Dear Heloise: Just wanted to say “Thank you!” I read your column daily in the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, and in a past column, you suggested ADOPTING SHELTER DOGS. My husband and I recently adopted a 10-year-old poodle mix from our local shelter; she is absolutely the sweetest dog we have ever had. The day we adopted Molly May was to be her last day in the shelter, and I am so glad we were able to save a doggie life. Please keep asking your readers to check out their local shelters to adopt and to spay or neuter their pets. Thank you for a wonderful column, and keep up the good work. -- Emily Sargent, Borger, Tex.


Dear Readers: Alice Ladd of Waterville, Maine, sent a photo of best buddies Zoe the cat and Kaiser the German shepherd. Alice says: “Zoe adopted us, as she was hungry and needed a home. She and our other cat do not get along, but, as you can see, she loves Kaiser.”

To see Zoe and Kaiser, visit my Web site,, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: You have published recipes for homemade specialty coffees. I love to make them in the winter, but I have lost my recipes. I would love to make some for my co-workers. Would you please reprint a recipe?

I read you every day in the (Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal. Love the hints. -- Patty Allen, via e-mail

I’m glad you enjoy the coffee recipes. One of my favorites is Heloise’s Chocolate Extract Coffee. It is easy to make. Here’s how:

For 1 cup of coffee, add a couple of drops of chocolate extract to taste. For 8 cups, add 1/2 teaspoon extract to the pot. For 24 cups, add about 1 1/2 teaspoons.

You also can use other extracts to flavor your coffee. Try vanilla, almond, peppermint or your favorite flavor. For other coffee blends, like mocha, Vienna or spiced coffee, order my pamphlet by sending $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffee, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Did you know that you can make iced cappuccino by pouring one shot of freshly brewed espresso over ice and adding 3 ounces of cold milk? Spoon milk on top to create a layer of foam. Sweeten to your taste. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have a hint that I feel will assist your readers. A couple of years ago, we were hiking in a forest, and I fell and twisted my ankle. We had limited supplies and no ice available, but in our cooler were cold-drink sleeves (coozies). I slid the cold sleeve over my foot and onto my ankle. It helped address the swelling quickly and provided comfort to my ankle without slipping off. Thank you for all your good and useful tips. -- Bobbie Ann, Girard, Ohio

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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