Dear Readers: We love to pamper our pooches, get their ears cleaned and nails clipped (and polished?), possibly a gland expression and a sudsy scrub, rinse, blow-dry and hair bow. But when it comes to dog grooming, how much do you know about your dog groomer?
Formal training and licensure may not be required in your state; many dog groomers learn on the job only. Read online reviews, and ask for recommendations from your friends and people you trust. Research thoroughly before you hire a dog groomer.
Drop in and observe the groomers in action and ask questions. Only allow your dog to be groomed if you feel comfortable.
The majority of dog groomers are responsible and skilled professionals. Just be aware that dog groomers may have limited training and experience. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: The local zoo accepts cardboard cores from toilet paper and paper towels. They use those for animal enrichment. The cores are filled with treats and sealed. The keepers give them to various animals that then have to figure out how to open them to get their treats.
Collecting and filling the cores and then watching the animals open them is a fun project for young kids and an opportunity for youth organizations for service-project hours. — Marge B., via email
In tennis, love means nothing
Dear Readers: It’s tennis season! Have you wondered why the score of zero in tennis is called “love”? Theories abound.
One of the most popular originates from the popularity of tennis in France. The French word for “egg” (“l’oeuf”) means “goose egg,” which is slang for zero. The word “l’oeuf” resembles the word “love.”
It’s also been said that people who have a true passion for tennis play for the “love” of the game and nothing else. — Heloise
Ramp it up
Dear Heloise: To enable my pet to get himself up on the bed, I found that a sturdy, ultra-dense foam pet ramp is better than stair steps for senior dogs and dogs with arthritis. The dog can climb the ramp more easily than having to lift each foot up onto a step. The ramps are available from major online retailers. Prices vary; we invested in a quality ramp. — Donald K. in Pennsylvania