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Saturday, March 21, 2009 12:00 AM

Pets Put on a Happy Face

Dear Readers: Recently, we asked you, our readers, to send in photos of your "SMILING" PETS. Boy, did you respond! We thought we would share some of them:

Donna Snook of Fort Wayne, Ind., sent a photo of her granddog, Marley. She is a 5-year-old standard poodle. Donna says, "You can tell by her smile that she was happy to see me!" Marley is a unique-colored poodle with a fancy hairdo!

Vivian Price of Cleveland, Tenn., sent a photo of her dog, Raleigh Price. She is a 4-year-old Maltese and cute as a button.

Kim Abbato of Brick, N.J., sent a photo of her dog, Miley. She is a miniature dachshund. Kim says, "Miley is so cute, and she uses it to get away with her favorite chewy -- mom's good shoes!"

David Weick of Fort Wayne, Ind., sent a photo of his dog, Hunter. He is a 3-year-old golden retriever.

Barbara and Bill Northerner of Brick, N.J., sent a photo of their dog, Arlee Montana Northerner. He is a 2-1/2-year-old Newfoundland that weighs 184 pounds!

Jim McLean of Leesburg, Ind., sent a photo of his dog, Sam. He is a 1-year-old Brittany retrieving his first bird. Jim says: "Before sending the enclosed photo, I looked up the definition of 'smiling' in the dictionary. It read: 'To assume a facial expression indicating pleasure, by an upturning of the corners of the mouth and usually accompanied, especially in indicating pleasure, by a brightening of the face and eyes.' I sure hope that you can see the real smile on Sam's face in this photo as he is so enjoying what he was bred to do."

Donna Colburn of Kendallville, Ind., sent a photo of her cat, Spike. He is a 10-year-old domestic tiger-striped cat. Donna says, "If a cat could smile, this little guy shows it in his big, expressive eyes."

Thanks to all the readers who took the time to drop us a photo. You can see all of the above-mentioned pets on my Web site, www.Heloise.com, by clicking on "Pets," then checking out "Pet of the Week." -- Heloise

DOG TRAINING

Dear Heloise: When I walk my dog through my neighborhood, we have to walk in the roadway because there are no sidewalks. I didn't like it when cars went by, and they had a tendency to spook my little Peso. So, now when a car is coming (we don't have a lot of traffic on the road), we step over the curb and onto a yard and wait until the car goes by. Peso has learned to be leery of cars, and I can't help but think that is a good thing. -- K.M., New Braunfels, Texas

TOY BASKET

Dear Heloise: Dog toys were taking over the house! So, I got a large, decorative wicker basket and put all the toys inside. My little guys know where the toys are, and the house stays neater. -- Vianne Anderson, Roanoke, Va.

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