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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: February 22, 2013

To Dog Or Not To Dog

With apologies to William Shakespeare, I have twisted Hamlet’s speech in light of the current Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. As my wife and I watched the parade of beautiful pooches, we thought lovingly of our Shih Tzu, Ming, who lived with us for 21 years. She is still in our hearts and memories.

Should we go back to being dog-owners, with all the benefits as well as drawbacks? After all, walking a dog in two feet of snow is not a pleasant task for septuagenarians. As we watched the wondrous breeds on television, we were almost swayed. Madison Square Garden was all decked out for the 2,721 dogs competing for the 2013 Westminster Crown.

With loving affection and pride, each dog-owner stepped out on the Garden astro-turf floor to display the best features of their animals. The various breeds’ attributes and qualities were described by the announcer: the Pomeranian, the Dachshund, the Whippet, the Beagle, the German Shepherd, the English and French Bulldog, the Chihuahua, the Pug, the Terrier and the Labrador all captured our hearts as we watched them strut and pose.

Of course, some have expressed concern that all of the dogs on display in the show are purebreds, with not a mutt in sight. People love their mutts just as much as the purebreds, and loving any dog—and receiving their affection in return— is a blessing from above.

When we return home feeling dejected, we can be assured of our canine’s love waiting for us at our door. But the memories of the inconveniences pop up in our minds: Veterinarian bills, grooming expenses and boarding the dog when we are on vacation. Also, the needed midnight strolls can be troublesome. Are we being selfish, or are we being careful in considering all of the responsibilities inherent in dog ownership?

 We are still making up our collective mind; “To Dog or Not to Dog” is still the question.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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