Here’s to the res­cuers!

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Write to Heloise at P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5000; Fax 210-HELOISE; or email [email protected]

DEAR READ­ERS >> For to­day’s SOUND ON, I’d like to take a minute to acknowledg­e those who go out of their way to res­cue and adopt home­less an­i­mals. They go out in all kinds of weather, some­times at dan­ger to them­selves, and use their time, money and en­ergy to save a life. If they can’t keep the an­i­mal, they find a shel­ter that will care for the cat or dog, or find some­one who will fos­ter or adopt it.

It’s the love of an­i­mals that mo­ti­vates them be­cause there re­ally is no other re­ward, ex­cept the joy of see­ing a strug­gling an­i­mal sur­vive and thrive.

The best way to help an­i­mals is to have your pets neutered or spayed. Re­mem­ber, when you adopt a pet, you make it part of your fam­ily. If you wouldn’t chain your kids up in the yard or aban­don them on a lonely road, make them drink dirty wa­ter or for­get to feed them, then don’t do that to your furry fam­ily mem­ber.

DEAR READ­ERS >> Here are some sug­ges­tions on what to do with an old wed­ding dress: • You can dye it and use again. • Have it short­ened and wear it on your an­niver­sary.

• Have a wed­ding dress party for ladies only.

• Save it for your daugh­ter to wear some­day.

DEAR HELOISE >> I’m hav­ing a debate with my hus­band about stor­ing wine. What are some of the do’s and don’ts?

— Wynona D., Evansville, Ind.

DEAR WYNONA D. >> Wynona, a wine rack sit­ting on a kitchen counter might look cool, but ac­tu­ally, wine should not be stored in the warm­est room in the house, where heat can ruin the wine’s taste. You also need to keep the bot­tles still, with no vi­bra­tions, so on top of the re­frig­er­a­tor is a no-no. Over­all, wines need to be kept in a cool, dry place with lit­tle or no sun­light.

DEAR HELOISE >> If some­one you know is think­ing of adding a per­son to the deed on their home, they should stop and think. First, it should never be done with­out the le­gal ad­vice and as­sis­tance of a lawyer. Once you add some­one, it’s very dif­fi­cult to re­move the per­son from your deed. If he or she has fi­nan­cial trou­bles later, a claim can be made against part or all of your house. Some states al­low the other per­son to sell the share of own­er­ship to a to­tal stranger. My hus­band and I dis­cov­ered all this the hard way.

— Brenda and Doug in Florida

DEAR HELOISE >> Mois­tur­iz­ers are ac­tu­ally de­signed to keep mois­ture in the skin, not nec­es­sar­ily to add mois­ture. The main func­tion of any mois­tur­izer is to keep your skin from dry­ing out. It does that by re­tain­ing wa­ter in the outer layer of your skin, which helps it main­tain a dewy look. And to­day, many mois­tur­iz­ers also in­clude sun­block to help pro­tect against skin cancer. When se­lect­ing a mois­tur­izer, al­ways look for one that is fra­grance­free.

— Karen G., Con­cord, N.H.

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