When I count my blessings
My thoughts belong to you
The way you smile and laugh
Times you've pulled me through

Memories of times we shared
They fill my lonely days
Reflections of a special heart
That never fades away

Love that spans a river wide
With Mountains we have crossed
Path of two forever there
No journey ever lost

All these treasures in my heart
They speak of you today
Tell you of the gratefulness
In kind and loving way

God has blessed us graciously
With love we always share
Friendship's lasting treasury
Each bound with heart that cares

Forever I will wear this smile
That shows upon my face
The fabric woven in our life
Is precious gold and lace.

~ Poem by Francine Pucillo©~



Angel Buster, Angel Lady, Simba

In Keeping With Thanksgiving, we want to tell you what
we are thankful for this Happy Thanksgiving this year

For each other
For all the kitty cat food we get to eat
Simba is thankful for being able to go out & "play"
Lady is thankful for "great places to sleep and eat"
Angel Buster is thankful for "The Outdoors and Hunting"
We are all thankful for our Meowmie.
We all are thankful for our playthings
Our backyard and the birdies we watch through the window
Our nice house and all the nice stuff in it
And Meowmie is really thankful for us Kitties!  


Here are six reasons why you should be thankful for your cat:

Love. If there's one thing you know, it's that your cat loves you. 
And if you love your cat, that love comes back to you tenfold. 

Companionship. Your cat keeps you company, and that company helps 
you to feel less lonely and isolated, especially if you live alone. 
Coming home to your cat gives you something to look forward to. 

Physical contact. When your cat nuzzles up next to you or purrs, 
all is right with the world. Studies prove that cuddling and 
stroking your cat is good for you; it makes you calmer and can 
even lowers your heart rate and your blood pressure. 

Someone to talk to . Talking things out relieves a lot of internal 
pressure. But having someone to talk to makes a difference, too. 
It makes you feel less lonely. Talk about anything - your cat will listen. 

Motivation to exercise. Most cats need exercise every day. Whether 
it's playing with a feathery flyer or tossing a little crinkle ball-
you'll be getting a little exercise, too. Physical exercise helps 
you to deal with stress and sometimes gives you the opportunity to 
get outside and breathe some fresh air. It will also make you smile 
and laugh which is very good for us. 

Security. Some cats promote a feeling of safety. Just having a 
living thing with us can give us a feeling of comfort and make us 
feel less anxious and more secure.

This Thanksgiving as we gather together to give thanks for our 
blessings, let's not forget our cats, those faithful companions 
that are such an important part of our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Info thanks to Dr. Jon at PetPlace

History of Thanksgiving

The traditional Thanksgiving is a combination of religious and harvest celebrations. The Pilgrim Feast of 1621 is generally what we think of when we think of the very first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims had just had a really good harvest after a very difficult winter. To celebrate, the Pilgrims called for a huge feast!

In addition to the Pilgrims, 91 Native Americans attended. They probably had to eat outside at a big table. The celebration lasted 3 days, and included games, races, and other activities. Plus, of course, lots of food!

Though nobody's sure if they actually ate turkey, they did have venison and some type of fowl. And even though they couldn't eat pumpkin pie (because of a flour shortage), they did have boiled pumpkin! They also had berries, seafood, and fruits.

But that feast wasn't repeated every year. And it wasn't until 1777 that all 13 colonies had a thanksgiving celebration together. Most people credit Sarah Josepha Hale with making Thanksgiving an annual, and national event. She was a magazine editor who wrote lots of letters and articles about why we should make it a regular, national holiday. In 1863, President Lincoln agreed and proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. But it wasn't until 1941 that Congress made it a totally legal holiday.

Lots of different countries celebrate a holiday like Thanksgiving. Whenever it is, it's a great time to be really thankful for all of your friends, and family! Have fun!

Thanksgiving Poem

With Our Warmest Good Wishes to You! 
We hope you know that we've been
thinking especially of you. Over the
miles and through all the days apart,
you have been in so many of our
wishes and happiest thoughts.

Time cannot change the kind of
feelings held deep within the heart,
and no distance is so great that it
cannot be bridged by the warmest
wishes and the nicest memories
that life can give.

As this message comes your way,
we hope this day finds you enjoying
a wondrous time... with so much
to be thankful for.

-Poem by  J.M. Colter




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Our Thanksgiving Prayer

Good and Gracious God, we come before you
today united with all who give You thanks and
praise. Fill us with gratitude for Your many
blessings, both physical and spiritual.

We thank You in particular this day for the
gifts of food and family. Bless this food,
Lord, that it may nourish our bodies. Bless our
family, especially those who can't be with us
today. Also today, we remember those of our
family who have gone to be with you.

Grant us Your spirtual blessings and help us
pray daily for the grace to serve You in
response to Your bountiful gifts to us. Bless
all who serve You throught the World.

We pray this in the name of Jesus, Your Son,
Our Lord, who gives all things freely
according to our needs. Continue to bless
us and give us Your peace.


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Mayflower Cats
Cats were welcome aboard sailing ships in the 16th century because they helped 
control the rodent population and protected finite food supplies. They were so 
well known as sea-going voyagers that National Geographic once reported that 
"cats, like people, found freedom from persecution in America. It is believed 
that they first came over on the Mayflower, although it may have been earlier-
with the Spaniards in the 16th century. In any event, once here, they thrived."

Carolyn Travers, research manager at www.plimoth.org in Plymouth, Mass., a 
non-profit, educational institution that bills itself as the living history 
museum of 17th century Plymouth, confirmed that cats were common on ships, 
so common in fact that they didn't warrant mentioning.

"What they talked about was what interested people. Cat were too common to 
talk about," Travers said. "Dogs were mentioned on the Mayflower because 
they tackled wolves, but cats weren't mentioned."

The first written mention that Travers said she found of cats dates back to 
1634, some 14 years after the Mayflower anchored in what today is Province-
town harbor. William Wood wrote in "New England's Prospect" how cats saved 
the colony's crops from squirrels and probably what we know today as chipmunks.

The First Thanksgiving

We don't know if Goodman's dogs or any cats were present at the first 
Thanksgiving feast, although they probably were. The cats had worked hard 
to keep the colony vermin-free, and the dogs had been involved in planting
the corn. In fact, they had been too involved – they kept trying to dig up 
the fish planted with the corn, and the settlers had to tie their forepaws 
together to keep them from doing so. 

So, this Thanksgiving Day, and everyday, give thanks for the fact that 
cats and dogs came to America to help the settlers survive. Today, they 
help us thrive by significantly adding to the quality of our lives.

Virginia Wells and Susan Bard Hall contributed to this story

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