Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 3rd 2017 Contents Dear Janelle,
My dad was ailing for some
time so being the only girl I
decided to leave my home and
move in with him to better cater
to his needs.
My brothers were very distant
and didn’t even bother to come
around most times.
Now that he has passed away I
have one brother in particular who
never once contributed a cent but
has now decided that he has no-
where to live and wants to move
into the house.
My dad didn’t make a will but I
still find my brother real boldface.
My brother has no conscience!
I have changed the locks and
ignored his calls because when
daddy was sick and I tried to call
him he ignored mine.
I have my own home but I think
he is very unfair. He cannot just
come from nowhere and get what
the man worked hard for, espe-
cially since he refused to help when
daddy needed him most.
Do you think that I am being too
harsh? To tell you the truth I feel
really hurt and used.
Moving in with your dad was
an extremely selfless thing to do
and I applaud you for doing it.
Your actions also suggest
that you are not a bad person
and turning your back on your
brothers is not in your nature.
I suggest that you have a meet-
ing with your siblings and let them
know how hurt you felt when you
were left alone to care for your dad.
I am not making excuses for
them but people deal with illness
in different ways.
Through civil discourse, you
might discover that they couldn’t
face their once-strong father being
After the meeting agree to start
Since you have your own home,
keeping your brother out of the
family home, when he expressed
that he has a need, is cruel.
As a family discuss the condi-
tions surrounding the occupancy
of the house. For example, talk
about who will handle the bills, the
building’s earning potential if the
house has an apartment attached
One thing that your father’s
death should reinforce is your own
mortality, so let every day count.
In a world riddled with so much
pain, strife and hate, the family is
Forget the past and move for-
ward. Forgive your brothers for
their absence and move on.
I wish you the best.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Sterilise your pets
PAUL CROOKS DVM
he veterinary staff
of the Tobago Ani-
mal Hospital—Dr Paul
Crooks, Dr Todd MJ
Denoon and Dr Dan-
ielle John Jack—have
combined experience of hundreds
of sterilisation procedures in dogs
Thanks to Bob Barker and his
closing sentiment on The Price
is Right, the female surgeries are
now known as spays, while the
male surgeries are termed neu-
And the Tobago Animal Hospi-
tal is pleased to announce that for
the entire month of November, all
spays and neuters will be at a re-
The recession Trinidad and To-
bago is currently pushing through
is just one of the reasons that the
Tobago Animal Hospital decided
to offer this early Christmas gift to
The truth is that stray dogs and
cats affect all of us on the island
in one or more tangible ways, and
if left to explode, the stray animal
population would only worsen our
As the reader would have no
doubt heard before, stray animals
pose a One Health “wicked” prob-
lem and requires a collaborative
One Health approach to solve.
For our part, animal health pro-
fessionals can offer spays and neu-
ters as a long-term, safe method
for the reduction of the stray an-
Stray animals pose risks to
human health directly, through
disease spread, dispersal of gar-
bage, dog bites and road traffic
Furthermore, strays have nega-
tive impacts on tourism, as tour-
ists may go so far as to avoid an
island entirely if a humane strat-
egy for the reduction of stray an-
imal populations is not employed.
Stray animals also affect wildlife
on the island, with associated de-
creases in numbers of small birds
and turtles. Livestock may also be
attacked by dogs and, as in hu-
mans, pet animals can transmit
diseases mechanically or biologi-
cally to livestock.
To drive home the point of why
animals should be spayed and
neutered now, even in the midst of
a recession, think of this: a single
dog may produce a litter of over
If six of those are females and
three of those survive on the
beach and roadside, then those
four dogs are going to have ten
puppies each again within a year.
If one continues the logical trend,
it follows that the population can
expand exponentially from just
one uncontrolled reproductive
cycle in the dog or cat.
The pet itself is also placed at
greater risk with markedly greater
chances of cancer and undesired
behaviours like roaming and fight-
ing being associated with remain-
Tobago, please work with an-
imal health professionals to
achieve our goals. One Health is
about all of us.
For the month of November,
the Tobago Animal Hospital is
performing all sterilisation pro-
cedures for dogs and cats at the
reduced rate of $350 per surgery.
To register your pet, please call
239-7837, Ms Clare Joseph, Mr
Keishon Polson and Mr Dill Louis
are standing by.
Our economy is built on the
foundation of small, local busi-
nesses: please support local enter-
A female cat being spayed.
... should I share the inheritance?
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