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November News from Rockin’ Rooney

“Rabbit! Rabbit!”

Now I’ll have luck for the rest of November. At least that’s what my friend Reggie, the English bulldog, told me. If you say “Rabbit! Rabbit!” on the first day of the month, the rabbit will take away your bad luck and bring you good luck. Reggie says it’s an old English tradition, but he also says he’s not sure how it all got started, it’s just been around a long time. Reggie also says it might have something to do with the belief the rabbit is a lucky animal. You know, carrying a rabbit’s foot for good luck and all that. I never could figure that one out because it sure wasn’t very lucky for that poor old rabbit!

November is one of those months where the holiday falls at the end of the month, or at least near the end. Does anyone else think it’s funny that the year ends with three months with the holidays at the end of the month? That means we have to wait until the 26th this month to celebrate Thanksgiving, which I love because it involves a lot of yummy food! Since I have so much time on my hands before Thanksgiving rolls around, I asked Mom if she could look some trivia for me to put in my blog. I could do it myself but I’m not much of a typer!

Here’s a few I found pretty interesting: When Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale. She also wrote the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.

If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had “bad moral character.” A turkey, he claimed, was a “much more respectable bird.”

There is no evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving, a three-day feast shared in 1621 between the pilgrims and Wamponoag tribe. It’s said they more likely ate venison and a lot of seafood.

Part of the reason that Swanson started creating T.V. dinners in 1953 was because it needed to find something to do with the massive amount of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys they had.

But I have a bone to pick with November. It doesn’t have a single day devoted to dogs! Not one!

Sure, there’s Marooned without a Compass Day (Nov. 6), Have a Party With Your Bear Day (Nov. 16) and All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day (Nov. 24), but they couldn’t have squeezed in a day for dogs?! How about Hug a Frenchie Day?

There are a few days I can get behind, like Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11 ), World Kindness Day (Nov. 13) and World Peace Day (Nov. 17).

So I’ll Ieave you with this. Nov. 8 is International Tongue Twister Day, so here’s a dog-related tongue twister called “Dog and Dick.”

 

Dick had a dog,

the dog dug,

the dog dug deep,

how deep did Dick’s dog dig?

 

Dick had a duck,

the duck dived,

the duck dived deep,

how deep did Dick’s duck dive?

 

Dick’s duck dived as deep as Dick’s dog dug!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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