Dear Heloise: BARKING DOGS are becoming a huge problem. We encourage people to adopt but do not mention that it is the responsibility of dog owners to keep them quiet and pick up after them. Many owners will not do this! I have 20 dogs within a block radius of my home. Some days it's like I'm next door to a kennel. Please stop encouraging dog ownership -- we have enough already. -- A Reader in Texas
Responsible dog ownership does mean care, feeding and training so the dogs are socialized and learn to behave. The majority of pet owners do right by their animals, but there will always be some who don't take proper care of their animals. There are many dogs out there that need a good home.
If owners don't pick up after their pet uses your yard, you should ask politely for them to clean up. Remember, the encouraging words are to remind people to visit a shelter and adopt! -- Heloise
P.S.: Readers, there is the perfect pet for you or your family just sitting and waiting to become part of a loving household.
USEFUL CUPCAKE LINER
Dear Heloise: I started using a paper cupcake liner to hold my vitamins and medications I'm supposed to take with my breakfast. It fits nicely on my plate, and my vitamins/medications don't roll around into my food. It helps to know I've taken all of them and that I didn't accidentally drop one from my plate, and I can reuse the liner. -- Lori McGowen, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Dear Heloise: I have wanted to share this hint with you. Through the years, my mother had collected boxes and boxes of photos she had taken at family picnics, weddings and other gatherings.
As my mother got older and developed dementia, I started going through the boxes. I made stacks for each of her family members and put them in large envelopes with their names on them.
The day of my mother's funeral, we also had a meal to follow at the church. I passed out to each family all the photos for them to have. My aunts, uncles and cousins had never seen some photos that my mother had taken through the years. The sad day turned out to be a happy day of memories shared. Now each of those families can pass them down to their loved ones. -- Connie K., Harrisonburg, Va.
Dear Heloise: Whenever I used to try to add the rinsing agent into my dishwasher dispenser, I always spilled much of it all over while trying to pour into the hole with the door lying flat. Now I use a small funnel held into the hole and pour directly into the dispenser, with no spills. -- Jeanette Rudishauser, via email
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise(at)Heloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.