual “Spay-ghetti and No-Balls” animalalliesid.org July 26-28 Julyamsh • julyamsh.com July 26-27 Old Time Picnic • harrisonidaho.orgs July 26-27 Hayden Days • haydenlakerotary.org July 27 Kids Day in the Park • cdakiwanis.org
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Are you community minded, want to make a difference, and are looking for a fresh new way to grow your business and yourself? We are proud to announce the expansion of TIDBITS and a new opportunity for you and your business or service: CONNECT, a bright new inclusive network now forming. We are looking for members who serve the 40 + age group and want to CONNECT and: EDUCATE BE KNOWN AS THE EXPERT YOU ARE AND SHARE THIS KNOWLEDGE. You will be a featured ‘Expert’ once each month, answering questions, sharing information or updates about your business, or announcing an event. SUPPORT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS AND IN OUR COMMUNITY. Come together to support other members - especially our non-profits, be a part of what is happening in our community, and be of service. As we Give, we Receive! EXPAND GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND GROW YOURSELF! Get affordable exposure to new customers and learn new practices that will keep you and your business fresh and exciting. Many are mightier than one! Join, have fun, and be ready to grow.
® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA TALK LIKE A PIRATE • The word ‘pirate’ comes from the Greek ‘peiran’ meaning ‘to attack.’ • The word ‘careen’ comes from the French word ‘carene’ meaning the keel of a ship. Boats that collected barnacles and seaweed moved sluggishly in the water so they needed to be cleaned regularly, especially if they were pirate ships that needed to outmaneuver their victims. The boat would be tilted on its side to be scraped, repaired, and re-caulked. ‘Careening’ has now come to mean lurching or swerving while in motion. • Coins could once be cut into pieces to make change. A dollar coin could be broken into eight bits. Two bits equaled a quarter of a dollar. That’s how pirates got pieces of eight and England got the halfpenny and the farthing, which was originally a ‘fourthings’ or a fourth of a penny. • After the discovery that vitamin C in lemons, oranges, and limes cures scurvy, sailors were supplied with citrus fruits during voyages, leading to their nickname of ‘limeys.’ • Booty comes from the German root ‘bute’ meaning ‘exchange.’
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SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles
A diet study has revealed some promising news for those who are at "high vascular risk," meaning they have a greater chance of developing Alzheimer's disease due to high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or smoking. Spanish scientists found that a Mediterranean diet can benefit cognitive function -- the ability to process thoughts -- more so than a plain low-fat diet. The participants (average age 69) were assigned different diets for six years. One, a Mediterranean diet, included extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts. The results for those on that diet were "statistically significant." It's thought that the diet not only reduced cognitive impairment, but also slowed its progression to dementia. Additionally, heart attack, stroke and related deaths were down by 30 percent. The key ingredient: olive oil. Apparently, a chemical in olive oil (polyphenol) clears plaque buildup from the brain seen in Alzheimer's disease. The Mayo Clinic likes the Mediterranean diet, too. Its website cites research showing that the diet was associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. What does the Mediterranean diet consist of? A lot of vegetables. Lots and lots of vegetables. Specifically: Plant-based foods such as vegetables and fruits -- nine servings a day Grains, rice, pasta and no-salt nuts Whole-grain bread dipped in olive oil Virgin or extra-virgin olive or canola oil instead of butter No salt -- instead use herbs and spices Red meat no more than a few times a month Fish and poultry at least twice a week Fatty fish, such as mackerel, tuna and salmon, high in omega-3. Go online for recipes or check your library for Mediterranean diet cookbooks. Ask if your doctor thinks this kind of diet would be appropriate for you. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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By Dr. Holly Carling
Food for Life
Once upon a time our lives were spent doing the physical labor necessary for providing food for our family. Each spring seeds were planted, grown, then harvested in the fall. They were canned or preserved to provide nourishment for the winter and spring. Life was about food. Grinding grain, kneading the dough to make bread, milking the cows and churning butter. Hours were spent tending a fire under a pot or in a stove, stirring the nourishing foods. Food was eaten for life, we didn’t live to eat. Today it’s all reversed. We live to eat. We don’t eat to live. Food is necessary to provide the raw materials the body requires to repair, rebuild, and to enable function. Yet what is commonly eaten are foods devoid of these raw materials. What function does donuts and coffee provide? If we spend more than a few minutes in the kitchen, we’re complaining. We skip meals, eat out, eat pre-packaged-nutrient-devoid foods, and spend the rest of the time sitting in front of the TV or computer. We are no longer physically active in the fields. We compensate by walking in the evening or working out at the gym. But is it the same? We work our brains, while our bodies become flabby. Then when our brains feel foggy, we head for the anti-depressants. Worse yet, those of us who prefer to eat real food – like it used to be – out of the garden, are the health nuts. We’re the freaks. All food at one time (and for thousands of years) was organic. Everyone ate organic. Now it’s reversed. You’re weird if you eat organic. If you prefer to spend time in the kitchen making your own whole wheat bread, you’re dubbed a hippie. What happened? Even when we eat well, we no longer have the healthy soil to provide the minerals as in days of old. Our top soil which used to average between 12-16 inches is now down to less than 6 inches. It takes hundreds of years to rebuild one inch of topsoil. Our lands are shrinking at a rate of almost 37,000 square miles a year because of the erosion of our soils. As a result, we are increasingly becoming overfed, but malnourished. When vegetables are grown in the same place year after year, the soil is stripped of its vital nutrients, producing plants weaker and weaker in minerals. Chemical fertilizers further denature the soil and even sterilize it. When we “health food nuts” desire organic vegetables, which are grown in soils that are composted to enhance the nutritional content, we are denigrated. Having said all that about vegetables is discouraging. However, eating pre-packaged foods is even more dispiriting. Next time you take a bite of food, ask yourself “does this food contain the raw materials needed to build a healthy body, or is it just plain empty calories?” Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with over 34 years of experience. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic. Visit Dr. Carling’s website at www.vitalhealthandfitness. com to learn more about Dr. Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Dr. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.
Q: What is your your lifestyle?
Not whether you are married or where you live, but rather, how are you choosing to live your life? What choices are you making to keep yourself and your family healthy and financially sound?
A: It is startling to learn that some of
the most prevalent causes of illness, disease, and death-including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes - are all heavily influenced by lifestyle. For example, we don't usually think of cancer as a lifestyle disease. We think a person is unlucky if they have cancer, and often we have a fatalistic outlook toward news that someone has developed cancer. But only approximately 10% of cancers are based on genetics. The vast majority of cancer cases are very much related to how we live our lives - our environment, the food we eat, whether we exercise regularly, quality of our relationships and the career paths we choose. OXIDATIVE STRESS AND WE ALL HAVE IT! LOOKING FOR SOME OPTIONS?
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Why Advertising Works
Do this two-step process: 1.Think of a distant acquaintance. 2. Now, think of a friend you see often. If two of them were in a room full of other people, who do you gravitate toward? For a ridiculous majority of us, we'll approach our friend. It's the familiarity principle. That is, the more you see something provided it's under a positive light, the more you like it. In other words, the more that people see your company (whether that's a newspaper ad, website visit, TV exposure, etc.) -- subconsciously, the more they'll like it. And -- if deciding between your brand and a more obscure one, guess who wins?
Does Advertising Work For Every Company?
For most part, yes -- if you do it right. Placing a Super Bowl ad for your new product, and hope that'll convert a billion dollars? Not a chance. That's how internet companies earlier this decade imploded: They threw all their marketing eggs into one basket, hoping the masses would latch on. They never did. Instead, advertising takes a continuous "test-seeact" approach for your company.
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CONNECT members gathered Thursday, June 20th, at theTidbits 1st AnnualCall Care Gala,505-0674 benefit® For Advertising (334) ofBear CDA For more on CONNECT ting St. Vincent De Paul's community programs. The event was held at the new location of Cocalld'Alene MaryGallery, at: 208-964-9357 eur 213 Sherman Ave. CONNECT member and Ironman Alex Litz procured a super cool bike for raffle (see pic below). CONNECT member Barb Smalley, Development Director for St. Vincent's, sends a big THANK YOU to all who attended and helped to make a difference in the lives of those struggling in our community. Hopeful winners attending helped to raise $450 plus other donations. Way to RIde CdA!
Left to right: Evelyn Bevacqua, Dave Reed, John Hoffman Lori Chissie, Terry Peterson, Scarlet Kelso, Arthur Shaw, Barbara Smalley, Suzan Helmhout, Jacqueline Sergeant, Debi Melkonian
From left to right: Debi Melkonian, Terri Peterson, Suzan Helmhout, Evelyn Bevacqua, Twila Sparti, Jana Pool, Alex Litz, Barbara Smalley, Marye Thomas, Arthur Shaw
Here is the CONNECT ‘hit’ list for two very worthy benefits in July. Saturday, July 20th, is the 5th Annual St. Vincent de Paul STEAK-FRY. The food, fun, and festivities will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Award winning ‘Pit-Masters’, Jeff Selle and Jay Bremner will be doing their magic on the steaks. Yumm! Headlining the evening’s entertainment is Kelly Hughes, with Colby Acuff and Justin Sherfey opening the show. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All proceeds go to the St. Vincent DePaul North Idaho’s Family Emergency Programs. Come out and join in the fun at this great community event. Yahoo! Friday, July 26th, is the 1st Annual ‘Spay-ghetti and No-Balls’ fundraiser for Animal Allies of Idaho. This is a new non-profit organization and their mission is simple and effective: ‘Animal Allies of Idaho (AAID) was established in January 2013 to AAID our community and its animals by sustaining a healthy pet population. AAID is establishing a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Coeur d’Alene and raising awareness throughout Northern Idaho that pet sterilization benefits both people and pets.’ Cost is $ 25, and it will be held at The Pizza Factory in Coeur d’Alene. Stay tuned for more information on AAID and this sure to be fun ‘fun’draiser! Can we say ‘Bow-WOW’!
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® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA Is flouride really necessary to prevent dental decay, or is it a toxin? by: Susan Ashley MD Numerous studies have proven the toxicity of fluoride and I never recommend it to my patients, including and especially, children. Several of these studies include: A study by Harvard and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, and 23 other studies, show that the more fluoride children are exposed to, the lower the IQ. According to the CDC, 41% of children ages 12-15 have some form of dental fluorosis - a condition in which fluoride uptake in teeth causes the enamel to become mottled and discolored, with the end result being damaged teeth that have rotted from the inside out. The Journal of the American Dental Association confirmed fluoride as a toxic substance that actually destroys teeth, especially those of developing young children and babies. A 2006 article in Lancet identifies fluoride as an emerging neurotoxic substance that causes severe brain damage. The National Research Council states "it is apparent that fluoride has the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain and body." Another study at Harvard showed a link between fluoride and bone cancer, with the highest rates of osteosarcoma in populations with fluoride in drinking water. The EPA found that long-term high intake of fluoride can increase the risk of brittle bones, fractures and bone abnormalities, and that it has substantial risk of developmental neurotoxicity. Fluoride negatively impacts thyroid function, contributing to hypothyroidism. In one study patients with osteoporosis were given fluoride to attempt to harden the bones, but the attempt led to a much higher number of hip fractures. • Fluoride is a* toxic industrial waste product, *which may also be contaminated with lead, arsenic, radionucleotides, aluminum and other industrial contaminants. The fluoride added to municipal water supplies is not pharmaceutical grade. • The daily dose of fluoride recommended by the American Dental Association results in the same level of fluoride in your blood shown to cause an 8-point drop in IQ. • Poison control should be called if you swallow a quarter milligram of fluoride from toothpaste. Meanwhile just ONE glass of water can contain this amount of fluoride. - To remain within "safe" limits, you'd have to use such a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste that one tube would last you several years. • Water fluoridation has been banned in nearly all of Europe, and many other countries including China, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Japan. And yet, fluoride is omnipresent in the American food supply, and is added to the water in most major cities - but, thankfully, not Spokane. If you think you can avoid it simply by using a water filter and fluoride -free toothpaste, think again! Most beverages that are sold are made from water with fluoride, and we also find it in canned soups, baby formula, chicken nuggets, teflon, juice, and many packaged and processed foods. So how can we prevent dental caries, and keep our mouth and gums healthy? Brush your teeth with a non-fluoride toothpaste, such as Tom's, and then take a probiotic capsule, break it open, add a little water to it to make a paste, and brush your gums and tongue with this. In 2 weeks your dentist will see the difference and cavities will become non-existent! It is also helpful to chew gum with xylitol. For more information, read: The Case against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There<http://www. amazon.com/dp/1603582878?tag=cheeseslave-20&link_code=as3&creative=373489&camp=2111 89> by Paul Connett, James Beck, and H. Spedding Micklem
Susan Ashley MD is the owner of Family Medicine Liberty Lake, and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She can be reached at 509-928-6700
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by Samantha Weaver • It was American industrialist Henry Ford who made the following sage observation: "Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right." • It took Leonardo da Vinci four years to complete his iconic painting the "Mona Lisa." • If you're planning a trip to the United Kingdom this summer, you might want to add a side trip to Llanfair in Wales. The town's Welsh name is llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantsiliogogogoch, which means, roughly, "Saint Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel, close to a whirlpool and Saint Tysilo's Church and near a red cave." The sign at the railway station that has the town's name is 20 feet long. • The next time you're aviating in Alaska, keep in mind that in that state it's illegal to view a moose from the window of any flying vehicle. • What's in a name? Well, a great deal, it would seem -- at least according to those trying to make it big. Joan Crawford was born Lucille La Sueur, Roy Rogers was Leonard Slye, and Dean Martin was Dino Crocetti. Issur Danielovitch (wisely) changed his name to Kirk Douglas, and Archibald Leach decided he preferred to become famous as Cary Grant. • Before 1948 on the island of Bermuda, cars were forbidden. • You might be surprised to learn that the cowboy hat was not as widespread in the Old West as might be assumed from watching old movies. The most popular headwear on the frontier was the bowler hat. The bowler had the advantage of stability; it wouldn't blow off in high winds. It was worn by Bat Masterson, Billy the Kid, Black Bart and Butch Cassidy. Thought for the Day: "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." -- Oscar Wilde (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Dear Auntie M.,
by Freddy Groves
Speedier VA Claims
Why would a veteran not send in all supporting evidence at the time of filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently it happens, because to help get faster decisions, the VA now is setting up a new initiative, and a new acronym: FDC, for Fully Developed Claim. Until now, you've had a choice of different types of claims: Original Disability, New Disability, Reopened Disability, Increased Disability, Secondary Disability and Special. Each has different requirements and evidence. Now veterans can "simply submit all required records and documentation at the time they make their claim and certify that they have no further evidence," according to the VA website. Veterans Service Officers with the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans will provide assistance. It sounds good: The FDC is an "effective way to ensure a Veteran's claim never reaches the backlog," says the VA, and can cut in half the time it takes to process a claim. Meanwhile, the VA has begun to prioritize claims. Veterans whose claims have been sitting for more than a year have been given provisional decisions so they can begin collecting compensation. They have one year to submit additional information. Additionally, overtime has been mandated to process claims for homeless veterans, the terminally ill, former prisoners of war, Medal of Honor recipients -- and the Fully Developed Claims. For step-by-step instructions on creating a FDC, go online to www.benefits.va.gov/fdc/ and follow the walkthrough link on the right. Best bet: File electronically at eBenefits.va.gov. If you need to do it by paper, you'll need VA Form 21-526EZ, available at your VA regional center. Call 1-800-827-1000 to get started and to find the location of your nearest accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to help with your claim. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to email@example.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
I hope you can help me make a decision. Last year was a very hard year. I lost both my husband of 50 years and my best friend since grade school. To help me with my depression and grief my son and daughter-in-law got me a puppy. She is the sweetest thing, a little Maltese I named Nancie. Nancie has me laughing at her antics and wanting to wake up in the morning. The problem is my children think I should have her spayed. I am so afraid of losing her that I don’t want to. She will soon come into her first heat so I need to make a decision now. I can’t stand the thought of them cutting her open and her being in pain, but I do want what’s best for her. How do I know what is best for her and me? Worried in CdA, Dear Worried, First of all, please accept my condolences for the loss of two important people in your life. Being a widow myself, and having lost many friends, I will share with you that I have found solace in the belief that there is no death in love; love is eternal. Now on to the new love in your life! I can understand your apprehension. You have suffered enough loss and sadness, and it is only natural to be protective of your heart and this beautiful little life. Actually, you present an excellent question for all pet owners to consider. In general neutering is recommended to stop over population, reduce the number of homeless pets, address behavioral problems, and most importantly, provide future health benefits. For you and little Nancie, the possibility of future health benefits may well be your deciding factor. And that is what I would ask myself – will being spayed be better for her in the long run? What is more important - your current fear or her future health. How would you advise a friend in the same situation? Serious questions welcomed. I shall be frank and honest with my response and provide resources where appropriate. Send your request to: Evelyn2318@gmail.com
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