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Powers: Merry Christmas – relax, guard the food

By the tree at the courthouse plaza, Merry Christmas from Christy and the Blackpak. (Courtesy)

By the tree at the courthouse plaza, Merry Christmas from Christy and the Blackpak. (Courtesy)

What does one say in a pet column that appears in the paper on Christmas Day besides “Merry Christmas”?

Naturally, my Blackpak and I hope that all people and all dogs are happy today and that they all received nice gifts, goodies, and mostly tons of cuddles. But also that everyone is spending time with family and friends — or at least having some wonderful phone conversations. And with these amazing computers, families can share almost in person with the magic of Skyping.

We also hope that all dogs are behaving themselves when so much is happening around the house today. Some dogs find certain gifts under the tree interesting enough to tear off the wrapping.

A couple of years ago, we were at my nephew’s house for Christmas dinner. It was a beautiful day and we were all sitting out on his patio. Suddenly, my sister’s dog walks out the door proudly carrying the ham bone in his mouth. Fortunately, we all had already been served.

Another year, my sister was having a dinner party for St. Patrick’s Day — corned beef and cabbage. She and her guests were enjoying a glass of wine out on the deck — when she went into the kitchen to slice the meat and serve the meal. But much to her surprise, the meat had disappeared — and so had Walker. No trace was ever found of the meat but she continued to love the dog, just being a little more careful!

Hopefully, all dogs and their people will get out for at least one walk today. Particularly because we all tend to eat a little too much on these very special holidays, it is important to have that outdoor experience and exercise.

Hopefully, this is a day to relax after the hectic schedule leading up to today. (I realize that preparing a big fancy dinner for a group of family and friends is not very relaxing. But when the dinner is over and the dishes are done, everyone can sit down in their favorite chair with their feet up and with the dogs comfortably curled up on their laps, and just reflect back on a good day.)

And then the mind can begin looking ahead to next week — New Year’s Day — and all the wonderful resolutions one needs to make.

So many people I have talked with recently have mentioned how this year, 2018, has passed so quickly — where has it gone? Certainly that is true for me also.

And it is amazing how many people I have met through this past year who, like me, are also new to Prescott in the past year. I love this town so very much and all it has to offer. All my new neighbors have come from California. That place must be looking a little barren these days with so many of their residents moving to Prescott.

Merry Christmas to ALL, and to all — A Good Day and A Good Night!

Christy Powers is a freelance writer whose passion is studying and writing about pet health, nutrition and training. She can be reached at

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