Dear readers: How can we keep our pets safe around our holiday decorations? Here are some suggestions:
● Live plants such as holly and mistletoe can be ingested and cause stomach upset. Artificial plants are a better bet.
● Do not hang glittering garlands. It catches light, but cats like to catch it too, and can ingest it, which can cause digestive problems.
● Make sure the Christmas tree is secure and can not be knocked over and fall on your pets.
● Real candles are an imminent accident – look for candles without flame.
● Be alert to loose wires and broken glass ornaments.
The pleasure of holidays and the safety of your animals can go hand in hand!
P.S. Fatty, spicy, rich, sweet and alcoholic foods are not healthy and must be kept away from pets.
Dear readers: Tina F., by e-mail, sent a photo of her Sargent – a mixture of Dachshund and Poodle ("Doodle"?). He is 4 years old and is jealous. Tina's husband can not even hug her! To see Sargent and our other pet friends, visit Heloise.com and click on "Animal of the week".
Dear Heloise, When my mother was older and lived alone, she had an excellent idea of safety. She went to the bargain shop and bought a pair of tennis shoes size 16 or 18 of the occasion.
She soiled them a little and left them on the porch outside her door. Anyone seeing them would hesitate before disturbing her.
Jim B., Dana Point, California.
Jim B .: Brilliant! A hug to Heloise is in order!
Dear Heloise, My wife and I like going out for a date at a fancy restaurant. Lately, we have been "serenaded" by the cries of at least one or more young children.
I suggested to the management that, upon arrival of families with children, these be placed at the back of the restaurant, away from the rest of the guests.
They tell me that they can not do that. What can we do?
Robin and Diane M., Riverside, California.
Robin and Diane M .: Maybe a call to a district official could bring solutions. Readers?
Dear Heloise, I have a surefire way to cut onions without tears: before you start cutting onions, put on swimming goggles. I do not mind looking a bit silly because I do not have tears!
Dear readers: Need a little holiday cheer? Perhaps a visit to these places is in order:
● Garland, Tex.
● Santa Claus, Ind.
● eggnog, Utah
● Partridge, Kan.
Do not feel it? Head to Humbug, Arizona.
Dear Heloise, I have another use for baking soda. I take aqua-yoga classes at the local community center and I noticed that my hair had accumulated. When I went to get my hair cut, the beautician told me that it was chlorine.
She told me to add some baking soda to my shampoo. I did it and no more accumulation of chlorine. I color my hair and it did not affect them.
Maryann G., by email
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