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Four legs, a lick and a wag

It is this time of year we “paws” to be thankful. Don’t forget to take time, think and share with those you love how thankful you are. Me? I am very glad you asked. I am thankful for my warm home, love, security and so many great friends. I have met so many new friends and have been so many opportunities (I had to ask my town mom what that meant) to share my story and listen to others.

I had a great week. I went to Prairie Heights elementary school and spoke with the 4th graders about pet safety. I was there with the Parkview Hospital, LaGrange sheriff’s department and The American Red Cross. I got tons of pats on my head, some belly rubbing, ear scratching, and toe tapping all day long. I met my new friends Pip and Daphne there and we spoke about how important spay and neutering are, what to do in certain times when we don’t know for sure and how to keep pets safe in the winter and summer months.

I handed out bracelets for all the kids and I will have to admit I was pooped when we got home. In fact, I fell asleep on the way home in my town mom’s lap. It was a good tired and I had a wiggly waggley good time. I am already looking forward to the next one in January.

The Paws and Claws bookstore in Howe is looking for some new volunteers. I was asked to tell you that you may volunteer for a whole day or just an hour if you want to. It is not hard work, in fact it is kind of fun. I was there once when my town mom was working and you get to meet some interesting people and help the bookstore out as well. If you are interested call 562-2100 for more information. Who knows, I might even get to meet you! That would be fun for me. Check out our website, There is a really cool and inspiring story about a Boxer puppy!

Get your calendar out right now! This is something you are not going to want to miss. “Santa Paws.” On December 14th at Carney’s decorating in LaGrange you can come with your pet, human, kids, youth group, sports team, scout troop, business partner, elf or reindeer and have your picture taken with Santa. The Ark sanctuary is sponsoring the event and all the money will go for warm blankets and the new proposed cat facility at the sanctuary. Santa will be there from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be a free drawing for my book and some dog and cat items. $10.00 will get you a cool 5x7 picture of Santa with your choice of partner.

Remember all money will go to the Ark sanctuary. My friends are already jumping up and down thinking about all the new warm and fuzzy blankets they are going to get and my cat friends are smiling just thinking about next spring and being able to go outside when they want to.

Tip of the week: Did you know the top female dogs name is Maggie and the top male’s dog name is Max? My name was 3rd on the list! I guess that is not really a tip, but this is: We frequently change the angle of our heads when we are puzzled or confused about something. The tilt of our head changes the position of our ears and that changes the sound, helping us zero in on the source better.

Remember, too, it is not good for us dogs to get all the goodies at Thanksgiving time. We do best with our diet we are used to. Please keep in mind even though we beg, it’s best to keep us on the food we are used to. Happy Thanks Giving! We will be happy with just some extra pats and hugs. There are many of my friends who would be very thankful for a warm cozy home at this time of the year. Check out the Ark sanctuary and give one of my friends a forever home for Thanks Giving.

Your Friend, Buddy