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Four legs, a lick and a wag


Dear friends,

This was my first Thanksgiving with a real family. I was so excited I could have just popped! There was good food, family traditions, pumpkin pie, football, and a day to just live and celebrate. I want you to know I celebrate everyday with my forever new home! Wiggles and Wags to YOU, Mom! Remember, I am you friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are my life, my love, my leader. I will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of my heart. I love you, Mom.

I am not sure what Black Friday was but I know about next Friday, Nov. 30, is a special day at the Ark Sanctuary. Brian said every animal that has some black fur on it can be adopted for half price at the sanctuary. Half price! Wowie Zing! Get to the sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and have the choice of some of my good friends and make their Thanksgiving “after” one to remember.

I received this note from Mitzi this week.

Hi, Buddy,

I am a Chihuahua that is black and tan and I have a heart for old guys. My first owner, Ralph, gave me a good life.

Summers were spent at a camper taking pontoon boat rides, golf cart rides, and sneaking off to the neighbors for treats. Ralph didn’t like for me to do this.

Winters were spent sitting on his lap, snacking and snoozing. Ralph became ill and both he and I went to live with his daughter and her family.

When Ralph didn’t come home from the hospital, I became very lonely. I was well cared for but I just wasn’t happy. I just could not stand it and after some time I just left. Everyone was worried and looked for me, but it just wasn’t the same without Ralph.

Then something special happened. A neighbor came to the house and told this amazing story of how her father had to come live with them even though he didn’t want to. You guessed it – I showed up at the house and they loved me and took me in. I would sit on his lap and he would rub my ears and I liked it a lot. I now get to sleep with a granddaughter and I am happy and feel loved. My people family thinks dogs have special instincts. You know what? I know they do!

I sure hope your Thanksgiving was special but remember, too much turkey and all that goes with special dinners is not good for us. With the holidays coming quickly, have your mom try this recipe that my good friend Cinder sent:

3½ cups whole wheat flour

2 cups old fashioned oats

¼ cup milk

¼ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup peanut butter

1½ cups hot water

1 egg

Mix flour and oats in a blender. In another bowl, mix milk, oil, water, peanut butter and egg. Roll out on floured board and use cookie cutters to make in desired shapes. Bake on greased baking sheet at 500 degrees for 1 hour. Beef or chicken broth may be substituted for part of the water.

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               Your friend, Buddy