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    Pets – Content by Judy

    I recently got a puppy and I can’t tell you how much richer my life is because of our new little beagle, Harriett! She makes us laugh. She gets us up and moving. She’s funny and smart. I think we are going to be in trouble cuz she might be a little too smart.

    The CDC article I was recently reading states that studies show the bond between people and pets lowers stress, increases fitness and brings happiness which can lead to decreased blood pressure, decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, decreased feelings of loneness with increased opportunities for exercise and socialization. Plus, pets can help us with weight loss.

    When considering what to get for a pet we should be considering how long the pet will live. What they eat. How much exercise they will need? How big or small will it be when full grown. Are pets allowed where you live. How much time you have for a pet? How much will the pet cost between vet bills, food, grooming, etc.

    Another thing is pet insurance. This is becoming more popular and can be quite affordable. And can cover those unexpected illnesses and accidents.

    And before you get your pet. Figure out what pet you might want. The cost and time commitment. Reasons why that pet might not be a good idea. Ask yourself – will my life be richer if I get this pet? Or should I consider a cat instead? Maybe fish?

    If you haven’t had a pet before you might want to consider a parakeet, a gecko, a gerbil or guinea pig. They are pretty easy to care for.

    And remember the benefits!! Companionship, movement and laughter. Pets can give us a new meaning and purpose in life. My grandkids have come to visit more so they can see the puppy.

    Most households in the US have at least one pet. You just need to pick the right pet for you and your household. We all are better off for loving a pet.

    Walking Class- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

    Time- 3:15pm to 4:15pm

    Cost: FREE

    Come join this instructor run “walking class” which is modeled after the Arthritis Foundation’s Walking With Ease Program. Great way to get and stay healthy & fit!

    Did you know that January is National Soup Month?

    Starting on Thursday, January 2nd —we will serve a hot, home-made soup every Tuesday during the month of January! Come join us at the Senior Center and get toasty warm from the inside out with a delicious home-made soup! No need to sign up—Lunch is served daily from 11:00—12:15.

    New Exercise Class starting next month (February)!

    If you are interested in a Monday morning 9:00-10:00 AM cardio exercise class—please sign up on the bulletin board. Classes will start on Monday, February, 3rd at 9:00 AM. Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Classes are FREE!

    Friday, January 31st- ITALIAN DINNER PARTY

    Time- 2:00pm

    Cost: $8.00 donation request

    Menu: Pasta, Pasta, & Pasta! Variety of Pasta dishes, meat-balls, sausage, salad, garlic bread & more!

    Entertainment & Raffles too!

    Come join us for a wonderful afternoon of great Italian Food & fantastic entertainment! What better way to shake off the cold winter but with warm friends and a great time! Your attendance at the dinner will not only guarantee you will have a wonderful time with friends and neighbors, but you will also help support our wonderful Senior Center and all of the great programs and activities we have! Bus is available! Come have some fun!
    Come join us and ring in the Holiday Season with cheer! PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.
    Bus is available!