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Barbara Davis

A real page turner for a strong sense of home in Northampton County DATING POST MARRIAGE Kick boredom to the curb after years of same dates

PIZZA PARTY POINTERS Homemade crust, unique topping options with flavor

UNEXPECTED PERSPECTIVE Yvonne Doughtie became a better woman via motherhood


PUBLISHER Titus L. Workman publisher@rrdailyherald.com (252) 537-2505 Ext. 248 ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Carol Crittendon ccrittendon@rrdailyherald.com (252) 537-2505 Ext. 225 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Matt Lindberg mlindberg@rrdailyherald.com (252) 537-2505 Ext. 233

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EDITOR Kris Smith ksmith@rrdailyherald.com (252) 537-2505 Ext. 238 AD EXECUTIVE Rhonda Irby rhondairby@rrdailyherald.com (252) 537-2505 Ext. 266 CIRCULATION Tammy Britt tbritt@rrdailyherald.com (252) 537-2505 Ext. 251 Contributing writers Jenny Gray, Roger Bell, Dr. Cynthia Elias, Darlene Jernigan, Tia Alfonso, Yvonne Hoffman and Lori Verni-Fogarsi Contributing photographers Jenny Gray, Dr. Cynthia Elias, Yvonne Hoffman, Lori Verni-Fogarsi and Kris Smith

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Barbara Davis of Jackson is the librarian at the Northampton County Memorial Library. How the bookmobile drove her to work starting on page 14. Cover photograph by Jenny Gray Cover design by Hope Callahan and Kris Smith Roanoke Valley Woman 916 Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 P.O. Box 520, Roanoke Rapids NC 27870

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Maintaining jewelry

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ewelry is worn by people every day and most people never take it off. Over time, this can cause many problems. Here are some basic guidelines to help preserve the life of your jewelry for you to enjoy for years to come. Remove jewelry during tasks — gardening, taking a shower, kitchen work, going to the gym, cleaning house, etc. Prevent physical damage or exposure to harsh chemicals by putting jewelry on after applying makeup, cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion. Such items can contain harsh chemicals and cause metal to be brittle. Don’t wear jewelry in swimming pools and spas. Chlorinated water can react with the metal found in jewelry causing color and metal change. Remove jewelry before bathing. Soap causes a film, making it appear dull and dingy. Avoid cleaning damaged jewelry. Additional handling can worsen the problem. Use jewelry polishing cloths — using tissue or paper towels can cause scratches. Use commercial cleaners or safe home solutions. Use professional jewelry cleaners from jewelry stores, or warm water and Dawn dish soap versus harmful chemicals or abrasives. When cleaning your diamonds, use a soft bristled non-metallic brush


your inve$tment$ and mild soapy-water solution. Using a soft brush gently scrubs away any dirt, especially around prongs and settings where buildup is likely. To clean gemstones — such as rubies, sapphires or semi-precious stones and lab-created stones — simply soak the piece in a bowl of warm, soapy water for several minutes and use a soft, non-metallic brush to remove any grime. Rinse with cold water. If you choose to use a jewelry cleanser, make sure it is non-abrasive. Do not use toothpaste, as it is very abrasive. Always remember to use a colander when rinsing your jewelry — this will protect your jewelry from going down the drain. Pearls are beautiful. Unfortunately, the layers of nacre that make up a pearl are very soft. Pearls should only be cleaned by using a soft cloth with a mild soapy water solution. Never put pearls in a ultrasonic cleaner. Also remember to keep a check on your pearl strand. The cord that holds the pearls together can become frayed or broken over time. Be careful if you use an ultrasonic cleaner that cleans by vibrations, the vibrations can cause stones to become loose and fall out. Cleaning your jewelry on a regular basis will keep your jewelry looking its best. Always use a professional jeweler to inspect your jewelry pieces for damage and loose stones.

Darlene Jernigan has been in the jewelry business and industry for 35 years. She is manager of Barnes & Jernigan jewelry store, 1640 Julian R. Alsbrook Highway in Roanoke Rapids. Darlene also has a specialty in jewelry repair.

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From top left, counterclockwise: Use a soft bristled non-metallic brush to clean jewelry. Polishing cloths are another option for cleaning jewelry. First use the gray side to loosen grime, then the white to wipe off dirt and shine. If rinsing jewelry in a sink, use a colander to keep items from falling down the drain. Most professional jewelers offer a steam cleaning option, right.

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1. Remind yourself of what you like about him — what are the reasons you fell in love? Is he handsome, funny, smart, a good dancer? Those traits are likely still there, although they may be hidden under the daily grind. Seek and ye shall find! 2. Think about what initially attracted him to you. Over time, we tend to get a bit too … (name your poison) serious, comfortable, busy, whatever. Try to remember the person you were when you were dating and let those traits come out now. Sexy? Funny? Intellectual? Bring it! 3. Ban romance-killing conversation. Yes, you love your kids. Yes, your mother needs help moving a dresser. Be brief, ladies! Think about what you would talk about if you were freshly dating. Your mother’s dresser? No! If necessary, spend a few minutes browsing online news articles to get an idea of what’s going on outside of your daily life. A good book you’ve just read? A controversial trial in the news? Cultivate date night conversa-

tions that bring out the people in you and set aside the humdrum topics of daily life. 4. Act as if you’re on a date. This may sound simple, but the truth is we may become a little too comfortable with our husbands. I’m not saying you should act phony, but do act as if you’re on a date! If you were freshly dating, you would put on a nice outfit, do your makeup and refrain from openly yawning. Do the same when dating your husband. Make eye contact, smile, let yourself laugh, touch his arm. It can make a huge difference. 5. Stop “waiting” to get your “sexy back.” Let’s face it, we’re not in high school anymore. Whether you’ve had children, too many rich meals or time is simply catching up with you — get over it! Instead of lamenting the loss of what you were like before, make the most of the You that you are right now. Let yourself feel sexy and you’ll start acting sexy, seeming sexy, being sexy. And self-confidence is attractive. 6. Unusual ways to spice things up. Sure, you could buy a hot nurse outfit or come on to him in the kitchen. However, you’ve probably already read those articles. Try including emotional turn-ons such as expressing genuine appreciation for something he’s done. (“Our yard is looking great! Thank you for all your hard work out there.”) Simply sending him a spicy text while he’s taking the dog for his last walk of the night could add an element of surprise that elicits passion. Doing these things may also come back to you in the form of receiving appreciation or small surprises, too. Lori Verni-Fogarsi has been an author and speaker since 1995. She’s written two novels, one nonfiction book and a short-story anthology. She’s a happily married mom of two, stepmom of two more and has two cats, both rotten. Lori invites you to learn more at www.LoriTheAuthor.com or connect with her on all social media @LoriTheAuthor.


Pizza Party Pointers Having a pizza party? You could have pizza delivered, or you could do it yourself. My pizza parties are a little more involved, starting with the crust. This can be done that day or weeks before. A very basic thin crust is my favorite.

Thin Crispy Pizza Crust

Yield: 3-12 inch pizzas Prep time: 15 to 20 minutes Inactive prep time: 2 to 3 hours Ingredients 2 pkgs. active dry yeast 12 oz. warm water Dash of sugar 660 g. pizza flour (I like OO flour)* ¾ oz. extra virgin olive oil ½ oz. salt Semolina for under the crust or corn meal. Optional: I cut rounds of parchment paper to fit under crust for easy moving. *It’s important to weigh flour because everyone packs a cup different and the result can make or break a recipe. Kitchen scales are not expensive and are usually used in baking bread and dough — 660 grams is about 2.79 cups. Directions 1. Combine water, yeast and sugar in a bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer. Let stand about 10 minutes until foamy. 2. Add some flour and combine. 3. Add the oil, salt and remaining flour. Mix to form a rough ball. 4. Knead the ball on a lightly floured surface until smooth and silky. This takes about 10 minutes. This can be done with a dough hook on a standing mixer. 5. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, oil top of dough so a crust does not get hard. 6. Cover with plastic wrap or towel in a warm place, until doubled in size, about 2 hours. 7. Divide dough into 3 pieces, roll each

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into a ball. Place on oiled sheet pan, cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise about one hour until doubled in size. If not using that day, refrigerate before rising the second time. This will keep three days. Take out, let cool and rise about two to three hours before cooking. If freezing, wrap each ball — before rising the second time — separately in freezer Ziplock bags, take out air. When ready to use, thaw in bag, wipe outside with oil and let rise like it says above.

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Decide on toppings 1. Onion caramelized, sautéed or raw 2. Mushrooms cooked or raw 3. Fennel and sausage sautéed 4. Eggs 5. Pepperoni, sliced meatballs, sausage, chicken or whatever you like 6. Sun-dried tomatoes chopped and soaking in oil 7. Roasted tomatoes 8. Pizza sauce 9. Cheeses This list could go on forever. So decide on topping and prepare them in bowls ready to use. Some of these can be done days a head and brought to room temperature when ready. Next put your pizza stone or pan in the oven or grill. If using a stone on the grill, make sure your stone is for outside use. It will break if not the correct type. Bring your stone up to temperature with oven or grill. Heat oven to 450 degrees or your grill as hot as you can get it, mine goes to 650 degrees. When ready to construct pizza, I usually ask for help. Every pizza gets a different helper. This gets fun because everyone wants to think their idea of the perfect pizza is the best. Place a piece of the cut parchment on the counter cover with semolina. Put the dough on parchment and stretch until it reaches the sides. Leaving the center thiner than the edges. Top with desired toppings. Take to grill on a pizza peel or cookie sheet. They should take six to 10 minutes to cook. Each pizza cuts into six pieces, how many pieces you want determines how many pizzas you need to make.You may need to do more than one pizza of each design. After everyone has enjoyed the first slice, it is time to pick someone else to construct the next pizza. Most of the time four slices is enough.


Egg, Spinach and sausage

Yvonne Hoffman has always loved to cook and figure food out. She attended culinary school at The French Culinary Institute — now known as The International Culinary Institute — in New York, then she indulged in the school’s Italian program in Italy. Yvonne can be seen in kitchens around the Roanoke Valley for private chef dinners and teaching cooking classes at Mary Sherwood Lake Living. She may be reached at 252578-4753 or yvonne@yvonnecooks.com.

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At home in Northampton County


Barbara Davis starts library career by piloting bookmobile STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNY GRAY

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iving in Northampton County since her birth has given Barbara Davis, librarian at Northampton County Memorial Library, a strong sense of home. “Living here my whole life, I know everybody,” she said. “This is a beautiful place. It’s quiet and peaceful, and full of loving

people.” And then there was the bookmobile. Davis took on the job of driving this wheeled library up and down rural highways in 1970. It carried about 2,000 volumes through all of Northampton County, and parts of Hertford and Bertie counties. “I already knew how to drive, so it wasn’t hard to learn how to drive it,” she said. “You just had to swing wide around turns.” Davis also is a member of Boones Chapel Baptist Church. “I am a member of that church, but I attend most of the churches in the community,” she said. “I just enjoy attending different churches.” Davis was born in Jackson, and said she was raised by her foster parents — Mary and William Mitchell. “They are family,” she emphasized. She also has a son Eric Davis, a military veteran. She attended Eastside Elementary School and graduated from Gumberry High School in 1968. After graduation, she worked briefly at Coates Elementary School as a secretary and library assistant, then started to work at the library in Jackson in 1970. Davis drove the bookmobile from 1970 to 1989, and then she was promoted to librarian. “I love storytelling and reading to the children; we have all sorts of pro-

Librarian Barbara Davis in the stacks recently at the Northampton County Memorial Library.

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Barbara Davis, center, is the librarian at Northampton County Memorial Library, with her are employees Macaulay Chilaka, also a student, and Pam Brett.

grams,” she said. During her tenure, Davis attended Shaw University and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management, majoring in library science in 1989. “I went to classes at night,” she said. “It was fun; I enjoyed it. I love to do research and (school) was just interesting.” Going to college as an adult was satisfying, Davis added. “You know what you want to do, and you just do it,” she said. Davis said she enjoys authors Dr. Seuss and Sandra Brown, but there is one writer who soars above the rest. “John Grisham — I love Mr. Grisham,” she said, laughing. “I love the mysteries and I love the love stories.” She read the classics in school, but her love for reading developed later in life. “I probably enjoy books now more than I did then,” she said. Through family nights and children’s programs, Davis tries to inspire a love of read-

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ing in everyone. “That’s how you learn,” she said. “You learn about what’s happening in the world, and you can apply what you read to things you’re doing in life. It’s just good to know those things.” During Davis’ tenure as librarian, she is proud of the growth she’s helped bring about. A renovation project, completed in August 2011, added a new computer lab, a multipurpose room, new bathrooms and computers for children. Outside, a wind turbine and solar panel supply energy for the outdoor lighting. “We have really grown,” she said. The extra activity space gives plenty of room for special programs, including book signings by authors. The library will host a summer reading program for children June 18 through July 30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for toddlers on up. The library, the only one in Northampton County, is used regularly by residents. “Our patrons just love it,” Davis said. “A lot of people come in to use the computers;

everything now is online. And people can put books on hold from home and when they come in, we have them ready for them.” Residents also enjoy borrowing DVDs and CDs from the library, she added. “We serve our friends and neighbors, the whole entire community,” Davis said. Davis is helped by Pam Brett and Macaulay Chilaka, assistant librarians, and part-timer Velma Stephenson. “We’ve become like a family,” Chilaka said. Chilaka said he’s been working a full schedule at the Jackson library for five years, while attending college full time at Chowan University. Recently awarded Chowan’s Outstanding Graduate Student award, he said he couldn’t have juggled everything without Davis’ help. “She’s been a great blessing to me. If I had been working some place else, my academics wouldn’t have been so good,” said Chilaka, who said he’s majoring in graphic communications. “Miss Barbara said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll work with you.’”


Reading can change your child’s future P regnancy is a busy time in a woman’s life, and all of the to-dos can become overwhelming. There are regular doctor appointments to attend, countless pieces of advice to consider and, of course, a new baby to plan and shop for. One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for a new baby is something you may never think of — read. As a nurse home visitor with Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), it’s my job to help prepare mothers for new babies. Encouraging them to read aloud is a big part of this preparation. Even before they are born, babies can start hearing sounds in the womb — usually around 18 to 19 weeks into pregnancy. Reading aloud can help you to increase your child’s vocabulary and form an early bond with your baby, and it can help

you and your child relax, too. Why read aloud to your child? I tell all of my clients reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help your child prepare for reading and learning. The U.S. Department of Education found in North Carolina 78 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families have below-average reading proficiencies. Parents play a key role in reversing stats like this, and parents can help children develop good reading skills from an early age. Although reading significantly affects a child’s performance in the first few years of life, it’s important to look past that into adolescence and adulthood. For instance, students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without


a diploma when compared to proficient readers, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Leaving school before graduation can cause difficulties later in life that may have been avoided. Tips for reading to your child 1. Keep it short. Babies and young children have shorter attention spans. Reading for five or 10 minutes at a time can still be beneficial. 2. Read the same book in different ways. You can use the same book to make up new stories, practice counting or teach colors. It’s important for mothers to realize reading to your child does not require owning a library of books. One or two can be enough to make a difference. 3. Encourage repetition and conversation. Reading can be a dialogue — so encourage your child to comment on the story, ask questions or repeat

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parts of the story. 4. Make reading a habit. This encourages continued reading as your child gets older, fosters a strong vocabulary and increases retention. I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of reading to children, and I encourage all of my clients to read aloud every day with their babies. Even 15 minutes a day is enough — that adds up to more than 27,000 minutes in a five-year period. And you can split that time up however works best for you and your child throughout the day. What is Nurse-Family Partnership? In 2012, NFP was brought to Northampton and Halifax counties to give low-income mothers access to education and support during their first pregnancies. Research proves the program


works to create stronger, economically stable families. The two counties are part of a four-county collaborative that also includes Edgecombe and Hertford counties. NFP works with lowincome, first-time mothers starting early in pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. Registered nurses from right here in our community meet with mothers in their homes to discuss topics ranging from healthy eating habits during pregnancy, to birth and breast feeding, to early childhood development and more. Our nurses work with mothers to achieve three primary goals: 1. Improve pregnancy outcomes 2. Improve child health and development 3. Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family If you’re interested in learning more about NFP or how you can help with the program, call 252-534-5841, ext. 635. And be on the lookout for future columns from our team about program success stories, best practices for reading to toddlers, tips to encourage infant and early childhood development, and other topics.

Tia Alfonso has been a nurse-home visitor with NurseFamily Partnership in Halifax County for two years. Tia grew up in Morgantown, W. Va., and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University. She has worked as a dialysis nurse, a kidney transplant coordinator and as a school nurse. Tia moved to Roanoke Rapids in 1995 and has been there ever since. She has one son, Gil, who is 22, and two daughters, Ali, 20, and Eli, 19. Tia is an animal lover and has two dogs, four cats and four horses.

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UNEXPECTED PERSPECTIVE

Yvonne Doughtie became a better woman through motherhood STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROGER BELL

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vonne Doughtie never thought she would have children, and never believed having one would change her so profoundly. But such as life, her perspective changed. Doughtie, who was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids, graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School in 1973. “I never wanted to live here as I was growing up,” Doughtie said. Doughtie got a job with Virginia Electric Power Company out of school and moved to Emporia, Va., but with parents still living in the City and friends to visit, she still frequented her hometown. It was advice from her father to have her car worked on which led her down a path she never dreamed of journeying. “I used to drive this little sports car,” Doughtie recalled. “My fa-

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ther said one day, ‘You should take your car up there and let the Doughties change the oil and make sure the car’s running right.’” She took the vehicle to what she said was then called Doughtie’s Esso, where her car received service from the man she would eventually marry, Emery. “I noticed after every time I drove up there to have something done he would wait on me,” Doughtie said. “The Emery we


Yvonne Doughtie, co-owner of Pepper’s & Doughtie’s Antiques and Gifts in Roanoke Rapids, in her shop.

“Lauren has taught me so much. About patience, about humility. I look at her and wonder why God gave me such a special angel. She is so sweet and pure, if everyone was like her the world would be a much better place.”

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know now is not the Emery he was then. He was very bashful.” Doughtie said Emery would leave notes on her car and finally got the nerve to ask her out to dinner. The relationship blossomed and they were married in 1982. As their marriage progressed, they found themselves unsure about whether or not to have children. “I was all about me,” Doughtie said. “I didn’t want to have children. Emery wanted children and we finally decided to have a child.” Their daughter Lauren was born in June 1985, and Doughtie said she noticed early on she wasn’t doing some things other infants were doing, such as pulling up on the crib bars to stand. After several meetings to diagnose the problem, Doughtie said doctors told the couple Lauren was developmentally challenged. When Lauren was 10 and was still unable to read, Doughtie left her job to devote herself to bringing up her daughter. “We had a psychologist tell us Lauren would never read,” Doughtie said. “I said, ‘Yes she will.’” For eight years, three days a week, Doughtie would pull Lauren out of school at noon and take her to Rocky Mount to work with Sylvan Learning Center. While she said it was taxing emotionally and physically to do so, the work paid off for mother and child. “I could do a commercial for Sylvan Learning Center,” Doughtie said. “They tried 24 different methods to teach her to read before one of them finally clicked.” Doughtie worked hard to shepherd Lauren through school, and was proud to see her daughter graduate on time despite her challenges. Emery Doughtie said his wife is not only an outstanding mother, but also a wonderful person. “Yvonne has had to adapt to many changes in her life being married to me for 32 years,” Emery explained. “In the first years of our marriage I worked well over 60 hours a week. There was not much time to grow together through the early years. Lauren came along after 3 years of marriage. A true gift from God. That being said, there were things that had to be looked at differently from what we had initially expected entering into parenthood. Yvonne has been a tireless mother to Lauren. Always striving to help Lauren in making important decisions.” What Yvonne Doughtie realized though was she was going through a journey of her own as her daughter worked to complete her schooling. “Lauren has taught me so much,” Doughtie said. “About patience, about humility. I look at her and wonder why God gave me such a special angel. She is so sweet and pure, if everyone was like her the world would be a much better place.” Doughtie said the woman she is today is not the woman she used to be, and she credits Lauren and Emery, who is mayor of Roanoke Rapids, with helping her become a different and better woman than she might have become without them. “I had no motherly skills at all before Lauren,” Doughtie said. “And Emery is a very, very devoted father. Children like Lauren need both parents to help them and guide them.”

Yvonne Doughtie loves to play the piano and keeps this one at her Roanoke Avenue shop so she can play it while she’s working.


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Oakley and Brody, owned by Jessica and Jason Keeter of the Roanoke Valley, cool off in a fun way.

Keeping pets cool, safe in hot weather

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ummer is back! For most of us, summer means ballgames, lake fun, beach trips and an endless list of family time outdoor fun. It’s only natural most of us animal lovers want to bring our pets with us, as we enjoy these summer activities. Unfortunately, as a veterinarian, this is also the time of year I see heat stroke and

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other health-related conditions occur as a result of the hot North Carolina summer temperatures. Here are my best top five recommendations for hot weather animal safety: 1. Provide shade. Part of this also means being careful to account for changing direction of the sun during the day. 2. Free access to cool drinking water. Add ice in


the morning and keep water out of direct sunlight. 3. Provide ventilation. Allow for natural air flow, such as a breeze or set up fans, etc. 4. If exercising pets, do so first thing in the morning when it is coolest and asphalt or sidewalks are cool. If the surface is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pet’s. Do not over-exert pets in hot weather. 5. Absolutely, positively no pets in a parked car without air conditioning on, even if windows are cracked or half-way down. Temperatures inside the car heat much more rapidly than outside temperatures, and heat stroke can occur within minutes. Think twice before traveling with your pet. Make sure you have fresh water and will not have to leave your pet in the car unattended. A small plastic child’s pool in the backyard can do wonders in helping to keep your dog cool this summer. Be sure to keep it in the shade, though, because the hot summer sun heats shallow pool water quickly. Signs of heat stroke in your pet include: Excessive panting, muscle weakness, collapse, disorientation and even seizures. If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat stroke, remove your pet from the sun, provide cool drinking water, if possible place a wet towel on top of the pet, and seek veterinary help immediately. Despite the limitations the hot summer sun poses, you can still enjoy many outdoor activities with your “best friend” just make sure to take precautions before stepping outside.

Veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Elias graduated with a Bachelor’s in biology from the University of South Florida and DVM from the University of Florida. She’s been practicing veterinary medicine for 18 years. She lives in Roanoke Rapids and is married with two children. Cynthia’s practice is Creekside Animal Hospital, 661 N.C. Highway 125 in Roanoke Rapids.

Dr. Cynthia Elias’ golden retriever Miss Mimi shakes off the wet after cooling down after a dip in Lake Gaston. Bottom: Chewie, owned by Gail and John Arthur, seeks shade outside under an umbrella.


Dr. Cynthia Elias’ golden retriever Miss Mimi carefully selects a Puppy Pop.

Here is a fun recipe your dog may like this summer:

Peanut Butter Banana Puppy Pops 3 bananas, lightly frozen and peeled 1/3 cup water 1/3 cup peanut butter

Break lightly frozen bananas into several pieces. Add water into a food processor. Add one banana at a time, blending until smooth after adding each banana. Add peanut butter and blend until smooth. Spoon into two ounce plastic cups. Top off with your pup’s favorite treat, if desired, prior to placing cups in freezer. Freeze for three to four hours. And BINGO! Your pooch’s treat is ready to serve. Be careful not to let pets eat the cup. Just make sure your pet does not have food allergies or a sensitive stomach before treating with this delicious cool dessert. Yields approximately eight two ounce servings.

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