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Cat ownership causes couple's concerns

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

The story is that my great-grandmother once gave her husband a sidesaddle for Christmas.

Of course, he could not use it, but she wanted it. And she got it!

-- Faithful Readers

Dear Reader: Your great-grandfather could have used the saddle, of course, but it might not have complemented his outfit.

I called this phenomenon an "Aunt Betty," but I far prefer the "sidesaddle."

Let it ever be thus.

Dear Amy: You are answering lots of questions about DNA testing lately. DNA testing is becoming more accessible and popular, and it is creating problems because people can be contacted by DNA matches.

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Please point out that it is possible to "opt out" of this option, and to keep your DNA results private.

-- DNA Tested

Dear Tested: There are several different companies offering DNA testing, and each seems to offer a different way of handling client privacy. In one, users are offered an option to "opt out," in another, opting out is the default setting, so users must choose to "opt in."

Regardless of this, it is possible that DNA matches can find one another through social media if they are connected with a match who has not chosen a privacy option, leading to other family members.

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(You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: askamy@amydickinson.com. Readers may send postal mail to Amy Dickinson, c/o Tribune Content Agency, 16650 Westgrove Drive, Suite 175, Addison, Texas, 75001. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or "like" her on Facebook.)

 

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