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Dear Readers: Tomorrow is National Grandparents Day.

Grandparents enrich our lives tremendously; they are strong and wise. Spend today with your family, or adopt a grandparent at the neighborhood senior center. — Heloise


Pet Pal

Dear Readers: Meet Cooper, Karen's Maltese, fresh from the groomer. He looks quite handsome with his new tie. Five months old and he rules the house. That's the way it is for the "only child" pet in her family!

To see Cooper and our other Pet Pals, visit and click on "Pet of the Week." — Heloise


Where's The Receipt?

Dear Heloise: At the gas pump, I push the button for a receipt and I get the all-familiar "Clerk has receipt." Why? Because the paper tape is empty.

I then must go into the store, wait in line and then get the receipt. So frustrating! As a business owner, I personally only use stores in my area that I know will provide me with a receipt at the pump. — Lisa Z., Waco, Texas


Water Saver

Dear Heloise: When we run water to take showers, I put a bucket in each tub and collect the water until it gets hot. Otherwise, it would be wasted. Then I use the water to flush the commode or water my flowers. It cuts down on our water bill. — Edna H., Prattville, Ala.


Why Not?

Dear Heloise: Why don't calendars begin each week with Monday on the left and Saturday and Sunday at the end of the week on the right?

This would be more sensible and easier to work with. — Peter S., via email


Sticky Solution

Dear Heloise: I live alone now, so I do not have help with putting on bracelets with a clasp. I use clear tape to hold one end of the bracelet to my arm to be steady while I fasten the bracelet to the clasp. It works every time. — A Reader, via email

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