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DEAR HELOISE: My dog is eating the grass outside. What does that mean?

-- John W. in Pennsylvania

DEAR READER: Eating grass may cause the dog to throw up due to the blades stimulating the throat, but why do they eat it?

According to the American Kennel Club (, they simply like it; it tastes good. Introducing more veggies into your dog's diet may help.

And don't worry: Eating grass isn't unhealthy for the dog, although too much grass could lead to digestive problems.

Speak to your veterinarian, who should be able to put your mind at ease about this.

DEAR READERS: Spring is almost here, but you may not be 100 percent ready to get your hands down and dirty in the yard. What's the answer? Container gardening.

Whether you choose a collection of terra-cotta pots, a window box or a hanging basket, you can brighten up your front porch, stair steps, patio or lanai with cheerful, gorgeous purples, pinks, yellows, reds, oranges and whites.

Don't be afraid to mix flowers and filler plants, and make sure your containers are big enough to accommodate growth.

DEAR HELOISE: While on vacation several years ago, I opened the bag that contained our toiletries and hairbrushes, only to find that the bottle of wrinkle release spray that I'd packed had leaked all over everything.

While cleaning up that mess, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the hair in one of the hairbrushes seemed to "melt" right off. So, if you want to keep your hairbrushes clean and new, spray them with wrinkle release spray, and it will make quick work of pulling the hair and lint out of them.

-- Michelle B., Indiana

DEAR HELOISE: Just wanting to know if there is a way to get lipstick stains off the lips.

-- Faye, via email

DEAR READER: Faye, the new long-wearing lipsticks sometimes won't budge! It's important to keep your lips moisturized during this process. Blot off as much color as possible. Apply a coat of lip balm or petroleum jelly, and gently buff lips with a dry toothbrush or dry washcloth.

Take a break periodically from the long-wearing lipsticks to allow your lips to "rest."

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

HomeStyle on 03/09/2019

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