HINTS FROM HELOISE

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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!

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

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.

— Jim B., Dana Point, Calif. BRIL­LIANT! A Heloise hug is in or­der!

— Heloise

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 can we do?

— Robin and Diane M.,

River­side, Calif. PER­HAPS A CALL to a district man­ager could yield some so­lu­tions. Read­ers?

— Heloise 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!

— T.L., Omaha, Neb. DEAR READ­ERS: In need of some hol­i­day cheer? Per­haps a visit to these places is in or­der:

* Gar­land, Texas

* Santa Claus, In­di­ana

* Eggnog, Utah

* Par­tridge, Kansas

Not feel­ing it? Head over to Hum­bug, Ari­zona!

— Heloise DEAR HELOISE: I have an­other use for bak­ing soda. I take aqua yoga classes at the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­ter, and I no­ticed my hair had a buildup. When I went for a hair­cut, the beau­ti­cian told me it was chlo­rine.

She told me to add a bit of bak­ing soda to my sham­poo. I did, and no more chlo­rine buildup. I color my hair, and it didn’t af­fect it. — Maryann G., via email Copy­right 2018

King Fea­tures Syndicate Inc.

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