Dear Heloise: My Shih Tzu, Tillie, has always needed help to get up on the couch or bed. The pet stairs I have tried had steps that were too high for her, so she had to try to jump from one step to the other. I was afraid she would hurt her legs or strain her back, so I looked for an alternative.
I found a pet ramp online that is adjustable to many heights and fitted with carpet for good traction. Tillie took to the ramp in no time and can now go easily from the floor to the bed. I have recommended the ramp to a friend with an older dog with back issues, and she loves it!
— Marilyn in Arizona
Dear Readers: Meet Lulu, a Yorkie puppy. She’s tiny and well loved. To see Lula and our other Pet Pals, visit Heloise.com and click on on “Pet of the Week.”
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Pricey Readers: Vinegar, as , is my go-to family helper. It’s low-cost, environmentally protected and available. Vinegar is manufactured from acetic acid, and also you’ll usually discover it within the grocery retailer at strengths of between 5 p.c and 9 p.c.
You may as well discover vinegar in a whopping 20 p.c focus in dwelling enchancment shops. This vinegar is NOT for cooking or normal cleansing across the dwelling. It does, nevertheless, make a superb, protected and unhazardous weed killer.
You’ll want a pump sprayer and a mix of 1 quart 20 p.c vinegar and four ounces lemon juice. It could take a few remedies to kill the roots of the weeds. In fact, spray solely the weeds you want to get rid of. Weeds are hearty, so be affected person.
I’ve compiled a pamphlet stuffed with hints for cleansing and deodorizing dozens of home items in my six-page vinegar pamphlet you could have by visiting Heloise.com or by sending an extended, stamped (70 cents), self-addressed envelope, together with $5, to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Field 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.
Though 20 p.c vinegar is protected, use rubber gloves and a masks, simply as a precaution.
Pricey Heloise: I like that the reusable purchasing luggage are available so many colours and designs. After I see one I am unable to dwell with out, I purchase extras to make use of as present luggage. For my brother’s birthday, I discovered one together with his favourite staff’s brand and I crammed it with goodies I knew he would get pleasure from. He cherished it!
— Chrissy in Massachusetts
Pricey Heloise: I used to be about to toss out an previous street atlas once I remembered a touch I learn in your column some time again about laminating calendar photos. I selected the pages with the states the place my prolonged household lives and laminated them to make place mats for household get-togethers. They make nice dialog items.
— Dave in Minnesota
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