Happy Holidays

1V5A5417From the very minute that I was adopted from the animal shelter, I had  a feeling I was going to really, really like living with my new family.  And I was right.  I’ve got my own bed, my own crate, a basket full of dog toys and a big yard to run around in.  I have two doggie cousins, Frankie and Roxy, who sometimes come over to play with me.   Plus, I’ve got my parents trained to be very generous with the dog biscuits…they even use them to “bribe” me to go outside for a potty break when it’s raining.  All in all, I’ve been pretty darned happy with my new family and thought that things couldn’t possibly get any better.  But they did!

I didn’t know much about holidays before I came to live here, so I had no idea what I was missing.  Turns out, there’s a holiday called Thanksgiving, and we celebrated it yesterday.  I knew something good was going to happen when Mom put a big turkey in the oven to bake, and then spent the next few hours in the kitchen, making even more food.  The house smelled so good that I could hardly stand it!

But things got even better when the rest of the family showed up.  Because get this:  every single one of them showed up with some sort of food!  From what I can tell, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about food and sharing it with friends and family.  How cool is that?  We started in the afternoon with lots of appetizers (I made sure I got my share), and then everyone sat down at the big table that was loaded with all the rest of the food, including that fabulous turkey.  I sat right beside the little guy in the high chair, because I knew I could count on him to drop some tasty tidbits my way.   Finally, when everyone crowded in the kitchen to clean up, I helped dispose of anything that was left on their plates.  I know it’s my job to help whenever I can, but it’s especially nice to be able to combine business with pleasure.

Frankly, I’d be a little sad right now that it’s all over if I hadn’t discovered that there’s another holiday coming up in a few weeks.  It’s called Christmas, and I’ve heard it also involves a lot of extra food, especially cookies.  Of course I’m all in favor of that!

In addition to the food, Christmas seems to require putting up lots of lights and decorations, which is fine with me.  But I really got excited when I saw the big tree that Dad put up in the living room.  I know exactly what that’s for, and I can hardly believe my good luck.  They’ve given me my very own indoor bathroom!  No more going out in the cold and rain when I need to pee….how thoughtful is that?  And that’s not all.  They’re going to put all these shiny balls all over it, and I love balls! I can hardly wait to take them off and play with them.

It’s too early to compare, but it just might be that I’m going to love Christmas even more than I loved Thanksgiving!

Love,  Finn

 

68 thoughts on “Happy Holidays

  1. Hahah this is wonderful! So glad you enjoyed your first Thanksgiving so much Finn. Please tell us you did not pee on the indoor tree?!? Although if you did, I would not be ALL that surprised, because of course it’s just too tempting and so much easier than going outside in the rain.

    Peta

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  2. Awe, Finn. I’m so glad you enjoyed your first Thanksgiving. You will be surprised to find out that Christmas is all about another kind of forever adoption. And you’re right, cookies rain down on top of it all. It certainly can give one paws when you think of it. Enjoy!

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  3. How nice that you have experienced your first Thanksgiving with your new family! It sounds like they put you to work cleaning all those plates but it’s nice to be able to pitch in when you can. You might reconsider using that tree as your very own indoor potty, though. I have a feeling there might be some presents for you under there and you wouldn’t want to spoil them.

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  4. Ah, Finn. I hope you restrained yourself as concerns the tree. Although it is tempting, I assure you that using the tree as your very own bathroom will get you exiled from the room until after the holiday. As a note, you must NOT play with the balls on the tree. They are made of glass and will shatter and cut your mouth and tongue if you bite on them! Let your adoptive parents know that you can be trusted and just say no to the temptation.

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    • Thank you! I think you’re right, because Mom keeps lecturing me about the proper uses of the tree. I’m beginning to think I might enjoy Christmas more if I just leave the tree alone. Until Christmas morning, that is. Then I’m hoping I’ll have a few gifts for me under the tree!!!

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  5. Finn, you are so lucky to have a big tree in the house and a chance to play with those shiny balls. I haven’t seen a big tree in our house last Christmas. Strange. Maybe I was too young to remember. I would love for my parents to put a tree in our house this year. I would climb on it and also play with the shinning balls. You are so lucky to be able to go outside and see all the exciting things like rain, birds, and trees. I am kept at the house at all times. I try to escape every time mom comes home in the evening, but she quickly brings me back. I wish you and your family happy holidays. Meow, Fiber.

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    • Oh, I’m sorry, Fiber! You must be a cat, and I’ve heard that cats have to stay indoors in order to be safe. That’s got to be kind of hard, but still, it’s better than living outside all the time the way stray cats do. I knew a few stray cats back in the day, before I was adopted, and I know their lives weren’t easy. So enjoy getting to share a home with Svet, and know that you really aren’t missing all that much by staying inside with someone who loves you!

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  6. I love this blog! It made me laugh out loud! Just rescued a big gal, named Miss Daisy in March. She 100% mutt and 100% stolen our hearts. We are hoping she will sit for us for a Christmas picture for her first Christmas. She is not a camera fan, but I may try that treat trick! Hope your feller doesn’t short out the tree!

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    • Thanks so much, and good for you for adopting Miss Daisy! When we adopted our dog Lucy many (many) years ago, she was so camera shy that we couldn’t get a decent picture of her either. But after a while, she got over that and we now have many nice pictures to remember her by. I hope that happens with you, too. And thanks for reading and the comment!

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  7. Hello Fin!
    So glad you shared your Thanksgiving experiences with us. I was afraid that maybe the turkey had been too tempting and you decided to eat before the humans. So glad that you waited! I know a tree so close looks like a forest with cool smells but I would (like others) warn against this!!!! Look at your humans for guidance before dashing into trouble.
    Have a wonderful holiday season with your new family. I am sure you will learn many new things.
    Best of luck and good wishes,
    The Cedar Journal

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    • Thank you, Miss Paula! I’m beginning to suspect that I was wrong about that tree…Mom keeps giving me the evil eye whenever I get too close to it. But that’s okay, as long as Christmas means lots of extra food for me, I’ll still enjoy it!

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  8. Hello Finn. You are so lucky to have Thanksgiving. It comes at the right for time of year for you as a little extra insulation in winter never goes a stray. Sorry, I mean astray. My hu-mom tells me I have a double-coat and don’t need extra insulation, but you, on the other hand, may need an extra turkey or three. Great minds think alike. My first thought when you mentioned that tree was dog ensuite! You have it so good, man. From aussie Fynn.
    PS. I don’t like rain either.

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    • So good to hear from you, Fynn!!! And yeah, our human moms don’t always understand about food. But we animals know that the more food, the better, and that we absolutely need the extra insulation it brings. So you keep on eating everything you possibly can! And I hope a turkey comes your way soon…it’s really good!

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    • I know! It’s fun to try to put ourselves into their minds. A friend of mine had to do away with her Christmas tree the first year she brought her new cat home…because it climbed right up the trunk of her Christmas tree and knocked it over! Thankfully, the cat finally learned to leave the tree alone.

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  9. Finn, it sounds like you have the holidays all figured out; there is plenty of fun to be had. You understand the seating arrangement by the high chair…always, make that a top priority. It also helps to sit by a great-grandmother. They like to pat your head as well, and pass out treats. Most of all, running around from room to room keeps the conversation from lagging with the other ‘people’. Best regards, Love Bella, a dog who knows when there is cooking going on in the kitchen, there is plenty to eat for man or beast.

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    • Thanks for your advice, Bella!!! I do have a great-grandmother, and she is pretty generous with food. I think that next time, I’ll rotate between her and the high chair. Because as we both know, the main thing is to get as much food as possible!

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    • Thanks so much! And you know, we are keeping a close eye on that Christmas tree…… Not that we don’t trust Finn. It’s just that we’re not so sure he does understand it’s just a decoration!

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    • Thanks so much! I hope that Christmas is as much fun as I’m thinking it will be. But I do think I may have been wrong about that tree being my indoor toilet. I’ll have to keep you posted on that one!

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    • Thank you, Miss Kathy! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too! And so far, Mom hasn’t allowed me to pee on the tree, so maybe I was wrong about what it was for? Living in house with humans is great, but it’s also kind of confusing!

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  10. Finn, you are one smart pup. Figuring out the seating arrangements for maximum food droppage is genious. You have wonderful parents to provide for you a place to pee when it’s cold and wet. Don’t fill up on Christmas balls, though, it sound as if there’s more incredible food on Christmas. =)

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  11. Finn you are smart to sit next to the little guy! Sounds like your first Thanksgiving was pretty special. You are going to love Christmas and the wonderful stories. Be careful with the Christmas balls and maybe if your extra good, you will find a present or two under the tree for you 💕

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    • Thank you, Miss Lisa!! I think I was wrong about that tree…Mom doesn’t seem to want me to pee on it at all! But I have heard rumors about Santa Dog, and if he leaves me some gifts under the tree, that will be even better than having an indoor toilet!!!!

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    • Thank you! I’ve figured out (well, okay, I’ve been told) that I was wrong about that tree being my indoor toilet. So I still have to go outside to potty, but that’s alright. The best part is coming back in where it’s warm and dry as soon as I am done!!

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  12. Finn, you are the man! You have developed some great techniques for scoring yummy treats. Although I did get a plate of Thanksgiving dinner, clearly I could learn a lot from you! Keep up the good work, and keep us posted,
    Indigo (pretty pittie)

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    • Thanks, Indigo! If you have any questions for learning how to train your human family, just let me know. I’ve gotten really good at it, if I do say so myself. I’m still working on teaching them to let me up on the couch, but we’ll get there eventually. Some humans just aren’t quick learners….but we love them anyway!

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  13. Hey Finn, sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving with your tribe and you’ve worked out the best place to sit. Yay! I love all celebrations too. All that yum food and extra pats. Gotta lap it all up hey Buddy. Love from Harry 🐶

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  14. Aww – Finn! I know you know that you’re adorable but I simply have to say it again: you’re adorable! 😄 And of course – that’s exactly what the tree is for (don’t tell your mom I said that though 😉)! And let me reassure you – Christmas IS going to be even more awesome than Thanksgiving! 😉

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