Question of the Week
Well, I had two girls in season. One started on Thanksgiving, the other one about three weeks later, requiring a CHRISTMAS DAY breeding. Very atypical holiday, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do …
I am grateful my repro vet was available and am hopeful that on such an auspicious day we will be blessed with a nice litter of puppies …
Here’s to a great 2023!
We spent the holidays as any decent Californians might: Plastic Christmas tree by the pool (took three minutes for Paul to set up, looks great), a minimum of glitzy holiday decorations, and exchange of gifts that consisted almost entirely of books. The exception was I got a new, sturdy plastic dog-poop bucket …
I celebrated my Swedish ancestry by drinking a lot of “glögg,” a hot beverage that you can mix with red wine or vodka according to taste … but otherwise we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.
Christmas really isn’t the same in California as back East or in Scandinavia, where it’s dark and frozen. Somehow lighted candles don’t look that great against a newly green lawn ...
Suzanne T. Smith
Los Alamos, New Mexico
I started grooming our Standard Schnauzers for the spring shows (it takes 10 to 12 weeks to grow a show coat) and writing my April Gazette column on aflatoxin in dog food. Aflatoxin can be deadly to both dogs and humans — it's a chemical toxin that can't be killed like bacteria, and the only "cure" is avoidance. We also talked with our far-flung family by phone.
La Harpe, Illinois
My holidays were spent with family. I have one daughter. She has three sons. They were all here Christmas Eve. I made spicy veggie soup and grilled cheese. I went to church for a candlelight service. I made a biscuits and gravy casserole for brunch on Christmas Day. In the evening I went to my brother-in-law's home, and I made whole-wheat bread to share at this meal.
I spent Christmas Day with my good friend Judy Ventre in Stockton. We enjoyed a brief lunch after being successful in finishing a game of Double Scrabble. We shared a lot of laughs!