Pause to reflect on pet safety during walks

Published 30 January 2017

Dear Heloise: I like to walk my dog early in the morning, so I wear a reflective vest. But my dog is black and not easily seen. So, I got another vest and cut it down to fit him. The vests are held together with a hook-and-loop closure, so I can make it fit perfectly snug on my black Lab/greyhound mix, Black Jack.

Now everyone can see us, and I feel safer knowing that we are visible to oncoming traffic.—C.P.S. in Virginia



Dear Readers: Heloise Central had an interesting uninvited visitor ambling across the parking lot: a turtle! He or she was trucking along! Visit and click on "Pet of the Week" to see some video of our friend—Tammy or Tommy the Turtle.—Heloise



Dear Heloise: Those weeklong pill-of-the-day medicine boxes are handy for things beside pills. They work well to store portions of fish food, or tiny dried shrimp for turtles, and medications for dogs or cats, too.

I'm sure your readers would have other uses; how about if they suggest some?—Brenda in New Hampshire

You bet! My readers are the best at sharing their hints to help others. I'm always happy to print reusing, repurposing and recycling hints. Email; fax 210-HELOISE (435-6473); or write Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279.—Heloise




Dear Readers: The rubber hot pads/jar openers have many uses. Here are some:




Dear Readers: When renting an automobile, you are responsible for keeping the car in good condition. Any NEW scratches, stains, dings, dents, etc., can all be charged to you.

When you are going over the car with the rental agent, take pictures of the condition of the car, noting scrapes or flaws.—Heloise



Dear Heloise: I've discovered an easy way to brush the dog. I found an "undercoat rake" at the pet store. It is specially built to loosen and remove more hair from the dog than regular brushing. This is all fur that is loose but doesn't come off without a struggle. The rake makes grooming much easier, and it is safe and painless for the animal. I love it!—S. Anderson, via email


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