Happy Thanksgiving! This was the sight that greeted us in our front yard two days before Thanksgiving four years ago. That was the first time I ever saw wild turkeys and at first I had no idea what they were. They looked like some sort of prehistoric creature. Now they are a common feature around here. Last November I opened the door to let Jesus out and didn't realize until it was too late that there was a group of nine turkeys in our yard standing next to our stone wall. Jesus got out on the stoop, stopped and stared. Without warning, he took off at top speed after the turkeys. The all spotted him and took turns jumping the wall into the woods. Unfortunately for the turkeys, Jesus was able to chase the turkey in the back of the group away from the rest and it was on. The turkey turned and ran the opposite direction, her claws clicking away on the pavement. She was flapping her wings and actually got off the ground a little in her retreat. She eventually made it to the woods behind our house and Jesus gave up his pursuit. Patrick and I watched this whole event unfold in hysterics. We had no clue what Jesus thought he would do if he caught that turkey. A four-pound Chihuahua doesn't have much of a chance versus a four foot tall wild turkey. I only wish I had a video of the chase.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I always get up in the morning and watch the Macy's Parade on TV followed by the National Dog Show. Usually, Patrick and I spend the day alone. Neither of us have any family nearby and all of our friends do, so they usually have plans that don't include us. When we were in the army we used to have single soldiers from our units over for dinner. In Seattle, we had a lot of friends like us who had family elsewhere so we would always come together at the holidays and we became each other's family. In Wisconsin, all the family comes together and then the day after Thanksgiving, my mom, my sister and my grandma all go to Appleton for shopping and then to Green Bay to spend the night at the casino.
Whatever your plans, I wish you a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!