Hello and welcome to the holiday world of the Dogpound. Hard to believe that the two biggest holidays of the season are almost here…Thanksgiving and Christmas. What, Max? No, I have not even started looking for your Christmas present yet. I believe there is no Christmas shopping till after Thanksgiving. Besides, you are so easy to buy for…a big steak bone and you are in hog heaven. Wish that was true for the rest of the folks on my gift list. No, Max…I am sure they would not like to find a steak bone under their Christmas tree…or even a bone still in the steak. Oh, I get it now. I should try it and if they do not like their boney gifts they will give them back to me and what am I to do with all that steak?? Hmmmmm?? I have to say, Max …you have your days. LOL I read in the papers how there is a stir that stores like Wal-Mart and Target are going to be open Thanksgiving Day. I understand from the employee’s viewpoint, wanting the time off to spend with their families, however, there is a simple solution . Don’t go to those stores on Thanksgiving Day to shop. The stores are profit oriented and they only do what will generate more sales for the stores and believe me, if they open a store and there are no customers, they will quickly learn their lesson. The sad note to that last statement is that there will be thousand’s of you out there that will go shopping…everything from getting the goodies for the days feast to getting out of the house while the football fanatics take over the house. It will be interesting to see how the retailers do, not only on Thanksgiving but on Black Friday as well. I think a Wal-Mart executive made the statement that they believe sales will be down due to the high number of people that are unemployed. You think!? Sad, but true….but let’s pray that things will get better and it will be a happy holiday for all.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house. May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there. May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows, and may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.”
– American Indian Cherokee Blessings
Jones applied to a collections agency for a job, but he had no experience. He was so intense that the manager gave him a tough account with the promise that if he collected it, he’d get the job. Two hours later, Jones came back with the entire amount. “Amazing!” the manager said. “How did you do it?”
“Easy,” Jones replied. “I told him if he didn’t pay up, I’d tell all his other creditors he paid us.”
That is all for now. As always be good, play safe, and remember amidst the flurry of the holidays always take time to count your blessings and give thanks.
JR and Max