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Keeping your dogs out of the heat – always in style!

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Lilac looks so elegant these days! She’s on a summer walk with Jett and Mama Rose.

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Most dogs love going for walks, romping at the dog park, leaping for Frisbees or sprinting for tennis balls. But during the “dog days of summer,” when temperatures are soaring, letting dogs overexert themselves (or forcing them to) isn’t doing them any favors. In fact, it could do them in.

Dogs simply can’t handle the heat. Unlike humans, they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their footpads. When ambient temperatures rise above 89.5 degrees, they can’t effectively shed their body heat, and when their body temperature reaches 106 to 109 degrees, heatstroke sets in, resulting in brain damage or death. Those who are elderly, overweight or flat-faced—such as pugs, boxers, bulldogs and other breeds—are especially at risk.

Making dogs run with you while you jog or bike during hot weather can kill them—they will collapse before giving up, and by then it may be too late to save them. Even those who are used to running and in good physical shape are in danger: Last month, for example, Mojo, a K9 officer with the Arlington Police Department in Texas, reportedly became overheated while pursuing a fugitive. Despite being rushed to an animal hospital, he didn’t survive.

Hot pavement, sand and other surfaces can scorch dogs’ sensitive footpads, causing pain, burns and permanent damage, as well as reflecting heat back onto their bodies. In Arizona last month, a pit bull reportedly died of heat exhaustion while hiking on a trail in 107-degree temperatures. The dog’s guardian called the police for help, but by the time the first responders arrived, it was too late.

You can protect your dog by walking early in the morning and late at night when it’s cooler and always testing the ground with your hand—hot to the touch is too hot for Spot. Choose shady routes, and walk on the grass instead of the pavement. Carry plenty of water and stop often in the shade to rest and take a water break.

Exercise and sweltering temperatures are a deadly combination for dogs, but the ones who can’t move are just as vulnerable on summer days. Countless dogs have suffered and died of heatstroke because they were chained or penned outside with no escape from the blazing sun and blistering heat.

In July, both a puppy and an adult dog in North Carolina reportedly died after their tethers became tangled in a bush, trapping them in direct sunlight with no access to shade or water. Also last month, a Labrador retriever in Maryland reportedly died after being left on a second-story deck in 90-degree weather. According to the police, the deck’s surface was even hotter—109 degrees.

Never leave dogs outdoors unattended, especially in the heat, and if there are chained or penned dogs in your neighborhood, check on them often to ensure that they have water (in a tip-proof container) and shade (as well as food and shelter), and encourage your neighbors to let them live indoors. If they lack these basic necessities, provide them with water and notify local authorities immediately.

It should go without saying, but hot cars are also death traps for dogs. Never leave an animal (or child) in a parked car in warm weather, even for a short period of time with the windows slightly open. Dogs can succumb to heatstroke within minutes—even if the car isn’t parked in direct sunlight. If you see a dog in a hot car, ask nearby businesses to page the vehicle’s owner or call 911 immediately. If the dog appears to be in imminent danger (e.g., rapid panting, bright red tongue, dizziness, vomiting), quickly find a witness who can confirm your account if possible and then take whatever action is necessary to save the animal’s life.

During the “dog days of summer”—and always—keep your dogs safe by keeping them indoors, with air conditioning or fans running and plenty of fresh, cool water available. Special cooling mats and vests for dogs can also help keep them comfortable.

And please, spread the word: Heat kills.

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Lilac and Jett

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Two flower pics taken during our walk:

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And the newbies at Rose’s shack:

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Flower power!!!

Pics:Rose T.

Surviving the August heat wave

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Rosalie and her air conditioner – this a.m. … pic:R.T.
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By Edith Morgan

The grass is turning brown ahead of time, and my tomato plants, few as they are, have pretty much given up, drying up and drooping. We are trying to obey the City of Worcester’s water restrictions, watering after the sun has set and using a watering can where possible. Luckily, it rained steadily Wednesday night, so things are looking a bit more alive.

But now we face another several days of heat and humidity. But we are lucky: this old house stays cool even in the most extreme heat – the nine-foot ceilings trap the hot air above our heads, and the big old ceiling fan moves the air around enough to give us the illusion of wind!

This is a good time to relax and enjoy watching the Olympics, which will be going on into next week. Perhaps it is our imagination, but does it feel a little cooler to watch swimmers in that cool, clear water?!

At any rate, we are quite comfortably ensconced on our living room couch, watching the contests. And they are inspirational: There is a wonderful sense of the struggles and dedication displayed by the athletes, and we have been happy to see how many young people are watching and are inspired to put forth the supreme effort that our athletes are displaying.

What has impressed me especially are the behind-the-scenes stories – especially of the struggles that the champions undertook to reach the Olympics. Watching swimming and gymnastics and listening to the tremendous effort and persistence displayed by the winners can’t help but be inspiring to many of the young people watching. Hopefully, they feel that they too can achieve the kind of perfection the champions display!

Of course, it is not just determination that gets them there. So often there is the good fortune of being noticed by someone who not only recognizes special talent but nurtures it and puts a young person in touch with a coach, teacher or other form of help and inspiration.

Those of us who are teachers know how often we have spotted a special spark in one of our students and gone out of our way to encourage it, point it out to parents or others who can nurture it and pass the word. With the start of another school year just ahead, those who are still teaching have the opportunity once again to spot the hidden gifts in many of our students. But just finding it is not enough. There has to be that determination to learn, practice and, above all, persevere.

And so we sit here and enjoy the achievements of these young people, cheer them on, and marvel at what the human body can do with training and exercise.

One thing has struck me in particular: so many years ago, Olympics seemed to be pretty much dominated by men. But as I watched the gymnasts, the beach volleyball teams, the swimmers, the wrestlers and who knows what sports are still to come – amazing girls and women are winning gold medals, where several years ago they were not even in the running.

And, of course, the obvious ethnic mixes of the champions are evidence that real champions come in all colors and sizes!

Buried alive for a summertime trinket

By Laura Cascada

As the summer beach season heats up, walk into almost any large seaside souvenir shop, and you’re likely to see them: live hermit crabs in brightly painted shells being sold to tourists who have no idea how to care for them. Save your money and the crabs—don’t buy one. Hermit crabs are miserable in captivity, and taking one home supports a cruel trade with a massive death toll.

After receiving a disturbing tip about a private wholesaler in Orlando, Florida, that sells imported wild-caught hermit crabs to boardwalk shops and also claimed to supply large pet store chains, PETA took a closer look.

Most people probably have no idea that hermit crabs rarely breed in captivity, so all those crabs you see in souvenir shops were snatched from their real homes and forced into a strange and terrifying environment. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Caribbean and Ecuadorian hermit crabs are taken from tropical beaches to benefit the cruel pet trade. At the facility in Florida, PETA’s eyewitness found that wild-caught crabs arrived and were left overnight in cramped burlap sacks by the thousands.

They were then dumped into pens so crowded that many were buried beneath piles of other crabs, unable to eat or drink. Instead of sandy shorelines, they were forced to live on barren plywood floors with nowhere to hide or burrow, both of which are vital to hermit crabs’ welfare.

Hermit crabs struggle to breathe and can even suffocate when the air becomes too dry, but workers made no obvious attempt to measure humidity levels in the pens. When water was offered, thirsty crabs clamored for it, but they were never given access to the salt water that is crucial to their well-being.

In their natural habitat, hermit crabs can live for decades. But at this facility, hundreds of dead crabs were found every day. The owner referred to them as a “waste of money.”

Workers swept crabs into piles, claiming that the survivors would eventually climb out from underneath the dead. But live crabs were thrown into the trash along with dead ones.

And to force crabs into the colorful shells that appeal to tourists, workers used a lever press to crack open their existing shells, leaving them vulnerable and defenseless. The frantic crabs were then given only “fancy” shells coated with paint—which can be toxic—to crawl into. PETA’s eyewitness even found live crabs in a bucket of cracked shells destined for the trash.

Crabs who survived all this were then dumped by the hundreds into cloth sacks, which were taped shut and shipped off to be sold in pet stores and souvenir shops—where more misery awaited them.

Over the years, I have shared my home with several rescued hermit crabs, and I know how complex their needs are. When bought from souvenir shops, most crabs don’t survive more than a few months—maybe a year at most.

Many slowly suffocate because they can’t breathe the dry air in the tiny cages they’re sold in. Others are slowly poisoned by chlorinated tap water or the paint adorning their shells. And still others die because they aren’t given a moist substrate that’s deep enough for them to bury themselves in.

Hermit crabs also need companionship—something that most people never even consider. As social animals, they thrive in large colonies in their natural homes.

So even the most carefully planned “crabitat” is far from ideal for these complex shore-dwellers. This summer, please help keep hermit crabs where they belong—in the wild. Don’t purchase them, refuse to patronize any shop that sells them, and tell the shop owner why.

Edith’s parked in A.I: Summer thoughts

By Edith Morgan

School’s out – the kids say “hurrah,” the parents groan. The City of Worcester offers a wonderful array of things to do, using our school buildings, our parks, and a summer staff to keep them occupied, and learning experiences to prevent their backsliding and forgetting much of what they learned in the past year. I applaud all these efforts and really hope that those children who need such support the most will take full advantage of all these offerings.

These programs are a far cary from what we knew when we were young: summer was a time for outdoor activity, for getting around the neighborhood and for pursuing our own interests – hobbies, arts, explorations of all sorts. Most parents were very busy just surviving, and we kids did not need (nor WANT) to be constantly entertained. We were told “Go out and play, get back in here for supper,” or “when it gets dark.” We roller-skated, played football or baseball (if we could round up enough players) and read a mountain of comic books when our parents were not looking, as mine frowned on them, and since we had no money to buy a lot of them, we had a store around the corner where we could exchange the ones we had bought for 10 cents, receive 2 cents for the ones we had read, and trade five old ones for a new one. We were all well acquainted with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Archie and the classic comics. It was not great literature, but generally harmless and easy reading.

Our “Superheroes” fought evildoers and won without a great deal of destruction and bloodshed, and did not, by and large, bend the law. How times have changed … .

For parents, this summer time might be a great time to think deeply about our schools this summer: we have a lot of decisions to make, not just about our own children, but also about all the other children in our schools.

I believe that EVERY child, in EVERY Public School, is entitled to a quality education – and that the schools are the place where children learn to be fully functioning citizens, responsible human beings and lifelong learners.

And they should be taught the skills and attitudes and habits they need to live decent lives, develop their talents to the fullest and pay forward to the next generation what they were given.

We were promised that when we established charter schools that they would have the freedom to innovate, try new and better things, and share their discoveries with the public schools. Instead, too many of them have cut corners, have hired persons ill prepared and unqualified and, in some instances, put profits ahead of performance. When we knew all along that excessive bureaucracy and insufficient support of teachers who innovate were major stumbling blocks to improvement, why did we not just change what we knew to be wrong in the existing schools so all of them could be innovative?

Was there another agenda, hidden behind the promise of “Choice”?

Have we been had?

Vegan Ice Cream Flavors to Cool You Down this Summer!

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FROM PETA.ORG!

So Delicious

This brand offers Pomegranate Chip, Mint Marble Fudge, Neapolitan, Snickerdoodle, Salted Caramel Cluster, Cookies and Cream, German Chocolate, and more—and the company uses soy, almond, coconut, and cashew milks as the base of the various dairy-free flavors! So Delicious also offers ice cream bars and sandwiches.

This brand offers Pomegranate Chip, Mint Marble Fudge, Neapolitan, Snickerdoodle, Salted Caramel Cluster, Cookies and Cream, German Chocolate, and more—and the company uses soy, almond, coconut, and cashew milks as the base of their icecream.

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Blue Bunny

This brand offers Vegan Mocha Fudge, Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, and Chocolate flavors of ice cream, all with an almond-milk base. It also carries vegan FrozFruit bars.

Tofutti

Check out the Tofutti Cuties line of ice cream sandwiches (available in Key Lime, Peanut Butter, Wild Berry, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate!). In addition, the Tofutti brand offers Yours Truly Cones and pints of Vanilla Almond Bark, “Better” Pecan, and Chocolate Cookie Crunch vegan ice cream, among others.

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Almond Dream, Rice Dream, Coconut Dream, and Soy Dream
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The dairy-free ice creams in these lines come in flavors such as Cappuccino Swirl, Praline Crunch, Cookies and Dream, Orange Vanilla Swirl, Strawberry, and more. You can also find Rice Dream ice cream bars and Frozen Dessert Bites, and Coconut Dream Frozen Dessert Bites.

Coconut Bliss

A newer brand, Coconut Bliss offers flavors that are pure bliss. Try Mocha Maca Crunch, Ginger Cookie Caramel, Chocolate Walnut Brownie, or Pineapple Coconut.

Ciao Bella

Check out all these sophisticated sorbetto flavors: Alphonso Mango, Bartlett Pear Hibiscus, Dark Cocoa, Coconut, Mario Blackberry Cabernet, Pacific Northwest Raspberry, Sicilian Blood Orange, Sicilian Limone, White Peach Sangria, and Wild Italian Strawberry Limonata.

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Double Rainbow
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These scrumptious soy ice cream flavors are to die for, except no one had to: Blueberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, and Very Cherry Chip.

NadaMoo!

This brand uses coconut milk to create its delicious ice cream, which features these fine flavors: Cookies & Crème, Lotta Mint Chip, Creamy Coconut, PB & Chocolate, Gotta Do Chocolate, Vanilla Cha Cha Chai, Chocolate Almond Chip, Mmm…Maple Pecan, Sweet Cherry Lime, Vanilla…ahhh, and Java Crunch.

Trader Joe’s

Check out Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip and Vanilla ice cream.

editor’s note: Rosalie has bought their strawberry coconut milk “ice cream.” Deelish! No cows harmed! … A quick drive over the bridge into Shrewsbury, route 9, gets you to TJ.

SUMMERTIME IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WATERMELON!

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Chef Joey says: SUMMERTIME is WATERMELON salad time!

Text, photos and recipes by Chef Joey

It’s the middle of the year! The irony of “mow” vs. “snow” is crazy! While we try to stay warm in the winter, we try to keep cool in the summer.  And what better way to be cool than with refreshing salads and drinks?

One of my favorite salads is a watermelon salad; it is so fresh and delicious and can be a meal in itself with cheese added for protein.

You can be creative with spices. My favorite is fresh basil. However, any FRESH spice works: cilantro, rosemary, chervil or even mint. They all sparkle with the watermelon.

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So with a rosemary watermelon I add Feta cheese crumbles and sprinkle with cider vinegar. With basil I add a touch of balsamic vinegar and crumbled blue cheese or feta.

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With cilantro I tend to use champagne vinegar and add queso blanco and a touch of salt.

They are all head turners and always a hit!

Ok here is the watermelon history part! Watermelon traces its roots to Africa, where it is found growing wild. Sometime in the the 19th century, watermelon basically was indigenous to tropical Africa.

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Researchers have found evidence of its cultivation in the Nile Valley tracing back to 2000 BC!  Watermelon seeds have been found at 12th dynasty sites and in the tomb Tutankhamun!

Watermelon is also mentioned in the Bible as a food eaten by the ancient Israelites while they were in bondage in Egypt.

In the meantime…during the 7th century, watermelons were being cultivated in India, and by the 10th century they reached China, which is now the world’s single largest watermelon producer. Spanish Moors introduced the fruit into Europe and there is evidence of it being cultivated in Córdoba in 961 and also in Seville in the 1100’s. It spread north after a stint in Spain to southern Europe, very slowly because summer temperatures were most likely a factor for good yields. The fruit had begun appearing in European herbals by 1600, and was widely planted in Europe in the 17th century as a minor garden plant.

European colonists and people that were then deemed slaves brought watermelon into the “Colonies.” Spanish settlers were growing it in Florida in when they arrived in 1576, and it was being grown right here in the Bay State by 1629, and by 1650 was being cultivated in Peru.  Even Brazil, Panama and many British and Dutch colonies discovered their love of watermelons! Never mind South America – around the same time, Native Americans were cultivating the crop in the Mississippi valley and Florida. Watermelons were introduced by the invading Captain Cook to Hawaii and other Pacific islands, where they were rapidly accepted.

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The wonderful watermelon!

For your summer BBQs! 16 vegan burger recipes that will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

A teaser…to see all the recipes, CLICK HERE!

From the infinitely awesome folks at PETA – PETA.ORG!!!     – R.T.

 

Quinoa packs a protein punch, and you get too many vitamins and nutrients to list from the beets in this burger.

3. Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers & Lightened-Up Crispy Baked Fries by Oh She Glows

The baked fries really seal the deal with this one.

4. The Best Vegan Burgerby Jamie Oliver

Oliver says that this burger is “healthy and seriously satisfying”—and he definitely knows what he’s talking about.

5. Vegan Grilled Portobello Burgers by The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour

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The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour recommends pairing a Belgian ale, an American wheat ale, or an American or English pale ale with this delicious burger.

InCity Times’ 12th B-day issue is also our swimsuit issue …

By Rosalie Tirella

… Looking at our paper today made me realize: NO INTRO to our swimsuit spread!

So, here we go …

The swimsuit photos in this issue of ICTimes were taken at Worcester city/state pools and beaches. I, like we do every year, took pics of the real Worcester we all know and love: the multicultural, diverse, young, old, skinny, heavy, lithe Woo gals we see everywhere – women all uniquely beautiful. A few years ago,  a woman in her late 50s was our cover gal. She looked great! Last year, a Latina gal strutted her stuff. This year, several city beauties grace our front cover (in color, off course!).

What I would especially like to add here (and I know I’m off-topic): I took my swimsuit photos during the recent heat wave – when the Woo streets were hot enough to fry an egg on, when my lil’ dog Jett  hung around the window fans panting, when Worcester folks had to WAIT IN LINE TO GET INTO THE STATE POOL TO COOL OFF. During a heat wave!!! When the temp (for 4 or 5 days) was 94 degrees F – and with humidity factored in – close to 96, 97 … AND PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE TO GET INTO THE WATER.

I asked the lifeguard sitting at the front desk at the state pool (it was about 1:30 p.m): Why is this happening? Why aren’t these 50 people in the water? Why are they waiting in a heat wave?  Why are they lined up like this?! There are older people in line, little children, a pregnant woman …

The lifeguard told me the state pool could only accommodate 150 folks, what with the number of lifeguards the pool had.

I said: WHAT? You mean, if no one leaves now, then none of these folks can come in to swim?

She said: That’s right. The number of life guards on duty means that only 150 folks can swim in the pool at one time. She said sometimes people wait for 2 or so hours to come in for a dip or swim.

I felt horrible. First, the city and state pools open noon and 1 p.m. – even during heat waves. Then, when city folks come by, they have to wait and cook in the hot sun for hours before they can enter the pool area. They have to stay OUTSIDE the pool area – it’s the law.

We will not begin to decry the sad state of pool affairs in Woo – how inner-city folks took it in the chin when the city shut down the city’s swimming pools three or so years ago. Only one – the new Crompton Park pool – is open these days. City officials claim that with the Wheels to Water program, and Woo’s two state pools and city beaches that city folks have plenty of aquatic options. Doesn’t look that way. We have a city of more than 180,000 people – many of them poor, without lots of resources. Heat waves can be tough for poorer folks without air conditioners or cars. They NEED our city pools for fun and RELIEF. They NEED to be able to WALK to their neighborhood swimming pools! When I was a little kid growing up in Green Island, my mom didn’t have a car,  so every summer day, late in the afternoon, my sisters and I WALKED to the Crompton Park pool. An easy 10 minute walk. And when we got there? Heaven! Cool, cool water! Kids from my school – Lamartine Street School – doing cannon balls and raising hell. So much fun!

The support the City of Worcester used to give to its immigrant or first generation American families has evaporated. City pools, free music lessons, free swimming lessons at the Girls Club via our public schools, Summer’s World, art and exercise in our public schools … . all cut or cut back, leaving nice families, good kids and their parents cooking in a summer heat wave.

Believe me, the people I talked with outside the pool area during that brutal heat wave were the nicest – too nice! They waited patiently, chatted, joked around. They were so happy to be waiting in LINE to swim!

THIS IS WRONG. I wanted to MAKE SOME NOISE.

But it was so humid,  even I  – Rosalie T. – had lost some of my Green Island grit and Mediterranean temper! I took my swimsuit photos and told them all I would be back …