Howdy Friends!

As we approach Thanksgiving Day and our minds, and tummies, focus on great food, gatherings, friends and family. And of course giving thanks, to our Heavenly Father from whom all blessings flow – It’s wholly appropriate to include in our thoughts and deeds our animal family members.

We all have those special horses, dogs and cats. Some are gone now, but we can, and should, still send the sweet thought of gratitude for how they touched, and perhaps changed our lives. Made us wiser, kinder, better.

Rosie, Lady and Fluffernutter too, join me each morning for Coffee Clutch. Coffee Clutch. A many decades tradition for me, our horses and pets, something I’d never have known – But for our many animal family members over those decades.

Our equine, dog and cat family members are ever there for us. A shoulder to cry on, and lean on, as we travel life’s trails together. Cats, while some folks find them aloof, are the very best for snuggling and purring. Cats do tremendous work soothing shut-ins, and folks who don’t get very many visitors. Our cats, are the source of countless warm laps, and just as many chuckles.

Dogs offer unconditional love, companionship, protection and even make the best trail riding buddies. Our little throw away, Saturday, was one of the best trail buddies I’ve ever had. Our dear Sweetness, was extraordinary. She even taught herself to help horses through scary times on the trail. She taught a few horses to load, too. She was part of our lives, rides and hearts for a too short ten years. We miss her. Dogs all over the world lend a helping hand to folks.

Lady now stepped into the mantle of “Trail riding buddy.” And by golly she is doing a great job of it!

Be sure to be extra thankful for your horse. What would we be without them? They teach us to fly. They help us navigate rough patches in our lives. They enrich us, make us laugh, think, and grow. They listen to our problems. They help us celebrate our joys and victories. They heal hearts all over the world. They mend bodies too.

There are organizations all over the world offering help to humanity by way of horses, dogs and cats. Why not say a special thanks to your animal family member by selecting one of those organizations you like best and sending a donation in the name of your horse, dog or cat. That would be a “Thank You” heard around the world.

Gitty Up, Dutch.


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