Dear Friends, Family, Fans and Abolish the Crate Federation Members,

Thanksgiving is soon upon us and normally Grady insists on writing all blogs that in any way, shape, or form involves food. However, this is Jones’ first Thanksgiving and we all agreed that this would be a good opportunity to teach him the meaning of the holiday. I sat down with Jones to discuss Thanksgiving and, since Grady is out of town, he participated via Zoom.

Our conversation with Jones was as follows:

Dawson: “Jones, it’s time to learn about Thanksgiving. Have you heard about it?”

Jones: “Is it the holiday where Mom puts you in a costume?”

Dawson: “No.”

Jones: “Is it the holiday where there are fireworks and hot dogs?”

Dawson: “No.”

Jones: “Is it the holiday where Vivian and Carl Collinsworth refused to help contact the Easter bunny?”

Dawson: “No. And, it is okay to stop guessing and admit you don’t have any idea.”

Jones: “But I have lots of ideas!!!”

Dawson: “No kidding. Anyway, I’m going to save us some time and tell you the two most important things about Thanksgiving. One, there is a lot of food around but we really don’t get a food distribution increase.”

Jones: “Not fair! Something should be done about that!”

Grady: “I most certainly agree and for years I’ve tried. Haven’t you read my blogs? “A Holiday Feast For Dogs,” “Giving Thanks for the T.A.P.,” and “The Origin of Thanksgiving” will give you an idea of my efforts. And, in case you ate the paper on which I wrote the links, I’ll drop them into the zoom chat. In fact, practicing following links on a screen is probably a good idea – the internet isn’t going away any time soon.”

Jones: “That’s a lot of reading.”

Grady: “You will find that reading about food or treats is quite satisfying!”

Dawson: “Okay, you two, let’s stay focused. Jones, the most important thing about Thanksgiving is being thankful. What are some of the things you are thankful for?”

Jones: “Treats!”

Grady: “That’s a good one!”

Dawson: “Anything else?”

Jones: “Mealtimes!”

Grady: “Another good one!”

Dawson: “Anything else?”

Jones: “Running!”

Dawson: “Anything else?”

Jones: “Playtime!”

Dawson: “Anything else?

Jones: “Sticks!”

Dawson: “Anything else?

Jones: “Running with sticks!”

Dawson: “Anything else?

Jones: “Chewing sticks!”

Grady: “How about one that starts with M?”

Jones: “My stuffed Monkey?”

Grady: “Sure, that counts but how about one that starts with M-O?”

Jones: “My monumental trip home?”

Grady: “We are all thankful for that, aren’t we Dawson?”

Dawson: “Ahh, we can discuss that later.”

Jones: “Oh, Mom! I’m thankful for Mom!”

Grady: “That’s what I’m the most thankful for!”

Dawson: “Me, too!”

Jones: “I’m going with running with a stick!”

There you have it. Chapter and verse.

Dawson Earnest Huntley, LLG
President & CEO
Abolish the Crate Federation

P.S. Wishing all of you a wonderful, treat filled, stick running Thanksgiving!!!


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