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Ask the Experts: What Are Some Ways to Get a Puppy Acclimated to a New Home?

Q: What’s dim sum?
A: Typically, when one thinks of “dim sum” they envision the traditional Chinese dim sum, which includes pushcarts and steamer baskets with a variety of dumplings and steamed buns served with tea. However, depending on your interpretation, dim sum literally translates to “little hearts” or “touch of the heart.” Similar to appetizers or Spanish tapas, the concept of dim sum is a meal of small plates with bite-sized food that is shared, so everyone can try a variety of tastes. No matter how you choose to enjoy dim sum, it should always be enjoyed with good conversation and good company. 

—Lina Fat, Culinary Director

Fat’s Asia Bistro

1500 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916- 787-3287; 2585 Iron Point Road, Folsom, 916-983-1133,

NOTE: Sadly, Lina Fat, the matriarch of the Fat Family Restaurant Group, passed away at the age of 81 on November 25. We would like to express our deepest condolences to her family.

Q: What are some ways to get a puppy acclimated to a new home?
A: If you’re preparing for a new pup, take or send a small blanket to the breeder to use with Mom and her babies. When you bring your puppy home, the smells on the blanket will be familiar and comforting. With all new pets, it’s best to take things slowly so as not to overwhelm them. Let them explore at their own pace, and be sure you have a comfy bed/safe spot for them. Also, most pets like a routine, so start right away to be consistent about feeding time, potty breaks, exercise, and sleep. Remember: It’s all about patience and love; over time, your pet will adjust and become a happy member of your family.

—Melisse LeWeck, Store Manager

The Doggie Bag

1070 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville, 916-789-9663,