Dear Readers: Summer’s underway, and June is Pet Preparedness Month. Do you have a disaster plan for your pets?

You’ll need to put together a pet emergency kit. What should you include? Let’s take a look:

• Water and bowl, food, a toy,leash and/or carrier and meds.

• Photo of the animal andhistory of vaccinations.
• First-aid kit: Gauze

bandages and hydrogen peroxide.

Some other things to consider:

• Pet tags should be up to date and secure onthe collar.

• Do you have your pet microchipped? Acomputer chip the size of a grain of rice can reunite you with your pet if it gets lost.

• Make sure your neighbors know what petsyou have. Notes about your animal’s behavior are helpful.

• Have the phone number to your veterinarianprogrammed into your phone.

Talk with a pet-care expert for more hints onpet preparedness. — Heloise


Dear Readers: Meet Lacy. She’s getting her summer off to a great start, leaping and splashing into Lake Moxie in Maine. Lacy has some “moxie,” doesn’t she? Thanks to Joyce inWest Gardiner, Maine, for sharing!

To see Lacy and our other Pet Pals, visit www. and click on “Pet of the Week.”

Do you have a fun and furry friend? Email a picture and description to — Heloise


Dear Heloise: For those of us with allergies, asthma and migraines, please, please, I beg all of your readers to not bring anything with a scenton an airplane!

We can become very ill from your beautiful fragrances. We know you love them, and they may smell wonderful, but they make us sick! Please use unscented everything when you will be in close quarters. Thanks! — Patti H., via email


Dear Readers: What does an ice cream cone have in common with an eggshell? Each can be used as a seed starter!

Poke a drain hole in the bottom of an empty eggshell or cone. Fill with rich soil and drop in a couple of seeds.

Mist often; you should see growth within two weeks. A fun project for kids! — Heloise


Dear Heloise: We make fresh fruit pops by freezing lemon lime soda with different fresh fruits: pineapples, blueberries and watermelon. — Gaby E. in San Antonio

One caution: Not for the little ones; I’d recommend a plain pop. The fruit could be a choking hazard. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: When I open a large bag of dog kibble, I open it so that I can use the empty bag as a kitchen trash can liner — the kibble bag is going in the trash anyway! That’s one less trash can liner to buy and go into the trash. — Mary H., Arlington, Va.

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or fax it to 210-HELOISE, or e-mail it to She can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in her column.

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