Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Reilly's Thanksgiving message...
This will be my first Thanksgiving and I'm looking forward to spending it here at home, with my family and some of my new friends.
This has been a good first year for me. A year of great personal growth, as you see by my pictures.
I've come to know my new family, Mom, Dad, Marley and Zoe. just as they've come to know me. I've also come to know my new home with it's big back yard, and all it's places to hide and dig holes.
I've learned a lot this year as well. I've learned all about Bumpy balls, chew toys and treats, trips in the car, and how much I enjoy a good hot bath.
I've learned that I can run faster and jump higher then Zoe, even on her best day.
I've learned how to stay out of Marley's way and to avoid her grumpy side, which is every side.
I've learned that ripping dad's sneakers apart is not a good thing to do, but oh so much fun.
I've learned about going to the groomer, the dry cleaner, walks around the neighborhood, and that I like going to work with Mom once in a while.
I've learned that when a door bell rings, it is a dog's job to bark incessantly at the front door.
I've learned that the best time of the day to enjoy loud wild barking games is in the evenings, when Mom & Dad are sitting, looking at the flickering light box. They often join in with their own loud barking.
I've also learned that the vacuum cleaner is frightening and unpredictable thing, that can wake up out of a cold dead sleep at almost any time, and can never be trusted.
Just the other night, I saw it come to life. It was terrible. It had Dad by the arm and was dragging him helplessly from room to room for about a half hour until it finally lost consciousness and died. I must say, it's about the only thing in the house I truly fear. I know Mom fears it too because I've rarely seen her anywhere near it.
Another thing I've learned is that I like people, and they seem to like me as well.
I've learned that everything in my world was made specifically for me, and my own enjoyment. And that's a good thing.
So this year I'll celebrate my first Thanksgiving with my family and friends, and while I'm feverishly wolfing down my giant bowl of dog food, I'll be thinking of all the things in my world, I have to be Thankful for, for which there are many.
And my hope for you my friends, on this wonderful holiday, is that your own cornucopia will be filled with all you favorite treats, and that all is well in your world, just as it is in mine.