HINTS FROM HELOISE Dog adoption op­tion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK -

DEAR HELOISE >> Please let your read­ers know that an­other op­tion for ADOPT­ING A DOG is through a res­cue run by a pure­bred dog club. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion for the na­tional pure­bred clubs can be found on­line.

— Vir­ginia C., Read­ing, Pa.

DEAR VIR­GINIA C. >> Vir­ginia, I con­cur! Pretty much all breeds are rep­re­sented by a res­cue group. And who doesn’t want to give a sec­ond chance to a de­serv­ing dog?

DEAR HELOISE >> I am a 4-mon­thold Ir­ish Jack Rus­sell ter­rier. I live in Hous­ton, and my mommy (Gaye K.) wanted to share my new pic­ture with you.

— Sin­cerely, Maddy

DEAR SIN­CERELY >> Read­ers, to see Maddy and her Pet Pal friends, visit Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week.” Do you have a furry and funny friend? Email a pic­ture and de­scrip­tion to [email protected]

DEAR HELOISE >> My kit­ten was not trained and was start­ing to use my throw rug as a lit­ter box. My friend told me that black pep­per is a safe and ef­fec­tive de­ter­rent — she was right!

— Amy R. in Ohio

DEAR AMY R. >> Amy, a light sprin­kle of black pep­per is OK; never cayenne or other spices. DON’T MESS WITH TRA­DI­TIONS

DEAR HELOISE >> Each year, my fam­ily and I cher­ish the tra­di­tions of the sea­son. We each con­trib­ute an or­na­ment for the tree, usu­ally hand­made, but al­ways with the date, and who made/do­nated it, writ­ten on it. We have or­na­ments that are over 50

years old!

— Mary T. in Penn­syl­va­nia

DEAR MARY T. >> Mary, won­der­ful! Fra­grance can also spark mem­o­ries. I like to make po­man­der balls:

I stick rows of whole cloves in fresh or­anges and ap­ples. Then I take one part or­ris root (avail­able at some drug­stores or on­line) and one part mixed spices, such as cin­na­mon, all­spice and nut­meg, coat the fruit with it and leave for 10 days to two weeks.

I shake off the ex­cess and wrap with a col­or­ful rib­bon. I hang th­ese fra­grant dec­o­ra­tions in the kitchen and all over my home.

DEAR HELOISE >> My wife and I love your col­umn. We have picked up many help­ful ideas through the years from your mother and you.

Like an­other reader men­tioned re­cently. I had sim­i­lar re­cur­ring “Clerk has re­ceipt” in­ci­dents at a con­ve­nience store where I used to buy gas.

The last time I was there, I asked the clerk why this hap­pened. She replied that they want to get us in the store so we might buy some­thing else.

— Jim in Lit­tle Rock, Ark.

DEAR JIM >> Quick-ser­vice stores do make a lot of profit on foun­tain drinks, hot dogs, snacks, etc., but pro­vid­ing a re­ceipt at the pump should def­i­nitely be an op­tion.

DEAR HELOISE >> Hairs, yarns and threads can get wrapped around a vac­uum’s ro­tat­ing brush — so an­noy­ing! I use a seam ripper to cut across the brush, and then I pull out the mess.

— D.R. in Ne­vada

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