Suggestions from Heloise: anxious dogs

Dear readers: Having a dog can help us relieve stress, but what happens if dogs develop anxiety alone? It's possible. Thunder, the vacuum cleaner, not enough exercise, being home alone all day, vacation visitors – all are triggers.

SYMPTOMS? Chew, breathe heavily, quickly walk back and forth or whine.

Solutions? Of course, you want to console your dog, but experts agree that this is counterproductive. Stealing your dog is a better idea. Dogs are intelligent, but they can not think of two things at the same time.

Are you getting ready to leave for the day and Rover is stressed? Give him a toy puzzle a few minutes before going; he will not see the hour of this routine.

Ask your vet for more tips to help your dog ease anxiety.

Dear readers: Sue and Penny have sent a picture of their Shih Tzu / 9-year-old poodle ("Shoodle"?), Mandy, who is wearing funny glasses! To see Mandy and other animal friends, visit and click on "Animals of the Week".

Do you have a nice mix of dog? Send a photo via email to

Dear Heloise: I adopted a brother and sister Chihuahua / Carlino mix years ago from the Pascaña SPCA. The staff informed me that the dogs were 10 years old and I may not have them for long.

Ralph and Beatrice were overweight, with dental problems, but they loved having a garden and the grass!

With a good diet and dental and medical care, we have shared so many days together. Three days of difference spent in sleep – just before their 23rd birthday!

Nobody said they were elderly! The old man is beautiful – he has so much to offer. Now I'm back at the shelter!

Paula B., Covina, California

Paula B.: Good for you. You are my hero!

Dear Heloise: Our thoughtful family tradition: the mother's original tablecloth. Every guest and family member at Thanksgiving signs the tablecloth for dinner, and many include a poem, a scribble or a drawing. Afterwards, embroider over the ink for permanence.

Wonderful family memories, especially looking at the work of family members who have since passed.

Christine R. in Michigan

Dear Heloise: I asked myself, why do gas prices read "$ 2.50 9/10 a gallon"?

June W. in Florida

June W. in Florida: This topic is open to debate, but many agree that it is a fallback of many years ago. In the 30s the gas was about 15 cents a gallon, and the federal government wanted a piece of cake for road maintenance, etc.

That fraction of a cent today can reach millions and millions of dollars over the course of a year.

Dear Heloise: I saved my spare in a jar. When it's full, I give it to my nephew. He loves to count coins, and it's a good practice for him!

Betty M. in Connecticut

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