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From Piper's Desk:  What's New in November 2017

Posted by Bill DeBoer on Nov 28, 2017 10:25:00 AM

 

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 Hi Everyone!!!!  How has Everyone been enjoying November?!?!  Mine has just flown by with lots of playtime, runs and more playtime.  I can't believe that the end of 2017 is almost upon us.  No snow so far, which has been great for getting out on the trails for runs and walks.  My Dad has been running with me and my Mom now and I've just been loving those runs because I get to lead my whole pack down the trail and show them what I've got as a runner!  Mom occasionally puts Dad in front when I'm apt to stop every two feet for bathroom breaks (some days I've just gotta make my mark on this world!) and I always muscle my way back to the front because I really feel most qualified to be the pace runner.  If I wasn't tethered to Mom's waist, the both of those bipeds (you crossword fans out there probably know that's the word for a two-footed animal) would be left in my dust!  Mom is a bit faster and definitely more surefooted these days thanks to some new running shoes she scored at Runner's Haven in Randolph, NJ.  Mom had been buying the wrong kind of shoes for her feet but the great and very knowledgeable people at Runner's Haven set her straight by helping her find a great pair of new shoes.  She highly recommends the store to any other runners in our area.
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Now that most of the leaves are down and it's been cooler, Mom and Dad have been finding a whole lot more ticks on me these days from my playtime in the yard.  Like any fun loving pup, I really enjoy romping in the leaves.  When it gets cooler, ticks are even more eager to hitch a ride on us warmblooded species because they are seeking warmth as much as they are seeking a food source.  They also love to hang out in the leaf piles that are all over the place right now.  Some people become a little complacent about tick prevention after the summer is over but please don't forget about these horrible little creatures and the diseases they carry.  Please continue to dress appropriately, apply repellents and check yourself, your kids (nonfurry and furry) after outdoor activities throughout the Fall season!

While the Fall does unfortunately mean increased warfare with the tick population, it fortunately equates to excellent food made with our county's wonderful harvest bounty.  We have been cozying up more in the house with some great meals this Fall season now that the colder temperatures have settled in.  Mom loves to cook and Dad loves to eat, so it's one certainly one of the things that makes them a perfect pair.  One of their favorite seasonal soups is a pumpkin and black bean soup that makes use of the great all-time Fall favorite, the pumpkin!  Mom cooks this up regularly using cans of pumpkin puree but you could certainly use some of those pumpkins you're not going to use for Fall decor anymore.  Mom adds about 3/4 cup of quinoa to this recipe so she has to add an extra cup of vegetable broth (this uses a whole 32 oz. box at once, which Mom always likes so that she doesn't end up with partial boxes of broth in the fridge).  The quinoa also adds some protein that Mom and Dad certainly need so that they can keep up with me! 

When the weather gets rougher around here, we watch a little more TV and I would highly recommend the NatGeo channel as a place to get some super great content, like this ram battle I was able to catch this past weekend.  As you can see, I was totally enthralled.

That's all I have to report for my November!!!!  I am so excited for the holiday season and also for another big day that falls in December for me, my birthday!  I'll be two years old this year!!!!  Given that it's such a busy month, I probably won't be able to catch up with you all again until just after Christmas so I wish everyone who celebrates a most happy and merry season!!!!  I look foward to catching up with you all again just before we say goodbye to 2017 and ring in another new year!!!!  Please don't forget that you can also follow my daily adventures at the following:

https://www.facebook.com/Pipertherescuemutt/

https://www.instagram.com/piper_the_rescue_mutt/

With lots of love and sloppy puppy kisses,

Piper, the Rescue Mutt

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