School-days flashback helped with cleanup

Dear Heloise: I have three cats and two dogs. Our large Labrador retriever came inside and immediately vomited all over the laundry-room floor. Thankfully, it's just linoleum tile and is easy to clean up.
I flashed back to grammar school, when the custodian would sprinkle some red stuff over vomit and then just sweep it up. I thought clumping cat litter should work, since it's absorbent and has odor-controlling properties. So, I liberally sprinkled cat litter over the mess and waited a few minutes (with the back door open because of the smell). The litter absorbed it and also helped with the odor. I could see it start to harden in just two to three minutes. I then just wiped it up with paper towels and swept the dry litter that was left. Nadia Payne, Nashville, Tenn.
Cats helping dogs? Your helpful "odor" hint will work on animal or human vomit. If there is no cat litter handy, grab a box of baking soda or cornstarch -- both absorb and deodorize. Heloise
Dear Readers: Lou and Patty Kamm sent in a photo of their Saint Bernard, Harley, and his homemade food-dish holder. Patty says: "This big guy, Harley, came into our lives when he was a year old. We were shopping for a high, sturdy food bowl and were shocked to see how expensive they were -- upward of 79! Then we decided to make one ourselves. We got the wrought-iron stand at the local garden center for 12 and the stainless-steel bowl at the restaurant-supply store for only 2. It stands 14 inches high, and we set it up in the kitchen. Harley weighs 110 pounds and can be a bit goofy, but he has never knocked it over. Hopefully, other readers with large-breed dogs can use this hint."
Visit and click on Pet of the Week to see large, lovable Harley romping toward his custom-made, "high-rise" bowl. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I'm fostering three kittens, and they and my young dog Zipper all do a number on our toilet paper. Here is our decorative solution to toilet-paper woes:
I purchased a lovely mosaic tissue-box cover, the cube-shaped kind. Toilet-paper rolls fit perfectly inside, and you can pull it through the opening and easily tear it off. It's on the back of my toilet -- you can put it on a close counter or windowsill. Just be sure to inform your guests, or else they get stranded! Mary B., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: When I open a bag of cat food, I pour a week's worth into a plastic container (with a lid) for daily use and re-close the bag for storage to keep it fresh. My cat seems to know the difference between fresh and week-old! Sandy, via e-mail
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