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Dear Readers: Today marks Father's Day, a special time to honor Dad and to say thanks for everything he does.

A necktie, an ice cream cake and a picnic are all lovely, but take the time to tell Dad what he means to you.—Heloise


Cleaning Gutters

Dear Readers: Cleaning leaves and debris out of the gutters of your home—that's a fun Saturday chore, right? The purpose of a gutter is to move rainwater away from the foundation to prevent damage to the siding of your home and your flower beds, and to keep water out of the basement.

There are some instances where you may not need a gutter system on your home: little rainfall where you live, your home is surrounded by stones for drainage, or your home is on a slope.

You can either hire someone to clean your gutters, or you can carefully do it yourself.—Heloise


Pet Pal

Dear Readers: Leila sent a picture via email of her stunning gray and green-eyed cat, Stella, who is relaxing on the floor.

To see Stella and our other Pat Pals, visit and click on "Pet of the Week."

Do you have a funny and furry friend? Send your pet photo to Heloise/Pets, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can email it to [email protected]—Heloise


Itchy And Chewy

Dear Heloise: My dog was chewing on her skin and feet. She's on flea and heartworm medication, so I was perplexed as to why she was so uncomfortable.

Then I talked to the veterinarian. After the doctor examined my dog, she decided the right choice for us was a prescription oral medication. Immediate relief! We will do some testing for food allergies in the future, but for now, my dog is happy and comfortable.—Elizabeth Z. in San Antonio


Shower Safety

Dear Heloise: Recently, when I was home alone and went to take a shower, I placed my phone on the bathroom floor. I figured if I slipped and fell and couldn't get up, my phone would be easier to reach.—Sue T., via email

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