Getting ready to leave for the day and Rover is stressed? Give him a puzzle toy several minutes before you go; he’ll look forward to this routine.
Ask your veterinarian for other hints to help your dog relieve anxiety.
Dear Readers: Sue and Penny sent a picture of their 9-year-old Shih Tzu/poodle (“Shoodle”?), Mandy, who is sporting some fun goggles! To see Mandy and our other Pet Pals, visit Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week.”
Do you have a beautiful blend of a dog? Email a picture to Heloise@Heloise.com.
Dear Heloise: I adopted a brother and sister Chihuahua/pug mix years ago from the Pasadena SPCA. The staff informed me the dogs were 10 years old, and I may not have them long.
Ralph and Beatrice were overweight, with dental issues, but they loved having a yard and grass!
With a good diet and dental and medical care, we shared so many days together. They passed three days apart in their sleep — just before their 23rd birthday!
No one told them they were seniors! Old is beautiful — it has so much to offer. Now, I'm back to the shelter!
Paula B., Covina, Calif.
Paula B.: Good for you. You’re my hero!
Dear Heloise: Our thoughtful family tradition: mother's signature tablecloth. Each guest and family member at Thanksgiving signs the tablecloth at dinner, and many include a poem, doodle or drawing. Afterward, I embroider over the ink for permanence.
Wonderful family memories, especially looking at family members' work who have since passed.
Christine R. in Michigan
Dear Heloise: I've wondered, why do gas prices read "$2.50 9/10 per gallon"?
June W. in Florida
June W. in Florida: This subject is up for debate, but many agree that it’s a fallback to many years ago. In the 1930s, gas was around 15 cents per gallon, and the federal government wanted a piece of the pie for road maintenance, etc.
That fraction of a penny today can add up to millions and millions of dollars over the course of a year.
Dear Heloise: I save my spare change in a can. When it's full, I give it to my grandson. He loves to count out the coins, and it is good practice for him!
Betty M. in Connecticut