Originally created 08/13/02

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TV TONIGHT

Comedy has gone to the dogs

A pooch trains his owners on Beware of Dog, billed as Animal Planet's first sitcom (what, there might be more?). It all starts when cuddly, calculating Jack schemes his way into the Poole household, where he'll prove to be a precocious member of the family (he even serves as narrator). The cast includes Richard Waugh, Carolyn Dunn, Alex Appel, Gage Knox - with Chip the dog as star of what is clearly a pet project. It premieres tonight at 8 on Animal Planet.

WHAT'S NEW

Recycling the rainbow

Crayon nubs will soon have a new life now that Crayola has introduced the Crayon Maker. It lets children make "new" crayons from the remnants of old ones.

A 60-watt light bulb provides the heat that melts slivers of crayons that can be formed and set into new ones. Kids can use the machine, which Crayola says is safe, to create new hues, including "Fruit Salad" and "Britney Blue," named for pop songstress Britney Spears.

Other crayon recipes are available at www.crayola.com, and children are encouraged to come up with their own shades.

BIRTHDAYS

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actor Pat Harrington (One Day at a Time) is 73. Singer Don Ho is 72. Actor Kevin Tighe (Emergency, Murder One) is 58. Actress Gretchen Corbett (The Rockford Files) is 55. Singer Dan Fogelberg is 51. Actor-turned-radio host Danny Bonaduce is 43. Actress Quinn Cummings (Family) is 35.

YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: During the first part of the coming year, you'll be busy with a study program. Next summer, you could be settling into a new or improved home environment. Something you built yourself, perhaps? It could happen.

REACH US Contact Lifestyles Editor Erica C. Cline at: 828-2946 or ecline@augustachronicle.com.