Dear Readers: If you are traveling with your pet, especially by car, there are a few things you should know to make the trip pleasant for all concerned.
First, before heading out, check the hotels and attractions you plan to visit to make sure pets are allowed.
Second, if your pet is not used to riding in a car and you plan on a long trip, take the pet out on short test runs a few times before you leave.
If traveling with a cat, don't let it have the run of the car. It can be dangerous to the driver, so the cat should always be put in a crate or carrier.
If your pet is not used to being in a crate, let it spend some time in it each day before the trip. Actually, even smaller dogs should travel in a crate for their safety.
Ask your vet for any helpful information on pet traveling that can make your trip pleasurable. -- Heloise
Fall and winter bring special enjoyment to backyard bird-watchers since there are different types of birds, and migrating birds might just stop at your bird feeder on their way south.
Sunflower and Niger seed will usually attract juvenile birds, and watching families of birds gather around while the young learn how to hull seed is really entertaining.
Visit a store that specializes in bird feeders and wild birdseed. Store employees can tell you what seed to buy to attract certain birds. -- Heloise
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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