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Hints for taking good pix of your pet

Dear Readers: What’s the old Hollywood actor’s creed? Never work with children or animals?

July 11 is All-American Pet Photo Day. Let’s work with our animals, namely dogs, and photograph them! Here are some hints:

– Make sure the dog is clean and brushed out.

– What feeling are you trying to portray? Action, running, catching a ball or is it a portrait shot?

– Does the dog have a white or yellow coat? A dark background is called for. For a darker dog, use a lighter background.

– Take a lot of shots from many different angles so you’ll have a variety to choose from. Get low to the floor or ground for a dog’s eye perspective.

– Distract, praise and reward. This will make working with dogs, or children, for that matter, easier!

– Flash photography should be avoided if possible — the red eye look is not good.

Enjoy this time with your dog; it should be a fun, bonding experience. — Heloise

No escape

Dear Heloise: I have a small chihuahua, and even though I’m always outside with her, I wouldn’t put it past her to try to sneak out of the yard in between the fence posts!

I have a wooden spoon that I tie across her back, firmly but gently, perpendicular to her spine, so it will prevent her from being able to sneak through the fence.

Looks silly, but it’s safe. — Maria in Arizona

Sparkling windows

Dear Readers: Let’s make those windows sparkle using one of my favorite go-to cleaners, vinegar!

Add 1 cup white vinegar to 1/2 gallon of water.

To apply to windows, put the solution in a labeled spray bottle. Spray liberally, and dry with paper towels or crumbled newspaper.

It also works great for mirrors.

Vinegar has so many uses including cleaning, cooking and beauty hints.

FYI: For hard water stains on vases and decanters, pour in full-strength vinegar to cover the lime deposits and let it sit overnight.

For stubborn stains, brush with a toothbrush and rinse. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist with King Features Syndicate.)

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