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HINTS FROM HELOISE
Curbside at the vet
Dear Heloise: New protocols at the veterinarian's office -- curbside service; no one is allowed in the lobby -- actually has a beneficial effect on my dog.
When I used to go into an exam room with my dog when he was sick or injured, or even for a checkup, he could tell that I was tense and would feed off my energy. This caused anxiety for all: my dog, me, the vet tech and the veterinarian.
Now the vet techs tell me that my dog behaves very well. I'm not there to freak him out. -- Lynn in Pennsylvania
Lynn, it's so true that our pets can sense how we're feeling, good or bad. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Here is a picture of my 21-year-old tabby named Ninja. He surprises me with his behavior. Some days he seems like he's slowing down and feeling his age, but other days he seems as spry as a kitten. -- Cheryl E., via email
Cheryl, what a gorgeous boy! Readers, to see Ninja and our other Pet Pals, visit www.Heloise.com and click on "Pet of the Week." Do you have a funny and furry friend to share? Email a pic and description to Heloise@Heloise.com! -- Heloise
STRAW TO THE RESCUE
Dear Heloise: I have a newer electric stove and always have a problem catching all the crumbs, salt and spray oil in the rubber gasket between the glass and the metal.
I take a plastic straw, pinch it flat at the end, and run it through that crevice, then do it again with the other end of the straw. It's better than using anything sharp. -- Janet McDaniel, San Antonio, Texas
THE RIGHT WAY
Dear Heloise: I used to feel vulnerable while getting into my car after shopping. I carried my purse on my left shoulder or arm, putting my purchases into the car first on my right side. This left my purse easy for someone to grab.
I now carry my purse on my right, making sure it goes into the car first. I feel safer this way. -- Carolyn Covey, San Bernardino, Calif.
JUST A DAB WILL DO
Dear Heloise: Going to the grocery store requires many precautions to keep everyone protected. Opening the plastic bags in the produce section is nearly impossible.
I keep a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer in my pocket and dab a small amount of it on my fingers. Opening the bags then becomes a cinch, while adding a little extra protection while shopping. -- Connie Sharon, San Antonio, Texas
Dear Heloise: I'm a big online shopper, but I've learned the hard way to avoid obscure websites, many of which are advertised on social media. If I haven't heard of the site, I'm not going to shop there. It's too risky with shipping, sizing, fabric content and supply issues, and the items hardly ever look like the pictures.
I stick to the big retailers with established reputations. -- Liz in Oklahoma
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.
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