Dogs can de­velop anx­i­ety

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - ADVICE - Hints From Heloise

Dear Read­ers:

Hav­ing a dog can help us re­lieve stress, but what if dogs de­velop anx­i­ety them­selves? It’s pos­si­ble. Thun­der, the vac­uum cleaner, not enough ex­er­cise, be­ing home alone all day, holiday vis­i­tors — all are trig­gers.

Symp­toms? Chew­ing, heavy breath­ing, walk­ing quickly back and forth or whin­ing.

So­lu­tions? Of course, you want to com­fort your dog, but ex­perts agree that this is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. Dis­tract­ing your dog is a bet­ter idea. Dogs are smart, but they can’t think about two things at once.

Get­ting ready to leave for the day and Rover is stressed? Give him a puzzle toy sev­eral min­utes be­fore you go; he’ll look for­ward to this rou­tine. Ask your vet­eri­nar­ian for other hints to help your dog re­lieve anx­i­ety.

— Heloise

Pet pal

Dear Read­ers:

Sue and Penny sent a pic­ture of their 9-year-old Shih Tzu/poo­dle (“Shoo­dle”?), Mandy, who is sport­ing some fun gog­gles! To see Mandy and our other Pet Pals, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week.”

Do you have a beau­ti­ful blend of a dog? Email a pic­ture to: Heloise@Heloise.com.

Sig­na­ture cloth

Dear Heloise:

Our thought­ful fam­ily tra­di­tion: Mother’s sig­na­ture table­cloth. Each guest and fam­ily mem­ber at Thanks­giv­ing signs the table­cloth at din­ner, and many in­clude a poem, doo­dle or draw­ing. Af­ter­ward, I em­broi­der over the ink for per­ma­nence.

Won­der­ful fam­ily me­mories, es­pe­cially look­ing at fam­ily mem­bers’ work who have since passed.

— Chris­tine R. in Michi­gan

9/10ths of a penny?

Dear Heloise:

I’ve won­dered, why do gas prices read “$2.50 9/10 per gal­lon”?

— June W. in Florida Hi, June! This sub­ject is up for de­bate, but many agree that it’s a fall­back to many years ago. In the 1930s, gas was around 15 cents per gal­lon, and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment wanted a piece of the pie for road main­te­nance, etc.

That frac­tion of a penny to­day can add up to mil­lions and mil­lions of dol­lars over the course of a year.

— Heloise

Not too old

Dear Heloise:

I adopted a brother and sis­ter Chi­huahua/pug mix years ago from the Pasadena SPCA. The staff in­formed me the dogs were 10 years old, and I may not have them long.

Ralph and Beatrice were over­weight, with den­tal is­sues, but they loved hav­ing a yard and grass!

With a good diet and den­tal and med­i­cal care, we shared so many days to­gether. They passed three days apart in their sleep — just be­fore their 23rd birth­day!

No one told them they were se­niors! Old is beau­ti­ful — it has so much to of­fer. Now, I’m back to the shel­ter!

— Paula B., Cov­ina, Cal­i­for­nia

Good for you, Paula. You’re my hero! — Heloise

Money maker

Dear Heloise:

I save my spare change in a can. When it’s full, I give it to my grand­son. He loves to count out the coins, and it is good prac­tice for him!

— Betty M. in Con­necti­cut

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