Dear Heloise: I was distressed when an attorney informed me that my older pets could not be included as a part of the updating and finalizing of my WILL. But I was able to include (in the will), as a REQUEST, that my wishes be carried out concerning them. He stated that the request (their euthanasia and cremations at a specified facility) are not enforceable. He stated, “Who is going to check?”

I was heartbroken. Laws may vary from one state to another. My dinnerware will be bequeathed, but my beloved pets’ care and final resting place are considered only a request. -- Heartbroken in Texas

You are a very caring and loving pet owner. I hope my readers will stop and think about this and try to make plans for their pets, just in case something happens. The Humane Society of the United States recommends that you have at least two friends or relatives willing and able to carry out your wishes concerning your pets. Provide them with your veterinarian’s information, keys to your home and care instructions for your pets BEFORE an emergency occurs, because pets need care every day. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: This week’s Pet Pal is the fox that comes to visit Heloise Central. The girls (yes, I can call them “girls”; I have asked, and they are just fine with it) often throw out any leftovers from lunch for the deer in the area, and because of that, the fox has decided to visit Heloise Central on a regular basis as well. To see the fox’s picture, go to my Web site, www., and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I would appreciate an easy hint on how to clean my Venetian blinds. They are metal. -- Norita A., Bellevue, Neb.

Norita, to give those blinds a really good cleaning, make a mixture of 1 / 4 cup of laundry detergent, a scoop of oxygen cleaner and warm water in your bathtub. Take off the blinds (as long as they are metal) and soak them in the tub for about 30 minutes. Rinse and then hang to dry.

For a quick clean to remove dust, use an old sock and wipe away. Want to know other simple cleaning solutions that you can make at home? Order my pamphlet Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions. Send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Why not clean your windows while your blinds are soaking? Mix a solution of 1 / 2 cup of vinegar with 1 / 2 cup of water. Spray on your windows and wipe with newspaper. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I’m sure you are aware of the plastic key-chain fobs that grocery and convenience stores, etc., give out to be scanned for bonus points at purchases. To prolong their longevity, I laminate them on both sides. -- Timothy T., Harrisburg, Pa.

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