Stay-Closed Patio Umbrella

A dog collar can provide the perfect fit for your patio umbrella

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One day I was playing with my dog on the backyard patio and saw the table umbrella being tossed and partially opened as the wind picked up. Thinking fast, I removed the dog’s quick-release collar and wrapped it around the umbrella. Perfect fit! Later in the day when the wind had subsided, I gave the collar back to my dog and got a shiny new one for the umbrella for about $4 at a local pet store. — reader Richard Stith

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