Dec 21, 2011 Issue #29 Published by Sue Skiff







I can’t believe that we’re almost at the end of another year. What really amazes me is that we are already 12 years into the new millennium. That can’t be right!

I will be spending the holidays without family, this year. Wait, what am I saying? I will have my animal family, of course. I meant, my human family will not be with me. My brothers left for India on Saturday. I assume that they have arrived at their destination by now (it’s early Monday morning as I write this). Their plane should have landed around 4:00 yesterday afternoon, California time. I could go for being someplace warm, like India, right about now.

I am trying to not be worried about my brother John, who has been a quadriplegic since breaking his neck in a diving accident 35 ½ years ago. Is his body really up to the stress of going to India? I hope so. He has always wanted to go, and as I said “goodbye” to them on Saturday morning, I expressed the hope that he would get all that he wanted to get from the trip. I’m sure that everything will be fine.

So, with my brothers on the other side of the world, here I am without my human family for Christmas. Well, it’s not like it isn’t the first time, and I’m sure it’s not the last time. It’s kind of freeing, actually, not having those family obligations.

I think that I will do what I’ve always wanted to do on Christmas, and go volunteer somewhere. It’s a little late to sign up, I’m sure, but I’ll bet that I can find something to do.

In the meantime, I get to spend today through Thursday teaching science to the kids from the Monument Crisis Center (MCC) in Concord. Well, Concord is where the MCC is. I will be teaching them at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. Today we will talk about biology. Yay! I think tomorrow is physics, Wed is geology, and Thurs is chemistry. The Museum has received some good grants from companies, like PG&E and Kaiser, so that we can do this “camp.” We have done camps for these kids in the summers for the last few years. It is always a lot of fun, but challenging!

This week’s issue has a holiday theme, kind of. The first article is about holiday feasting for dogs. The second is Emma’s idea of the perfect day. Yeah, I let her write another article. She’s such a prolific author, how can I refuse?

Here’s wishing that, whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, or not to celebrate, you find to be especially fulfilling! I look forward to connecting with you, again, next week!




Most dogs enjoy eating. And, at this time of year, humans often have a lot of extra foods around the house. How tempting this is to the sensitive canine nose. Is it okay to share these holiday delicacies with our canine friends? I know that many dog care professionals would say “no, stick to dog food, and dog treats for your dogs.” I don’t completely agree. Of course, if your dog is not used to eating anything besides dog food and dog treats, then it probably is best to go easy on the extra foods, because your dog’s digestive system won’t be able to handle it. However, if your dog gets extras from you, anyway, then why not share your holiday extras with your dog, as well?

Allow me to go a little off the subject, here, and talk about my opinions on what dogs should eat. Well, there are two great things that dogs have in their favor, as far as eating goes. Number one, dogs are scavengers; therefore they can eat things that are not completely fresh, and get away with it; not that I advocate giving your dog rotten food, or anything. More importantly, though, dogs are omnivores, like people, and they therefore can, and need to, eat a variety of foods. And, please remember that dogs lived off of the scraps of humans for thousands of years before dog food was invented. So, forget about that whole “dogs should not eat people food” idea.

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You know, I really don’t understand what the big deal is about certain days. I mean, what is this thing that you humans call “time,” anyway? The only thing that I care about is what is happening now. Why do humans spend so much time thinking about things that haven’t happened, yet? How do they know whether they are going to happen, at all? Its nuts! And yet, humans spend so much time planning for things that may or may not happen. I prefer living in the now; responding to what is in front of me, and not worrying about what will happen later (unless I have a bone that I’m not ready to chew up; that needs to be buried so no one else will get it).

But, today, I am going to try to be like a human, and plan for my perfect day. I will call it a “holiday,” because humans seem to like those days more than others. Of course, I don’t get that either, because these holiday things seem to stress people out an awful lot. Okay, on with my idea. Here is my perfect day.

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