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Mark Twain once said, “I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” We all have the capability to create trouble where none exists, or to turn trivial matters into epic drama. And sometimes life drops real trouble into our laps -- problems, big and small, that we must scramble to resolve. But there is also such a thing as preventable trouble -- problems that, with prior planning, can be avoided. There is an acronym in the business world that addresses this kind of trouble. The Five P’s: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. And the idea is equally effective in the dog world, where common behavioral issues sometimes grow to out-of-control proportions because we didn’t know what to expect and so we did nothing to prepare. Knowledge is key to preparation. Know that your dog is a dog and is therefore prone to certain dog-like behaviors unless taught otherwise. The most common -- and easily preventable -- canine behavioral problems tend to be: housebreaking, barking and running away. Here are a few tips to help you understand and prevent these troublesome tendencies. Housebreaking: Effective housebreaking requires ����������� an age-appropriate diet and strict adherence to a HRS: 1 MIN: 45 feed-water-walk schedule. The process is simple, but ����� it requires discipline. If your goal is to housebreak your dog, I offer two suggestions that are crucial to your success: -- Do not paper-train your dog. This only teaches him that it is OK to do his business inside your home. This is the opposite of what you want him to learn. -- Do not give your dog the run of the house. Once your dog is 2 years old and has proved himself a responsible member of the family, you can revisit this rule. Before that time, keep your dog confined in a section of your home while you are gone, and keep him confined to an area you can easily supervise when you are there. Baby gates and crates work well and offer your dog good visibility and a sense of security -- both very important to his comfort and well-being. Barking: Barking can be a huge problem, especially when you have neighbors to consider. While the temptation might be to put your dog in a room and close the door, this is only likely to increase his CASEY’S CORNER: Turn to page 10


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tablets three times daily. If this is insufficient, you may increase to a maximum of two tablets four times daily. If that is inadequate, it may be time to consider an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen (Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). These drugs can cause gastrointestinal upset, fluid retention and high blood pressure. The recommended daily dose is 400 milligrams of ibuprofen or 500 milligrams of naproxen tablets twice daily. If over-the-counter medications are inadequate to control pain, an evaluation by a physician is needed. More powerful medications include tramadol (ultram) and hydrocodone, which generally come in tablet form combined with acetaminophen. For those with intractable severe pain, narcotics may be appropriate. However, drug-seeking behavior is much more likely when taking hydrocodone or morphine. Various brand names include Lortab, Percocet, Oxycodone and OxyContin. Despite the risks of narcotics, these drugs have an important and valuable role in patient care. Narcotics can greatly improve quality of life for patients with chronic, long-standing and crippling pain. With medical supervision to assure the lowest possible dose is prescribed, patients can take these medications responsibly. Drug-seeking behavior should be suspected if the patient begins using greater doses of these medications, sees multiple physicians asking for the drug, or uses a month’s prescription in a short period of time. In this case, it is the doctor’s responsibility to recognize the problem and assure that the patient seeks help. There are many wonderful resources to help patients cope with addiction. Talk to your physician immediately if you or a loved one is having difficulty managing the risks of powerful medications. Remember, drug addiction does not discriminate. Anyone can fall prey to the dangers of prescription medications.

CASEY’S CORNER (from page 9) barking. A good tool to curb barking is the citronella collar. It is self-correcting, nontoxic and not punishing to the dog. Runaways: A dog that’s born to run will run as fast and as far as his body, his obstacles and his training allow. If you have an untrained sprinter on your hands, here are a few practical suggestions: -- You need a secure fence -- one he can’t wiggle through, dig under or jump over. -- Add a screen door to your front and back doors to create a double barrier. -- Put his leash on him whenever you open doors to the outside. You can also use his leash when teaching him the “Stay” command, something every dog should know. The details of the feed-water-walk housebreaking system, as well as additional tips to deal with other canine behavioral problems, can be found at Senior Benefitsand in my book “When Good Dogs unclematty.com page, 26x Do1/16th Bad Things,” available in bookstores and at your Feb. 28 - Aug. 1, 2010 ♦ [Vol. 6: Issue #10 - #32] local library. Remember: Don’t get rid of the dog. Get rid of the Corrections DUE: 3 p.m., Tuesday ♦ 02/23/10 problem!

The picture of drug abuse in America is changing. No longer limited to experimental teenagers or excessive drinkers, drug abusers come in all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Sadly, one of the major sources of drug addiction begins in the doctor’s office with patients turning to narcotics for relief from chronic pain. Published in the Journal of Pain, a research study indicates that between 3 percent and 16 percent of the population abuse narcotics. Many Dog trainer Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis is co-author clinics specializing in the management of chronic of 18 books about dogs, a behaviorist, a popular radio and pain are overwhelmed with patients who exhibit television guest, and host of the PBS series “WOOF! It’s a Dog’s Life!” Read all of Uncle Matty’s columns at the Creators drug-seeking behavior. In this setting, it is difficult Syndicate website at www.creators.com, and visit him at http:// to distinguish drug addicts from those who truly www.unclematty.com. Send your questions to dearuncle. need these medications. gazette@unclematty.com or by mail to Uncle Matty at P.O. Box The problem is made worse by the fact that 3300, Diamond Springs, CA 95619. every patient will ultimately build a tolerance to COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC. narcotics -- over time higher and higher doses are required for relief from pain. Without appropriate supervision, virtually anyone can become addicted to these powerful medications. Prepared by Elder Law Attorney Because the risk of addiction is so great, some Complete Trust Package doctors are fearful to prescribe narcotics, and $795 Single $895 Married many patients choose to suffer with pain rather than taking medications because of dependency this Package Includes: * Revocable Living Trust * Pour over will concerns. This fear is an unfortunate side effect of Tues., March 31 * California Health Care Directive the potent pain relievers because the medications Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the books, “Breaking * Springing Durable Power of Attorney can be lifesaving for individuals with intractable the Rules of Aging” and “Dr. David’s First Health Book of Complimentary Financial Analysis chronic pain, either from cancer, arthritis, back pain More Not Less.” To find out more about Dr. David Lipschitz and Trust Review Annually and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers or other injuries. Stephen A. Madoni, Attorney of Law • CA Bar #170652 and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at It is important to understand that treating pain Jeffrey D. Mitchell, Registered Certified www.creators.com. More information is available at www. Financial Advisor, CA Lic. #0804862 involves much more than taking pain pills. An DrDavidHealth.com. Stephen W. Brittain, Registered Certified accurate assessment and diagnosis are critical. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM Financial Advisor, CA Lic. #0794806 Comprehensive plans for care must incorporate Lerner, Registered Certified ������������ Lisa G. Financial Advisor, CA Lic. #0818762 many different modalities depending on the nature ������������������������������� For information call: (760) 322-9292 of the pain, including exercise, physical therapy, ���������������������������������� chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and physical aids. When dealing with pain management, the principles are simple. Use the lowest dose needed to relieve pain. Because it is far easier to prevent All rights reserved. Property of: ADVERTISING PROOF than relieve pain, patients should take pain pills on a regular schedule rather than waiting until Final Changes DUE: TUES., MAY 11 5:00 p.m.. Old Gold Wedding Bands, Class Rings, P TOP RICES the pain becomes severe. If possible, do not take ease review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices  Hours Gold & Silver Watches & Necklaces PAID! pain-relieving medications indefinitely. When the ���������������������� problem resolves, stop the pills. It is also important P.O. Box 2207 Palm Springs, CA 92263 to remember the power of your mind-body ins o Phone: 760.320.0997 C re a R connection. If you believe that a mild analgesic will • Gold & Silver Coins Fax: 760.320.1630 are a t not help you, it won’t. Be aware of potential side a Gre • Currency • Collections valleybits@msn.com rm email: effects for any medication and how to identify them. Long-Te t! en Ask about FREE Appraisals Investm The first choice for mild-to-moderate pain is Come see our large inventory of Coins and Stephen K. Su, D.P.M. acetaminophen, the generic form of Tylenol. The Supplies including Presidential Dollars & State Quarters. 1/16 pg.dose BW is13x usual twodisc. 500-milligram (extra strength)

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to get about $80,000. I learned that because of this inheritance, my SSI will stop. This isn’t fair. What can I do about it?

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My husband and I ran a business for more than 30 years. Because he hired a cheap and bad accountant, I never got credit for the work I did in the business, even though we filed joint tax returns. All the profit went on my husband’s Social Security record. My Social Security record is full of big fat zeroes! To make a long stor y short, my husband disregarded our marriage vows the same way he disregarded my Social Security. We were divorced several years ago. He is 63 and getting his Social Security. I’m 55 years old. I have chronic back pain and other problems. I tried to get disability from Social Security, but I was told that I’m not eligible because of my blank earnings histor y. I was also told I can’t get spousal benefits on my ex’s record until I turn 62. And I learned I have too much money to qualify for SSI. What can I do?

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Mood Disorders The rate of those of us having mental issues involving anxiety seems to decline a bit as we advance in age. On the other hand, if we have depression, it can be harder to treat in seniors. So say two recent studies. The first study compared people of all age groups to see which group had more anxiety disorders, and then focused on older age groups (55-64 years, 65-74 years, 75-84 years and 85 years and up) and compared them over a 12month period. The results showed that, yes, there was an overall decline in mood disorders as the participants aged. Women had more disorders than men, however. Even though there is a decline in mood disorders, anxiety remains very common, especially in women. Right on the heels of this study was another concerning depression in later life. Researchers claimed that depression in seniors is harder to treat, but at least they now have a clue as to why: Those with depression “don’t respond normally to emotional stimuli,” such as faces that are neutral, happy or sad. Participants (both healthy and depressed seniors) were first asked to look at pictures of other people and rate them only by physical features. The result was that seniors without depression took longer to rate the physical features, likely because happy or sad expressions on the faces affected them and delayed a response. Participants were then asked to rate the Ad Proof:on the faces in the photos. expression Seniors with depression weren’t distracted at all Bram’s by any expression. It didn’t matter if it was a happy, 1/16th page, Black & White neutral or sad face. Additionally -- and this is key 10 - Feb. 14, had 2010 --Jan. depressed seniors a harder time identifying which emotion expressed in the photo. [Volume 6: was Issuebeing #3 -#8] This is apparently the first seniors-centered study Corrections due by: 6 pm, Mon. 01/04/10 that looked at depression from this angle. I can envision new treatments using this facial emotion recognition, perhaps paired with counseling to augment the drugs that are typically given. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

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Security, I’ve heard from hundreds of women like you. And I’ve written many columns warning women who run businesses with their husbands to make sure a fair share of the business profits are added to their Social Security records. Simply filing a joint tax return doesn’t do this. You need to make sure a “Schedule SE,” the Social Security part of a selfemployment tax return, is completed with your name and your Social Security number. You could possibly talk to the IRS about filing grab bars amended tax returns for the years you ran the But you’ll need your husband’s cooperation ral stylesbusiness. to to do that, and my hunch is he won’t be inclined to ed anywhere help because transferring some earnings from his hrooms, hallSocial Security record to yours would result in lower benefits for him. So, I’m afraid there isn’t much you can do but wait until your 62nd birthday to claim your meager spousal benefit. (If you really want to be nasty, you could buy a voodoo doll that looks like your husband and stick pins in it. If he dies, you’d qualify for widow’s benefits as early as age 60.) Coincidentally, the day before I received your email, I was talking to a couple that lives down the block from my house. They are in their early 50s and run some kind of software business out of their home. The husband designs the software and the wife markets it. They told me that all the earnings are going on his Social Security record. And the wife said she is fine with this arrangement because she knows this tactic will result in higher Social Security benefits for him and that she will someday claim spousal benefits on his record. I sort of flippantly told her, “You know that if you ever decide to dump him, you’d be out in the cold when it comes to Social Security.” And she told me, “Oh don’t worry, he’s a keeper.” Now I’m wondering if there is some tactful way I can let her know that -- as the woman who sent me this e-mail found out -- sometimes that guy you think you want to keep can turn into a creep!

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If you have some extra vacation time coming, maybe just a few days that you could tack onto a weekend, consider some of the last-minute I have enclosed a photo of the vacation deals that are available. The key is to be educational board game called “Chiromagica.” flexible about your destination and when you go. Richard Eckert and Co. used this mark. Made by McLoughlin Bros in New York, the There are two ways to find last-minute deals: The factory was established in 1894 in Thuringia, game is in perfect condition. Most of the 1) Call local travel agents. They might need Germany. Many of their pieces were inspired by questions are related to the arts, science a fill-in person for a trip due to a last-minute Meissen porcelain. and history. On the cover of the wood box is cancellation. This mark was used from 1894 to 1918. The the image of a wizard pointing to the sun. All 2) Use the Internet, with caution. value of each figurine would probably be $200 to the discs, cards and the magnetic spinning Priceline (priceline.com) has last-minute trips by $225. hand, which indicates the correct answer, are the dozens. These include hotel and airfare to your included. destination. Last-minute car rentals are available Is my game collectible? When was it made as well. Or, choose an airfare and rental car without Meissen-style porcelain ADVERTISING PROOF a hotel. Or, you can combine hotel, airfare and car and what’s it worth? figurines were made by Eckert and Co. MAY 25 in your search. From the main page of the site, FinalRichard Changes DUE: 5:00 p.m.. Your game is collectible and was made in Germany. click on Last Minute Deals and order your vacation. Prices  Hours around 1870. Similar Chiromagica games in Please review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling Priceline also includes an option of naming your pristine condition are in the range of $850 to own price. Make your choices of departure and Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box $1,200. 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will arrival cities, plus your travel dates, and you’ll be be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, shown the suggested prices. You’ll need to be she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more ready to purchase immediately. Victoria’s Attic and read features by other Creators about Anne McCollam Expedia (expedia.com or 1-800-397-3342) 1/16th page, 4C, 13x Syndicate writers and rate cartoonists, visit the Creators has a last-minute vacation section. From the front May 30, 2010 Syndicate website at www.creators.com. page of the site, click Deals and Offers. You’ll have a choice of airfare plus hotel, only hotel or ������������������� airfare, car rentals and cruises. Start by selecting your departure city from the drop-down menu. The travel dates and costs are right there on the page, making it easy to see what’s available. Orbitz (orbitz.com or 1-888-656-4546) also • Fine Mexican Silver has last-minute vacations. Click on Deals on the Browse hundreds of Jewelry Multiple ican Amer & front page of the site and scroll down through • French quality items from Dealers! Furniture the offerings. Be sure to check Cruises, as those reputible dealers in our Calif• Roseville & ornia Pottery are the ones most likely to have last-minute spacious 5,000 sq. ft. showroom. • Mid-Century accommodations they need to fill. Look closely ure Furnit    • American & French at the departure city and dates of the cruise. The Antiques and Orbitz site has very small print in some areas. sories Acces • Large Art Collection Cautions when booking a last-minute trip online: Antiques & Collectibles ● If you’ll need a passport, make sure yours is 67-777 Palm Canyon Dr., #9 • Cathedral City The educational board game, Chiromagica, up to date. (Between Lumpy’s & Innovative Flooring. Across from Del Taco) was made around 1870. ● Be sure you can make the trip before you (760) 328-7999 Hours: Mon-Sat: 10-6 • Sun: 12-5 DOLLARS & SENSE: To page 15 When my great-aunt passed away in the 1960s, I received several of her antiques. One is a silver mesh evening bag that is probably over 80 years old. It has a metal chain and a snap Proof created by: closure. It is in very good condition. I don’t know who made it. ������������������� I would appreciate your opinion of its value.

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