Dear Readers: January’s not known for being particularly balmy in most parts of the country. What are some ideas to keep our dogs safe and warm this time of year? Let’s take a look at hints from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aspca.org):
Feed the dog a bit extra and provide plenty of fresh, clean water. Dogs can burn extra calories in an effort to stay warm.
Use a paw protectant balm on the pads of the feet (petroleum jelly is okay) before walking outside, or use booties, if the dog will go for that.
Grab a towel for your walk. Dislodge ice chunks and salt from between the pads as they happen.
Give the dog an extreme groom — dogs need their fur to help insulate them.
Bathe the dog too often. You might remove natural oils, which can lead to dry skin.
Leave the dog outside for an extended period; a tragedy can quickly unfold.
The cold weather won’t last forever, but focusing on our pets must be a priority to keep them safe and healthy.
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Dear Heloise: To open a plastic bag to put my veggies or fruit in, after wiping the handle of the cart with the sanitary wet wipes provided by most grocery stores, I grab another one to keep in the cart. I use it to wet the tips of my fingers, and the plastic bags will open right up. When done shopping, I use it to wipe my hands.
Darla S., via email
Dear Heloise: I keep a list of freezer contents on the door. When we've eaten something, I delete it from the list.
Sharyn, via email
Dear Heloise: When I want to make a peanut butter sandwich and the jar is almost empty, I break a piece of bread up into 1-inch or less square pieces and one at a time put them in the jar and squeeze them against the side or bottom with a knife or spoon. I wipe the jar clean eating each piece as it comes out of the jar.
Robert S., via email
Dear Heloise: I use magnifying eyeglasses and have many. They come with a cloth case, which I use to carry a pen, pencil, nail file, lotion and hand sanitizer.
Caroline D., Fredericksburg, Va.
Caroline D.: Great way to upcycle!