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October 2013 | SUN LAKES SPLASH | Halloween and pet safety tips

Lee Koury First and foremost, your bowl of candy

should be for trick-or-treaters, not for Muffy and Fluffy. While your favorite Halloween pumpkin and decorative corn are relatively nontoxic, if ingested by Muffy or Fluffy, they can cause gastrointestinal upset; and if the piece eaten is too large, blockage could occur. So keep an eye on your


candy bowl and decorations. Here are some things to remember on Goblins Night. Halloween candy can be toxic. Don’t let

your pet eat Halloween candy. Chocolate is toxic and tin foil and cellophane wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Some candies contain the artifi cial sweetener xylitol which can be poisonous to pets even in small amounts. Seal your child’s stash and keep out of reach. Be careful with candles near your pet!

Sometimes an excited wagging tail can knock over a candle-lit pumpkin leading to a fi re. Consider using fl ameless candle to light up your jack-o-lantern. Wires and cords could harm your pet.

Remember to keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. Chewing on cords could cause cuts, burns or possibly life- threatening electrical shock. Door bells can be scary for your pet. All

but the most social pet should be kept away from the front door during peak trick-or-

treat hours. All those strangers repeatedly ringing the bell can be very scary and stressful. Dressing your pet for Halloween. If you

dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying, unsafe or that your pet is not allergic to the materials. Keep your pet’s ID on! Sometimes

accidents happen and while you are frequently opening the door for trick-or- treaters your pup or kitty may make a run for it. The proper identifi cation can be a lifesaver. Always, always make sure your pets have proper identifi cation in case they escape out the door. So, keep these things in mind and have a safe and scary Halloween.

If you do

suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, immediately call your vet, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or Arizona Veterinary Medical Association at 800-213-6680. Rover’s Rest Stop will be at

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annual IronOaks Halloween Pets on Parade on Saturday, October 26, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Lake Diamond in Oakwood. We will be bringing all our doggies in costume, of course. We have lots and lots of adopted doggies in forever homes at Sun Lakes, so stop by to say hello. If you have any doggie questions, please give D with Rovers a call at 480-600-2828. See you at the Halloween Parade! 


Congratulations Nancy Jerdee Congratulations to Sun Lakes resident

Nancy Jerdee. Nancy wanted to lose weight to ease knee joint pain. In her words, “I saw a woman I hadn’t seen for a few months and thought something was different - she looked great and I thought she had a face lift, or something! She told me she had lost 30 pounds. I made an appointment with her and got started, thinking it would be good for my knees to get some weight off. I now look for colorful foods and avoid fried foods and fat and sugar. I walk two miles twice

a week and do stretch and some exercise at home as I’m 80 years old and have had a hip replacement. I feel very good, have more energy and my knees are much better. The doctor has taken me off blood pressure meds - he is very pleased with my weight loss.” At the urging of Jacquie Peterson, also

a Sun Lakes resident, Nancy entered the Stars of Herbalife Contest, competing with people throughout the United States.

— JERDEE cont. on page 50



W. Smith The word “qualm” came to my attention

this week when I overheard someone say, “She didn’t qualm when I gave her the estimate.” It made me wonder about using qualm as a verb. Still, considering how our language continuously changes, the speaker might just be ahead of her time. Maybe by Halloween we’ll all be qualming. Now to our WOTM, the noun qualm. A common meaning of our word is a misgiving — an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry or fear, especially in regard to one’s own conduct. Synonyms include compunction, hesitation, and perhaps anxiety, scruple, apprehension and foreboding. Personally, I link it to one’s conscience, like a prick or twinge of conscience about an action taken or under consideration. The etymology of qualm is revealing.

Middle English “cwalm” (meaning death, sickness, plague) probably came from Old English “cwealm” (death, disaster, plague). Also factor in related West Saxon, Proto- Germanic and even Proto-European words

for death, destruction and piercing. After meaning death and destruction, by 1530 the meaning had softened to a feeling of faintness. Note Shakespeare’s use in the late 1500s - such as Gloucester’s line, “Some sudden qualm hath struck me at the heart.” One of my sources posits three distinct

meanings of the noun qualm: 1) the call of a raven—an obsolete meaning, though possibly related to foreboding; 2) death — typically violent and related to disaster (Remember the plague); and 3) our modern defi nition that possibly morphed from death to the tamer “pang” or queasiness. My favorite source concludes his

consideration of qualm with this thought- provoking example, “I think the qualm you feel today when you fudge your tax deductions is the same word that meant mass murder several centuries ago.” I invite you to submit your thoughts,

feelings, or qualms to sunlakeswotm@; or send along your own special word with some comments that shed light on it, to 



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