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Thankful for Turkey Treats

Bongo saying Happy ThanksgivingToday is Thanksgiving here in the United States. It’s a pretty cool day because everybody eats turkey and I like turkey.

But what I want to know is what everybody is thankful for?

What, person?

Oh. My person says there is a lot to be thankful for, but my person says the first Thanksgiving was celebrated because the pilgrims who came to Plymouth, Massachusetts were thankful that they had survived their first winter. And they were thankful to the Native Americans who had helped them survive. That was in 1621.

I think that was a long time ago. Was I around then?

I wasn’t? I bet my person was around then though.

Oh. You were born a little bit later than that? How much later?

I am listening to the story.

A Native American named Squanto was especially helpful to the pilgrims. He was from the Patuxet tribe and had been captured by a ship that had come near his village. He lived for awhile in England and learned English and was eventually allowed to come back home.

Squanto came back home to find his entire village had been wiped out by a plague. A short time later pilgrims came and settled in Plymouth, which had been the location of Squanto’s village.

Squanto taught the pilgrims how to farm and how to find food.

Did he teach them how to make treats for their dogs?

I’m listening. Oh yeah, I guess they didn’t need special dog treats. They had turkey treats.

The pilgrims were so thankful to Squanto and the other Native Americans that had helped them survive that they held a big feast in the fall and invited many of the Native Americans to join them. The feast lasted for three days and even if the dogs just got the scraps they were doing good. There was a lot of good food there.

The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...

The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930). The First Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth in 1621. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) See, I told you there were dogs needing treats.

What do you mean this is supposed to be the history of Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is all about food, isn’t it?

Okay, one more tidbit – of turkey, that is.

Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated every year at first, but in 1863 President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be a national day of Thanksgiving.

Hooray for President Lincoln! I’m for sure voting for him next election.


Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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What’s That Sound?

Native American ChanterToday we were out walking on the trails minding our own business when we heard a sound like a rattle and someone started chanting “Hey Yah – Hey Yah,” – whatever that means. I’ve never heard my people make any sounds like that.

Well we looked around for where the sound was coming from. My person thought it might be from the top of Sugarloaf where the tiny flute player had been awhile back, but she couldn’t see anyone up there. Then we saw him. On the side of Sugarloaf, partway up. All dressed out in Native American clothing and holding a rattle and a drum. I didn’t know what to make of all his chanting.

My person wanted to get closer to take a picture, but she really needed a telephoto lens – or to climb up the mountain with that guy. She didn’t want to do that. I think she was afraid he’d make her join in the chanting. I would have joined, but I’m not sure that guy would like it.


Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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