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Howling at the Moon by Susan Smith
posted: Dec. 18, 2009

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Today I received an email from a friend in Florida. At this particularly busy time of the year I am inclined to delete the forwarded emails I receive, but this one caught my eye.
It was a You Tube video called Unbelievable Horse. Being a city girl catering to city dogs and city kitties I have to admit, I don't know too much about horses. One thing I do know is that they are a part of the pet industry. I often see products related to them at the pet trade shows I attend. This was an old video from three years ago. I clicked on it and what a treat. Two cowboys have taken their white horse, Patches, to the extreme. They concluded that Patches would like to join them when they go for a ride, so, much like we would do with a dog, they have included him in their outings. They took a convertible and painted it with Appaloosa spots. One of the guys rides in the back seat with the horse that overflows into the front where the front passenger seat has been removed. The driver narrates and tells us that Patches really likes it when they go get hamburgers and has eaten up to five cheeseburgers. We see them going through the drive-through and Patches being fed his sandwich. It seems pretty funky to me. I'm in the pet nutrition business. It seems Patches would be a vegan. He's a pretty neat pet. He has been trained to open the fridge and bring out a beer. He lifts the telephone when it rings and moves his lips. That's kind of weird. Does anyone remember Mr. Ed, the talking horse and his owner Wilbur? At the end of the video he goes into his room and gets into bed (covered with Appaloosa spotted sheets) and pulls the sheets up and over himself with his teeth. Honestly it is the cutest video. Check it out.
The closest I'm going to get to any horses anytime soon is December 12th, when Broad Ripple Village will host the first holiday twilight parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a horse drawn carriage to the fire house to visit with children. There will be free rides in horse drawn carriages. There is to be caroling, live reindeer, elves, crafts and refreshments. Of course by the time you read this it will all be a memory. My grand daughter turns seven that day so that is what we are going to do. Then we will go over to Broad Ripple United Methodist Church to see the Live Nativity. She wants me to take her to SweeTies Gourmet Treats. We might even start out at Old National Bank for their holiday fun. They are offering cookie decorating. Of course it would be fun to go to McDonald's for a cheeseburger. Maybe we'll see Patches there. Heck you never know what you'll see in Broad Ripple. Pets make you smile, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.

Susan Smith is a life-long area resident and is the owner of City Dogs Grocery located at 52nd and College. Send your pet related questions/comments to
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