Downeast Dog News

January Letter from the Publisher

By Jenn Rich | Jan 01, 2022

Dear Dog News Readers,

Happy New Year! Whatever holidays or celebrations you may enjoy at the end of the year, I hope they were filled with happiness and love.

It has been a tough couple of years on many levels. Through it all, it has certainly helped me to have Pepper by my side. No matter what is going on, she is a never-ending source of entertainment, love, and companionship. If you are reading this, I assume you likely know what I mean. This past year was less isolated for most than 2020, and I hope there will be improvements in this upcoming year.

This weekend I found a small lump on Pepper. She is getting to an age when these things might appear, and it doesn’t have to mean it is cancer, but nonetheless, it freaked me out. It is small and seems to be soft and moveable, so I am hopeful. I made an appointment with the vet to have her looked at, so I will provide an update next month. I am the worst worrier when it comes to her. I lost my previous lab at Pepper’s age, and it took me by surprise, so I am always on edge whenever there is the slightest concern. It reminds me of a line from one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias when Clairee tells Ouiser, “You’d give your dog a kidney if he needed one.” Ha! I totally would! Then I can’t help but make comparisons between myself and Miss Ouiser’s character who is played by Shirlee MacLaine. I don’t think I am quite there yet.

Check out our center spread this month for our special training feature. Training is not just for people with new pups. We can all learn something new, and winter is a great time to do it while we are spending more time inside. Mental stimulation can be more tiring than physical exercise alone. I am definitely going to try the ball/can enrichment exercise with Pepper!

Cheers to a happy, healthy new year!

Jenn and Pepper