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Teen Lifeline

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call Teen Lifeline. We are here to listen and to help.
602-248-8336 (TEEN) or 800-248-8336 (TEEN). It's free and confidential. Your help is just a phone call away. Teen Lifeline isn't just about suicide. If you are having trouble in school, fighting with a significant other or family, feeling depressed or just need to talk, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Yes, even holidays!

For more information visit: www.teenlifeline.org

Date Like a Pro

Lisa M. Vallejos, PhD, LPC
For more information on Dr. Lisa Vallejos visit: www.lisavallejos.com

AAWL Pup: It’s Pet Dental Health Month: Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Don't turn your nose up to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums, but its overall health.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA) is offering tips on oral care for pets, as well as a special on dental care through its MDPetCare veterinary clinic during February.

Normal doggie-breath isn't particularly fresh-smelling, but persistent bad breath can be the first sign of a mouth problem caused by bacteria between the teeth or by gum infection. This bacteria and infection can cause other health problems and damage internal organs.

In addition, some dogs particularly small ones are especially prone to plaque and tartar. Your pet may require a professional cleaning and regular at-home brushings to keep him healthy.

Teeth Cleaning Special 

During February only, dental X-rays, as part of a dental cleaning procedure, will be no additional cost up to $200 in savings! 
To schedule an appointment at the MDPetCare clinic, call (602) 358-7267.
Tips on brushing your pet's teeth
Regularly brushing your dog's teeth, along with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys, can go a long way toward keeping her mouth healthy.

AAWL & SPCA recommends brushing two to three times a week. Here are some tips to help make it easier for you and your pet:

  •     First, get your pet used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Start by gently massaging her lips with your finger in a circular motion for     30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks before moving on to her teeth and gums.
  •     After a few sessions or when your pooch seems comfortable, put a little bit of dog-formulated toothpaste on her lips to get her used to the     taste.
  •     Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for cats or dogs it will be smaller than human toothbrushes and have softer bristles.           Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your pet's gums.
  •     Place the brush or your gauze-wrapped finger at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and clean in small, circular motions. Work on one area of       your dog's mouth at a time, lifting her lip as necessary.
  •     The side of the tooth that touches the cheek usually has the most tartar. If your dog resists having the inner surfaces of her teeth                 cleaned, don't fight it only a small amount of tartar accumulates there..
  •     Do not use human toothpaste, which can irritate a dog's stomach.
  •     Once a week, lift your pet's lips and examine his gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of     swelling.

AAWL Pup: Bruno 

Hello! My name is Bruno. I am a 2 year old Shepherd Mix who loves to love! I'm a bigger dog so a lot of people think that I'm super active...the truth is, I'm not. Don't get me wrong, I love to go on hikes and long walks but I don't need to run marathons every day. Just a nice walk through the neighborhood or romp in the backyard makes me a happy camper! I am currently living with a foster family and they think I am the sweetest. They say that I'm super smart and great with learning new commands. I know sit, lay down, stay, leave it, and paw/shake. I'm really treat motivated so I am willing and eager to learn lots of other stuff. I walk great on a leash, ride great in the car, and I'm house-trained. Not to toot my own horn but I sound pretty awesome! I love to meet other dogs so I would love to have a fur-sibling to keep me company and play with. I can be really forward (I just LOVE dogs so much) and "pawsy" in my play style so any future fur-siblings of mine have to be OK with that. I currently live with two foster brothers, one is a mastiff and the other is a kitty cat. I get along great with my foster brothers...sometimes the cat likes to tease & taunt me but I always listen like a champ when my foster mom says "leave it," she says I'm a rock star and the kitty is naughty for teasing me? I really don't like to be left alone so I would do best in a home where someone works for home or I'm not left alone for longer than a couple hours. My foster family is working on my crate training and making that a comfortable safe place for me when they leave and it's going pretty well.
If I sound like a good fit for you, please contact my foster mom and schedule a time to meet me, WSteele@aawl.org. Oh and I have my own Facebook page if you want to learn more about me and see how I am in my foster home...visit, Adopt Bruno on Facebook to check it out!

For more information on her and animals up for adoption visit:

Arizona Animal Welfare league
25 N 40th Street Phoenix AZ 85034

Fine Mexican cuisine restaurant, Fiesta Mexicana, celebrates its first year in Chandler on Saturday, February 20th

Fine Mexican cuisine restaurant, Fiesta Mexicana, will celebrate its first year in Chandler on February 20th with all-day deals, entertainment and promotional giveaways.

Fiesta Mexicana will be offering deals including buy one, get one free Fiesta Combos for meals up to $12.99 and $1 Cactus Margaritas. Guests can also participate in a drawing for the chance to win Fiesta Mexicana gift cards and other prizes and discounts.

Along with deals on dining, the celebration will feature entertainment from folkloric dancers and promotional giveaways from Corona Beer.

Fiesta Mexicana recently hired new management and staff and rebuilt their menu to feature more authentic dishes, lower prices and better quality food. The new management team hopes to take this anniversary celebration as an opportunity to re-introduce their cuisine to the Chandler community.

The restaurant strives to bring guests a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine along with the authentic food of their home town, Jalisco, Mexico. Owners, Martin and Patricia Rangel hope to also provide guests with a taste of Mexican traditions and a "rinconcito"or little corner of Mexico.

Fiesta Mexicana features a selection of authentic Mexican cuisine prepared with the finest selection of ingredients available. Every dish and drink is made to order with the freshest meats, produce and tequilas available.

For more information on Fiesta Mexicana restaurants or to view their full menu, visit www.fiestamexicanarestaurants.com/.

Chandler, AZ
4949 S Alma School Rd
Chandler AZ 85248
(480) 895 8323