Rusty the cat and dogs Sophie and Scooter relax in a recliner.

Dear Heloise: I am among many others who raise and sell small pets from our home — my specialty is small pet birds.

It amazes me the number of people that think this makes our home a pet shop to browse at their convenience. I request, when people call about our birds for sale, that they set up an appointment for the time and date they want to come out. I make every attempt possible to be here when they are to arrive, but unfortunately I do not receive the same courtesy from them. People either don't show up — nor do they call to let me know they are not coming — or they show up whenever it suits them best.

I do not make any money selling my pet birds, but it does let me continue to breed them, which I enjoy very much, and it also helps out with the expense of keeping my birds. If not for these two reasons, I would stop selling tomorrow. It sure would be nice to see a reminder of the "golden rule" that we used to be taught as children: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Thanks for letting me sound off. — Beth Leeman, Fulton, Miss.

Courtesy does extend both ways! Thank you for sharing the view from your perch! Tweet-tweet. — Heloise

Dear Readers: Lawrence Gehrke of North Anson, Maine, sent a photo of his gold cat, Rusty, and two small dogs, Sophie and Scooter, relaxing in a recliner. He titled this photo "Nap time in Daddy's chair." They all look comfy, but it appears there's no room for Dad!

If you have a great or unusual pet photo you'd like to share, send it to: Heloise/Pet Photo, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: Love your column and read it in the (Palmdale, Calif.) Antelope Valley Press. We have big dogs, so I use an inexpensive sleeping bag for their bed. It has two of the cheap, twin-size egg-crate pads zippered inside, and the dogs love it.

I went to smooth out a "lump" in it recently and found our little pug hibernating inside. This sleeping bag is washable and has worked great. It even goes in the back of the van so our Great Dane has a comfy ride. — Debby Stewart, via e-mail

Dear Heloise: I have three cats; two never go out, but one does on a regular basis. Lately I can't remember if he's inside or outside, so I have come up with a solution by turning on a small lamp next to the front door when I let him out and turning it off when I let him back in.

This works really well for me, and maybe it will help someone else, too. — Sydney Waterman, Littlerock, Calif.

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