Dear Readers: October is ADOPT-A-SHELTER-DOG MONTH. Here are some helpful hints from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for bringing home a new pet:

* Buy supplies: Make sure you have the essentials -- food and water bowls, toys, collar and leash.

* Decide house rules and responsibilities: Who is going to walk and feed the new family member? Decide general house rules. Will the dog be allowed on furniture, to have people food, etc.?

* Doggie-proof: Do a sweep and check for anything the new addition might chew or ingest!

* Make an appointment with your veterinarian for the pet to have a thorough exam. Find out about the licensing policy where you live.

* Make a plan: Come up with a training plan, and inform the entire household so it is consistent. Are you going to crate-train? What will the reward be for good behavior, etc.?

These helpful hints will make you and your new pet get along much better. -- Heloise, and “Woof, woof” from Cabbie



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I would like to get rid of the kids’ old trophies. Do you know where I can take them? Thanks. Love your column. -- Susan in Texas

Thanks for reading, Susan. The column has printed this many times. Here are some suggestions: Try a charity thrift store like the Salvation Army that accepts old trophies. See if there is a teacher who can use them as awards. Or talk to coaches to see if they would like to reuse them. Take the nameplates off first -- you can make a wall hanging or place them in a scrapbook, which takes up much less space.

Readers, do you know of places that accept old trophies? Or do you have any creative uses for them? -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I’ve read several hints for using a hanging shoe bag to create more storage space in the home. That gave me the idea for taking one with me on a vacation where four adults shared a cabin with one small bathroom. The shoe bag I bought had 20 pockets, so each adult had plenty of room for his or her toiletries, and we managed to keep the small vanity clutter-free! -- Pam in San Antonio


Dear Heloise: There are times when I want to buy something online, but I am nervous, with all the identify theft, about entering my information. You can buy prepaid credit cards at most grocery stores now. So when I want to buy something online, I use one of those. Then I don’t have to worry about anyone getting my account information. -- A Concerned Reader in Utah


Dear Heloise: I glued heavy-duty aluminum foil to the inside of plastic lids from margarine tubs, etc. Then I punched two holes in each lid and wired them to fence posts on my long, dark driveway to act as reflectors. -- Pam in Arizona

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