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Family Time: Dog park etiquette

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

Countless dog owners across the country have discovered the benefits of off-leash areas - not only do they provide your dog some much-needed exercise, but they also reinforce the bond between people and pets. Whether you're visiting a park for the first time or you're a regular, it's important all patrons help make the park a safe and fun place for everyone to visit. Consider these simple etiquette tips every time you head out with your four-legged pal:

- Plan a test run. If you're visiting the local dog park for the first time, go to the park's website or visit without your dog to check out rules, hours and permit or vaccination requirements. Consider visiting at an off-peak time so your dog can get acquainted with the area in a relaxed setting before jumping in with a large group of dogs.

- Pick up. This is the golden rule of dog parks. If your dog answers nature's call, always have poop bags on hand in case they are not provided. Try to avoid eating, but if picnic tables are offered outside of the dog park gates, be sure to dispose of any garbage before you leave. Dogs are scavengers and will eat or chew on anything left behind.

- Be aware. Know where your dog is at all times. It's easy for owners to lose track of their pets as they run around, but that doesn't mean your dog has to be by your side either. You should be able to see your pet at all times.

- Make friends. Your dog wants to get to know other dogs; follow their example and strike up a conversation with a fellow pet owner. Not only might you find a new friend, but getting to know fellow pet owners helps build a stronger community and promotes even better experiences at the dog park.

- ARA

Family Screening Room

“Prom”

Rated: PG (for mild language and a brief fight)

Length: 103 minutes

Synopsis: At "Prom," every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches. "Prom" portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott, it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei and Tyler harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one "Prom." – Walt Disney Pictures

Violence/scary rating: 2.5

Sexual-content rating: 3

Profanity rating: 2

Drugs/alcohol rating: 1

Family Time rating: 3. This is a good family film for older children.

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Series #2),” by Rick Riordan

Ages: 9-11

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Ever since the gods of ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet — the chaos snake Apophis — is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family. - Hyperion Books for Children

Did You Know

According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, kids who have a vitamin D deficiency are more prone to obesity.

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