Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

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.

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