HELOISE Hint makes filling bird feeders easier



Dear Heloise: Thought I'd pass on my favorite hint for feeding backyard birds.
I have quite a few bird feeders, so I buy birdseed in very large bags that I used to drag out on my patio. I used a coffee can to fill the feeders.
Now, I keep the large bag in my garage, and from it I fill individual plastic bags with enough birdseed to fill each feeder. It is so easy to walk around the yard, especially now with the colder weather, and put the exact amount in each feeder. L.S., Via E-mail
Great time- and energy-saving hint, as well as one our feathered friends like, too! Thanks for writing. Heloise
Dear Readers: Carol B. Conway of San Diego sent a photo of her son's kitten, Tombe. He was born in the attic of a school and dropped down to the ground-floor level inside a wall. After hearing his pitiful cries, Carol's son cut a hole and rescued him.
The photo shows the kitten swimming in a pool. Carol says he swims two lengths of the pool every day. Her son insists that all his pets are "pool safe."
Send your favorite, unusual pet photo to: Heloise/Pet Photo, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279. Visit my Web site, www.Heloise.com, and click on This Week's Pet to see Tombe swimming. Heloise
FYI: Do you have a problem with pet hair on your upholstered furniture or clothing? There is an easy way to remove it! Sometimes vacuums don't pick up all of it, but masking tape will do the job.
Simply roll the tape around three or four fingers with the sticky side out. Rub all along where the pet hair is stuck, and you'll see it disappear. It pulls up hair even if it is stuck in a tight-weave fabric. Replace the old piece with a new piece of tape as hair accumulates. Do this several times -- it really works! Heloise
Dear Readers: When bringing a new puppy home, please take time to "puppy proof" your house. There are dangers for little pups as well as kittens in the home, especially if you have children.
Look around the house for children's toys that are left out, especially if they are made of plastic, rubber, yarn, etc. Anything that can be chewed is a potential danger. If the pup swallows an item, it can choke, or the item can injure the digestive system. Other choking hazards are plastic baggies, rubber bands, cellophane, shoelaces and string. These can also cause your pet to suffocate if ingested.
Keep shoes away -- don't give them an old pair to chew on unless you don't care if your puppy chews your best pair. They don't know the difference between new and old. Heloise
Dear Heloise: When my canary laid eggs, I was so excited. It was the first time for her, and I thought it would be wonderful for my children to see the baby birds hatch.
I was worried about my children touching the eggs. I've always heard that if there is a human scent on the eggs, the mother will destroy them. I found that that is not so -- the mother won't destroy them, but if you remove them and put them back often, the mother might become agitated and abandon them. So just sit back and watch. Connie, Via E-mail.
XSend a great hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, Fax: (210) HELOISE or E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.
King Features Syndicate

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