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Happy November!
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Happy November, and Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

Hanna listened to me last year and hid the turkey hat.  Mom couldn't find it this year.  Unfortunately, she found these photos.  
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We will be moving this month so this will be our last newsletter until next year.  We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a much happier 2021!

If anyone is interested in purchasing prints for Christmas gifts, my artwork will be available online until November 15th.  Thank you!
~ Honorary Westies of the Month ~
Trudy & Molly
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Hello from England!  Our names are Trudy and Molly, and we are so excited to be honorary Westies of the month!

I'm Trudy, an 11 year old Jack Russell Chihuahua mix.  Molly is a 7 year old Border Terrier.  We are both rescues.  Here is our story.  (Molly said I could tell it because I'm the oldest.)

Like it did for a lot of people, 2020 took a bad turn in our lives.  I'm not sure what we did, but suddenly Molly and I lost our home and were left together walking the streets.
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It wasn't long before we were rounded up and put into a pound (things were not looking good for us), though we were still together.
Soon we were moved to a lovely Animal Rescue Center where we were walked and fed regular meals, and were still together!

Two potential parents arrived for us to view.  Molly and I decided to adopt them.  We hoped they would love us too, even though Molly looked like a brown sheep!
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We were a bit concerned when they left us at the gate and went away without us, but a couple of days later they were back to play, and take us for a walk.  And they had even brought us some chicken nuggets!

"See Molly, they would be great parents!  They love us."  I think our wagging tails and big eyes did it.
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The fifth visit (minimum time for the Animal Rescue timetable) was different.  Yes, they fussed and played, but then we all went to the office.  After lots of talking we walked up to the gate again.  Only this time we went through the gate and into their car with them!

We arrived at our new house, and after 45 minutes of investigation we were settled.  This was going to be home for both of us!
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A few days later a grooming van arrived.  In went a brown sheep, and out came a Border Terrier - still called Molly.  I enjoyed the pampering too!

Mom blinged up our new collars and we got promoted to head of security.  Our job is patrolling the perimeter of our yard for pigeons or other strangers.

We also get to visit the local pub where we made new dog friends and some human 'fans' too.  Then came the holidays, what fun!  All together we have nearly wagged our tails off!

2020 has not worked out so bad after all.
~ Riley Speaks ~
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Thanksgiving is coming up, and you know what that means.  Leftovers!  Yum.  (You might notice that I just ate a meatball.  Boy, was it good!)  

Did you know that there are some foods that may be perfectly healthy for humans to eat that can actually be really bad for your dog?  Mom wrote about this before and we all agree that it's worth repeating.

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a grrrreat November!
Your friend,
Riley
PS.  My birthday is the month too!  I will be 12 years old on November 11th.
Dangerous "People Foods" that You Should Never Feed Your Dog
Who can resist those big brown eyes and that cute little doggie face?  If you feed your dog a few table scraps can it really hurt him?  After all, it's Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, there are some foods that might be good for you but not for your dog.  Here are some common food items that your dog should definitely avoid.

ALCOHOL
Alcoholic beverages and foods containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

AVOCADOS
They contain a toxic component called persin, which can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals.  The fruit is very toxic to dogs, cats and most animals.

CANDY
Candy, or anything containing Xylitol (a common sweetener found in some diet products) can cause a sudden drop in your dog's blood sugar, loss of coordination and seizures.  It could also cause liver failure.

CHOCOLATE
Chocolate contains theobromine, which can kill your dog if eaten in large quantities.  Dark and unsweetened baking chocolates are especially dangerous.  Eating chocolate, even just licking the icing bowl, can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and be excessively thirsty.  It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

COFFEE, TEA, AND OTHER CAFFEINE
Large amounts of caffeine can be fatal to your dog.  Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding.  Caffeine can also be found in cocoa, chocolate, and colas.

GRAPES & RAISINS
Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure in dogs. J ust a small amount can make your dog really sick, and the effects are cumulative.  If your dog eats just one or two grapes or raisins regularly, the toxin that builds in his system could eventually kill him.

MACADAMIA NUTS
These nuts can be fatal to your dog.  As few as 6 raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make your dog sick.  Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate.

MILK & OTHER DAIRY PRODUCTS
Because dogs don't produce significant amounts of the enzyme lactase, they are unable to break down lactose (milk sugar).  Milk based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems as well as set up food allergies (which often manifest as itchiness).

ONIONS & GARLIC
Onions and garlic in all forms, powdered, raw, cooked or dehydrated, can destroy a dog's red blood cells, leading to anemia.  It can even happen with the onion powder found in some baby food.  An occasional small dose is probably OK, but eating a large quantity once or smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning.  Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

RAW EGGS
Cooked eggs are a very healthy treat for dogs.  However, raw egg whites contain a protein called Avidin.  This protein depletes your dog of B vitamins, specifically Biotin, which is essential to growth and coat condition.  Raw eggs may also contain bacteria, such as Salmonella.

SALT
Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium poisoning in pets.

YEAST DOUGH
Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your dog's digestive system.  This can be painful and cause the stomach or intestines to rupture.

If you think your dog has eaten something that it shouldn't, contact your vet, the closest emergency clinic, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at: (888) 426-4435
~ What's Cooking? ~
with Hanna Banana
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Hi everybody, it's your favorite chef, Hanna Banana!

As you can see, Riley LOVES meatballs!  So this month's recipe is just for him...and for you too!  I hope you enjoy it.

Bone appetit!
xoxoxoxo
Chef Hanna Banana
TURKEYBALLS

Ingredients:

  1 lb. ground turkey
  1 egg
  1 tsp. chopped parsley
  1/4 cup shredded cheese
  1/2 cup chopped veggies

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees

1.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
2.  Shape mixture into bite sized balls.
3.  Bake for 10 minutes or until brown.
4.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Photo of the Month
"Gryphon"
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Happy Birthday, Gryphon!
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Riley's (incredibly funny)
Joke of the Month
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And here it is, November's joke of the month.  
Once again, we saved the best for last.
What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

Plymouth Rock.
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That was funny, Riley.
Three paws up from the Judges.
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* Good Dog Jack *
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A Westie who will remain in our hearts forever.