Comment: Many of your readers probably are included in the 26-million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing. Yet many may not be aware of the ways a specially trained hearing dog can enrich their days and increase their ability to lead independent lives.
We invite your readers to learn more about hearing dogs and to share this information with others.
If they will send us a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope, we will send them a brochure on hearing dogs, a flyer on the resources available from the National Hearing Dog Resource Center and a decal to display at their home or office.
Please send to: Hearing Dog Resource Center, Dept. H., PO Box 1080, Renton, WA 98057-1080.
Our resources include lists of training programs that place hearing dogs (many of them rescued from shelters), booklets on the legal rights of hearing dogs in all 50 states and videotapes describing how hearing dogs are trained and the work they do.
Alert, our quarterly newsletter, contains an action page about hearing dogs that can be copied and posted in work places and public places.
We invite your readers to subscribe and become part of the local action volunteers who are making a difference in increasing acceptance of assistance dogs that accompany their owners who have disabilities. Thanks for helping us get the word out. _ Linda M. Hines, Renton, Wash.
Reply: Linda is the executive director of Delta Society/American Humane Association, Hearing Dog Resource Center.
Thanks for the information. It's so important to get your message across. Many people with hearing dogs have been harassed in public places and we can stop the discrimination by education. _ Heloise.
Comment: We have a trailer with a piece of foam to lay over the cushions that make into a bed.
I made a mattress cover and a sheet using two king-sized sheets. I sewed the sheets like a pillow case. I slip the foam into it and use another one as a cover.
They slip on and off to wash very easily and they never come untucked. _ Pat Flanagan, Milford, Kan.
Mop the tub clean
Comment: I have a suggestion for cleaning a bathtub using a sponge mop. I purchased one that was made entirely of plastic (no sharp metal edges).
No bending is necessary, except to clean the fixtures, and the mop makes it easy to clean the tile around the tub as well.
When I finish with the tub, I use the same mop to do the floor on my way out. _ Donna Blair, East Rutherford, N.J.
No more junk mail!
Question: Please, one more time, publish the address I would need to write to in order to get off the "junk mail" list. I lost it! _ Victoria Rasch, Oxnard, Calif.
Answer: I'd be happy to. Write to Mail Preference Service, c/o Direct Marketing Association, 11 West 42nd St., P.O. Box 3861, New York NY 10163-3861. Be sure to include all variations of your name.
Remember, it can take up to four months to remove your name from the mailing list since it is only updated every three months.
If your request is not received before the cutoff date of one quarter, it will be processed the next quarter. For this reason, please wait at least six months before sending a second request.
Car mats save day
Comment: Recently, my husband and I found ourselves at a parade without the benefit of our lawn chairs.
Since the idea of sitting on the damp curbing did not appeal to me, I suggested using the rear floor mats from his car to sit on. They worked out great.
The rubber backing kept us damp-proof and they had enough padding to soften the curb. They were easy to carry and went back on the floorboard in no time and we were ready to go.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, it certainly made an outing more enjoyable. _ Jill Smith, Carlisle, Pa.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279 or fax it to 512-HELOISE.