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Press readers may remember the story of Abbey – the Golden Retriever who was the

pet-mask

Dobie the Doberman displays one of the special pet oxygen
masks designed to be used by emergency personnel in rescue
situations.

subject of a rescue effort last December after she fell through the ice on the family pond.

 

Just before Christmas, Summoned by barking, Michael Edwards, a BGSU freshman home on Christmas break, went to the door to let in the family dogs. Expecting to find Abbey and Tucker, the family Boxer, Michael was surprised to see only Tucker.

After a brief search, Michael saw Abbey in the middle of the large pond, struggling to get out of the water. She was holding onto the broken ice with one paw, and kept falling under the water.

Guessing the ice was too thin and fragile to make it to where Abbey was, a frantic Michael called his mom, Karen, and then alerted the Woodville Township Fire Department, which rushed to the Edwards’ East County Road property.

Wearing cold-weather waterproof suits, firefighters retrieved the cold and exhausted dog from the water and took her to safety in a boat, as frightened members of the Edwards family and emergency personnel looked on.

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More American children are competing in sports than ever before. Sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers helpful injury-prevention tips that can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their children.

Injury risks
All sports have a risk of injury. In general, the more contact in a sport, the greater the risk of injury.

Most injuries occur to ligaments (connect bones together), tendons (connect muscles to bones) and muscles. Only about 5 percent of sports injuries involve broken bones. However, the areas where bones grow in children are at more risk of injury during the rapid phases of growth. In a growing child, point tenderness over a bone should be evaluated further by a medical provider even if minimal swelling or limitation in motion is appreciated.

Most frequent sports injuries are sprains (injuries to ligaments) and strains (injuries to muscles), caused when an abnormal stress is placed on tendons, joints, bones and muscle. As always, contact your pediatrician if you have additional questions or concerns.

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What do you do when you think you have the flu, strain your back or come down with an ear infection? If you are one of the fortunate Americans who have health insurance, you might schedule an appointment with your doctor, go in for an exam, pay a small co-pay, and leave with care instructions or prescription medication to help you feel better.

But for more than 46 million Americans without insurance, getting medical attention is not so easy. 

Uninsured families face numerous hurdles in receiving adequate care, such as finding doctors who accept uninsured patients, long waits for care, and expensive medical bills. Many families opt to skip medical treatment altogether, try to stay healthy and hope for the best.

But that doesn’t always work. An uninsured American dies every 24 minutes because he or she could not get necessary care. Anyone can lose his or her insurance—rich, poor, married, single, employed and unemployed of every race in every part of the country. Women are especially vulnerable to becoming uninsured. More than 45 percent of all uninsured people in the U.S. are women, including 13 percent of all pregnant women.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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