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Happy New Year! 2022
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Happy New Year!
Wishing you peace, joy, and happiness.
Riley & Hanna Banana
It's me again....the cat!  For some reason Mom thinks this is a really, really good look for me.  I didn't argue with her because, you know, cheese was involved!

Mom is looking for Westies, (and honorary Westies), for "Westie of the Month" in our upcoming 2022 newsletters.  

If you would like to be featured, just send Mom some photos and information about yourself.  That's easy, right?

If you've already been "Westie of the Month" and would like to appear again, please contact us.  We would love to feature you in an update!

Thank you!  We appreciate your help.  (And I really appreciate the cheese!)
Westie of the Month
* Jaxson *
Happy New Year!  

My name is Jaxson, and I'm really excited to be 2022's very first "Westie of the Month!"  
I'm 2 years old and live in Massachusetts with the best Dad in the world!  I'm so lucky to have two Westie brothers too; Hardy who is 13, and Mick who is 11.  
I haven't always had a happy life.  When I was a puppy my life was a nightmare.  I lived in a crack house in New York.  While I was there, someone kicked me in the back leg and broke the ball off of my hip.  I was in excruciating pain!

Thankfully, I was rescued from that place, and with the help of WestieMed, I was able to have my hip repaired.
I was placed in two different homes, but I had a really difficult time getting along with the other dogs that lived there.  Then I came to live with Dad and my life got a whole lot better!
I have two Westie brothers, Hardy and Mick.
They are older than me and I respect them.  We all get along really well and love to spend time together outside, guarding the yard and going for long walks.
I went through an awful lot when I was a puppy, but thanks to Westie Rescue of New England I have a happy life now with a loving Dad and two great Westie brothers to play with.  Life is good!
  *Riley Speaks*
Happy New Year!

We hope that 2022 will be a grrrrrreat year for you with all sorts of fun, and new adventures!

This month I'm going to talk about some tips to stay safe and warm this winter.  (Mom said wearing a hat is really important in cold weather.  Somehow I don't think that includes the kinds of hats she buys for us!)

Stay warm and eat cheese!
Your friend,
PS.  Do you have any interesting poems, stories, jokes, short articles or Westie information you would like to share?  Send it to us and it could appear in an upcoming newsletter.
* Winter Safety Tips *
Brrrrrr!  It's freezing outside!  Here are some tips to keep your dog safe and warm this winter.

1. Don't let your dog off of the leash after a heavy snowfall.  Deep snow cover can confuse him and cover his familiar scent landmarks, and getting lost in sub-zero temperatures is deadly.   Make sure he always wears an ID tag.  

2. Watch out for spilled antifreeze on driveways.  Although it smells and tastes good to dogs, it is actually lethal to them.

3. When your dog comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice, make sure to wipe off his paws.  Licking salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals can make your dog very sick.  

4. Don't forget to check his paws when your dog comes inside to make sure snow and ice haven't collected between his toes.  Snow and ice can cause cuts and cracked pads.  A small amount of petroleum jelly may help soften and soothe his paw pads.

5. It's a good idea to leave your dog home when you run errands, unless he can go into the stores with you.  In winter your car turns into a refrigerator and is just as dangerous as a hot car during the summer.

6. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter.  A longer coat will provide more warmth.  If you own a short-haired breed think about getting him a coat or sweater.

7. Make sure he has a warm place to sleep, off of the floor and away from all drafts.  A cozy dog bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

And remember, if it's too cold for you it's too cold for your dog.  Bring him inside.
  *What's Cooking?*
with Hanna Banana
Happy New Year from your favorite chef, Hanna Banana!

Since Riley is such a fan of cheese, I decided that the very first recipe of the new year should feature cheese.  (After all I am a really nice little sister, and he did have to wear that goofy cat hat.)  I hope you enjoy it as much as Riley!

Bone appetit!
Chef Hanna Banana
Makes 15 muffins


    3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
    2 Large Eggs
    2/3 Cup Water
    1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

  1.  In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together to form a dough.
  2.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough with rolling pin to approximatly 1/2" thick.
  3.  Cut out cookies with cookie cutter and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool.  Enjoy!
Note:  These cookies will keep for a couple of months in an airtight container, (or a week if Riley visits), or 3-4 months in the freezer.
Photo of the Month
Nicky with his new friend, Santa
Riley's (incredibly funny)
Joke of the Month
It's here at last, my joke!!  And what better way to start the new year than with an incredibly funny joke!  Ready?
What do you call someone named Stephen on December 31?

New Year's Steve!
* Good Dog Jack *
A Westie who will remain in our hearts forever.