What a lovely Thanksgiving we had! Ron & I loaded up Sparkle, food & wine, and drove over to pick up mom & pies. Then we met Jess along with Letty, Meribel & more food at a Park & Ride in Wisconsin and drove to my sister's. Jess's partner Don was having dinner with his daughter's family, nephew Davis is overseas for a couple if years, and nephew Eric had dinner with his friend Lisa's family, so we were a smaller group this year, just Gram, Ron & me, Jess, sister Kris & her husband Bob. Eric and Lisa joined us later for pie, so Jess & Lisa had a chance to meet. It was a typical doggy holiday with the three Dal puppy girls, Kris's Rat Terrier LD (that's Sparkle & LD in the picture, with Letty chewing a corn stalk in the background), and her huge new dog Maxx who is most likely a Lab/Great Dane cross. Kris calls him a Great Dab. Huge dog, but very sweet & amazingly sound & athletic for such a big fellow.
Because my sister cooks at a nursing home, she is super organized, and everything runs so smoothly. She says it's easy to cook for 6 when you are used to cooking for 40! I guess. We joked that none of us needed to have our food pureed either - some of the nursing home residents get their food pureed - hard to envision turkey & dressing served that way!
Everything turned well - I don't remember a better Thanksgiving dinner. Plenty of leftover cut up veggies (we always stand/sit at the bar in the family room and enjoy wine with veggies & dip while waiting for the turkey to cook) and some cranberry sauce too. I'm baking a crustless pumpkin pie (made with egg substitute & condensed skim milk) and plan to enjoy more pie than I can manage on Thanksgiving. Am going down to check for turkey or turkey breasts on sale - the only thing about not hosting a holiday dinner is no leftovers - and I love leftover turkey. So much you can do with it.
Sparkle did very well other than a little bit of crate fussing when we first took off. She settled in well, though her eyes were pretty bugged out when Letty & Meribel joined us. She made friends quickly though and was soon part of the group. We took the pups for a couple of off leash walks across the farm fields and around the out buildings, and they had a wonderful time racing & wrestling with one another & their cousin LD. Letty even found a freshly killed rat, which she thought was a particularly exciting find! The Great Dab is varminty and leaves the evidence laying around.
The girls were exhausted when we got home, but had to sit and get "sniff over" from Argus, Watson, Josie & Coral. Coral was very pleased to see Letty again, which continues to amaze me as she normally has little time for pups. She does like this one!