Christmas can be a tough time for many of us – emotionally, financially, or both. Children want so many things these days, and many are spoiled by so many gifts from extended families. And sometimes life-changing events during the year can really throw a person’s “Christmas Spirit” for a loop, like it has mine. Anyway, some wise parent came up with the idea of the 4 Gifts 4 Christmas Challenge. The premise is that they would only buy each child 4 things: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. And that gave my blogging buddy, Jodi Chick at Kols Notes, the brilliant idea for this blog hop. I figured this would be a fun post to put together and would help brighten my dark side. All Shadow, Ducky, Hubby and I really want is to have our sweet Callie – and Kissy – back healthy and happy. A totally unrealistic and unattainable wish, I know. So, hubby and I decided to make a donation to Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study to help fund their continuing research into cancer cures and treatments. That donation will be our main gift to each other.
Need: I don’t really need anything. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table and in my dogs’ food bowls, and friends and family who love me. And plenty of material things I don’t really need to get from one day to the next.
Wear: I’ve had my eye on a hoodie that’s dog-angel related.
Read: I need a break from my pet nutrition course, and I can’t think of any better way to take a break than to read a book written by a fellow pet blogger, Jackie Bouchard’s “House Trained”. And a few other books as well. As for Shadow and Ducky? Well, they don’t wear dog clothes other than raincoats – and Ducky wears a winter coat when it’s really cold – so, even though their collars are still in good condition, I’ve decided to buy them new ones from the folks at Upcountry. I’ll share pix on Christmas, when they have them.
Need: they don’t really need anything other than a quiet neighborhood to live in so we can go for nice walks close to home.
Eat: Both girls have super-sensitive, borderline-IBD digestive systems so I really have to watch what I feed them, both for their regular meals and treats. I have found that they love the treats I got for them from K9 Bytes Inc. this past summer. But we still have a bunch left since I have to go easy when doling out treats.
Thanks, Jodi, for hosting this fun blog hop! I’ve gotten some great gift ideas for my girls. (If only I had a money tree to pick fifty-dollar bills from.)
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