Hints From Heloise

Saturday, May 16, 2009 12:00 AM

Toys for Dogs

Dear Heloise: My daughter's dog, Sidney, didn't play with some of his toys, so she DONATED them to our Humane Society shelter for dogs waiting for adoption. The workers like to put a toy in with these animals to keep them company. We also take all of our newspapers to the Humane Society. The papers are shredded to use in cages. I hope everyone will remember to donate to his or her Humane Society. -- Jeri Herbert, Terre Haute, Ind.

Jeri, thank you and your daughter for being so kind. There are many animal groups, large and small, that will welcome donations! Give them a call to see what they might want or need. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Can you suggest a recipe for a solution or spray to use to make cat bathing wipes? We appreciate any help! -- The Kitty Cats, San Angelo, Texas

There are products like you mention on the market, and they may work well. Since cats groom themselves, you should use caution when putting anything on their coat.

An alternative hint is using a microfiber cloth dampened with warm water. These towels are wonderful and will work very well to remove pollen, dirt and anything else your cat or dog might have on its coat. This is both eco- and pet-friendly. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Karen Blaney of Eatontown, N.J., sent in a photo of her precious guinea pig, PJ, posing in a basket. Karen says: "PJ is 2 years old and loves fruits and veggies, and squeaks really loud when I say the word 'treat'! He is as happy as can be."

To see posing PJ, visit www.Heloise.com. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Every day when I would come home from work, my big dog had a surprise for me. He had dug yet another hole for me to fill. It turned into a game. He dug, and I filled. That is, until I got smart. One of my buddies told me to try putting some red pepper around the dirt after I finished refilling the hole. It worked. No more holes. -- Rudy, Morgantown, W.Va.


Dear Heloise: I love my bird feeder outside. My little feathered friends make me smile as they stop by for a snack. Refilling the feeder tubes is always a problem for me. I got a large funnel from the automotive section in a store that sells things for a dollar. It is perfect for refilling my feeder, since it has a large lip, making it easy to pour with little waste. -- Roberta, Springfield, Ohio


Dear Heloise: Morning, noon and night, I have to let my dog outside. If I'm busy when he lets me know it's time to go out, I use a timer. When it rings, I'm reminded to let him back inside. He has me really well trained! -- Diane R., Spokane, Wash.

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