Keep your pets safe from hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions

San Antonio Express-News - - MYSA -

Dear Read­ers: How can we keep our pets safe around our HOL­I­DAY DEC­O­RA­TIONS? Here are a few sug­ges­tions:

Live plants such as holly and mistle­toe can be in­gested and cause stom­ach up­set. Ar­ti­fi­cial plants are a bet­ter bet.

Don’t hang shim­mery tin­sel. It catches the light, but cats like to catch it, too, and may in­gest it, which can cause di­ges­tive prob­lems.

Make sure the Christ­mas tree is se­cure and can’t be knocked over and fall on your pets.

Real can­dles are an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen look for flame­less can­dles.

Be vig­i­lant for loose wires and bro­ken glass or­na­ments.

Hol­i­day fun and safety for your pets can go to­gether!

P.S. Fatty, spicy, rich, sug­ary foods and al­co­hol are not healthy and should be kept away from pets.

Dear Read­ers: Tina F., via email, sent a pic­ture of her Sar­gent — a dachshund and poo­dle mix (“doo­dle”?). He is 4 years old and jeal­ous; Tina’s hus­band can’t even hug her! To see Sar­gent and our other Pet Pals, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week.” Dear Heloise: When my mother was older and liv­ing alone, she came up with an ex­cel­lent se­cu­rity idea. She went to the thrift store and bought a used pair of size 16 or 18 ten­nis shoes.

She got them a lit­tle dirty and left them on the porch out­side her door. Any­one see­ing them would hes­i­tate be­fore both­er­ing her. Bril­liant! A Heloise hug is in or­der! Dear Heloise: My wife and I en­joy go­ing out for a date to a classy res­tau­rant. Lately, we have been “ser­e­naded” by the screams of at least one or more small chil­dren.

I sug­gested to the man­age­ment that when fam­i­lies with chil­dren ar­rive, they should place them in the back area of the res­tau­rant, away from the rest of the din­ers.

They tell me they can’t do that. What can­wedo? Per­haps a call to a district man­ager could yield some so­lu­tions. Read­ers? Dear Heloise: I have a sure­fire way to cut onions with­out tears: Be­fore you start cut­ting onions, put on swim gog­gles. I don’t mind look­ing a bit silly be­cause I don’t have any tears!

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