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Patty Spitler salute

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Spreading the word about the needs of animals in our community, and recognizing those who help, is vital to making things better. So we’d like to give a special salute to Patty Spitler, a retired Emmy Award-winning TV anchor and entertainment reporter who now volunteers as host and contributor to Pet Pals TV and

Pet Pals TV showcases stories of the human/animal bond. The format is upbeat and “feel good”, but woven into this fabric are stories of animals in need as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. For the animals, and for those whose ministry is to make their lives better, having a celebrity voice with an extensive reach is a valued gift.

Most recently, Patty gave priceless exposure to the animals and organizations connected to mtA’s Rescue Rally for the fourth year in a row.

Patty offers this passionately spoken reminder for our community:

“As we grow as a city, we need to take better care of our pets, too. The eyes are looking at us. Not only is it the right thing to do, but even if you don’t care about pets, it’s the right thing to do for your city.”

Thank you, Patty Spitler!

Brrrrrr! Protect Your Plumbing (and you and your pet’s sanity) in Cold Weather!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

When temperatures drop to the freezing lows that we have been experiencing recently, plumbing problems become an issue in many homes. Not only would the problems cause some serious trouble in your home, but your pets can become stressed due to the damage, routine changes, workmen in the home, and other possible scenarios.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent problems that have the potential to cause severe damage and stress:

• Avoid frozen pipes. Watch your water pressure this time of year because the first sign of a frozen pipe is restricted water flow.

• Let water trickle from your faucets. Turn on both the hot and the cold water and let the water drip at a fast pace or even a small stream of water be released. Moving water can help prevent freezing.

• Open cabinet doors under sinks to expose the pipes to warmer household air.

• Disconnect your garden hoses. During cold spells, if a garden hose is left connected, ice can form and pressure will build up in the water lines inside your home. Once this occurs, a water line leak or break is common. This can cause severe damage to the home.

• Install an exterior, insulated faucet cover on outside spigots. This will protect your outdoor faucets, as well as the connecting lines running into the home, from freezing temperatures.

• Turn off the water to the outside hose spigots via shut-off valves. The shut-off valves are located inside your home and can typically be found under sinks, in crawlspaces or basements, near your water heater or your meter. Every home is different and some homes may not be equipped with these valves.

• Close crawlspace vents and garage doors, especially if your water heater is in the garage. If the crawlspace vents cannot be closed, cover them with insulation board cut to fit the vent.

• Circulating warm air helps keep pipes in the walls from freezing. Keep your house temperature above 55 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time, do not lower the temperature or turn the heat off. Having that heat circulating helps to keep pipes from freezing. Saving a few dollars by keeping the house cold is not worth the thousands of dollars it could cost to clean-up and repair water damage.

• Know where the curb stop (main shut off to the house) is. If a pipe does freeze and break, you can turn off the water faster instead of waiting for the water company or an emergency plumber.

By following these tips, you can help to avoid a mess in your home and filing an unwanted insurance claim. You will also help keep your pets (and yourself) happy and stress-free.