And I have one of my very own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think EVERYONE should have a Rubber Ducky. They make it impossible to be sad.
I have had my own Ducky for several years, but recently I have misplaced him and so I need to make sure that I add this to my list of WHAT BOB WANTS FOR HIS BIRTHDAY!
I need a new Ducky. Desperately.
Love and Licks,
Today!!!!!! Today is the Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day and I got a BONE. A big one. A very special marrow bone, which is my all time favorite.
It is truly a feast. My Mom is the BEST. Ever.
Mom says now that I am almost Seven Years Old, I qualify as an official Wild Man. Ta Da' That is a good thing. I think.
Mom and I like to discover little known dates of great importance but really there isn't too much to find out about this one. Here is the best we could do:
The Festival of Wild Women is associated with the winter solstice. But why might some people celebrate the Feast of Fabulous Wild Men on Jan. 12? Other "wild" connections to Jan. 12 include the birth anniversary of author Jack London, best known for "The Call of the Wild."
Howard Stern, whom some may call a wild man also celebrates his birthday on Jan. 12
Dionysus, Ancient Greek god born from the thigh of Zeus and could be considered one of the original "wild men." He was the "god of wine, agriculture, and fertility of nature," according to Encyclopedia Mythica. In Ancient Greece, one of the Dionysian Festivals, Lenaia, was held on Gamelion 12-15 (around January). "This festival was thought to reawaken the slumbering vegetation after the long, still months of winter" according to Wildivine. Theodaisia, or "entertainment of the gods" was another Dionysian Festival celebrated in January. So, men, drink up, feast and be merry.
And as for me? I'm sticking with my Marrow Bone. Thanks, Mom!
Love and Licks,
----------- happy that I am an Official Wild Man
The key to building a gingerbread house that lasts is to use gingerbread that is sturdy and dry, she said.The Gettysburg Festival's fourth annual Gingerbread Celebration auctioned off all of the contest entries to benefit the Gettysburg Festival. Robinson's house sold for the highest price, $525, and other entries sold for $50 or more. Entries in five categories competed for cash prizes.
All of the Vicktory dogs captured our hearts, but maybe none more than Georgia. From her time on the National Geographic show “DogTown,” she was an instant star. That wonderful smile and loving personality won everyone over – whether she met someone in real life or through a television screen.
She became quite a celebrity over the years. Along with Dogtown trainer John Garcia, she snuggled her way across the national stage. From the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” to “Larry King Live,” she helped rewrite the story for pit-bull-terrier-type dogs everywhere.
We’re thankful for everyone who played a part in her redeeming life story – from the investigators who put an end to the Bad Newz Kennels, to every shelter worker who aided in the rescue, to every Best Friends staff member, volunteer, donor and supporter who helped give her a new lease on life. We’re especially thankful for her adopter, Amy. Amy was the perfect person for Georgia. It’s been almost two years that Georgia has been exactly where she should have always been: in a warm bed in a home, snuggled by people who love her dearly for the wonderful dog she was.
As I said, she touched so many people around the world, but maybe none more than some of the Best Friends staff who worked with her so closely. I wanted to pass along some of their thoughts.
John Garcia, trainer: Knowing that Georgia isn’t with us anymore is something that is very emotional for me. I worked closely with Georgia for the years that she lived at Best Friends, and she was, to say the least, a very special girl to me. Knowing she was with Amy, in a loving adopted home for the last part of her life is a great comfort since I know she finally was treated the way she deserved, not only with the love and respect that we gave her, but she finally had a couch and a bed and all of the “princess” things that she loved so much.
Georgia taught me so much more than I could have ever given her, not from her reputation or history, but simply because she was who she was and the world got to see it.
Michelle Besmehn, Dogtown manager: I guess what I would say I loved most about Georgia is that although it was apparent by looking at her when she arrived that her life had not been easy, she was still exuberant, confident and full of life. It was hard not to fall in love with her goofy grin and gigantic personality. She seemed to quickly settle in to her life here at Best Friends, surrounded by caregivers who loved her and an ever-growing fan club. She didn’t miss a beat when it was time to do a little traveling with John Garcia or make an appearance on television. She was intelligent, silly and knew how to work a crowd.
With the help of her caregivers, she was able to achieve her Canine Good Citizen certification, which made her eligible for adoption. I am so grateful that Georgia was able to experience having her own home and family. She was truly loved and spoiled rotten (as it should be)! One of the more recent updates was about Georgia taking a vacation to the beach. There was an incredible picture of her walking towards the ocean. She looked peaceful and content. These are the updates that make me feel lucky that I have been a part of the journey for each of the Vicktory dogs. Georgia was an incredible soul and she will be missed.
Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney, pit bull initiatives: Georgia was a little game-bred dog who truly was a game changer for all dogs seized in fight busts. Despite the horrible abuse she endured, she loved folks, charmed her way onto the set of ‘Ellen,’ and rubbed shoulders with Hollywood elite. Through her, we learned that all dogs are individuals and deserve a chance – even ex-fighting dogs. God speed, Georgia – you were one of a kind.
I’ll always remember her pink collar and her beautiful smile. As with all the Vicktory dogs, she exuded a bright light and love that was very special. I am heartbroken today to know that light is gone from the Earth. However, I’m forever thankful for Georgia’s contributions to the future for pit-bull-terrier-type dogs. She has truly left a mark on the world.
Georgia, please say hi to Lucas for us. We’ll see you again.
Best Friends Animal Society
Ha! I knew if I kept looking I would find evidence of those Pesky Elves and I did!!!!!! Don't they look ever so guilty?
It is snowing at our Leesburg home and this morning when Mom took us outside, there they were, right in the SNOW. Elf Prints!!!!!!!!
So now everyone will have to believe me. They are everywhere I tell you.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I intend to behave myself!
I think they were trying to hide in the fountain! But I CANNOT be fooled. I am a Detective. Just call me Sherlock. Thanks.
Last year I did some Blogging about a great thing called Books for Soldiers, and I want to tell you about I again this year cause it is a really good thing to do.
It's easy too and it will make YOUR Holiday more meaningful if you help another person.
You can find them on FaceBook if you have your Mouse Person click you right over here: https://www.facebook.com/books4soldiers
Or you can go to their Web-Site for ALL the information, by clicking RIGHT ON THESE WORDS
Here is how it works, and you really should consider doing this. Now.
1 – BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Before you can be given access to the troop requests posted on the BFS bulletin board, you must first register for an account. You can get one HERE. This will give you access to most troop requests. There are some requests that require OpSec (operational security), meaning they cannot post their address publicly. These addresses are post in our Soldiers Requesting Privacy forum. To gain access to these sensitive addresses, you must become an Official Volunteer (OV). To become an OV, you must complete the brief application form (download the PDF here), have it notarized and mail it to us. We realize this is complicated, but we do this to help keep the soldiers safe.
2 – GET AN ADDRESS
Once you are approved as an Official BFS Volunteer, go to our online bulletin board and review the requests posted from soldiers, airmen, marines, and sailors; there are hundreds of them! Scroll through the names and pick someone whose request has not yet been filled.
We also list requests for larger units of troops (e.g., platoons, companies); you may be especially interested in responding to these requests if you have a large number of books or other items to send.
3 – SEND A BOOK OR OTHER REQUESTED CARE PACKAGE ITEMS
Try to send what the troop requests (some will just request “anything”). It’s fine to send used books, DVDs, or CDs; if you have old paperback books that are in good shape, send them (note, though, that it is illegal to send pornography to the areas where most deployed military personnel are now serving). You may also wish to include other needed items to fill the package. See our Care Package Help guide for ideas!
Try to send packages in something about the size of a shoe box or similar for quick delivery. The post office also has flat rate boxes that are a good size for mailing to troops. Be sure to include a note and your email address in your package; you could come away with a pen pal!
4 – TELL US ABOUT IT
If you send a package, post what you sent on the bulletin board under the troop’s name. This keeps them from getting multiple copies of the same item and helps us keep track of when requests are filled.
5 – DONATE FUNDS
We try to fulfill all requests that are left unfilled by people at home. Our average cost for a book or care package going to a soldier overseas is about $20; this includes, for example, a book, postage, a brief note, and a small care package. Your donation is deeply appreciated.
5 – SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR A LOVED ONE
If you have a loved one who is serving overseas, submit a request for him or her through the form on the BFS homepage, or ask BFS staff to post a request on the bulletin board and BFS and our Official Volunteers will try to fulfill the request.
6 – TELL OTHERS ABOUT US
If you have co-workers or friends who have family members serving, please tell them about us. We also ask that you mention us in your church bulletin or organization’s newsletter. You can also email your friends about our site or add our button to your website. All help is appreciated. We are always looking for more volunteers!
SEE........ It really is very easy. You know how much we love books in our home and Mom and I think this is a perfect way to share the true meaning of Christmas.
I know you will agree,
Love and Licks,