HELOISE Hint provides an easy way to wash Fido's face



Dear Heloise: I discovered a great solution for washing my dog's face when I give her a bath. I always worry about Shema getting shampoo in her eyes or water in her ears, so, consequently, her little face and ears just get a quick once-over with a washcloth.
Using a washcloth was clumsy, and Shema got fussy and agitated. One day, I decided to try something new. I had a new pair of soft cotton work gloves, and when I gave her a bath, I decided to put on the gloves to wash her face.
I just dunked my gloved hands in the bath water, which was just slightly soapy, and I gently rubbed her face and ears. It worked like a charm. Joanne F., Woodbridge, Va.
Dear Readers: Grace Schleis of Mishicot, Wis., sent a photo of her black-and-white cat, Squeekums, cuddling in between the paws of a very large stuffed tiger. Squeekums looks so adorable with her stuffed friend, it almost looks real. Visit my Web site, www.Heloise.com, and click on This Week's Pet to see cute little Squeekums. Heloise
Dear Heloise: How many think of strapping their pet carrier in the back seat with the pet inside?
Accidents can happen so easily if a dog or cat is left on the back seat, either in a carrier or out. Just stopping suddenly can propel the carrier or pet around the car, which can cause harm to the pet and the people in the car.
When I place the carrier in the back seat, I put the seat belt around it to hold it tightly against the seat. It stays put, and if there are any sudden stops, we are all safe in the car. J.B., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: This is a warning to protect cats. My two cats keep me company -- one is full of mischief, and the other is very quiet. The troublemaker likes to climb to the tops of cabinets and also on the gas range.
It was quite a shock one night to come into the kitchen and see a gas burner lit. Now, I remove the knobs from the stove when this cat is inside. I was very fortunate -- it could have had bad results. Dorothea Gillespie, Port Monmouth, N.J.
Thanks for the warning. You are very fortunate that everything turned out OK. Like you said, it could have been a disaster. It's even a good idea to remove the knobs and place them out of the way if you have children in the house. Heloise
Planning on introducing new fish to your aquarium? A safe way to do this is to keep them in the original bag filled with water and have the bag float on top of the tank water for 30 minutes. The reason for this is the water in the bag will slowly reach the temperature in the aquarium, and they will become acclimated rather than be shocked with a temperature change.
XSend a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, or you can fax it to (210) HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.
King Features Syndicate

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