Weekly family rail, with a review of “The Spy Next Door,” tips on what to do if your pet is injured and more.
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“The Spy Next Door”
Rated: PG (for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor)
Length: 92 minutes
Synopsis: Former CIA spy Bob Ho (Chan) takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids, who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau. And when one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family.
Violence/scary rating: 3
Sexual-content rating: 2
Profanity rating: 2
Drugs/alcohol rating: 1
Family Time rating: 2. As long as your kids can handle PG action scenes, this is a decent movie for them.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
Tip of the Week
If your pet does becomes injured, here are some tips from HomeoPet to increase your pet’s chance of a speedy recovery:
- Call a veterinarian. Add your veterinarian’s telephone number to your cell phone speed dial in case of an emergency, or, if you are traveling, the number of a local veterinarian.
- Do not administer fluids or food to the animal in case an anesthetic is needed, unless instructed by the veterinarian, as in the case of a diabetic with low blood sugar.
- Stop any bleeding. To stop heavy bleeding, apply firm pressure with a clean towel or cloth. This is usually better than a tourniquet, which can lead to tissue death from lack of oxygen.
- Infected wounds can be safely cleaned with tepid salt water. Use as much salt as will dissolve in water.
- If an injured animal feels icy cold due to shock, wrap a plastic bottle filled with warmed water in a towel and apply. Never put a hot water bottle directly against the animal. The animal can also be wrapped in insulating material such as a rug, a thermal blanket or even bubble wrap.
“Lone Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond Series No. 1),” by Kathryn Lasky
Synopsis: A wolf mother has given birth, but the warm bundle snuffling next to her brings only anguish. The pup, otherwise healthy, has a twisted leg, and the mother knows what the harsh code of the pack demands. Her pup will be taken from her and abandoned on a desolate hill. The pack cannot have weakness - the wolf mother knows that her pup is condemned to die. But alone in the wilderness, the pup, Faolan, does not perish. This is his story - a story of survival, of courage and of love triumphant. This is Faolan's story, the wolf pup who rose up to change the Wolves of the Beyond.
Did You Know
Thirteen percent of births in the United States are preterm (less than 37 weeks), according to CDC.gov.
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