Monday, October 10, 2011

October – Dogs – Halloween! by Pam Todd

October has traditionally been a month of a number of recognitions:  Fire Prevention Day (in elementary school, we always wrote essays on Fire Prevention – did you?) is one of them.  Then there is Oktober Fest with lots of food and festivities.  October has also been designated as Adopt a Shelter Dog month.  And, of course there is Halloween.  Some of the other special days include pharmacists day, clergy appreciation day, cookie month, eat country ham day, pizza day, vegetarian day, popcorn popping day, sarcastic day, and seafood day.  Two of these are meaningful to me, one because I am a dog lover, and the other because I enjoyed it so much as a kid!  Bet you know which one that is. 

I’ve loved every dog we had.  The closest we came to adopting a shelter dog was when we stopped by the animal shelter one night, and there was a puppy sitting outside the fenced-in area.  We decided that because we found her there when we stopped by that she was meant to be ours, and so we took her home, and made her part of our family.  I mean, something could have happened to her had we left her there……she could have wandered off and been run over, an animal could have gotten her, or who knows what might have happened.  We just knew she was meant to be ours.  But, today, there are thousands of dogs across the country waiting for their forever home.  And, they are waiting in shelters for families to come and get them.  If you are considering getting a dog, please stop by your local animal shelter and take a look.  You may find the perfect dog for you!  I found some cute doggy items among the shops of the Bbest team.  No real dogs, just cute stuff.  Here are some of them.










And, no doubt you have guessed that my other favorite topic for October is Halloween.  In the olden days (mid 1940s to mid 1950s) trick or treating was one of the highlights of the year.  My sister and I and other kids from the neighborhood would walk about six blocks in all four directions and feel safe knocking on the doors of people we knew as well as complete strangers.  We got apples, candy, gum, popcorn balls, and sometimes nickels or dimes!  We never worried that anyone would do us any harm.  Of course, our folks always looked at everything we brought home.  But, it was fun, dressing up as ghosts (with sheets from the closet) or as a grandpa or grandma with our grandparents clothes with pillows under them.  Sometimes we had store bought masks.  We always carved a pumpkin and set it on the front porch.  And, we loved it when the kids came to our house, too.  Halloween is still a fun celebration for many.  And our Bbest team has lots of fun items with a Halloween theme.












Enjoy October – drink cider – eat doughnuts and popcorn – love your dog if you have one – leave your porch light on for trick or treaters – carve a pumpkin and set it out – and maybe even dress up and go to a Halloween party!  Whatever, just have fun!


Sixsisters said...

This was a treat to read . Thanks for including my
watercolor of "Sookie" my daughter's dog.

Chauncey said...

Thanks Pam, for including my pocket mirror in your fun post. Happy Halloween to you and to cute little Eddie the doggie.

Dayna said...

Great blog post. Love looking at all the different items made by Boomers. Thanks for including one of my mouse pads.

glitznglass said...

Really enjoyed your post, thanks for including my cup. Happy Halloween!

Kate Ladd Art said...

My previous comment got deleted I think, hmmm. Great blog and thanks for including my pumpkin painting!

circleinthesand said...

Oh What FUN!! Puppy dogs and Halloween!!!

Thank you for including my Skeleton Door Hanger....

jstinson said...

Pam, thank you so much for including my Ghost in the Pumpkin Patch earrings in this blog. I have been away from Bbest for so long that I thought I might have been forgotten. I will return soon now that Pow Wow season is over. Mvto and Wado (Thank you in Creek and Cherokee)

MagdaleneJewels said...

Pam - loved your blog with your many memories. Too many people forget of the many shelters with so many dogs and cats that need someone too love.
I too have so many memories of October - apple picking, Halloween, cider - it is sad that in today's world the children cannot enjoy Halloween as we did - so many towns are even canceling Trick or Treating. Thanks for reminding us of the joys of Fall - and including my little Halloween shoes in your enjoyable blog!

Sher said...

Great October finds! Such cute stuff.

Love this post. I agree 100% about adopting a dog from a shelter. They say that dogs know that you saved them and those are the best dogs. I have to believe that. I work with dogs (cats, birds, snakes, wildlife, etc...) everyday and I can see it. We also work with a lot of shelters and humane societies. As many as there are, there are still not enough.

And you were right, that puppy was meant for you!

susanlambert said...

I love seeing what the Bbest team is working on! great post!

Jamie said...

Oh my gos I love that top dog and the pumpkin booties!! :o)

For Love of Cupcakes

Kathe said...

Our beloved Max is a shelter rescue. He has brought so much joy into our lives these past 8 years! Thanks for stopping by for a visit and leaving not one, but two very lovely comments :)