Me: Merry Christmas, Simone!

Simone: What's Christmas?

Me: It's the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Simone: Who's Jesus Christ?

Me: Jesus Christ was a guy, around two thousand years ago, who went around turning water into wine, feeding the poor, turning the other cheek, telling people love is better than hate. He was kind of like the world's first hippie. And he got people to believe he was the son of God.

Simone: Who's God?

Me: God made Adam and Eve and he did that flood thing and dictated the ten commandments. He's omnipotent so he sees you when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake! A lot of people think God is the creator of the universe.

Simone: What's the universe?

Me: The universe is everything. It's Star Trek and Buddha and hockey. It's great architecture and mountain ranges and the sun and moon and stars. But it's also war and disease and death.

Simone: Does the universe smell like chicken?

Me: I don't know what the universe smells like.

Simone: I smell chicken.

Me: That's because that's your Christmas present.

Simone: So Christmas is chicken?

Me: Yes, Christmas is chicken.

Simone: Merry chicken Christmas!

Me: Merry chicken Christmas!



5 Comments to “Merry Chicken Christmas”

  1. Anonymous says:

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS FRED. YOU NEVER DISAPPOINT. ON THIS DAY YOU GIVE ALL OF US HAPPINESS. FOR SWEET SIMONE, THIS XMAS IS CHICKEN, FOR US IT IS TO BE GRATEFUL, AND I AM SO GRATEFUL TO YOU. I COULD SAY I AM ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS, BUT SOMEONE ELSE WOULD BEST ME.

    LOVE, LOVE, HUGS HUGS, PEACE ALWAYS.
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  2. Kit Lang says:

    Merry Chicken Christmas to you and Simone - may your days be merry and bright!

  3. Lea James says:

    Chicken all around! There's enough for everyone! It'll be a a merry turkey Christmas here for us and Queenie the Rescued Shih Tzu.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It will be a tofu turkey for me much to my dogs disdain and possible amusement! But Merry "whatever" Christmas to all on this site and especially to Fred and the sweet Simone. She looks a lot like my own black dog, grizzled snout and all.

  5. Anonymous says:

    "Does the universe smell like chicken?"

    Great line! Happy Barkmas, Simone!

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.
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