Dear Heloise: This is regarding your hints on FINDING A LOST PET. You failed to mention one very important hint: Have your pet microchipped.
That way, if a pet does get lost and is found and taken to a shelter, someone there can scan the chip and retrieve the owner’s information. And if the owners move, they should be sure to call the microchipping company to let it know the change of address. -- Diane S., Longview, Tex.
Diane, you are right -- I didn’t mention microchipping in that column, although it has been mentioned in other columns of mine through the years. The cost is about $50. Check around to see about getting it done cheaper at the Humane Society or a pet shelter. The chip should last longer than the life of your dog. It’s very small, about the size of a grain of rice. And best of all, should your pet become lost, the chip should help in getting your pet home to you!
Thanks for reminding us of the importance of having your pet microchipped. -- Heloise
P.S.: Cabbie, our miniature schnauzer, says, “Woof, woof” for her microchip.
FRONT-LOADING WASHING MACHINE
Dear Heloise: Thank you for suggesting a person look inside the seal of front-loading washing machines in search of odors. I did not have a washing-machine odor, but I decided to look to see if there was anything inside the seal that could be harboring a problem.
Lo and behold, I found my husband’s car keys that have been missing for two years! -- Judi, via e-mail
Well, that’s a new one! I guess he has the cleanest keys in town! -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Abigail Davis of San Antonio sent a photo of her half cocker spaniel and half King Charles Cavalier spaniel, named Archer, posing prettily for his photo. Abigail says, “Archer is the sweetest puppy ever, and we are so glad he has joined our household.”
To see Archer, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise
HALF A CAKE
Dear Heloise: I baked a round two-layer cake and had half left and did not want to waste it. I was going to an 80th birthday party a couple of days later with five gals, and I knew the half cake would be enough for all of us.
So I created a “crown” to cover the empty place on the pedestal. I had stars and ice-cream cones and the number 80, and taped it to the round cake pedestal. It turned out very cute and festive, and was “decorated” for the next celebration! And the chocolate cake was not wasted! -- Corrinne B. in Texas
Dear Heloise: We were in Milan a month ago on vacation and saw a deli-shop lady using scissors to quickly snip pieces of pizza, wraps, sandwiches and rolls. It took less time than using a knife. -- Nancy B., via e-mail