Dear Heloise: Oh, no! My sweet yellow lab, Homer, chased a skunk, and THE SKUNK WON! Now I am stuck with a stinky dog who can’t come into the house. Please help! Is there a formula I can use to de-skunk him? Thanks for any help you can give me. -- Brenda P. in Idaho

Ohhhh! This is not good! Here is the updated way to “de-skunk” a skunked dog, from our friends at the Humane Society. You will need:

* 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

* 1/4 cup baking soda

* 1 teaspoon liquid soap (laundry or dishwashing soap)

Before applying the mixture, go outside so that the mess will be easier to clean up. Next, mix the above ingredients and rub it all over your dog. Don’t get the liquid in his ears or eyes. Leave it on for at least five minutes, and then rinse really well.

Hopefully this will do the trick. If there is still an odor, repeat the above process. Soon Homer will be back in the house, be part of the family again and hopefully won’t chase any more skunks! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: To save a little money, after I use a stick of butter, I save the wrappers in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. When I need to grease a cookie sheet or casserole dish, I take out a wrapper and use it. I love it, and now even my daughter is doing it. -- Ashley R., Roanoke, Va.

You’re right -- saving a penny here and there can add up! Cooking can be enjoyable and a nice family event. I have a pamphlet called Heloise’s All-Time Favorite Recipes, with some of the most-often-asked-for Heloise recipes. Some of those included are: Heloise’s Hot Potato Salad, Heloise’s Fast Shrimp Spread and Heloise’s Mock Apple Pie, and lots of others. To receive a copy, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Recipes, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. To quickly soften butter, place it in the microwave (no foil wrappers) for a couple of seconds on each side, and voila -- softened butter, ready for any recipe. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: The Burgess family of Gardiner, Maine, sent a photo of Buttons, their white-and-black cat, sitting quite comfortably in a basket next to an Easter decoration. The family says: “Buttons is 8 years old. She thinks of herself as pure Angora, but she is a domestic.” To see Buttons in the basket, go to my Web site, www., and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I use pliers to open packages of food, etc., that have a seal with a tab. The pliers give me leverage to pull off the covers. -- Barb in Valley, Neb.

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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