Happy Save a Turkey Day!

Last year I asked one of my co-workers if she wanted to go in on saving a turkey together from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey program. While I was telling her about it another coworker overheard and said he would participate too. The next thing I new we started taking donations and saved three turkeys! This year, with the tiniest bit of organization, we raised a hundred and fifty dollars for Farm Sanctuary! Enough to save a whole flock! I am so excited because it has gotten everyone talking about turkeys and how great they are and the horrible things that happen to them in evil factory farms. And I have learned that I work with some really wonderful people. This morning I saw that farm sanctuary rescued some baby turkeys and they are omg adorable.

In other cute animal news I wanted to tell you a story about our dogs.Dinger, on the right in the charming baby blue sweater, has been sick for the last month. We had to change his food to prescription dog food that is very expensive. Willow, on the left, loves Dinger more than anyone in the world. She is just crazy about him, but she is very jealous of his special food, even though she has always been perfectly happy before with her dog food. In the past, she would always wait until Dinger had eaten before she ate. If she came near him he would growl and she would sit behind him looking adoringly at him until she got permission.

Since he got the new food she has become totally desperate for it. When we first switched him she went on a hunger strike for a couple days. She went back to eating her own food but occasionally got into his food and wolfed it down psychotically. And I mean totally crazy like a starving dog on the street, not at all like a pampered, sweater-wearing, bed-sleeping, full-bellied house beagle that she is. Dinger has been watching her recent exploits with what appeared to be very little interest until a few days ago.

We noticed that now, when he gets his bowl of food, before he starts to eat, he puts a few pieces of food in his mouth and carries them over to Willow. He drops them on the floor and then goes back to finish his meal. Can you believe that? He knows that she wants the food so bad but we won’t let her have any so he gives her a little treat. They love each other!

And on that note, Happy Thanksgiving even if you are not American. I am so thankful for good people and good dogs in my life.

15 thoughts on “Happy Save a Turkey Day!

  1. Zoa

    What a sweet post, both parts! And what a brilliant idea about the adoptions at work. I’m going to try that next year! All they see of my veganism right now is me not eating what they eat; this is a way to put veganism in a really positive light.

  2. sandysays1

    Love your story about my canine relatives. I just proves that we furry folks are a lot smarter than most folks give us credit for. For that matter smarter than a lot of humans period. We live our lives and get along with our neighbors and we’re content to let them live their lives as they see fit. http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

  3. kim g.

    That story is adorable and so are your beautiful dogs! That little turkey isn’t so bad either… And how awesome that you raised so much money for them!

  4. twoveganboys

    That is the sweetest story. How is Dinger feeling? What was his diagnosis? Poor guy. I hope he gets well soon. Your story reminded me of our dogs Dexter and Daisy who are now in doggie heaven. Dexter would let Daisy eat out of his bowl. He loved his Daisygirl. WIllow is so cute. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. lazysmurf

    Krys- Dinger has a bad disc in his back so he is supposed to be in bed rest and we are hoping that it will get better and he won’t need surgery. He also was developing kidney stones which is why we had to get the special food.

  6. k

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Dinger. My dog has been on prescription food since May or June, luckily we were able to change over from the canned to the dry so it is about 3x’s cheaper now-happened just before we took a pay cut! Not that I wouldn’t have given something else up to take care of the little brat🙂
    I will have to rally round and sponsor some turkeys, good idea.

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