Hints from Heloise: Pet pal

DEAR READERS: Meet Colleen C.’s beautiful rough collie Bouchal (pronounced “boo kul”). The word is Gaelic, and it means “boy.” Colleen says he’s the sweetest and mellowest collie she’s come across, and that’s saying something, because she loves collies! She says he is her pride and joy. Do you have a pet pal to share? Email a picture and description to Heloise@Heloise.com. — Heloise

DEAR READERS: Halloween is Thursday, so it’s a good time for some safety hints for your pets. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org), these are the top hints:

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• Candy is an absolute “No” for your pets; some treats are toxic.

• Does your jack-o’-lantern have a real candle in it? Keep it away from your pet — it’s a fire hazard.

• That decorative corn is a temptation. It’s not poisonous, but it can upset a stomach.

• Putting a costume on your pet is cute, but make sure the animal can move freely and see clearly. If your pet is in distress, take the costume off.

• Strangers arriving at your home can cause anxiety. Make sure all animals have a collar with ID and a microchip in case they dart out of an open door.

Enjoy the holiday, but make it an early evening for your pets.

— Heloise

Feeder cleaner

DEAR HELOISE: I was having trouble cleaning the tiny holes in my hummingbird feeder. I thought of the brush I use to clean under my dental bridges; it was just right!

You can find the brushes in the toothpaste aisle near the dental floss.

— Roseann, Vienna, Ohio

Toning down garlic

DEAR HELOISE: I love garlic in the recipes I prepare, but not a strong, overpowering garlic flavor. Here’s my hint: I pierce the clove of garlic to release some of its flavor and drop it into the sauce or food. Before serving, I just pick out the clove.

— Anna E., St. Louis

Anna, I’m a big fan of garlic, too, especially in marinades, sauces and seasonings. I’ve compiled a collection of my favorite seasonings, sauces and substitutes, including No-Salt Substitute, Spiced Vinegar and Teriyaki Sauce, in a handy pamphlet, which you can order by visiting www.Heloise.com, or by sending a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/SSS, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.

FYI: Garlic bulbs should be full, round and firm, not spongy or soft, when you purchase them. Definitely pass on shriveled garlic.

— Heloise

Stuck by glue question

DEAR HELOISE: I was working on an art project and wondered, “Why doesn’t my glue stick to the inside of the bottle?” Silly question, maybe, but I got on the company’s website, and in its frequently asked questions (FAQ) section, I learned that the glue has to react with air in order for the water to evaporate and the glue to harden and stick!

— Emma J., age 12, Dallas

Emma, here’s a Heloise high-five! Great use of materials that the company provides. Never, ever stop wondering.

Hugs, Heloise

Sent hints to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001 or email Heloise@Heloise.com.

Monday, December 09, 2019