Dear Readers: Last week on my Web site (, click on “Pets”), the pet photo was of an adorable part-Siamese cat that had a perfect silhouette of a BUNNY in its fur. Heloise Central was wondering how many other readers out there have a pet that has this same type of phenomenon. There have been photos of pets with hearts, diamonds or even spotted like a cow!

If your pet has an animal or object that shows up in its fur, send (via postal mail) a photo. It’s better to have a hard copy of the photo to reproduce. Some of the photos will be randomly picked to share, and those readers will receive a set of Heloise pamphlets while their pet gets the Heloise spotlight!

Send your photo to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. We look forward to looking through the photos. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I read the column that talked about full names and addresses on sympathy cards. In addition to writing my full name, I put a self-addressed label on the back, usually in the upper left-hand corner. I find that envelopes get lost, and this way they know my address.

I do this when sending a card of any kind to someone I don’t usually write to. They have my address in case they want to reply. It also is a good way to use up these labels that seem to arrive in the mail.

I read your column each day in the (Waterbury, Conn.) Republican-American. -- Carolyn A. McDonough, Canaan, Conn.


Dear Heloise: After a bout of illness ran its course through our household, I put the pillows from each bed through the dryer. I added a scented dryer bar or sachet with the pillows. Everyone appreciated the fresh, clean-smelling pillows. -- M., via e-mail

Putting the pillows in the dryer along with a sachet certainly will make them smell nice. If you are concerned about germs, they should be washed and dried. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: You probably do this already, but a couple of years ago, I began saving the nylon mesh bags used to bag fresh produce. They usually are cylindrical, and they can be rolled in on themselves to make great scrubbies. I’ve always been a fan of yours. -- Laura Krupka, Rogers, Ark.


Dear Heloise: I use a vegetable peeler to remove the dark-green outer side of celery. I find that the dark-colored celery is bitter to my palate. -- Sally in Port St. Lucie, Fla.


Dear Heloise: The reader from California uses her crystal ashtrays from the “old days” for pet food and water dishes. I use mine as coasters for flower vases. They look elegant and protect the furniture from any dampness left on the bottom of the vase. -- Sherry Garner, Cecil, Ala.

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