Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love preparing the Thanksgiving feast and getting the house ready for family coming in. And, of course, getting ready for Thanksgiving means brushing, bathing, and trimming the dogs.
I start several weeks ahead by creating a master list of food to be bought, things to be done around the house – inside and out. And, setting aside the Spa Weekend for grooming the dogs. As much food as possible is bought ahead and checked off the list. Outside chores of putting the perennial garden to bed for the winter, bringing in the outside furniture, and cleaning the gutters are done before it’s too cold outside to do them – or, worse, the snow and ice hit us hard, making it impossible to do \ until the following spring (never good!). Once the outside is done, the inside things like storm windows and extra bedding and woolen clothes are brought out from storage. I love checking things off on my master list.
On November first, our order is placed for an organic turkey from our local food coop. And, little by little the favorite foods for the Thanksgiving feast are purchased and placed in the pantry.
The weekend before Thanksgiving is saved for the Dogs’ Spa Weekend. This is a big deal for King, Lily, and Annie.
They love looking good and they love the individual attention they get while being brushed – even getting their toenails trimmed! They hop right in the tub to get nice and clean, then back to the grooming table to be blown dry and trimmed. I love doing this as much as they enjoy it. This year, Annie was particularly in need of a major trim. She was starting to look like those wooly caterpillars that come out in the fall. So much fur came off of her, I had to put a new bag on the Shop Vac.