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HELPFUL HINTS

By Heloise

This article was published February 2, 2008 at 1:45 a.m.

— DEAR HELOISE: My husband and I have a Yorkshire terrier who travels with us most of the time.

We carry in our wallets a credit card-size pet ID card that I designed on our home computer. The front has a picture of our dog, with her name, breed, coloring, sex and weight, and our contact information- name, address, home and cell-phone numbers.

On the back, I put other information such as her microchip number and the toll-free number of the provider, her vet's name and number, and our adult daughter's contact information. I also took one of the ID cards and fastened it to her travel crate.

- Kathleen Burns, via e-mail DEAR READER: When we take our miniature schnauzer, we always stay at pet-friendly motels.

Visit www.Heloise.com for some hints, such as: use a hand towel (or newspapers) on the floor to put the food and water bowls on.

DEAR HELOISE: Keep reminding people not to allow their pets on their laps while driving. Itonly takes a frontal collision of 15 mph to activate the air bag, which would possibly kill a pet sitting on the driver's lap.

- Roy Cerecke, Kentwood, Mich.

DEAR READER: An accident of any kind where the driver might be injured leaves an unsecured pet at risk of darting from the car when a door is opened. It's not worth the risk.

DEAR HELOISE: I always worry that the spring-type door on our pet carrier might pop open when I take my cat to the veterinarian's office.

A hardware-store employee offered me this solution: Tighten a plastic cable tie in a circle to connect the grated door and a side air hole. The cable ties are snipped with scissors for removal and are very inexpensive. I also take an extra cable tie for when I leave the vet for the trip home.

- Suzanne Simpson, Houston Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail HELOISE@CompuServe.com

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