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With a very heavy heart, I write this post honoring my favorite little carnivore…Elmo.  The day after Christmas I got the call I’ve been dreading…my parents had to put Elmo to sleep after he suddenly took a turn for the worst.  This came vey unexpected as Elmo has been very healthy all of his life.  This past summer he was running 2 miles/day with me like it was nothing on his stubby little basset legs.  But when a mass showed up over Christmas weekend and Elmo couldn’t walk…let alone eat his favorite treat (ham) my parents knew it was time.

This little guy had an impact on numerous lives.  He was the focus of the neighborhood parties…the topic of conversation was often about what kind of treat each neighbor would give Elmo when he stopped by to say hello.  One neighbor called my parents to see if ELMO liked ketchup on his hot dogs!  While Elmo loved food, he loved walks, chasing bunnies, and he LOVED boat rides!  He was a summertime dog for sure.  I’ll miss watching his big ears flop in the wind at the bow of the boat.  Elmo brought my family closer.  Before my Grandpa passed, he even talked about how Elmo changed my Dad’s rough exterior to a much more open and loving exterior.  He was truly an angel brought to us from GOD, but leaving us has created a hole in each of our hearts.

Luckily, when I got the bad news I was with some really special people…we were in the car heading to Leavenworth, WA.  Sitting on one side of me was my husband and on the other a very dear friend of mine…Kelly.   Kelly’s husband and mother-in-law were in the front seat.  Needless to say I was in good hands.  Kelly, is a vet and a dog lover so she’s been on both sides of the equation…and assuring me and my parents that they did the right thing made a huge difference.  They kept us busy in Leavenworth, so getting the first day over with was really helpful.

Patton and I after going on our first sleigh ride!

Kelly and Ron…my support crew :)

So, in honor of changes and focusing on the good….I’m ready to bring in the new year…I’m going to continue documenting our lives with photos and videos because some day, we will all lose someone we love with all of our hearts and while we can’t fill the void, we can always return to memories….The video below was never meant to be shared on a blog…I made it for my Dad’s Birthday last November.  It’s just a summertime home video  highlight of my family on the lake…Elmo of course is included…keep an eye out for his soft little ears flopping in the wind at the bow of the boat….he even goes tubing with my mom….and lastly, the end 3 shot shows me with my parents….the first just my parents and I, but then ending with Elmo…because our family just wasn’t complete without him.  Give your furry friends some extra love tonight, we just never know.

Stay tuned below for a New Year’s Soup that is believed to bring good luck into the new year…I’ll be sure to devour it on Jan. 1, 2012!

Onto the soup….and some really good luck :)

This is from “Clean Start“…if you’ve been reading my blog for a while…you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Terry Walters and her two books.  Terry mentions that “In the south it’s believed that eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day ensures good luck and prosperity in the year ahead”.  I could use some good luck….and good nutrition….and….it tastes really good!  So give it a whirl, start 2012 off with a New Year’s Soup!

Collard greens are good sources of vitamin C and soluble fiber…it’s also a good preventer of cancer.

Black-eyed peas are also rich in Vitamin C as well as fiber, protein, potassium, zinc, and iron.  *  Iron is one of those curiosities for non-vegans…”where do you get your iron from”….black-eyed peas help :)



1 medium yellow onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

3 carrots, cut into 1/8 inch rounds (about 2 cups)

3 parsnips, cut into 1/8 inch rounds (about 1 cup)

1 bunch collard greens, stems removed

3 cups cooked black-eyed peas

2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

4 cups vegetable stock

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


In soup pot or large Dutch oven over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil 3 minutes or until soft.  Add carrots and parsnips and saute 3 minutes.  Chop collard greens into bite-size pieces and add to pot along with black-eyed peas and oregano.  Add vegetable stock, bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.  Stir in apple cider vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and serve.


For a healthier meal, stir 1 cup cooked quinoa or millet into soup before serving.

*  This recipe was SUPER easy…I was able to talk on the phone the entire time with my sister-in-law and make the recipe…kudos for simplicity and taste :)  It’s also Patton approved…he snuck a bite and gave me a thumbs up…I love that man :)

Thanks for letting me share my woes about my little carnivore and all the joy he’s brought to my life and others…If you have furry friends who’ve crossed over…leave a comment and tell me about them.  It really does help with the grieving process….at least for me :)

*  If you happen to read the comments about this post, you’ll notice that my friend Linda mentioned the “Rainbow Bridge“….Here is how the poem goes…be sure to grab some tissues:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

Author unknown…





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