Voluntary Recall on Blue Buffalo Dog Product

Blue buffalo Recall 6-2016There has been a Voluntary Product Recall of 30lb Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe for Dogs.

Blue Buffalo has issued a voluntary product recall for specific lot codes of the below item as a precautionary measure due to due to high moisture levels resulting in potential mold growth in the identified product.

Description
Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe for Dogs, 30lb

UPC
8596100032

Best By Date or Lot Code
APR 11 17
AH 2A
1208 – 1400

The Best Before date is found on the bottom right of the back right panel as shown in the image:

Blue Buffalo is not aware of any dogs becoming ill from this issue and no other Blue Buffalo products are impacted.

Please stop feeding this product to your pet and bring any remaining quantities to your nearest PetSmart for a full refund.

If you have questions about this voluntary recall, please contact Blue Buffalo Customer Service at 1-800-919-2833 (www.bluebuffalo.com).

Bark for Life in Historic Fernandina Beach

Bark for Life in Historic Fernandina BeachCancer is an epidemic and affects the lies of so many people – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, friends and coworkers. In fact, 1.6 million people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year alone.

The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walking event and an irresistable way to partner with your canine companions who demonstrate unconditional love and compassion with no judgement of our appearance or abilities. Canine and human, together, can raise money and make new friends while helping the American Cancer Society save lives.

By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society “take a bite out of cancer” and move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

bark-for-life-bentley-500So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled morning starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

Bark For Life of Fernandina Beach will be held at the Waterfront Green in historic, downtown, on April 23, 2016. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00.

Registration is $10.00 per dog in advance or $15.00 on the day of the event; this is a tax deductible contribution.

Contact Alexandra Davis at (904) 391-3646 for more information or to become a sponsor of this fabulous event.

7th Annual Nassau County Animal Expo

7th Annual Nassau County Animal ExpoThe Seventh Annual Nassau County Animal Expo sponsored by Cats Angels, Inc. SPCA will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Atlantic Recreation Auditorium, 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

Joining the Expo will be animal rescue groups from the NE Florida area, vendors and animal advocates.

Our special guests from the Jumpin’ Jax Flyball Club will have relay races throughout the day. To find out more about this canine and human sport visit www.jumpinjaxflyball.com.

In addition to the animals, there will be a Silent Auction with items at all price points sponsored by Trailer Park Collectibles, a Bake Sale featuring pastry chef Noelle Almond and an arts & crafts Kids Corner.

Admission is FREE. For every 5 lbs of dry dog or cat food donated, you will receive a ticket for Door Prizes.

All spayed/neutered and well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.

Check us out on Facebook or call 904-321-2267 for more information.

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Nassau Humane Society Gala – For the Love of Animals

Nassau Humane Society Gala - For the Love of AnimalsFernandina Beach, FL – The Nassau Humane Society will host its first ever Gala, For the Love of Animals. The Gala will benefit their new facility which opened last year. This grand event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom beginning at 6:00pm with a Cocktail Reception and Dinner at 7:00pm.

Nikos Westmoreland, who Co-anchors on First Coast Living, will be the guest speaker and the 21 piece Big Band, Crescendo Amelia will supply the music for dancing.

There are two Big Dog Platinum Sponsors, Fernandina Beach Animal Clinic and First Coast Community Bank. Both of these businesses have generously contributed $3,000 to enable this Gala to become reality. The Ritz-Carlton has also been kind in their contribution to this worthy cause.

There are four levels of sponsorship available, as well as individual tickets at $150 per person.

A Silent Auction will be held the evening of the Gala. Local merchants have donated a variety of items for bidding. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island donated a one-night stay and a one 50-minute massage, Marriott Saw Grass donated a one-night stay at their resort, and Crawford Jewelry added a $300 gift certificate. Other items include an autographed Kenny Loggins guitar and an Oyster Roast hosted by Anglea Wallace Pierson. Bidding will also be available for a three-night stay at Paul and Mary Anne Murphy’s New Orleans home. These are just a few of the Silent Auction items that will be enticing the attendees on April 18th, 2015.

Please consider joining the pack and attend The Nassau Humane Society Gala, For the Love of Animals.

The Nassau Humane Society is a nonprofit organization which exists fully through the kindness of donations.

To purchase tickets, please call (904) 321-1647 or www.nassauhumanesociety.com.

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The Story of Adam & Eve’s Pets

The Story of Adam & Eve's PetsWell, for those of you who read SearchAmelia on a regular basis, you know we like to post fun stories on Sundays… we hope you enjoy the story of Adam and Eve’s Pets.

Original author is unknown

Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”

And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.”

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And it was a good animal and God was pleased.

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.

And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

And God said, “I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.

And they were comforted.

And God was pleased.

And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, “I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”

gracie-cat-did-not-care

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.

And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And they were greatly improved.

And God was pleased,

And Dog was happy.

And Cat –

…didn’t give a shit one way or the other.

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Micah’s Place Style Show and Luncheon Video Review

Micah's Place Style Show and Luncheon Video ReviewOsprey Village on Amelia Island was home to the recent Style Show and Luncheon benefiting Micah’s Place, a Certified Domestic Violence Center serving the residents of Nassau County, Florida.

The room was full of women wearing houndstooth, leather, florals, animal prints and a large number of them donned Micah’s signature color, purple. These supporters ventured out on a very cold February day to preview the upcoming spring fashions from Chico’s and the Monkey Barrel, while enjoying a scumptious lunch, and perhaps taking a chance to win one of the great raffle prizes donated by local companies like David’s Restaurant, the Hoyt House and Dome Healing Center.

Micah’s Place Director of Development, Marianna McIntyre introduced the luncheon’s guest speaker, Family Law Attorney Chanda Rogers, an Associate with the Law Office of Valerie C. Faltemier, PLC. The room was attentive as Ms. Rogers spoke about how offenders of domestic violence typically abuse all members of the household, including children and pets. Domestic violence shelters are rarely equipped to accept animals, and sadly many victims stay in abusive homes rather than leave a pet behind to face torture or even death. Micah’s Place is now equipped to handle just about any family pet, so Nassau County victims no longer have to live in fear; they can bring their pet with them when they leave their abuser to start a new life.

Micah's Place-pets-bentleyStatistics on domestic violence and animal abuse:
-52 percent of victims in shelters leave their pets with their abusers.
(National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

-Up to 65 percent of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets when they leave.
(Carlisle-Frank, Frank and Nielsen, 2004)

-71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32 percent reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
(National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Here is a short video of the Luncheon and Style Show:

Ms. Rogers described how Micah’s Place offers free legal services to vicitims, both men and women. Abusers are controlling and very often, they control the money, too. Leaving victims without access to the money for legal protection. Events like this luncheon, the Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour, and the Purple Dove Re-sell Store help raise funds to keep the doors to Micah’s Place open.

When Ms. Rogers finished, lunch was promptly served and fashion models swept the room to show off the latest fashions for women and children.

Expect to see a lot of yellow and aqua shades for kids this spring, while Mom may be found wearing moss, muted animal prints and pale yellow, too. Long scarves and comfortable slacks were flattering and attractive, and my favorite piece was a very feminine, coral leather jacket.

To learn more about Micah’s Place please visit www.MicahsPlace.org.

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2015 Meals on Wheels for Pets Chili Dinner

2015 Meals on Wheels for Pets Chili DinnerFriday, February 20th, is the 6th Annual Chili Dinner fundraiser for Meals on Wheels for Pets Nassau. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm, with dinner being served from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in Burns Hall at St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Tickets are $20.00 per person for hot chili, and cool music by the Palmetto Catz Duo, featuring Richard Stratton.

Proceeds are used to provide quality pet food to the beloved companion animals of senior citizens who receive Meals on Wheels in Nassau County.

Get your tickets early at the Nassau Humane Second Chance Thrift Store or the Nassau Humane Dog Park.

For more information visit www.MOW4PetsNassau.com.

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Artist Susan Sellner Paints Pets of Nassau County

Artist Susan Sellner Paints Pets of Nassau CountyLocal Artist Susan Sellner is passionate about pets and not only does she paint pet portraits, she also has a 2015 Pets of Nassau County calendar full or her original oil paintings. Proceeds from these fantastic calendars benefit Friends of Animals in Nassau.

This organization raises funds to help all of the pet resource centers in Nassau County including Nassau County Animal Services, Rescuing Animals in Nassau, Inc., First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Meals on Wheels 4 Pets, Nassau Humane Society, Saving the Animals Rescue Group, and Cats Angels, Inc. SPCA.

Volunteers are always needed! Foster Care, Off Site Adoption Events, Videographers and photographers, Dog walking and Cat socialization, Office Support and other positions are available if you would like to volunteer.

Susan has only been painting since 2010 and it is obvious she has a natural talent.

Susan will be at the Fernandina Beach Arts Market on December 6, 2014, from 9:00 to 1:00 pm with her calendars and other information about what you can do to be a Friend of Animals in Nassau County.

2015 Pet Calendars are also available at:
Nassau County Animal Services
Hola Cuban Cafe
Bijoux Amelia
Meals on Wheels 4 Pets
Passion for Pooches

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2014 Parade of Paws

2014 Parade of PawsFernandina Beach, FL – The Nassau Humane Society will host the 15th Annual Parade of Paws on Saturday, December 6 at the Old Railroad Depot in downtown Fernandina Beach.

Parade will start at 11:00 am. Pet owners can register and parade their dogs on the sidewalks of Centre Street, with all proceeds benefiting the Nassau Humane Society.

Many people dress their pets in festive attire, ranging from the simple to the elaborate.

Sometimes their owners wear costumes too.

Trophies are awarded for the top three “best dressed” entrants, with gift certificates in the categories of “best (pet) personality,” “looks most like owner” and “most original.”

You can bring your camera or smartphone, and a volunteer will take pictures of you and your dog with Santa.

Registration is $15 per dog. You can pre-register before Saturday at Redbones, the NHS Dog Park, our Second Chance store, or at NassauHumaneSociety.com. On Saturday morning, there will also be late registration at the Depot starting at 10:00 am.

Pre-register: Online at nassauhumanesociety.com/events.html
Second Chance Store (321-0022)
Redbones Dog Bakery (321-0020)
NHS Dog Park (321-1647)

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2014 Lighted Leash Parade

2014 Lighted Leash ParadeJoin us and Bentley, and a lot more dogs on the 2014 Lighted Leash Parade, Bark for Life fund raiser for the American Cancer Society!

Registration begins at 5:00 pm, at the Green Turtle Tavern on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The walk begins at 6:00 pm where we will walk to the waterfront and then back to the Green Turtle for a cool drink, fellowship and fun.

Early registration is only $20.00 and includes a lighted leash; sign up at the NHS Dog Park on Amelia Island or the Humane Society’s Second Chance re-sale store in the Eight Flags Shopping Center on 14th Street (opposite end from the movie theater.)

Late, on-site registration will be $25.00.

There will be live entertainment!

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Meals on Wheels for Pets Features Music of John Denver

Meals on Wheels for Pets Features Music of John DenverPress ReleaseMeals on Wheels for Pets Nassau, Inc. (MOW4Pets) will hold an annual fund-raising musical performance, featuring Tom Becker, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue, on Friday, October 24th at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 and available at Nassau Humane Society’s Second Chance Store on South 14th Street, online at www.mow4petsnassau.com or by calling (352) 284-6106.

With the sound and grace of the late John Denver, area musician and singer Tom Becker performs his music mastery with a talented band and performs more than 60 minutes of the famous musical hits. Becker is a former member of the legendary folk group, The New Christy Minstrels. He is a successful songwriter and has appeared with music legends like Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis. Mr. Denver’s music, as performed by Becker, casts a spell that crosses the barriers of age, economics, geography, language and politics.

“It’s a very special musical evening that will be remembered with a smile. Last year’s guests are still humming those beautiful Denver songs,” offered Deborah Watford, executive director of MOW4Pets. “Plus the real beneficiaries are the companion animals of local homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels support.”

Meals on Wheels for Pets Nassau, Inc. (MOW4PetsNassau) is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) charity run totally by community volunteers. The group’s first delivery of pet food was made on July 27, 2009. It was created to supplement the efforts of the Meals on Wheels Association of America, and it provides homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels with nutritious pet food for their companion animals. In its five year history, MOW4Pets has delivered more than 60,000 pounds of food to as many as 120 pets weekly. The organization conducts two annual community fund-raising events.

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Back Home Again Benefits Meals on Wheels for Pets

Back Home Again Benefits Meals on Wheels for PetsYou don’t want to miss the opportunity to get your ticket to a great concert, Tom Becker’s Tribute to John Denver, Back Home Again benefiting Nassau County’s Meals on Wheels for Pets.

This wonderful concert is at 7:00 pm, October 24, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and tickets are only $25.00.

Tickets are onsale now at Nassau Humane Society Second Chance Resale Store, and through volunteers.

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2015 Calendar Features FB Police and their Pets

2015 Calendar Features FB Police and their PetsFernandina Beach, FL – Captain Jim Norman, Rocco and Gracie were selected for the cover of the 2015 Nassau Humane Society calendar, which benefits the NHS Building Campaign. Rocco is a seven year old Chinese Crested and Gracie is a five year old Brussels Griffon.

The calendar features Fernandina Beach Police Officers and their dogs, most of them rescued from the NHS or other shelters. The calendars are being sold for $20 each and all proceeds go to the Nassau Humane Society. Calendars may be purchased at the shelter, the Fernandina Beach Police Department, or the Fernandina Beach Animal Hospital.

While busy with construction planning for the new shelter, Brandy Carvalho approached Chief Jim Hurley with this fundraising idea about eight months ago and our officers were delighted to participate in this worthy cause. Vice Mayor Sarah Pelican helped to coordinate the effort, while Helmut Albrecht volunteered to be our photographer. The calendars were printed at Amelia Island Graphics.

Submitted by: James T. Hurley, Chief of Police
Fernandina Beach Police Department

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Dining With Dogs Business Applications are Available

Dining With Dogs Business Applications are AvailableThe application for dining with dogs is now available. This form is used to apply for a permit to allow dogs to dine in outdoor areas of food service establishments, in accordance with Florida Statute and the City’s Land Development Code.

There is a one time fee of $40.00 and no annual renewals are required, unless the establisment changes ownership.

Approved establishments will be hung in a visible location at the approved establishments so that it is easy to identify who has gone through the process.

Per the City Commission, this process is effective JULY 1, 2014. Applications will be accepted at that time.

The four page application includes the basic questions you would expect, and you’ll need to draw up where the designated doggie dining areas are located… and SHOCKER “a licensed design professional does NOT need to prepare the drawing.”

The form will require a Notary’s signature and there are specific regulations about “Dining with Doggies” such as employee hand washing, removal of dog waste, etc.

This is a “dog friendly” town, no doubt about it. I’ve often said, “This town likes dogs more than it does kids.”

Download the form here: Dining with Dogs Application.

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Pet Research Helps People and Pets

Pet Research Helps People and Pets
Where would we be without our furry friends? Pet dogs and cats stand by us with love and loyalty, sharing our lives’ ups and downs. Our beloved pets can also share many of the same medical problems that we have, like asthma, diabetes, and even cancer. Doctors, veterinarians, and scientists work together to study diseases that affect both pets and people. The aim is to improve medical care for people as well as our companion animals.

More than half of U.S. households have at least one pet. In 2011, we had more than 144 million pet dogs and cats. Many people consider pets to be part of their family. And like any family member, pets can get sick.

“Our pets live in our houses. They drink the same water and eat some of the same foods. They’re exposed to many of the same environmental risks. They share many of the same genes, which is why they get many of the same diseases,” says Dr. Amy LeBlanc, a veterinarian and cancer expert at the University of Tennessee.

Pet dogs, for instance, can develop cancer naturally just as people do. “Tumors in dogs tend to spread the same way that our tumors spread. And they respond to therapies the same way that our cancers respond to treatments like chemotherapy and radiation,” says LeBlanc.

Pet cats, too, might inherit genes that raise their risk for conditions, like severe kidney disease, that can be similar to human disease. “Cats get asthma just like we do, and they can be allergic to dust mites just like us,” says Dr. Leslie Lyons, an expert in cat genetics at the University of Missouri. “Cats can become obese from eating the wrong kinds of foods and just sitting around the house, which can raise the risk for diabetes, just like us.”

Over the years, NIH-funded studies of dogs and cats with naturally occurring diseases have led to improved therapies for both people and pets. For example, researchers studied an aggressive type of childhood bone cancer that’s rare in people (affecting about 600 children and teens a year) but common in dogs (affecting up to 15,000 a year). The cancer, called osteosarcoma, arises in large bones in the arms and upper legs. By studying pet dogs and people, researchers developed techniques that are now being used to prevent arm and leg amputations and sometimes cure the cancer.

In other research, NIH-funded scientists studied pet dogs with blood cancer to develop better treatments based on bone marrow transplants or stem cell therapies. The improved techniques have now been widely adopted for treating human cancers across the country. The therapies are also used to treat cancer in dogs at some veterinary hospitals.

These types of medical advances are made possible because owners of sick pets enrolled them in veterinary clinical trials. Such trials can help speed the discovery of new and effective therapies for human patients and ultimately improve care for pets too. As in human clinical studies, cats or dogs might receive experimental treatments for cancer or other conditions. Some veterinary clinical studies evaluate different types of imaging techniques that might help humans and animals. Others study the biology of certain genetic conditions that pass down from dogs and cats to their puppies or kittens.

“The idea is that human medicine can learn from the work we do in the veterinary sciences, and vice versa. We can learn from each other,” says LeBlanc. “It’s a concept that’s called ‘one medicine.’ It’s a mutual exchange of discovery.”

“This isn’t a new philosophy; certainly this type of comparative research has been going on for decades,” adds Dr. David Vail, a veterinarian and cancer specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “But, it’s probably been just in the last 10 years that clinical trials involving pets have become well-organized.”

In 2003, NIH launched a program—called the Comparative Oncology Program—to learn more about the biology and treatment of cancer. Scientists compare natural cancers in people and in animals (mostly pet dogs). Today, the program runs a research network that includes 20 veterinary centers across the United States and in Canada.

Pet dogs with different types of cancer can receive cutting-edge treatments at these centers that might save their lives. At the same time, the studies add to our understanding of cancer in all creatures.

“Because NIH is concerned with human health, the goal of these studies is to develop therapies for people,” says Vail. “But at the end of the day, I’m a veterinarian, and so the two-way flow of information is important to me. I want these treatments to come back to my veterinary clinic.”

Pets participating in NIH-sponsored veterinary clinical studies get a lot of oversight and care. “We spend time talking with pet owners to make sure they understand possible risks and benefits of the study,” LeBlanc says. As in human studies, a data safety and monitoring board tracks the trial’s progress. If serious side effects or other problems arise, the trial will be halted or altered, just as in human studies.

Although much NIH-funded research focuses on dogs, cats are also important in helping to understand human disease. Lyons studies cats with a condition called polycystic kidney disease (PKD). “It’s one of the more common inherited diseases in cats, especially Persian cats, and it’s a common inherited trait in humans,” Lyons says. PKD leads to harmful buildup of fluid-filled cysts on the kidneys.

PKD can hit cats hard when they’re about 7 years old. But it takes much longer to be noticed in people.

“In humans, the condition generally leads to kidney failure later in life, when people are in their 50s or 60s,” says Lyons. “We can’t stop this disease. There are no effective treatments that have been approved for humans that will slow progression of the cysts and delay the onset of kidney failure.”

Lyons and her team are now working to set up veterinary clinical trials for PKD. “If we could find a therapy that helps fix PKD in cats, we could make a lot of cats better. And then, most important, we may be able to develop effective treatments for humans,” says Lyons.

“When owners enroll their pets in a trial, they often hope their pet will benefit. But they also like that they’re contributing to the greater good,”” LeBlanc says. “A drug that’s tested in dogs or cats might one day help a very sick person or maybe help some other pets.”

Not all pets can qualify for veterinary clinical research. The pet’s condition needs to match the type of research study under way. If approved for a study, pets often receive medical care free of charge.

To learn about NIH-sponsored comparative studies of cancer, visit NIH’s Comparative Oncology Program website. Your veterinarian might also be able to help you find veterinary clinical trials. Or try looking at the websites of local veterinary schools, which often list ongoing studies of pets.

Whether human or pet, basic steps for staying healthy can be similar:
-Get plenty of physical activity. Activity can strengthen joints and muscles and improve heart health.
-Walk or run with your dog.
-Play often with your cat.
-Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight in pets can raise the risk for some of the same conditions that can affect overweight humans: diabetes, joint problems, and certain cancers.
-Eat a healthy diet, or a specialized diet if needed. Ask your veterinarian about the right diet for your pet. Some “people foods” can be dangerous for pets.
-Don’t smoke. Secondhand smoke can harm your pets just like it does people.

This article was written by News in Health (NIH).
Managing Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations) and Dana Steinberg

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