Dear Readers: The year 2001 is only a couple of days away, so Savvi, Black Jack, J.D. and Rocky (the macaw) wish you and your furry and feathered friends a wonderful new year.
Time flies! It has been 13 months since our Pet Photo column has appeared in newspapers and on my Web page (www.Heloise .com). It's a delight receiving all your fantastic pet photos, and my staff and I look forward to seeing them each day, so please keep them coming.
Since many of us are celebrating the new year and entertaining family and friends, ask your company to be careful opening and closing doors. You don't want your pet getting outside without your knowledge. In some states, firecrackers are a way of celebrating the new year. Most pets are frightened of them, so if possible, keep them inside during New Year's Eve.
Don't give your pet leftover "people" food. Some tasty things might contain too much fat. Also, keep candy and sweets away. Chocolate can be harmful to dogs, especially in large quantities, so keep it out of their reach.
It's an old Southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck all year long, so I'll give a few to each of my dogs. I want them to have good luck, too! -- Heloise, Savvi, Black Jack and J.D.
P.S. Rocky says no way to the black-eyed peas but yes to a fresh jalapeno!
Dear Heloise: Carmen Morales-Board of Bakersfield, Calif., sent in a photo of her friend Ruby's dog, Casanova, and cat, Scruffy.
Casanova is giving Scruffy a bath. Fighting like cats and dogs does not pertain to these two. They are the best of buddies.
Send a fun photo of your pet or pets to Heloise/Pet Photo, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want the photo returned.-- Heloise
Do you live in a cold climate where it snows? Salt used on streets and sidewalks to prevent ice can be harmful to your pet's paws.
Be sure to wipe off the salt with a damp cloth, then dry the paws to prevent the salt from irritating their pads. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Is there a home remedy that produces water for freshwater fish tanks without running to the pet store for the drops? -- Katherine Stevens, Via E-mail
All you have to do is fill up a bowl of water, or enough to fill the tank, and leave it without a cover for 24 hours in a sunny room or in direct sunlight (so the chlorine gas escapes) or for 48 hours in a dark room, then add it to the tank.
This is how it was done years ago before they ever made chlorine-remover drops. -- Heloise
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