HINTS FROM HELOISE

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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 DO YOU HAVE a beau­ti­ful blend of a dog? Email a pic­ture to: Heloise@Heloise.com.

— Heloise 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, Calif. GOOD FOR YOU, Paula. You’re my hero!

— Heloise 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 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 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 Copy­right 2018

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