Petersen Pet Hospital - November 2019

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November 2019

Food and Family WHAT MAKES THANKSGIVING SPECIAL

“There are a lot of things I’m thankful for this year …”

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, I always go with the classics. This year, my plate will be piled high with turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. For dessert, there’s sure to be plenty of cherry or Dutch apple pie to go around. My family’s Thanksgiving feast is hosted at my mom’s house every year, where the whole family gathers around her large table. After we eat our fill, we move to the living room to watch football or play games. We don’t have any wild or unique traditions, but I look forward to Thanksgiving every year. It’s a time to gather with the family and catch up. There are a lot of things I’m thankful for this year, but the big one is that my immediate family is still close and able to talk to each other. I’ve seen families get torn apart over the dumbest things. It’s nice that my family can all get together and talk freely, especially around the holidays. Sharing this time with the family means getting to relive memories of loved ones who are no longer with us. My father passed away a number of years ago, so Thanksgivings are really different. His absence is still felt, which is why I’m glad the rest of the family can still come together. Families change as the years go by. As everyone gets older, it can be difficult to get everyone together. We all have busy lives, but with that said, not all changes are bad. As the nieces and nephews have gotten older, we’ve been able to move from kid-friendly games to more mature games. After dinner, we’re still playing Pictionary and cribbage, but we’ve also started playing Cards Against Humanity. To be honest, that game is so ridiculous, I’m not sure it’s appropriate for anybody.

Another change I’m thankful for this year is my fiancée, Stacey. I’m so lucky to have her in my life. She’s very understanding, and she puts up with me. Plus, the rest of the family loves her, which certainly makes Thanksgiving a lot more fun for everyone.

Since we’re on the topic of Thanksgiving and gratitude, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how thankful I am for how things have been going with my business. I was a little nervous about moving to our new location this year, but it’s been a welcome change. I’ve got the best team in the business, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to work with them every day. Speaking on behalf of my team, we’re all thankful for our clients who have supported us before and after our move. It’s wonderful to care for pets in need and to be trusted by our clients to deliver that care. We’re all pet lovers, so we all know what it’s like to consider pets as part of the family.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. May you have great food and great conversation with the people you love.

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