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How to help a sick animal — Porky and Buddy weigh in

Dear  Porky and Buddy,

I have terrible sad news and I thought maybe you could give me some advice.

My beautiful golden Retriever, Sadie, has just been diagnosed with bone cancer and my vet is referring me to a specialist, but says she will probably recommend amputation of her leg to try to save her. I am just devastated.

Should I put my already sick dog through all that trauma? How will she adjust?

Jen

 

Dear Jen,

We absolutely do not intend to make light of such a serious diagnosis.

Bone cancer — osteosarcoma — in dogs is common and we are sure your vet has already told you that the long term prognosis is not good.

But that said, our advice to you is simply this. . .  Get a grip.

Because remember this . . .  Dogs can’t count. Three legs, four legs, whatever, they have no psychological attachment to their body parts. They’re just legs and three work out about as well as four.

Assuming the specialist does recommend amputation for Sadie, and we suspect that she will, you will probably be astonished at how well she recovers.

In fact, since bone cancer is known to be very painful, she will, in all likelihood, act like a happy playful dog again when the source of her pain is gone!

There are a few things you can do to make the post surgery recovery and the transition a little smoother. Your surgeon will undoubtedly have lots of careful instructions for you to follow, but here are the basics.

Make sure Sadie has a quiet easily accessible bed where she can stay at first with her food and water nearby and her favorite toys (or cats) to keep her company.

Encourage her to rest as much as possible at first.  The surgery  and medications used during and after will take a toll on her.

If you have ever had surgery yourself, you know how exhausted you were and you knew what was happening.

It’s the same for Sadie, but she has no clue who or what all these strange people and places are.

Follow your surgeon’s advice about feeding Sadie after the surgery. Some dogs may only take a small amount of food or no food at all the night after surgery, but will eat normally again the next day.

Administer her  pain medication according to your surgeon’s instructions. This will help keep her comfortable during recovery. Don’t get all silly about strong pain killers — Sadie can’t tell you how much her incision hurts, so you have to rely on your surgeon’s advice.

You’ll have to put one of those horrible plastic cone things on her head to keep her from licking the wound.  She will hate it, but will get used to it.

Provide whatever wound care your surgeon recommends — but watch it and don’t hesitate to call if you have concerns or questions.

Depending on how strong you are and  how big Sadie is, you may want to have a cloth sling to help her navigate difficult maneuvers like stairs at first. At the very least, stay near her as she begins to walk around again so you can help if she needs you.

Most important . . .  enjoy your time with Sadie through her recovery and for the rest of her life. She needs you — you need her. Make it count.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Contact the office at 207-1070 or    ochscontact@hotmail.com

Oswego County Legislature committees named

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Kevin Gardner has set the legislature committees for 2014.

They are:

Government, Courts and Consumer Affairs:

Chair David Holst, Williamstown; vice chair John Martino, West Monroe; members Jacob Mulcahey, Oswego; Ronald Reehil, Cleveland; Milferd Potter, Orwell; Terry Wilbur, Hannibal; and Dan Farfaglia, Fulton.

Public Safety:

Chair Linda Lockwood, Volney; vice chair Margaret Kastler, Lacona; members Shane Broadwell, Scriba; Robert Hayes, Schroeppel; Richard Kline, Schroeppel; Mulcahey; Reehil; Amy Tresidder, Oswego.

Health:

Chair John Proud; vice chair Jim Karasek, Granby; members Frank Castiglia, Fulton; Kastler; Michael Kunzwiler, Oswego; Lockwood; Douglas Malone, Oswego Town; Morris Sorbello, Granby.

Finance and Personnel:

Chair Wilbur; vice chair Jim Weatherup, Hastings; members Broadwell, Hayes, Holst, Karasek, Kunzwiler.

Economic Development and Planning:

Chair Sorbello; vice chair Shawn Doyle, Pulaski; members Malone, Kline, Tresidder, Potter, Daniel LeClair, Pennellville.

Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology:

Chair Hayes; vice chair Potter; members Castiglia, Holst, Martino, Weatherup, Marie Schadt, Oswego Town; Walpole, Scriba.

Human Services:

Chair Broadwell; vice chair LeClair; members Doyle, Farfaglia, Proud, Schadt, Walpole.

Here are the dates for the county legislature meetings in 2014:

2 p.m. Feb. 13, March 13, May 15, July 10, Aug. 14 (in Pulaski) and Oct. 9.

7 p.m. April 10, June 12, Sept. 11 and Nov. 13

There will be two sessions Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Oswego County health clinics for week of Jan. 27

The Oswego County Health Department clinic schedule for the week of Jan. 27 has been announced.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available for children who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicaid or Managed Medicaid, who qualify for the Vaccine for Children Program.

Children who meet these criteria may receive flu vaccine Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Jan. 27 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

OSWEGO:

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the Oswego County Health Department, weekdays at 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Fulton boys’ wrestling continues its winning ways

By Dan Farfaglia

Two teams in first and second place in the Freedom Conference standings face each other tonight at G. Ray Bodley High School.

The 16-1 Fulton Red Raiders wrestling team hosts the 9-1 Mexico Tigers and whoever wins the match this evening will be crowned League Champions for the 2013-2014 season.

This evening is also “Pee Wee” night, as spectators will be treated to a sneak peek at the Fulton wrestlers of the future.

In some previous action, this past weekend, the Red Raiders attended the Clayton Bernard tournament at Hilton High School near Rochester. Seventeen schools participated and Fulton ended the tournament in second place.

The host school Hilton came in first, with Mexico in seventh place. Bringing home the runner-up awards for the Red Raiders were Joe Abelgore ( 99 pounds), Mitch Woodworth (120 pounds),  Brandon Hill (132 pounds) and Tim Holden (138 pounds).

Coming in third place were Travis Kemp (195 pounds), Matt Marshall (220 pounds) and Malachi Manford (285 pounds). Jacob Bailey (152 pounds), Travis Race (160 pounds) and James Bailey (170 pounds) all brought home the fourth place prize in their weight classes.

Fred Ashby (285 pounds) came in fifth. Kevin Tucker (113 pounds) and Collin Flynn (145 pounds) finished the day in sixth place.

On Wednesday of last week, East Syracuse Minoa came to town and wrestlers from Fulton were victorious in every weight class, winning by a score of 75-0.

Getting forfeits were Travis Kemp (195 pounds), Fred Ashby (285 pounds), Nick Noel (99 pounds), Joe Abelgore (106 pounds), Roy French (113 pounds), and Kevin Tucker (120 pounds). Jonathan Earl (132 pounds) won by a 4-0 decision, Collin Flynn (145 pounds) defeated his opponent by a score of 4-3 and Jacob Bailey (152 pounds) came out on top by a score of 6-3.

Getting pins were James Bailey (170 pounds), Noah Gates (182 pounds), Nick Morrison (126 pounds), Brandon Hill (138 pounds), and Travis Race (160 pounds).

That evening was also senior night for the Fulton wrestlers, who are in their final year of competing. They, along with their parents, were honored for their years of devotion and sacrifice to this sport at this school.

Making one of their final appearances in their home gym were:

** James Bailey, who plans on attending St. John Fisher College this fall, he was joined on the mat by his parents Greg and Lisa Bailey.

** Travis Kemp, who plans on attending Cayuga Community College and later on Paul Smiths College, he was joined on the mat by his parents April and Ed Kemp.

** Fred Ashby, who plans on attending a culinary institute, was joined on the mat by his parents Fred and Kathy Ashby.

** Brandon Hill, who plans on continuing his wrestling career at a SUNY college, was joined on the mat by his parents Pauline Hill and Tim Collins.  Special recognition also goes out to Brandon Hill`s aunt and uncle, Donna and Rick Crosby, for all they`ve done for him through the years and for their continuing support of the Fulton Wrestling program.

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This Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, the annual Section 3 Dual Meet Tournament will take place. In the 26 seasons this tournament has been in existence, the Red Raiders have made 23 appearances in the finals and came home with the top prize 18 times.

This event features the best wrestling teams in the 11-county Central New York region. The first matches of the day begin at 10 a.m.

Fulton boys’ hoops defense shuts down Mexico

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team saw a first-quarter lead turn into a deficit headed into halftime of its Jan. 14 game against county foe Mexico.

At halftime, Fulton coach Matt Kimpland issued a challenge to his team. He wanted the players take its defensive play up a notch or two while bringing the tempo of the game to a level at which they could succeed.

Challenge met. The Red Raiders played their best defense of the season during the third quarter, keeping Mexico off the scoreboard en route to a 61-49 win.

Fulton got off to a decent start, jumping out to a 5-point lead in the first quarter.  Mexico stormed in the second, outscoring the Red Raiders by 12 points to take a 36-29 lead into halftime.

But after the pep talk from Kimpland, the second half belonged to Fulton. Led by its stifling full court press, the Red Raiders shut out Mexico, 11-0 during the third quarter to take a 4-point lead. Fulton put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Mexico by 8 points to come away with the 12-point win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Colin Warrington with 15 points, followed by Justin Marsden and Jacob Cleveland with 10 points each. Jake DeLosh chipped in 8 points and Caleb Wallis and Dan Martinez-Pascual added 3 points each for The Tigers.

Fulton was led by Chris Jones with 21. Jones notched his fourth straight double-double and was 4 blocks shy of a triple-double.

Following Jones was Cody Green with 17 points. Josh Hudson played his best game of the season, Kimpland said, with 4 rebounds, only 1 turnover and 10 points.

Mark Pollock added 4 points. Jeremy Langdon and Dallas Bradley chipped in 3 points each.

Kimpland credits team member Joe Cummins with managing the game and keeping the offense moving. Kimpland also credits Brian Hudson for his effort against Mexico. He said his team’s recent success appears to be a result of accountability and execution.

“All 10 guys are beginning to take ownership of their roles and doing their jobs to help the team win.”, Kimpland said.

Kimpland said his team’s effort against Mexico was a telling one. He points out the officials called a very tight game, which resulted in a little foul trouble for the Red Raiders during the first half. By halftime, Fulton had 5 players with at least 2 fouls.

Despite the first-half foul trouble, Fulton was able to get productive minutes from five other players.

“All 10 guys that were dressed played in the first half,” he said, “which shows that there is some good depth on this team.”

Writing program for children available during February school break

Snowy Day Word Play is the latest class for young writers being offered by the Fulton Public Library.

The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. daily Feb. 17 through Feb. 21 at the library.

For youth ages 8 through 13, the week-long program will feature fun and engaging activities for those who love to write and want to improve their skills.

Instructors for the class are Karen Burke and Jim Farfaglia. Burke is a former teacher from the Oswego City School District and Farfaglia is retired from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

Both have spent recent years developing their own writing as well as sharing their ideas with others by leading classes.

“We are happy to have Karen and Jim back to provide programming for young writers,” says Betty Mauté, Fulton Public Library director.

“This program is funded by the sale of the Fulton Memoirs Project Book, a collection of stories about Fulton by 41 local authors, available for purchase at the library,” she said.

“Writing, teaching and working with young people is a winning trio for me,” Burke said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to spark interest in young writers and to enjoy the enthusiasm that young people bring to a new experience.”

“It is always a pleasure to work with young people who love to write,” Farfaglia said. “Karen and I are planning an interactive program, with lots of activities to stir creative minds and inspire good writing.  The children will explore our winter world through writing with a week’s worth of fun, adventuresome and delicious activities!”

Seating is limited. There is no fee, however, registration is required by calling 592-5159.

“Roar with Laughter” fundraiser coming Jan. 31

The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headline comedian Moody  McCarthy, and warm up Dan Mahoney, Friday Jan. 31 at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Doors open at 7 p.m. show begins at 8 p.m.

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs, said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. “This event has always been a popular fund-raiser and we anticipate that this will be another great one”.

The event is a major fundraiser for the local service organization, erving to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

Proceeds from the past fund-raising events have helped to support Make-a-Wish Foundation, Oswego Salvation Army, The ER’s Children Fund at Oswego Hospital, Oswego Library Capital Campaign, The Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, and Habitat for Humanity, to name just a few.

This year, the adult-themed comedy night will show case Moody McCarthy..

McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who has performed on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search. He lives in New York City with his wife and step-dog.

Moody began his career in his hometown of Syracuse in the 1990s. After six years Moody moved to New York City, where those who heard his jokes predicted he’d be courted by A-list producers as a writer.

After 20+ years honing his craft, Moody has steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere. With unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops, here is a comic who thrives in any venue and will brighten any event.

Moody has also appeared on ComedyTV, The Early Show, The Bob & Tom Show,  MSG Network,  Style Network,  Comcast Comedy Spotlight  and CTV in Canada.

McCarthy has also appeared in many clubs such as the Comic Strip; Gotham; Dangerfields; Eastville, Hilarities; Helium; Absolute Comedy and Royal Caribbean.

Moody is a member of SAG/AFTRA and trained at Joanna Beckson’s Acting Studio. He has  performed comedy in China and now speaks 3 words of Mandarin.

The warm-up act for Moody McCarthy is Dan Mahoney. In his youth, on one of his countless visits to the principal’s office, he was asked, “Mr. Mahoney….you’re back here again? Do you think you’re some kind of comedian?”

Dan Mahoney lives each day to answer that question with a resounding “YES”.

Dan Mahoney’s unique observational, rarely physical, always hysterical style has earned him industry acclaim and a loyal following.

He was a Regional Finalist in Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight in 2009, in 2010 he was selected for the Purina Pet Comedy Challenge, was a semifinalist in the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival and a finalist in the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival NYC Showcase in August.

Dan has survived drinking, dating, corporate life and cancer.  He discusses these life experiences on stage at times through his unique brand of steady-paced, deliberate observations.

He lives between NYC and his hometown of Buffalo. In 2013, he produced a weekly comedy show in the east village of Manhattan that had a three-year run.

He was a finalist in New York Underground and Boston Comedy Festivals, and is a veteran of clubs and corporate stages all over the country and Canada.

“The performances of McCarthy and Mahoney promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs,” said Chris Pelton, chairperson of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at Cakes Galore for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can call Pelton at 343-1394 or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub

The Lions Club will provide light complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar will also be available by the American Foundry.

The Lions Club has made available to local businesses and the public, an opportunity to purchase a reserved table. The table includes reserved seating for 10 people and recognition in our press releases and the night of the show.

Tables can be reserved by contacting Pelton at 343-1394.