A year-end thank you!

By Benny Huckleberry as told to Liz Hoffmann | Jan 01, 2020

Wow, it’s the end of 2019, and there’s a fresh new beginning for all of us with the arrival of 2020! How exciting! I am betting that 2020 is going to be a good year for you and me, and I’ve made some New Year’s resolutions to help ensure that. I’m looking forward to getting started on them, but before I do, I wanted to shout out some extra thanks to some special people out there.

We dogs are a grateful species as it is. That’s obvious with how often we wag our tails, commit whole-heartedly to our humans (even if they’re imperfect,) and are the very definition of loyalty and love. That be what it may, I want to extend even more thanks.

Some of my readers have written to me to send messages from the very special dog in their life. Others have told me how much they enjoy my column and look forward to reading it every other week. There are also great people at the newspaper!

So, for all of you out there that like me – a big heartfelt thank you from the bottom of my little doggy heart! Or as my human would insist, my big doggy heart! While there may be things to be sad about out in the world, there’s a lot more to be happy about, and I am so happy for you, my dear readers. I appreciate all your encouragement and support today and every day!

Ok, now on to my top ten New Year’s Resolutions!

10. Be an even better therapy dog. I think that I told you that my human brings me to visit people that are sick, and my job is to bring good cheer. Sometimes I get bored, or I don’t like the slippery, waxed linoleum floors, and I just want to go home. I will try to do better and be more patient since as my human has explained, these sick humans need cheering up and that’s my specialty!

9. Stop sneak-eating the cat’s food from the counter.

8. Stop eating the fresh deer poop. My human says it’s gross, but to me, it seems like little doggie treats! And, if I am not supposed to eat it, why do the deer leave it there for me?

7. Learn to swim in the summer. I have never wanted to swim like my sibling German Shepherd Ilsa does, and always just watch from the beach when she and my human go into the water. I mean, I am already perfectly dry and so why get wet for no reason? The wet baths that I get are bad enough. But I will try to do better this coming summer and learn to swim.

6. Only howl between the hours of 8 am to 11 pm. Sometimes I like to howl at 2 am, 3 am, and 4 am for fun. It’s super quiet then and so my howl goes a long way! But, that’s not what my human likes so I will try harder.

5. Don’t growl at the vet. Even if she/he deserves it!

4. Stop eating the cat’s poop from the litter box. See resolution number 8 above regarding the deer poop; it’s the same principal.

3. Stop running at the mailman for biscuits and butt scratches. Two of the three mailmen that visit us love it, but the third mailman threatens to mace me. I have to learn to contain my enthusiasm and approach them slowly. My human says that I wouldn’t like the mace and we’d both be traumatized.

2. Try only to put my head out the car window, and not my whole body. This only happens when I see another dog. My human gets upset and closes the window entirely, which stinks!

1. Be the best columnist for all of you in 2020! Happy New Year!

With love,

Benny H.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Elizabeth Hoffmann | Jan 02, 2020 18:53

Thanks Sheril! Benny loves you too . . . he's the sweetest!

Posted by: Sheril G Doughty | Jan 02, 2020 08:47

I love Benny- so insightful and sweet-


Posted by: Elizabeth Hoffmann | Jan 02, 2020 06:58

Thank you Mary! I will be sure to tell him :)

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 01, 2020 13:31

Happy New Year Benny H.

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