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Four legs, a lick and a wag

Dear friends,

It was a good old-fashioned Indiana winter day Saturday, but “Santa Paws” at Carney’s Decorating was a success. We not only had Santa but also warm cider and homemade people and doggie Christmas cookies. Yummie! If you want the recipe of the dog cookies check the website.

While there, I saw a little tiny black dog, a huge St. Bernard, and several in-between sizes, too. We even had people who didn’t have a pooch stop by and donate for the warm blankets and future cat facility.

You will want to check out our website at www.arkanimal and Facebook for some shots of “Santa Paws.” Thank you everyone and your furry friends for supporting the Ark Animal Sanctuary. I am sure we will do it again in the future.

I heard my town mom talking about all the cold weather that is coming our way. I have mentioned this several times in my column, but it is very important and I want to bring it once again to your attention. Please make sure if your pet must stay outside you take time to make sure they are warm with fresh straw or clean, dry, warm blankets and that they have fresh water on a daily basis. The best thing to do is give them shelter inside a shed, garage, building or – better yet – your home somewhere while it is so cold. I remember very well how it is to feel cold and wet and I just want to make sure you don’t forget either.

With the year winding down it is a good time to consider a donation to your favorite non-profit. Guess what mine is? You are right, Ark Animal Sanctuary. We are a non-profit and I would love to write a tax receipt for you. We are making a difference in the lives of many animals because people like you donate to the sanctuary. In fact, we would have a very hard time making it financially if we didn’t have donations. Thank you to all who have already helped. If you could see the wiggles and wags you too would wiggle and wag.

I had a great time in the snow on Saturday. We went to the woods and it was hard for me to keep up with Gertie. Her legs are so long she bounded through the snow like a machine. When we were done I was pooped and full of what I heard my lake mom call “snow bunnies.” I know what bunnies are because I like to chase them, but I don’t know what snow bunnies are. I do know I had snow all over me! I heard both my moms laughing as I tried keeping up with Gertie in the snow with my ears flying and enjoying the first real snowfall this year. I am one lucky rescued guy!

Tip of the week: If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also." - Russian Proverb

I like that idea!

Merry Christmas!!

                Your friend, Buddy