Dear Heloise: I am writing this in the hope that it might prevent more accidents of the type that I am about to describe.
I returned home recently to find that my dear, sweet cat had become entangled in a window-blind pull cord. Sadly, she had died.
I had tied the cords up, out of what I thought was harm's way, but they were not far enough out of the reach of an agile and curious cat.
Please, if you have pets or small children in the house, be aware of the potential dangers from such loose cords. Secure them out of reach, preferably out of sight. Cut any loops or untie loose knots that might tighten, if pulled.
Such precautions might help prevent accidents and even save lives. -- N.L., Lubbock, Texas
Your heartbreaking story is one we sadly hear about too often. Readers, please check around your home for potentially dangerous dangling cords and be sure to cut any that form a loop. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Lucky, our golden retriever, is sweet and very bright.
At bedtime, I ask her if she wants to go out or go to bed. She raises one of her eyebrows toward the door, then the other in the direction of the bedroom. She then rises and goes in the direction of her choice.
She is always right, because we never let her out before we rise in the morning. -- Marilyn C., Poland, Ohio
The photo of Lucky is adorable! She certainly knows how to model in her pretty blue sweater. You can see a photo of Lucky on my Web site at www.Heloise.com. Just click on This Week's Pet. -- Heloise
REMOVING PET HAIR
Dear Heloise: I have a hint which should interest your readers who have cats or dogs.
My long-haired dog insists on rubbing herself on the full length of the front of my upholstered chairs every time she comes in from outside.
It's difficult and awkward to remove this fur with the vacuum cleaner, but a ball of nylon net does the job easily and quickly! This method is so amazing and such a neat way to do a bothersome job. -- D.M., Geneva, N.Y.
Nylon net is a Heloise favorite! Nylon net comes to the rescue in removing cat hair, dog hair and even human hair. -- Heloise
EASY CAGE CLEANUP
Dear Heloise: I have a guinea pig, and sometimes the cage gets messy and isn't enjoyable to clean. Here's a hint for people with small animals who have the same problem:
When you're ready to put in new bedding, put plain paper (that comes from a large roll) under the bedding. When the cage needs cleaning again, just roll the paper up and throw it away.
Easy cleanup, less trash! -- Maria P., age 8, Roanoke, Va.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 or fax it to 210-HELOISE. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.
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