Pet Peeves: Health Benefits of having pets

Hey friends!  Mia and Dexter here with the scoop.

We sure do love our mommy and daddy; they feed us and play with us and take us for jogs.  In fact, sometimes I think mommy likes us even more than Jordin (but, shhhhh).  So, since they take such wonderful care of us, we thought we’d do something nice back – we’re keeping them healthy.

That’s right, for all you lovely pet-parents out there, we practically have magical healing powers.  For example, did you know that babies living in households with dogs have 31% fewer respiratory tract infections and 44% fewer ear infections? Yeah. And having us pets around decreases the likelihood that your child will develop allergies later in life.

We’re not just good for babies though!  We help adults maintain lower blood pressure levels and live longer after heart attacks.  Alzheimer’s patients suffer fewer outbursts of anxiety if they have pets, and, get this, during the medical screenings of people 75 and over, insurance agencies will ask about the ownership of a pet as potential points in their favor.

Even the effects of our constant affection and love can be shown by scientific evidence; petting and playing with us boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine in humans while decreasing amounts of chemicals like cortisol, a hormone that is linked to stress.

So, to all you moms and dads of fur-people, you’re welcome. Now let’s play fetch!



Hunter explains what to do if you are being bullied.

In recent years, there has been a surge of awareness related to bullying and the serious repercussions associated with it.  Even with all this talk, bullying is still a large problem in our schools.  It isn’t something that we just see in far off cities, but it is happening in our hometown every day.  Our office has recently been made aware of several stories of children in our own area who have been bullied, some taking their own life as a result.  Even with all of the organizations and the awareness that is being raised, there is still a lot of work to do.  We would like to take this time to discuss the warning signs of bullying from both sides of the coin.

The following is a list of signs that your child is being bullied:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches and stomachaches
  • Feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits (skipping meals or binge eating).  Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feeling of helplessness or decreased self- esteem
  • Self destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.

Signs that a child is bullying others:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Whether you know a child that is being bullied or you know one that is bullying, please get them the proper help so that we can stop this vicious cycle.

Here are some bullying resources:

Hunter explains what to do if you are being bullied. – for warning signs, info and prevention – for teens about bullying prevention

Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce

Summer is a great time to barbecue! Spice up your grill with the homemade Barbecue Sauce.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Heat the vegetable oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is golden, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, 1 cup water, the vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, mustard, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the onion is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the liquid smoke. Strain the sauce, pressing on the solids to extract any liquid.


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MLG Cases of Interest


Our client was driving home from work when a Sheriff’s Deputy lost control of his vehicle, flipped his marked SUV on its side, then crossed the center line hitting the front of our client’s car.  Following that collision, a drunk driver came from behind and hit the backside of our client’s car.  Our client suffered serious injuries to her left side, arm, shoulder, hip, leg and back.


Our client was walking in the parking lot toward her condominium building when a distracted driver of an SUV backed out of its parking space, knocked her down and ran over both of her legs. Both of our client’s legs and ankles were fractured in the incident.


Our client was traveling home from work when a man crossed the center line striking her head-on.  In addition to suffering a traumatic brain injury, lacerated liver and spleen, fractured leg, fractured L5 vertebrae, fractured left tibia and fibula, she also suffered severe 3rd degree burns to her face caused by the vehicle’s defective airbag.  Our client has endured 6 reconstructive facial surgeries, multiple procedures to remove dead tissue, disfiguring scars on more than 50% of her face, impaired vision, had to have a blood transfusion, and still has daily intractable pain.

Recipe of the Week: Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salad

Fruit Salsa Picture

This Memorial Day, try a new spin on two summertime favorites – fruit salad and chips with salsa!

You’ll Need:

For the Salsa

2 Fuji apples (or substitute Golden Delicious) – peeled, cored, diced

2 kiwis – peeled, diced

8 ounces raspberries

1 pound strawberries

3 tablespoons fruit preserves, jam, or jelly (any flavor)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons white sugar

For the Chips

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

butter flavored cooking spray

2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar



  1. In a large bowl, mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, sugar (white and brown), and preserves.  Cover bowl and chill in refrigerator at least 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  3. Coat both sides of each flour tortilla with the cooking spray.  Cut the tortillas into triangles and place them in a Ziploc bag.  Add cinnamon sugar mixture to the bag, close it, and shake gently until the chips are adequately coated.  Remove them from the bag and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes, then allow them to cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with the fruit salsa and enjoy!


Try substituting your favorite fruits for the ones listed and playing with the amount of sugar added to the salsa to customize the recipe to your own tastes.


MLG Cases of Interest


Our client was walking 10-15 feet off the road with a friend when he was struck by a drunk driver.  The intoxicated individual had been drinking at a local bar just before his truck struck our client, causing him to be thrown approximately 50 ft. and to suffer serious brain damage


Our client was traveling on Route 57 when the truck he was traveling in was t-boned by a woman that failed to stop at a stop sign.  Our client’s injuries include severe head injuries, including having his head de-gloved (yes, that means he was scalped) as a result of his head being drug against the pavement, injuries to his jaw and mouth area, deep cuts to left arm, left ear detachment, temporary hearing loss, continued vertigo, and extensive wound care including surgery 6 months later to undergo more debris and glass removal from his scalp.


Our client with severe cerebral palsy (non-verbal, without the ability to use his arms or legs) was being taken care of by an in-home caregiver.  He was being assisted with a shower and severely burned when he was not able to summon for help due to his disability.  Our client was transported to West Penn Burn Center for skin debridement and grafting.

Pet Peeves: Chicken Jerkey

Mia Skateboard

Hey Friends!  Mia here with the scoop.  A lot has been going on in my life lately – I’ve been learning to skateboard and I even found a couple new toys!  Most recently, I found a turtle.  “Mr. T,” he likes to be called.  He’s just great and a little like a walking rawhide.  Daddy killed my other new toy though.  Maybe you’ve heard of it – it was called a “snake.”  It was long and skinny and it writhed around all on its own like it was playing with me too.  Unfortunately, when Mommy saw it she started screaming, and Daddy came and whacked it with a big shovel.  Oh well.  At least I still have Mr. T… If I can find him again.

Mia & Mr. T


But the bad news doesn’t stop there.  Some of my friends were telling me about these “chicken jerky” treats, and it turns out,

they’re really bad for us dogs.  Some of my canine pals have gotten really sick from eating them.  A lot of dogs have even died from them.

  The jerky treats were manufacture


d in China, and are currently being investigated by the FDA, so until they’ve been officially recalled, watch out for these brands:

  • Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by Del Monte Corp.
  • Waggin’ Train, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
  • Canyon Creek Ranch, also produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co.

Human-folks, we pups trust you to protect us and keep us safe and healthy, so please, watch our tails and don’t feed us these treacherous treats.