Thanksgiving Shopping

 Halloween-Thanksgiving- Christmas-When?

Halloween in August, Thanksgiving in September, and Christmas in October.  I am a stickler for my store displays and actually, I don’t have the Halloween spirit in August anymore than I have the Christmas spirit in October.   It usually doesn’t sail into my mind until after Thanksgiving, so the store stays in the Autumn mindset until the end of November. Capitalism is the life of business but does society have to live for capitalism?

thanksgiving shopping debate

When To Shop?

The retail industry has twisted people’s minds to their Holidays, their wishes, and their rules for our shopping habits.  They subliminally and outright tell you when to buy and what, alter our priorities, and cause more stress and loss of sleep than we had in high school.   (I never, of my own free will forgo sleep except to catch a vacation plane!)   So is it to the point that maybe we should just move the original holiday dates to where retail wants them to save our home life and sanity or…should we be free Americans,  clamping down to fight for our lives and traditions.  Thankfully, people are realizing they are being shuffled and a movement is starting, to take back our choices.  I mean after all, if you find water rising up to your ankle, that’s the time to do something about it, not when it’s around your neck.   It’s time.

Thanksgiving Anyone?

Holiday shopping

Local poinsettias are not red yet

According to TheHuffingtonPost, retail stores open on Thanksgiving is doing so for less than 20% of the holiday shopper population.  Having a retail store myself I get the competitive push, but do the stores really need it so badly that they can’t wait 24 hrs-and worse in my mind is why do people not want to be home?    Are people so retail institutionalized that they can’t not stay out of the hamster wheel?   I remember when my parents always prepared for any holiday week to get all they needed-especially and including gas-because everything was closed.  The world was so peaceful and quiet on Thanksgiving because we were all home.   I really miss that peace don’t you?

The shop-still displaying autumn beauty

The shop-still displaying autumn beauty

Shop After Dessert …And Walked Your Dog <:)

My store will be closed as my website functions perfectly well on its own with absolutely no help from me.  It will escort you into the store, show you all the gifts and goods, take your order, take payment, and even email you a thank you!  All by itself.   The internet has no family; and websites are fully functioning, solo machines without an ounce of feeling.

 If our traditions have had the strength to go on for centuries, no one should  one day just decide to turn them off.  I say if retail wants to keep their websites open on our traditional and sacred Holidays-that would be fine as websites have nothing else to do or care about.   But… close the brick & mortar stores-because they do have a family and a heart .

I think it’s not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.:))

Get your gas on Wednesday and have a nice Thanksgiving!

Lynn & Willow

Crates for Me and Turkeys

As a professional, racing greyhound (or rather a now happy “reposing” greyhound), I had a different upbringing than most of my friends.  As a puppy I quickly saw that most of my days would be spent in a carrier and a crate.  Kennel to track and back again. I of course wasn’t aware that this was not the normal life of all animals; I thought everyone lived like that!   Who knew?  So when Lynn told me about the animals raised for our food, I immediately identified. Crates,crates, and more crates.   Being the Thanksgiving holiday affair is coming; I started wondering about turkeys…

I went to our “Flowers For A Cause” in the Eco Shop because I knew we had an arrangement benefitting the Farm Sanctuary in upstate NY.  I thought this just was like a retirement home for grandparent cows and chickens that grew too old to graze and peck-kind of like a happy, rest home.   I am really not into farms and farm things being a racer from West Palm Beach;  so Iwondered- where do the farm animals there come from, and why are they being rescued?  And what about these turkeys?

Seems the 46 million turkeys served every November for these Thanksgiving affairs have had a similar life to me- but alot worse.  They live in a warehouse in crates only 3 ft. square their entire life; sort of like I did-but with no racing!  I thought farm animals ran free in fields in the sunshine and fresh air-isn’t that what we all think?  You know; like that happy cow television commercial?  I love that one.  At least I got out to run a few minutes on the track every day-they never do!  And then I read they over feed them so they get really, really fat and then they can’t stand up… and then they go a little crazy. Geez, I would too.

I felt really guilty for thinking of my early life compared to theirs so I decided to try to help.  Well, the Farm Sanctuary is doing something really cool through November 25 by having an “Adopt-A-Turkey Project”  where you can sponsor  a turkey and you will receive a certificate to proudly show your friends.  Since 1986 they’ve rescued and educated on how all farm animals are really raised-and all for us.   After reading about them- I really don’t think I can eat turkey again (or any cow or chicken or pig) unless Lynn assures me they are truly from a free roaming farm (it will say free range on the package) because if I do…hmmm then in my mind it seems to mean I am ok with how they live and are treated.  I may just go vegetarian to a gorilla diet!  So, I am going on board for my first ever Thanksgiving turkey adoption because I know how lucky I was to be rescued and get a family of my own-I’m  going to pay it forward.    I am choosing Daphne-because she reminds me of myself -a little bit thin, and a lotta bit lovable.



 It’s kinda like the dog racing; if people knew how we greys really spent our lives to entertain everyone; I just know humans would speak out for us.

Lynn made a sign that says   “ I strive to be the person my dog thinks I am”

                                                                                                                                                   So visit their site-I know you will speak out too.
*watch for our upcoming greyhound benefit at the store-I will let you know when.    xo Willow