Dayton Daily News

What’s the story on these animals?

- Heloise

Dear Heloise: I don’t like to see all these animals IN THE GROCERY STORE. One time I said something, and the person said, “I couldn’t leave the animal at home.”

I am allergic to animal fur and cannot find a store that doesn’t have people bringing their dogs.

These aren’t service dogs; they don’t have vests, nor are they trained. Are there rules about this? — Roland D., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Roland, this subject is bound to get folks’ ire up. You may be describing an emotional support animal. ESAs provide comfort in a general sense, but because they don’t perform one designated task, they aren’t endorsed by the Americans with Disabiliti­es Act, and they can be denied admittance to food stores, restaurant­s and other establishm­ents.

Service animals are protected by the Americans with Disabiliti­es Act. A service animal is specifical­ly trained to help someone with a medical condition: blindness, most commonly. These animals are allowed in food stores, restaurant­s, etc.

Check out www.ADA. gov for more informatio­n. — Heloise

Pet pal

Dear Readers: Pamela G. in Menifee, Calif., sent a picture of her two furry family members, Chipper and William, in their dog beds, each with a new toy from “Santa Paws.”

To see these two cuties and our other Pet Pals, visit and click on “Pet of the Week.”

To share a picture of your furry and funny family member, email it and a descriptio­n to: Heloise@ — Heloise

Replant the plant

Dear Readers: This time of year is a good time to repot houseplant­s, before the weather warms up and growth really takes off. Pick a pot that’s slightly larger than the current pot.

Begin fertilizin­g indoor plants now when you see new growth. — Heloise

The brushoff

Dear Heloise: I save my mascara brush. I use it to clean the holes in my hummingbir­d feeder! — Martha in Azusa, Calif.

Martha, this is a great way to upcycle! These brushes can have strong bristles, sometimes of varying lengths. Other uses for the mascara wand:

■ Brush eyebrows into place.

■ Spray a bit of hair spray on the wand, and coax loose hairs back into a hair bun.

■ Dedicate one to cleaning the computer keyboard.

Readers, do you have a use for your old mascara wand? Email Heloise@Hel- — Heloise

It’s in the bag

Dear Heloise: When I go to a public place where I might put my purse on the floor, such as a movie or theater, I bring a disposable bag and slip my purse into it so I don’t bring home any germs from the floor. — Rose R., Jupiter, Fla. Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, 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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