Weekly family rail, with dog-care tips, a review of "Zero to Hero" and more.

Tip of the Week


Let's face it - when it comes to a dog's looks, people often think that theirs is the most gorgeous they've ever seen. They hold their head high on walks around the block, and think no dog at the park stands a chance against their pooch's appearance. But constant grooming and doggie outfits can only go so far - real beauty lies in a dog's overall health. After all, inner health equates to real outer beauty. 


Here are a few tips to help your dog look and feel his best to help bring out his inner beauty:


1. Stay active - When you're on the go, it's easy to neglect your dog's exercise regimen. On days when you're dashing out to make it to the office in time for a 9 a.m. meeting, oftentimes your morning walk leads you to the closest tree and back again. Set your alarm a few minutes early so your dog can get the activity he needs to keep the weight off and keep his healthy figure.


2. Clean your canine's canines - Like you, your pooch may not love getting his teeth cleaned, but it's certainly not a step you want to overlook. It's important to keep an eye on your dog's teeth, as oral health issues can be both a symptom and cause for other health problems, including heart disease. Not only do your dog's pearly whites enhance its smile, good oral care can help prevent health issues too.


3. Give 'em some attention - Although you think your dog may be the best, does he know that? Giving your dog extra cuddle time and pats on the back can help enhance your dog's mood. How you act toward him will only help boost his confidence in your relationship, as well as his connections with other humans and dogs around him.


4. Eat right, look great - You may realize that selecting foods with natural, nutritious ingredients can make all the difference for your dog's health. However, for a difference you can see, choose a dog food with high-quality natural ingredients, fortified with vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients.


- ARA


Family Movie Night


“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” now on DVD


Rated: PG-13 (for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo)


Length: 157 minutes


Synopsis: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.


Violence/scary rating: 4.5


Sexual-content rating: 3


Profanity rating: 2.5


Drugs/alcohol rating: 2


Family Time rating: 3.5. The movie is full of intense fighting (as could be expected), but outside that, it’s not too bad for teens.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


"Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy Series #1)," by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver


Ages: 8-12


Pages: 176


Synopsis: Billy Broccoli is new to the neighborhood, and wants cool friends and a spot on the baseball team more than anything. But the one thing he never wanted is his own personal ghost. So imagine his surprise when he ends up sharing a room with Hoover Porterhouse, a funny ghost with a whole lot of attitude. When an obnoxious school bully sets out to demolish Billy, the Hoove comes up with a plan for revenge. It’s all in the Hoove’s Rule Number Forty-Two: Stay cool. And like it or not, Billy and the Hoove have to stick together if Billy ever wants to get in style, get even, and conquer the school. - Scholastic Inc.


Did You Know


Pfizer recently recalled about 1 million packets of birth control pills because the pills might not work to prevent pregnancy. There are no health threats in the pills, however.


GateHouse News Service