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Calendar continued from page 19 OCTOBER


October is National Adopt-A-Dog Month. Visit your local humane society or animal shelter to help a rescue dog find his/her forever home.


October is National Fire Safety Month.


October weekends - The Asylum Haunted House Presents Hysteria - Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, WV. Can you survive a journey into the Asylum? Enter at your own risk! Ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. General admission - $20. VIP admission $40. www.theasylumwv.com.


October Every Wednesday-Sunday Fright Farm open - Smithfield, PA. 26 years of FEAR! Our state-of-the-art special effects, highly- detailed scenes, custom digital soundtracks, computerized lighting, and talented actors make Fright Farm a frightening experience unlike any other. www.frightfarm.com.


Oct 1-31 Kids Day at the Farm - Rich Farms, 2043 Springhill Furnace Road, Smithfield, PA. Pumpkin patch, hay ride, corn maze, turf path, face painting, hay mountain, fishing, nature park, and more. 724-564-7644 www.richfarms.com. See ad on page 17.


Oct. 2 World Smile Day


Oct. 2 Arts Walk - Main Street, Morgan- town, WV.


downtown businesses and see artwork from local artists. www.downtownmorgantown.com.


Oct. 3-4 Burlington Old Fashion Apple Har- vest Festival - 539 New Creek Hwy, Keyser, WV. Apple butter making, parade, fireworks, BBQ, entertainment, flea market, arts & crafts. 304- 788-2342. www.bumfs.org. See ad on page 7.


Oct. 9-11 Annual Fall Festival - Trans-Al- legheny Lunatic Asylum Ghost Hunts and Tours - Weston, WV. Celebrate Fall with vendors, games, haunted house, flashlight tours, and more. Admission to Fall Fest activities is free (fee charged for tours, haunted house, and vendors). www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com.


Oct. 9-11 Pricketts Fort Christmas in October Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV. Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday noon - 4 p.m. Join us for a unique shopping experience in a historic environ- ment. Regular admission www.prickettsfort.org.


Oct. 17 36th Annual Bridge Day - Fayette County, WV. One of the largest extreme sports event in the world. The 876′ tall New River Gorge Bridge, serves as the launch point for hundreds of BASE jumpers into the New River Gorge below! Nearly 80,000 spectators are expected to attend the event. http://officialbridgeday.com.


Oct. 17-18, 24-25 ZOO BOO - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Collect candy, enjoy the ani- mals, and participate in other fun activities along the way. Halloween parade and costume contest. General admission. www.pittsburghzoo.org.


Oct. 23-25 Native American Weekend - Prick- ett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV. Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday noon - 4 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy an interactive history lesson which will include displays, demonstations, and hands-on activities for the kids. Regular admission. www. prickettsfort.org. See ad on page 17.


Oct 31 Happy Halloween! Be Safe! 


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Habits of Highly Effective Pet Owners


by Heidi Ganahl getting a pet all the way through their life. B


To ensure you enrich your pets life as much as they enrich your life, below are key habits of effective pet owners.


1. They do their Research: Before going to look for a pet, responsible owners determine what needs and constraints their family has. Are you an active family who can handle a breed that needs a lot of exercise, or do you need a pet this requires less activity? Do you have time to comb and brush your pet daily? If not, you want a pet that has short hair that doesn’t require as much grooming. It is important that you know these criteria before going to look for a pet so you pick one that is right for your family and don’t just pick a pet based on its looks. Aside from pet research, effective owners are well prepared for the costs that go along with adding a pet to their famiily. 2. They see training as essential: Before purchasing a pet, responsible owners know that training is essential. To help new pets become comfortable in their new home, training is key - not only for potty training, but also to ensure you help your dog understand what you are asking from them. From training to never beg, bark or chew, training is the essential stepping stone to ensuring your dog is a well-behaved member of the family both inside and outside of the home. 3. Health and Wellness is Always Top of Mind: Veterinary expenses are something you want to factor in as you choose your pet, as well. In the early stages of life, costs of exams and shots should be fairly minimal, but you have to plan for any emergencies or the cost of having a senior pet. There are emergencies that could come up along the way that can cost a significant amount of money, and as your pet gets older, the cost of veterinary care goes up. You can


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research the cost of pet insurance to see if it will be right for you and your new pet. 4. They Focus on Nutrition: Nutrition is a big factor in a pet’s life, and choosing the right food for your pet will help you keep your new furry friend in tip top shape. Higher quality food leads to less shedding and a shinier coat, less waste, less eating and a healthier weight. Although a higher quality food may seem expensive, in the end, your dog will eat less and be healthier, ultimately having the bag last longer. 5. They Exercise their Pets: Pets need daily exercise to keep in shape, as well as to keep bad habits at bay. Pets that don’t get enough exercise are more likely to get into bad habits to try to release some of their energy, including barking, chewing and digging. Exercise is also critical to pets so that they maintain healthy joints and bones. 6. They Know Socializing is Essential: Pets need their people, and interacting with your pets on a daily basis helps keep them feeling like part of the family. Whether it is a fun activity like playing ball or just some good quality petting time (which is proven to reduce a human’s blood pressure), this will help your pet stay happy and healthy. An effective owner will also prepare their pets for other interactions with animals; keeping your dog socialized will help keep dogs from displaying more serious behavior issues. 


Heidi Ganahl is the CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest pet care franchise.


http://www.campbowwowusa.com/


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