DEAR READERS: It’s the height of summer, and it is now hot in most of the country. Here are some hints to keep your dog safe:
Fresh, clean water must be available for the dog at all times.
Walk the dog for exercise, but not during the hot afternoon. Wait until evening.
Make sure the dog is on a flea, tick and heartworm preventive.
Ensure that the dog has lots of shade when outside.
The car is no place for a dog in the hot summer months.
Ask your veterinarian for more hot-weather hints.
DEAR HELOISE: As an owner of two cats, I read with interest Rhonda R.’s litter-box maintenance procedures.
My cats did not want to use the same litter box. I left only one out, and eventually they both came around to my point of view and now use it.
I buy litter with baking soda in it that requires scooping out the waste every day and adding litter every few days. — Mary Braidman,
Kihei, Hawaii DEAR READER: Baking soda is in a lot of products, but you can add a thin layer after you scrub out the box, before adding fresh litter.
DEAR HELOISE: Foundation is the key to a pretty face. It primes the skin for bronzer, blush and eye shadow. The purpose of foundation is to neutralize redness and even out skin tone. Visit a pro makeup counter to have a specialist match you to your perfect shade, tone and texture of foundation, and get application tips.
— Diane D. in Texas
DEAR HELOISE: Trendy clothes for women include crochet, tassel and fringe accents. Unfortunately, these embellishments can get fuzzy, stretched out or snagged in the wash.
If I don’t have time to hand-wash, I turn these garments inside out and use a mesh laundry bag.
— Mary Beth K., Nebraska
DEAR HELOISE: I have a hard time judging in a parking space if I’m up far enough. My car has a backup camera, so if I pull into a parking space, I put the car into reverse (so the camera will come on) to see if I’m far enough into the parking space. — Carol L., Bridgeport, W.Va. DEAR READER: You also can check to see that you are aligned evenly in the space between the striping.