Dear Heloise: How do I go about telling people that I do not want them to bring their DOG into my house without hurting their feelings? The dog is very well-behaved, but I am not a dog lover.
He eats people food, and they feed him the food I cook, from the table, while we are eating a meal. Don’t you think it is rude for them to expect others to “enjoy” their dog as much as they do? -- A Traveling Reader, via e-mail
This is a tough one! I guess the best way is to just be honest and explain how you feel. Not everyone is a dog lover, and many don’t enjoy having a dog in their home. They (or you) may be afraid because of an incident when young, or they never had a dog as a pet.
Simply say what you told me in this letter in a nice way. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Paul Magurany of Hammond, Ind., sent a photo of his granddaughter, Lauren, giving Hannah the puppy some tender, loving care. Hannah is an adorable tricolored terrier who looks like she is enjoying the special attention she is getting. To see Hannah, visit my Web site, www. Heloise.com, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When I make a reservation at a hotel, I immediately put the phone number in my phone. I delete it after my visit. -- Chuck Reinbolt, via e-mail
Dear Readers: My husband, David, and I take our miniature schnauzer, Cabbie, with us many times when we travel by car. She likes to rest her paws on the console, so I made a Cabbie Console Cover out of some old towels.
I sewed two tea towels together, leaving one long end open to slip it over the console. It worked great! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: From a guy who has to replace the missing buttons in the household: Use dental floss rather than regular thread. It lasts forever. If color is a problem, just touch the thread with the appropriate-colored permanent marker. -- Leonard, Baton Rouge, La.
Dear Heloise: Although the holidays are a ways away, I wanted to share a hint. I had bought some plain, clear glass ornaments and never did anything with them. When a friend came over and saw them, she suggested decorating them with bits of old jewelry, etc. I made one, and it came out great. Guess what my family is getting for Christmas? -- Crafty Cathy, via e-mail
LIPSTICK OR LIP MOISTURIZER
Dear Heloise: I carry a tube of lipstick or lip moisturizer in my pocket only to find it gone at the end of the day. Now, I wrap a rubber band around one end, and I haven’t had a tube slip out since. -- Jennifer, Shingle Springs, Calif.
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