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May 11, 2013

Dear Abby: Happy tween is troubled by feelings of depression

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I want my daughter to be happy and rewarded for what a great kid she is. I DON’T want a dog. What do I do?

:Bad Daddy Out West

:Dear Daddy: I would have suggested that you consider allowing your daughter to adopt a hamster or guinea pig, but they require a certain amount of care. A child has to be responsible enough to feed, water and clean the cage daily, and at 6, your daughter is not mature enough. Tell her that when she is older you will consider letting her have a pet. Cats require much less care than dogs do. Perhaps a compromise could be worked out at a later date.

Dear Abby: I am 75, and when I pass on I would like the undertaker to remove my six gold caps from my teeth. Then my wife can sell them to pay for my funeral. I think this will work out well. What is your take on this?

:Ed In Florida

:Dear Ed: As I started researching “dental gold,” I realized that while there are companies that buy it, the price your wife would get will depend upon the weight of the gold — most of which is 16-karat — and the current market value of the metal.

Because of the nosedive that gold has experienced lately, I’m advising you to start saving up for your funeral NOW and to live long and prosper. My experts have informed me that most funeral homes are unwilling to remove fillings, caps, etc.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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