DEAR HELOISE: This is regarding your hints on finding a lost pet. You failed to mention one very important hint: Have your pet microchipped.
That way, if a pet does get lost and is found and taken to a shelter, someone there can scan the chip and retrieve the owner’s information. And if the owners move, they should be sure to call the microchipping company to let it know the change of address.
- Diane S., Longview, Texas
DEAR READER: Diane, you are right - I didn’t mention microchipping in that column, although it has been mentioned in others through the years. The cost is about $50. Check around to see if a pet shelter or animal rescue group has a cheaper price. The chip should last longer than the life of your dog. It’s very small, about the size of a grain of rice. And best of all, should your pet become lost, the chip should help in getting your pet home.
Thanks for reminding us of the importance of having pets microchipped.
DEAR HELOISE: Thank you for suggesting a person look inside the seal of front-loading washing machines in search of odors. I did not have a washing-machine odor, but I decided to look to see if there was anything inside the seal that could be harboring a problem.
Lo and behold, I found my husband’s car keys that have been missing for two years!
- Judi, via email
DEAR HELOISE: I baked a round two-layer cake and had half left and did not want to waste it. I was going to an 80th birthday party a couple of days later with five pals, and I knew the half cake would be enough for all of us.
So I created a “crown” to cover the empty place on the pedestal. I had stars and ice cream cones and the number 80, and taped all to the round cake pedestal. It turned out very cute and festive, and was “decorated” for the next celebration! And the chocolate cake was not wasted.
- Corrinne B. in Texas
DEAR HELOISE: We were in Milan a month ago on vacation and saw a deli-shop lady using scissors to quickly snip pieces of pizza, wraps, sandwiches and rolls. It took less time than using a knife.
- Nancy B., via email
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
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