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?



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

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.


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.


** 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 Bantams hockey falls to Lysander

Submitted by Anna Clarke

The Fulton Bantam hockey team, sponsored by Comfort Windows & Doors and Fulton Savings Bank fell, to Lysander 5-1 in a recent road game.

The Raiders fought an uphill battle as they faced #2 ranked Lysander with their bench shortened to nine skaters. After a scoreless first period, Fulton goalie Adam Bleiweiss allowed only one goal in period two after turning aside 18 shots from the Lightning.

Lysander netted their second goal early in the third stanza before Fulton team captain Nolan Bonnie picked up a rebound from Seth Cooney and made it a one-point game. The Lightning came on strong in the remainder of the period, scoring three more goals to secure their win over the Raiders.

Bleiweiss made 33 stops in net for Fulton.

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.


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.”

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I hope all students and their families enjoyed their long weekend.

We are almost at the mid-year mark, and things at GRB are getting quite busy.

The GRB Environmental Club has recently implemented a new kind of recycling in the building called terracycling.

Instead of just recycling water bottles and soda cans, students can now recycle plastic products, including yogurt containers, apple sauce containers and lids, and many other items.

Students also can bring in items from home. These include empty shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles, as well as cream cheese and sour cream containers.

For a more complete list of items, visit

Terracycling is not only good for the Earth, but it will help the Environmental Club raise money to install more water bottle-filling stations in the high school and elementary schools. Every little bit helps. Parents, send your kids in with these items if you have them, please.

Students who are taking a Regents exam during the upcoming Regents week should double check with their teachers to determine what time their exam is, what they need to bring and ask any last-minute questions.

The best advice the day before a test is this: get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast.

You will be on your way to success if you are well rested. Avoid cramming and staying up late — this will only hurt you in the end. Walk into the test with confidence and you are sure to do well.

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