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DEAR HELOISE: I volunteer as a foster for a breed-specific rescue organization (miniature schnauzers). I keep a few spare dog collars with ID tags already attached. The tags are etched with the name "Foster," along with my cellphone number.

I never leave the shelter until I've put the temporary collar on the dog. At that point, the stress level is at its highest, and dogs are most likely to bolt if they have a chance.

After a few days in a home environment, away from the terror of the shelter, they relax, and their true personalities come out. What wonderful gifts they are to us, and then to their families.

-- Nancy J., California

DEAR HELOISE: This is in response to the lady asking how to discourage her dog from begging at the table. I have always taught my dogs to go to their "place" when anyone is around the table or even in the dining area.

Yes, it might take several times -- some dogs learn faster than others. Lead the dog to the place and wait until your pet sits or lies down, relaxed, then turn and walk away. The dog will follow you many times, but eventually will learn.

-- Debby in Alabama

DEAR HELOISE: Because we have pets, our vacuum cleaner bag becomes smelly. To remedy this, we sprinkle clove powder into a new bag each time. It sure makes the rooms smell good.

-- Kevin in Hawaii

DEAR READERS: Look for clove powder in the spice aisle or at your favorite online retailer.

DEAR HELOISE: I love fruit on my cereal. Unfortunately, sometimes the fresh fruit goes bad. I bought frozen blueberries and put some in a container in the refrigerator. Each morning after I put my blueberries on my cereal, I refill the container with the blueberries from the freezer for the next morning. Of course this would work for any frozen fruit.

-- Katie H., Florida

DEAR HELOISE: I line my refrigerator shelves with clear plastic wrap. Makes spills and splashes no problem.

-- Gerri A. in Kansas

DEAR READERS: Hold a comb from the arch of your eyebrow into your hairline. This is a good spot for your part to start.

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

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HomeStyle on 02/08/2020

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