Monday, November 23, 2009

Announcing a brand-new Award!

It's almost Thanksgiving. A time for gratitude, not just for the food in our bellies, the roofs over our heads and the pillows beneath them. But for sincerely thanking those individuals who have made our lives brighter, our hearts fuller and our burdens lighter.

So I've created this little award. While everyone who regularly reads this blog and leaves a comment is certainly deserving, I'd like to bestow this Award upon five individuals with the hopes that they will cut and paste the badge above for their blogs, then honor five more and so on and so on...

My first blessing has to go to Max Dog, who so generously shares his beautiful country and his Mom's even more lovely words with us.

My second blessing goes to Mango, the Relentlessly Huge, for the enormous amount of work he puts into our blog world, to keep us involved and amused with events as far-ranging as Mangominster and our trip to Africa. Through Mango, I've met some extraordinary dogs and their owners.

My third blessing goes to Clive and his Not-So-Little-Man and their family. The candor and joy they share with us has had an incredible impact on our understanding of autism and how very capable and creative autistic children can be, especially when encouraged by love and a lot of curly blond fur.

My fourth blessing is headed west to Joe Stains and the hilarious Tanner Torkelson. There isn't a day that goes by that they don't make us smile and laugh with their wit, wisdom and unflagging loyalty to their teams. (Go Yankees.)

My fifth blessing is for my bestie pal, Eric Square Dog. Truly, this fine fellow is a pal beyond measure—generous, wise and funny beyond belief. His joie de vivre is infectious and he lifts my spirits with every post.

Frankly, my blessings are beyond measure and this list could go on and on indefinitely. But for now, I'll limit myself to five. While each one of you is indeed a blessing, I think it is important to be acknowledged by name, and I'm sure each one of you will be declared a blessing as this award moves from blog to blog.

Much love, health and happiness to you all this Thanksgiving.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

So many furiends...

So MANY blessings!


Ziggy Stardust said...

That is so nice. What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving and friends. You are so nice to do that. Happy Thanksgiving and eat lots and lots.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Molly the Airedale said...

What a beautiful award, Petey! We think you and your mom are blessings!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Clive said...

Oh Petey, thank you so much for giving us one of the blessings. We are truly honoured. We will certainly enjoy displaying it on our blog and passing on the blessings! A wonderful 'Thanksgiving' idea!

thanks a million
Clive and Murray

PS - we can't wait to hear about the parade and to see some photos!

Martha said...

Hi Petey, what a lovely thanksgiving idea.
We are all blessed with great doggie bloggie pals.
Love you lots
Martha & Bailey xxx
ps we have ordered a basset boat!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

What a lovely award - and sent out to some very deserving canines.

Blogging has been a blessing to us. Along with all of the wonderful furiends we have made.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Dexter said...

Wow! Thanks, Petey! Now I just have to make sure you know who remembers to post it.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

This is one beautiful post, Petey. And we think you have chosen five perfect recipients of your new award. We find all of our furiends in bloggerland to be a blessing too. Here's to a happy Thanksgiving for all.

Woos, the OP Pack

Maxmom said...

Dear, dear Petey (and Mom)!!!
You have made my mom really tearful this end. THANK YOU so much for this treasured award and for your lovely words and thoughts. We are really sooo grateful and will try and do it the honor it deserves in the next few days. Certainly we are going to have a really difficult time naming 5 "blessee's" because there are just so many of them.
Please know that we are really very grateful and love you lots.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Lots of licks

Gus said...

Happy Thanksgiving Petey...tell your Mom to be careful when the parade turns corners...we just read an article about how the route change will affect handlers and helpers.


Eric said...

Wow Petey!You sure that's really me???? -all those happy smiling adjectverbies? If I wasn't a boy I'd be grabbing you and giving you a big old smackeroonie right on your fizzog. Oh who cares,I'm going to do it anyway. Mwaaaahhhhh. My bestie pal.What a super dooper award and a fab idea. I knew you were all right even if you are a rectangle.

Wiry love and a big old kiss. Eric xx

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Petey
What a nice post and a lovely award. I wish we had Thanksgiving in Scotland. All that turkey.....
Cheers, H.

Sally Ann and Andy said...

What a wonderful award, and it is so cute.
Sally Ann

Sophie Brador said...

Petey!!!!!! What a nice award. I'm so jealous that you guys get to have thanksgiving this weekend. Ours is so long past that I don't even remember if I got any turkey.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Petey!
Your Award is pawesome!
And all of them deserve it!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Kisses and hugs

doyle and mollie said...

hey petey we love your award its a bit like our orange post hope you dont mind me pinching one of your pic - happy thanksgiving to you and your family may it be full of yummy tweats

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh my...Eric just kissed ya?


What Mumsie? I'm not allowed to talk about that anymore? I'm not old enuff? Um...right....

Well, are a blessing to us too...yep...I bless you on a daily basis...what, Mumsie? Oh...

Seriously, Petey...we love ya dearly and I'd adore giving you a kiss...Stan and Scruffy refuse to kiss, but they send enthusiastic pawslaps right at ya....

Your adorable friend,


Pee ess...I'm thinking you should make a New Year's Resolution to not diss my behind for all of 2010...wonder how many days you'd last?

Clive said...


Hope you're having a great Thanksgiving! We can't wait to hear how your Mom got on!

We posted your blessing in our Thanksgiving post today - it was so hard to pick five - everyone of our friends deserves a blessing but we think we picked a worthy five!

Happy Thanksgiving!
love and woofs
Clive and gang

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hey Petey,
This is a great award and those are some well-deserving winners!!
Happy Thanksgiving...

TwoSpecialWires said...

Hey Petey! We watched for your mom! It made the parade even more fun to watch! Hope your Thanksgiving was great! We're stuffed, just from mostly smelling and wishing. But it's still a good feeling.

Love ya, buddy
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Golden Samantha said...

That is such a thoughtful award, Petey. What a lovely way to honor special furiends at such a special time of year. Hope you got some turkey yesterday!
Hugs xo

Joe Stains said...

AND we are finally here to collect our award, thank you SO much Petey. We are sorry it took our human 50 years to get over here, she really needs a firm talking to. Thank you again.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Hi Petey,

We have seen your award at so many blogs that we thought we would just share it with everyone. But now that we know that your intent was for it to go to five named individuals, we will make that change as soon as we can. We didn't realize that before. We hope we didn't do something wrong.

Woos, the OP Pack