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Celebrate DOGust 1st

Dear Readers: It’s Aug. 1, known by dog lovers as DOGust 1st! It’s the day to celebrate shelter dogs. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, the staff can only approximate the age of the dog, so Aug. 1 is designated as the shelter dogs’ universal birthday for all.

To celebrate, take your dog to the park for a play date, throw a party at home or treat your dog to new toys, treats and a new, fluffy and comfy bed. — Heloise

P.S.: According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.ASPCA.org), 1.6 million dogs are adopted from shelters every year. Let’s push for 2 million. Go find a friend!

PET PAL

Dear Readers: With today being DOGust 1st, let’s meet a couple of shelter dogs here in the offices of Heloise, Inc.

Striking a pose are Duncan and Daisy, a sweet rat terrier and a sassy fawn chihuahua. To meet these two, visit www.Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week.”

To find your own four-legged, furry forever friend, visit your local shelter or rescue group. Email a pic and description of your perfect pet to Heloise@Heloise.com. — Heloise

OFF THE CUFF

Dear Heloise: When I launder my cuffed shorts, I make sure to unroll them first.

Crumbs and debris can accumulate in the folds of the cuffs.

Then it’s an easy matter to recuff them. — Heidi in Tennessee

NO CHEESE DRIP

Dear Heloise: Instead of cleaning gooey, messy cheese that has melted off burgers and onto my barbecue grill, I realized if I fold the corner of the cheese up into the center of the slice, then onto the burger, the mess is avoided altogether.

And perhaps the best part … nobody feels shorted of cheese. — Mike, via email

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