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DEAR READERS: Interested in Your Dog’s DNA? Would you like to know what breeds your dog is from? What are the special characteristics of this breed? What can you expect from your dog in terms of health and behavior? A canine DNA test can work for you.

Kit prices range from $ 50 to over $ 200. A simple mouth swab is usually all that is needed. Then send off the swab and wait for you to get a response.

These kits can provide good information, but most of the time they are used for entertainment and fun only. Your veterinarian can give you good information about your dog’s health and behavior profile. – Heloise

Round pin, square hole

LOVE HELOISE: It’s tree-planting season. I found a great hint. I dig my hole for the tree in the shape of a square.

Why? The roots do not wrap around each other like in a round hole; The roots spread deeper and wider. The tree also grows faster.

In addition, experts recommend filling the hole with the original dirt instead of the expensive fertilizer. The tree will do better in its homeland.

I also cut away matted or glued roots. This will encourage growth. – Donald G. in Alabama

Mid-century modern

LOVE HELOISE: I hear the term “Mid-Century Modern” a lot these days. What does that mean? – Angie R. in Oklahoma

Angie, “century”, of course, refers to the past century, the 20th century, and “mid-century” is typically somewhere between 1935 and about 1965. The term refers to architecture, interior design, photography, even clothing and jewelry.

You need to remodel or decorate something! Mid-century modern designs are characterized by clear, neat lines, sparse and economical furniture without having to edit many details – just parts that evoke a sense of simplicity and freshness. Certainly nothing special or Frou-Frou! Have fun decorating; email me a picture! – Heloise

Boil water down the drain

DEAR READERS: Pouring boiling water into your kitchen sink may not be a good idea. If your kitchen fixtures are made of PVC pipes (PVC is plastic), the hot water can potentially damage the pipes.

How do I clean the drain? Scatter a generous amount (about 1 cup) of baking soda into the sink, moisten it, and gently buff it. Then rinse with warm, not hot, water.

Baking soda is a workhorse in the home. Non-toxic, safe, cheap and readily available, I keep boxes ready. I’ve put together a collection of my favorite baking soda tips, hacks, recipes, and aids in one handy booklet. Would you like to receive one?

Send notices to Heloise, PO Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or email Heloise@Heloise.com.