It happens every year. The National Dog Show. This year an amazing dog, a Greyhound named Gia, won Best in Show. I'm partial to Greyhounds. One of my grand- furkids is a beautiful Greyhound named Twiggy.
I miss this amazing, wondrous event every year. Why do they have it on Thanksgiving, that's what I want to know! Most of us are otherwise engaged. Just saying.
Our pups, Emily and Olive, spent the afternoon at home, quiet and safe. Olive slept the entire four hours we were gone to my daughter's house. She did wear herself out, running hither and yon earlier in the day, as I prepared Gingerbread cookies and banana bread. As Tom and I prepared the good food, including the turkey, for our holiday celebration with family and friends, I wished I could bring the dogs to Chloe's house. She has our Twiggy and Twiggy's sibling, Onyx, so it's not that she is against having pets around. Not at all! It's more that our two, along with her two, could cause havoc...no doubt of that!
Our entire family is what you would call pet-friendly. Most of us have a dog or a cat, or both. All shelter pets, adopted from a local rescue. But, how many of us are as devoted as Chloe and I, I do not know. We have taken the tenets of the human-animal bond to their logical conclusion - accepting that animals, especially pets and other tame animals or animals kept in barns (cows, horses, sheep, goats) are so important to the lifeblood of this planet and the health and welfare of humans, as to be raised to a level of appreciation beyond the ordinary.
What does this mean? It means we ache at the loss, neglect, or abuse of any creature, and wonder at the cruelty of humans who care so little for these creatures that are in our care!