Researchers at the university level are studying human aging by looking at dogs. They agree: Larger breeds can live shorter lives than smaller breeds. They’ve not yet been able to figure out why, because in general large animals tend to live longer than more compact critters.
Lots of factors go into choosing which dog is right for your family. Regardless of the life expectancy of your dog, though, make sure each day is filled with love, laughter and life!
Dear Readers: Pat in New Hampshire sent a picture of her three beagle blends, Electra, Pal and Toby, trying to make their way through a heavy snowfall.
To see Electra, Pal and Toby, visit Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week” at the top of the page.
Dear Heloise: A fun spring/summer activity? Bubble blowing! And it's made easier by using a dedicated fly swatter. It has tons of tiny holes and makes lots of magical bubbles!
Erin D. in Nevada
Dear Heloise: When I need a few slices of lemon or cucumber, I slice the end and set it aside. I make the slices and return the end piece (like a hat), securing it with a toothpick. This keeps the cut end fairly fresh and ready for the next use.
Renee W. in San Antonio
Dear Heloise: "Boutique" (cube-shaped) boxes of facial tissues cost more, with fewer tissues per box. I refill these boxes using tissues from economical flat-pack tissue boxes.
I open one side of the boutique box and a rectangular box of tissues. I remove 100 tissues, bend the stack in the middle with the pop-up side on top, and insert the stack into the boutique box. They will pop up properly!
Cynthia, via email
Dear Readers: An extra vertical towel holder makes a good place to stack cookie cutters. If your drawers are cluttered with these seasonal items, give this a whirl!
Dear Heloise: My family and I travel frequently, especially in California, where hotel rooms have signs asking us to conserve water/laundry costs by reusing our towels.
I'm all for it, but why don't these same hotels provide more towel hooks? Hey, hotel owners: I hope you're reading this! Hook us up!
Bea Tiritilli, Santa Ana, Calif.
Dear Heloise: You can use a travel toothbrush holder to organize eyeliner pencils and brushes in a makeup bag. No more dried-up eyeliners because the cap fell off!
A Reader, via email