First — drum roll — the winner of a selection of all natural gourmet dog treats from Zack N Boo’s Kitchen, my contribution to the Holiday Hop for Pets Giveaway. There were so many deserving entries that I was glad I could leave the choice up to the random wisdom of the universe, in the form of Random.org. It decided on comment #29, submitted by Emily S., who wrote, “My dogs, especially the old ones, deserve these treats because they give so much love to the residents at my mom’s nursing home.” Geriatric pups that bring joy to nursing home residents? How much more deserving can you get?
Well, maybe not more, but other dogs — and their owners — were equally deserving. There’s Clare, my best friend, whose Archie is not long for this world (and who may just get those treats anyway); Trisha, whose dog Dottie lost her buddy, Frieda, and who “is still mourning the hole in her heart and mine”; and, on a more upbeat note, Steve of The Gangs of New Yorkie, the self-described founder of the RTS (Restless Tail Syndrome) support group and the site’s Chief Barking Officer.
All the others who believed their dogs deserved treats because they worked hard, were loyal, wonderful, obedient, adorable, voracious and nondiscriminating… Winners too, to share their lives with such peachy pooches.
And here I am, reading these witty, touching, sweet and heartfelt tributes… thankful to be part of this winning community.