Dear readers: Having a dog can help relieve stress, but what if dogs develop their own anxiety? This is possible. The thunder, the vacuum, not enough exercise, being at home all day, vacationers – all are triggers.
SYMPTOMS? Chewing, breathing heavily, walking quickly back and forth, or complaining.
Solutions? Of course, you want to comfort your dog, but experts agree that it's counter-productive. Distract your dog is a better idea. Dogs are smart, but they can not think of two things at once.
Ready to leave for the day and Rover is stressed? Give him a puzzle toy several minutes before leaving. he looks forward to this routine.
Ask your veterinarian for other tips to help your dog ease his anxiety.
Dear readers: Sue and Penny sent a photo of their 9-year-old shih tzu / poodle, Mandy, who wears protective goggles! To see Mandy and our other pet friends, visit Heloise.com and click on "Animal of the week".
Do you have a nice mix of a dog? Send a photo by email to Heloise@Heloise.com.
Dear Heloise, I adopted a mix brother and sister Chihuahua / Carlin several years ago from the Pasadena SPCA. The staff informed me that the dogs were 10 years old and that I might not have them for a long time.
Ralph and Beatrice were overweight and had dental problems, but they loved having a garden and some grass!
With good nutrition and dental and medical care, we shared many days together. They spent three days sleep in their sleep just before their 23rd birthday!
Nobody told them that they were seniors! Old is beautiful – he has so much to offer. Now I'm back at the shelter!
Paula B., Covina, California.
Paula B .: Good for you. You are my hero!
Dear Heloise, Our thoughtful family tradition: the signature tablecloth of the mother. Every guest and family member at Thanksgiving signs the tablecloth at dinner and many of them include a poem, a doodle or a drawing. Then I embroider on the ink for permanence.
Wonderful family memories, especially looking at the work of family members who have passed since.
Christine R. in Michigan
Dear Heloise, I wondered why gas prices read as follows: "2.50 USD 9/10 a gallon"?
June W. in Florida
June W. in Florida: This subject may be debated, but many agree that it was an alternative many years ago. In the 1930s, gasoline cost about 15 cents a gallon and the federal government wanted a piece of the cake for road maintenance and so on.
This fraction of a penny today can represent millions and millions of dollars over the course of a year.
Dear Heloise, I keep my change in a can. When it's full, I give it to my grandson. He likes to count coins and it's a good workout for him!
Betty M. in Connecticut
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