HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HELOISE 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 HELOISE: A road trip with the dog can be a chal­lenge — I try to be pre­pared. Here are some hints:

A tote of sup­plies is nec­es­sary: bot­tled wa­ter, food, bowls, treats, a leash, any med­i­ca­tions, documentation of ra­bies vac­cine, news­pa­per sleeves for potty breaks, etc.

Let your vet­eri­nar­ian know be­fore you go, es­pe­cially if the dog has med­i­cal prob­lems.

Get the dog ac­cli­mated to be­ing in the car by tak­ing rides around your neigh­bor­hood.

Take breaks along the way, and make sure your des­ti­na­tion is amenable to pets.

Never leave the dog in the car alone — it quickly can get en­tirely too hot in there, es­pe­cially in sum­mer.

I en­joy trav­el­ing with my dog be­cause we travel safely.

— Mark S. in Mary­land

DEAR READ­ERS: Denim jeans have been around for al­most 150 years. Most peo­ple have worn jeans at some point in their lives for com­fort, and for casual style. Do you know how to care for jeans?

You prob­a­bly don’t need to laun­der denim af­ter each wear­ing, but the best way to wash jeans is to turn them in­side out to min­i­mize fad­ing, wash them in cold wa­ter and either line dry or tum­ble dry on low heat. Re­move them be­fore they are com­pletely dry and hang, or lay flat.

DEAR HELOISE: I like to go to the city an­i­mal shel­ter on a free day and spend some time with the cats and dogs.

I no­ticed a list of what the shel­ter needs: news­pa­per, blan­kets, tow­els, food and bleach. What the shel­ter didn’t need: cloth­ing and pil­lows. Call your shel­ter to see if you can help.

DEAR HELOISE: I like mem­ory foam shoes and slip­pers; all I do is slip them on. Mem­ory foam has the soft­ness built in al­ready. I have learned that I can­not walk in bare feet any­more, and wear­ing these shoes and slip­pers keeps my feet feel­ing bet­ter.

— Lisa Z., Flor­ida

DEAR HELOISE: I am a re­tired reg­is­tered nurse and have a hint for any­one who uses a hair dryer: use earplugs! Af­ter many years of us­ing this de­vice, you could be­come hard of hear­ing.

I al­ways wear earplugs when show­er­ing and sham­poo­ing my hair, and I keep them in when dry­ing my hair.

I wish that all beauty sa­lons would do that.

— Jacque­line B., San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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