Dear Heloise: I give my dogs fresh dog food; It’s not the processed dry food that goes into the big bag. My vet likes the changes in my dogs’ health. They have more energy, their fur is strong, hydrated, and shiny (made from fatty acids and omega-3s), and the antioxidants and proteins help keep them healthy. – Leslie W. in California, via email
Leslie, fresh food is highly digestible and leads to smaller stools.
Food is digested properly and nutrients are absorbed instantly. Dear Readers, Does your dog suffer from chewing and dry, itchy skin? He may be allergic to his food.
Talk to your veterinarian about the properties and benefits of fresh meat feed for your dog. – Heloise
PS These foods are in a refrigerated case in the supermarket.
Dear Heloise: This is my fur baby, Theo. His daddy is a husky and his mom is a chocolate lab. He is now 8 months old and weighs 65 kilos. I bought it to help my mother with her dementia. He brings her so much love and joy! We love him!
We live in Laredo, Texas and love reading your column in our Laredo Morning Times every day! Hugs and kisses for you, Heloise! – Sara G., by email
Those ears! Readers, would you like to see Theo and our other Pet Pals? Visit Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week”. Do you have a fun and furry friend to share? Email a picture and description to [email protected] – Heloise
New dog products
Dear Readers: Pay attention to safety belts for dogs. They prevent the dog from jumping out of the window while driving. They are buckled into your standard seat belt buckle and protect your dog from sudden stops and accidents.
Next up: the dog paw washer. It is used every day and is a silicone cylinder that you can put soap in or just run the tube through and then wash the dog’s paws. Less mud in the house? Who doesn’t love this
Also, look for dog lick mats. Sucked on the tiled wall in the bathtub, add peanut butter, yogurt, or cream cheese, and the dog is too distracted by licking the textured surface to fret while bathing – an anxiety reliever, sure. – Heloise
Dear Heloise, I love a kimono-style silk or chiffon jacket; it’s perfect for a cool summer evening. Many of them are fluid and open. To create a no-sew closure:
You will need a bangle and a hair tie or elastic band. When wearing the piece, lace the bangle behind both the right and left sides of the kimono. Then pull it forward a little, just enough to slip the elastic around the bangle.
This creates what appears to be a large button. The fabric is neatly gathered and helps to camouflage a belly that is not tight. – Gail P. in Florida
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